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Old 10-09-2012, 10:43 AM #1
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Help me decide on my hopper for my mini

So I played this weekend and tried the following hoppers on my mini...

Tamaco Arc gravity fed
V-Max

I concluded that a gravity fed hopper won't keep up with a mini when walking the trigger. I still have the following to try out...

Halo V35
Primo Proto

The Halo seems heavy, could use a tune up to a new motor and change to 2 9v batteries (anyone done this mod? Does it help with weight? Is battery life an issue?)

I ordered the Primo and I'm going to try it, but I'm not sold on gravity fed hoppers so I'll let yinz know.

Should I try a Dye hopper? I like the look and I hear there isn't a lighter/faster combination.

I'm looking for a light rotor hopper that feeds 20+ BPS. Using 9v batteries is a plus but not a must.
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:55 AM #2
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Just shot the Primo Proto and I'm impressed. I had to bump the hopper twice during my walking trigger test but for a gavity fed hopper, it's the best design, better than the arc loader with a banana style frame.

So I now have a gavity fed backup, I need to get a front running mechanical hopper.
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:05 PM #3
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Well, The V35 works fine until you place more then a half an pod in...then the motor starts to act up. Thinking a 10.00 motor will fix the hopper for you.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:07 PM #4
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Well, The V35 works fine until you place more then a half an pod in...then the motor starts to act up. Thinking a 10.00 motor will fix the hopper for you.
Is this in regards to a specific hopper that you have or the line in general? OP What is your budget? And a gravity fed hopper will never keep up at 20bps as you asked.
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Old 10-09-2012, 01:58 PM #5
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Is this in regards to a specific hopper that you have or the line in general? OP What is your budget? And a gravity fed hopper will never keep up at 20bps as you asked.
Yes, as a gift...I ordered him a used V35 Halo. Cleaned it lastnight and shot 1/2 a pod without issues. When I started to play aaround more with it and a full pod the motor sounded as if it was on the way out. Then started to blink red and green until I moved the paintballs forward and the motor started up again.

He liked my Vmax that I play and gave him my backup (own 2) during this past Sat.
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:10 PM #6
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:11 PM #7
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Reply to "Help me decide on my hopper for my mini"

Get the dye rotor
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Old 10-09-2012, 04:16 PM #8
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Ok, so the halo is the most proven platform in paintball. It can still run with the highest end guns, just not as conveniently. I would say start there. Obviously your friend bought you a bad hopper (I think??) so dont write off the product as a whole. Get the Halo, use it and when the time is right to move to a more advanced setup, there will be more options.
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Old 10-09-2012, 08:35 PM #9
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So I played this weekend and tried the following hoppers on my mini...

Tamaco Arc gravity fed
V-Max

I concluded that a gravity fed hopper won't keep up with a mini when walking the trigger. I still have the following to try out...

Halo V35
Primo Proto

The Halo seems heavy, could use a tune up to a new motor and change to 2 9v batteries (anyone done this mod? Does it help with weight? Is battery life an issue?)

I ordered the Primo and I'm going to try it, but I'm not sold on gravity fed hoppers so I'll let yinz know.

Should I try a Dye hopper? I like the look and I hear there isn't a lighter/faster combination.

I'm looking for a light rotor hopper that feeds 20+ BPS. Using 9v batteries is a plus but not a must.
The Spire is now lighter and faster than the Rotor. It is, however, unproven. It is brand new and may have some kinks.
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:25 AM #10
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I'm confused..
It happens. Long story short is I got him a Halo V35 as a gift. I live in Ohio and he lives in PA...didn't get the hopper in time to give to him. So, he has been using my Vmax (which he likes). Anyway, I took aapart the halo V35 and cleaning the living crap out of it (had paint all inside). programmed the board for level 6 and it worked great. Shot a pod of paint without any issues and ran about 5 pods in the rotor.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:24 AM #11
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I guess I'll try the Halo and see how it competes.
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Old 10-11-2012, 06:55 AM #12
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Definetaly nothing that reposnse to sound, mini are normaly to quite and the hopper doesnt pick up the shot, so you wanna go with the Halo
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Old 10-11-2012, 10:47 AM #13
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Thats pretty ridiculous. I have never heard of a mini not registering with a hopper. Even if it did happen, just turn the sound sensitivity up.
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:15 PM #14
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Thats pretty ridiculous. I have never heard of a mini not registering with a hopper. Even if it did happen, just turn the sound sensitivity up.
If a Clone VX and Clone GT can work with s sound activated hopper than so can a Mini. Nowhere near as quiet.
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