DISCLAIMER: This is meant to be a guide and guide only. This advice is free, and remember, sometimes you get what you pay for. In some of the articles I link you to, they mention the ION not going above 200psi, Just remember, that the Epiphany operates higher, as the ION/Epiphany are closely related, so it goes without saying that alot of the tech stuff is as well. Enjoy and feel free to contribute if i left anything out. THIS FAQ SHOULD BE A LAST RESORT!!! READ YOUR MANUAL FIRST THERE IS A LINK BELOW
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FOREWORD: Alot of people have a tendency to ask which upgrade is the best.
Alot of deciding that is doing your own research. Places like www.pbreview.com
and the review section here on PBNation give good insight from other players that have used this equipment. I will say though, to get the most out of those reviews, take them with a grain of salt. People do tend to exaggerate and so on.
Another big part of upgrading your Epiphany is personal preference.
The paintball aftermarket is a very competitive place, alot of products are very close, if not equal to each other.
Problems-Well its a fact, Murphy's Law if you will. Over time things will go wrong with any marker.
Down below I have a link to a page on ZDSPB for troubleshooting ION/Epiphanies.
Before you start thinking there is something majorly wrong with your Epiphany, replace the battery. You will be surprised at how much a new battery can fix.
Use a good quality battery, Duracell Ultra, Energizer, Energizer Industrial, etc.
Those dollar store batteries will just cause problems.
Common Problems with ION/Epiphany:
How many shots does an Epiphany get off of a 68/4500?
The amount per tank can vary, but expect about 1000+ without a QEV, more with a QEV, Air efficiency depends on your settings(dwell)
A Lower Dwell setting will get you more shots per tank, but at a cost of consistency, For optimal settings, see the WARPIG/ZDSPB links below.
Here's a link from WARPIG, on how to tune your ION/Epiphany. As the stock boards are programmed in the same way.
Here's a another link for electronic settings from ZDSPB
However, make no mistake, the solenoids on the stock boards are different, The Epiphany solenoid is meant to handle higher pressures, and the ION does not take the higher pressures.
Feedneck: Yeah, its not clamping. Most hoppers will fit if you take the top o-ring out of the stock feed neck, or sand the neck of your hopper down to fit. A clamping feedneck is advised. It makes life easier.
What is the difference between the ION and Epiphany?
The Epiphany is based off of the ION, however there are a few key differences:
The Epiphany comes stock with a magnesium-alloy body, as it is heavier, In my opinion, more aesthetically pleasing.
-Comes stock with the Smart Parts Firebolt, the Firebolt weighs in at 16grams, and I do believe the ION bolt weighs in about 30+grams
-Firechamber- The Epiphany firechamber is quite a bit different than the ION's. It utilizes volume inserts so you can stay within the operating range of 240-280psi at a given velocity(fps).
-Trigger-The stock trigger on the Epiphany is tighter and uses a magnet to return the trigger to resting position.
-Barrel-The Epiphany comes stock with a Freak Jr. and one insert
No, the Epiphany does not come with the Blackheart board, I have seen people say this, and they are wrong.
Taken and modified from anythingextreme.com
Why would a platey want to change the volume inserts? - At the pressure ranges in which the Epiphany operates, basic set-up differences such as installing a QEV, using an aftermarket bolt, or playing indoors with a 250 fps velocity limit require a change in the fire chamber volume to meet the desired velocity.
Most other guns eliminate side to side movement in the trigger, don't they? – Some competing products appear to, by wedging the trigger when it is forward. Actually when you pull them, they can wiggle from side to side in the middle and back of their stroke. The Epiphany trigger is laterally stable through the full trigger cycle.
What kind of anodizing does the Epiphany body have? - The magnesium alloy of the Epiphany grip frame, body and trigger are not anodized. They are protected by a chrome based plating process that provides superior protection with a high luster finish.
Can the Epiphany be used with a QEV? - Yes, just be sure that they are rated to handle the higher operating pressures. An example of an Epiphany rated QEV is the Smart Parts 360 QEV.
Can you put two QEV's on an Epiphany? Yes you physically can, but you will get NO performance increase from it.
Will aftermarket Ion bolts work with the Epiphany? - Yes. Experimentation may be required to find the best Epiphany volume insert to use with a particular bolt.
What is the operating pressure range of the Epiphany? - Typical operating pressure is about 260 psi, with a maximum of 280. The pressure difference between the Ion and Epiphany allows the Epiphany's reduced volume fire chamber to deliver the same amount of force to the paintball, yet recharge more quickly for better velocity consistency.
Can the Epiphany trigger be installed in an Ion trigger frame? - No.
Can an Epiphany trigger frame and trigger be installed on an Ion? - Yes
Are Ion body covers and Epiphany body covers interchangeable? - Yes and no, A Strange ION body will not work without modification.
What is required to upgrade an Ion to Epiphany performance pressure levels? - An Epiphany regulator Spring, Epiphany circuit board and hoses, and an Epiphany fire chamber with inserts.
Can those same Epiphany performance components be used on an SP-8? - Yes, but the Epiphany fire chamber will need to be fitted with an SP-8 Swivel Donut.
Aftermarket Circuit Boards:
Here is a comparison chart for the boards for the ION/Epiphany
I will update this fairly frequent as per request.
Or whenever I think I forgot something.
Not bad for slapping it together in about a half hour eh?