Halo vs Egg
Hey, to all my paintball buddies. This review is based on my experience and observations, first hand. Personally, I never thought I would need a top end loader. I run a Bushmaster LCD 2K2. Last year, at the Atlantics (PEI) my team shot 8 cases of paint. I never had a problem with feeding or breaking balls.
Then, I was made aware of the function of the Shock Tech board for the Bushy. It sounded like it made sense. Here is my set-up I had.
Now, with this setup, I should have been able to rock. Little did I know, the board made all the difference in the world. When I installed the Shock Tech board, it was insane. I had to turn the gun down to 20bps. With this insane cycle rate and response, I knew I would need another loader to keep up.
- Bushmaster LCD 2K2
- Mac Dev Grip frame(angel)
- Gladiator Reg.
- Mac Dev Red valve(increase flow)
- Low Rise feed
- Mac Dev LPR
Here was where the decision came. It was either a halo or an egg. A couple of guys on the team have eggs. They seemed to be having trouble with the egg keeping up.(even with the Y board). As for the Halo, I only heard that they had a tendency to put too much pressure on the ball stack. I based my decision on a philosophy I have learned over the years. "Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it".
I used the halo for the first time at the Moncton AGTPL. It "Rocked" all weekend. I never had a problem with it.
- The motor winds the spring in the paddle, making the eye secondary. Hence, there are force fed balls prior to the eyes actual function, which is to wind the paddle.
- The ability to shoot with the gun tilted. Not really necessary, but it doesn't hurt.
- The Low Battery light is very important. As with all battery operated equipment, if the battery gets low unforseen hiccups may occur, causing great stress.
- The capacity for the loader is 180 balls.
- The tension that the paddle may also be a con in that if the paint is cheap, the pressure put on the stack may cause ball breakage.
- The batteries required are a 9volt or 6 AA batteries. The latter is preferred, as the 9volt will not last as long. That is the trade off for cutting down on the weight.
- The pressure applied to the stack may cause the ball in the breach to roll forward or back. The forward roll can be eliminated by a good ball detent.
- The Egg does not put pressure on the ball stack, thus eliminating ball breakage in the loader(feed neck).
- The Egg uses a 9volt battery lowering the weight.
The Halo is a constant force feed loader whereas the egg relies on gravity at times.
- The cover for the egg can be difficult to open as it snaps shut with a small notch to try and open it.
- The balls don't get force by the wheel until the eye sees a gap. This delay has been one of the design flaws.
- With no tension on the balls until a eye activation it is effectively a gravity feed gun until the eye sees a gap then tells the wheel to move. This action causes the loader to go from a force feed to a gravity feed and back again.
The Halo is the top dog, with the following precautions:
This would be my recommendation.
- Make sure you have fresh batteries in at each tournament. (This will rule out low batteries as a cause of any problem you come across.) There's nothing worse than adjusting your gun, only to find out, you had old batteries.
- Use fresh and good quality paint. Tournament grade paint is usually pretty good, so this concern would likely apply when using practice paint.