While the original Dye Rotor is
definitely great hopper to own, it isn’t always the best when it comes to
loading soft or brittle paint. Luckily for us, not only has the problem with
jamming been fixed in the Dye Rotor R2, but a few other common issues has been
addressed as well.
These few minor changes have turned
what was already a top-of-the-line loader into what may be the best hopper that
money can buy. Unfortunately, because the Dye Rotor R2 is one of the top
hoppers on the market it does manage to come with a bit of a price tag. That’s
why we only recommend this loader to the serious tournament player whose
looking to have the absolute best no matter what.
On the other hand, if you’re just
getting into paintball then we recommend you buy something much more affordable
– as this hopper is meant for high end tournament markers that can shoot at a
rate of around 30 BPS or more. However, if you do happen to have a high end
tourney marker then continue reading our Dye Rotor R2 review as this may just
be the right loader for you.
One of the main reasons the Dye
Rotor R2 excels over other hoppers on the market is thanks to its superior
operating system. This operating system comes with a really useful feature
known as Dynamic Force Control which eliminates the possibility of excessive
force being applied to paintballs going through your loader.
The way that Dynamic Force Control
works is by preventing both the drive spring and the motor from driving the
Rotor Carousal at the same time. Instead, the drive spring and motor are set to
work separately from each other in order to provide a much softer and more
consistent drive force. You can even adjust the drive spring tension yourself
if you feel you need a little more or less tension.
Another impressive feature of the
R-2’s operating system is that it comes with the industry’s first Reload Alert
System. This system works by letting you know exactly when you’re low on paint
and it’s time to reload. The Reload Alert System will signal twice when you’ve
fired 96 paintballs, and three times when you’ve fired 144 paintballs. The only
downside of this system is that you have to press the alert reset button every
time you reload.
There’s no need to worry about all
these features consuming too much battery though, as Dye made sure to include
Active Power Conversation in the operating system as well. This feature
automatically lowers and raises the power supply level in order to prevent more
power being used than needed. This helps to greatly extend the battery life of
In addition, you can also find dip
switches on the bottom side of the gear box that will allow you to turn off the
lights and sounds of the hopper. This feature is essential for night play.
Adjustable Paint Capacity
Gone are the days of having to own
two different hoppers just to change the amount of paint you can carry on the
field. With the Dye Rotor R2 you can easily adjust the paintball capacity by
simply sliding the Top Shell Slide Button on the back of the loader to the left
and lifting up the Top Shell. This will allow you to see the amount of
paintballs you’re carrying though the window component as well as change the
paintball capacity from 200 to 260.
30+ BPS Feed Rate
Using Dye’s patented Rotor Carousel
technology the R-2 is easily capable of feeding at a rate of fire of 30+ BPS.
This time though Dye made sure to make some minor changes to the feed system so
it would be far less likely to jam when using soft or brittle paint. The main
change that Dye did to make this happen was that they included an anti-jam
rubber feed arm that prevents a ball from jamming in between the rotor and the
top of the carousel.
In case a jam ever does happen Dye
also made sure to include a jam release trigger on the bottom of the loader.
All you have to do is simply pull the trigger when a jam occurs and you will be
good to go!
Easy to Reload
Dye designed the Rotor R2 with a
mouth lid 15% larger than its predecessor in order to reduce the amount of
paintballs lost while trying to load your hopper on the field. Because the
mouth lid of the original Rotor was so much smaller you would often lose paint
unless you perfectly lined up the pod with the opening.
Now if you find opening the lid each
time to reload to be too much of a hassle, you can always upgrade your lid to
the Quick Feed. The Quick Feed system allows you to load paintballs directly
into the hopper at any time without having to worry about paintballs ever
falling back out. This is all possible thanks to the co-molded magnet
technology that hold the arms in place.
Also included with the Dye Rotor R2
is the new Rapid Release Safeguard System. This quick change lid system makes
changing the lid take only a matter of seconds. This feature really comes in
handy on those days where it unexpectedly rains.
No Tools Needed
Having to drag out your tools every
time you want to work on your loader can become fairly annoying, so Dye made
sure the R-2 can be broken down for cleaning or maintenance without the use of
any tools whatsoever.
The only tool you would ever need to
have when using the R-2 is a 1/8 allen wrench if you want to change the drive
- 100,000+ shots on 3AA batteries
- 200-260 paintball capacity
- 1 LBS without batteries
- Spring loaded floor
- Tool-less disassembly
- Reload Alert System
- Rapid Release Safeguard
- Dynamic Force Control
- Low battery indicator
- Adjustable drive tension
Is the Dye Rotor R2 the Best Loader for You?
Once again, this loader was not
designed with the average player in mind. The Dye Rotor R2 was instead built
from the ground up to be one of the best possible hoppers for the speedball
player. With so many new and improved features – it’s easy to see why many of
the top professionals have made the switch to using one.
- Feed rate of 30+ BPS
- Reserves power when not being used
- Alerts you when it’s time to reload
- Comes with jam release trigger to anti-jam your hopper
- Lid opening is 15% larger than original Rotor
- Adjustable ball capacity from 200-260 rounds
- Feeds consistent and is gentle on paint
- High price tag
- Harder to field strip than the original Rotor
Usually this would be the time in
the review where we discuss all the drawbacks of this product, but to be
honest, the hefty price is about the only negative aspect that we can think to
mention. Other than that it may be a little harder to field strip than the
original Rotor, but this is only because of the addition of the slide button
and adjustable paintball capacity.
So if you want the best hopper on the market and don’t mind spending a little bit of money, then the Dye Rotor R2 will surely suit your needs.