With paintball guns already being fairly expensive, there’s just no need to go out and spend over a $100 on a loader when just starting out. Especially when you consider that the Empire Halo Too delivers 90% of the performance of other high-end loaders while only costing half the price.
In fact, the Halo Too is probably the most affordable hopper you can buy that can actually be used in tournament play. Even though it may not be the best hopper for playing at such a competitive level, it can still get the job done – which is all that really matters.
The Halo Too is also the perfect back up hopper so no there’s need to feel bad if you eventually want to upgrade to something better such as the Rotor R2. If you don’t plan on turning professional though, then the Halo Too is probably more than capable of exceeding your expectations. It’s fast, reliable and virtually never jams or breaks paint.
And while I do believe that the Halo Too is the best loader under $100, I would be lying if I said it didn’t come without its flaws. If you want to know more about the pros and cons of the Empire (or Invert) Halo Too, then continue reading the rest of this review.
Consistent Feed Rate of 20+ BPS
While there may be plenty of affordable loaders on the market, very few are capable of keeping up with the Halo Too. Even if the loader claims to be able to handle a feed rate of over 20 BPS, there’s a good chance the inside of that loader is a ticking time bomb just waiting to happen.
Fortunately, an Anti-Jam Freeway is included with this loader to ensure your marker is always fed a continuous supply of paint. And while I was initially skeptical about the sound activated feeding, I have to admit that it actually works surprisingly well. Just make sure to adjust the microphone sensitivity (1 = least sensitive, 6 = most sensitive) to the lowest setting that will still pick up the sound of your marker. This will help keep the loader from accidentally detecting the sound of another marker being fired and trying to feed paint.
You should also adjust the motor speed (1 = slowest, 6 = fastest) to the lowest setting possible as well, otherwise you risk breaking one of the paintballs in the loader from too much pressure. You can, however, turn on feed stack monitoring to ensure that more force isn’t being applied to the ball stack than what’s needed, but you’ll still want to reduce the motor speed if you can in order to save battery and reduce wear.
To further improve the performance of the Halo Too you can even buy a Magna Clutch or Rip Drive Kit – just make sure you’re buying the kit that fits the Halo Too.
Long Battery Life
One of the main benefits of using a loader with sound activated feeding is that it conserves power as long as no noise is being detected. Other loaders (such as those with eyes) are forced to constantly spin until it detects another ball in the breach, which can sometimes be wasteful of battery.
An automatic 1-hour shutoff feature is also included with the Halo Too in case you ever happen to leave your loader on when you’re done playing. This feature alone will definitely save your batteries at least one time or another.
Great for Stealth
While being stealthy may be far more important when you’re playing woodsball, it can still helpful when playing speedball as well.
If you’ve ever used a loader with eyes before then you know all too well how annoying it can be when you run out of paint on the field. The sound of the loud motor instantly gives your position away and makes you an easy target to the enemy if you aren’t quick enough to reload.
Luckily, the Halo Too doesn’t have this problem and even comes with an ultra-quiet belt drive so you’ll never have to worry about anyone hearing the sound your loader.
- 20+ BPS
- Weight of 1 lb. 5 oz.
- 180 ball capacity
- Requires 4 AA batteries (not included)
- Polycarbonate shell
- Low battery indicator
- 1-hour auto shut-off
- Sound activated feeding
- Freeway Anti-Jam
What Consumer Reviews Have to Say about the Halo Too
While most reviews of the Halo Too are highly positive, there are a few common complaints among many of the consumers as well. The biggest complaint about the Halo Too is that it can be fairly annoying to take apart whenever it needs to be cleaned.
With a total of 7 different screws that need to be removed and even a tiny washer you have to worry about losing, disassembly in no quick and easy process. If you want a loader with tool-less disassembly though you’re going to have to spend a little more than the price of the Halo Too.
Programming this loader isn’t quite the easiest task either. There’s only one button to press and to be fair the manual isn’t exactly the most helpful guide ever. By watching a programming tutorial on YouTube though it shouldn’t be too hard to figure out what to do. Plus, once all the settings are properly configured they shall remain that way until the batteries die or they’re removed from the loader.
The only other common complaint about the Halo Too is that it’s somewhat heavy and bulky. For the price though, all of these complaints are nothing when you compare the Halo Too next to other loaders in a similar price range. And if for some reason you don’t like the Empire logo, you can even go buy the Invert Halo Too instead as it’s the exact same thing. Since both Empire and Invert are owned by Kee Sports, there are zero differences (besides the logo) between the two loaders.