Looking to buy some paintball equipment (noob here) and people recommend the Rotor a lot, but do I really need one? I am prob going to buy a used Ego 10 and im looking for a hopper that would suit but not cost the earth. Any advice?
Any hopper that can keep up with your marker is good. The things price affect really are the size, weight, durability, and aesthetics of the loader. Youll find they all feed really well as its what they're designed to do
I use a Rotor as my main hopper, and have several reloaders / halos in the cupboard and as backups.
A Halo or Reloader can be got for £20-30 and will feed a Ego with 10BPS reliably. The only reason I have for using the Rotor over the others is the simplicity of maintainence and the very long battery life. And I can get Rotor shells in cooler colours, which is obviously very important indeed...
The other thing is - how much maintenance does a hopper really need?
Primarily it's cleaning off paint on the outside and changing the batteries.
Unless you get a paint break inside the hopper, I can hardly remember this happening to me and I was able to deal with it without the need to strip down.
I have dismantled hoppers in the past so it would be easier to press a button and pull apart the shell, but it was not a hardship to unscrew some bolts and then put them back