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HK Army TFX 3.0 Paintball Hopper - Worth It?


Hey, everyone. John Jackson here with Pro Edge Paintball. I am back with another weekly video. I'm excited to show you a new product. It's been a while since we have done some videos, so we're trying to get back in the groove of things here. Before, I get started, one thing I want to ask of all of our viewers is if you could leave a comment below and maybe what more you want to see out of the video, maybe some more feedback on the products that we're reviewing, it really gives me and other people that are watching more value. It adds to the whole experience of watching the video. If you've used a loader or a gun or something like that, be constructive. Basically, add your two cents type thing and just say like it, love it and understand a lot of these players are maybe new players getting started. Any feedback on the video, what you'd like to see, more reviews, different talking points, stuff like that, definitely open to some feedback. Again, as far as the product reviews video go, make sure you just add some feedback. Add some for other players, give your experience because maybe you're only five, one and you like X, Y, Z air tank compared to somebody that's six, one that likes a different type of air tank.  So, any feedback, it really helps other players that may be similar to your style of play or your personality, whatnot, enjoy the video a little better and get more value out of it, like I was saying.

So before, sorry to put that all in there, but this video is going to be about the brand new HK Army TFX 3. We just got these in. Do a quick little boxing video, show you what comes in it, give you a little difference breakdown between the newer version of the TFX versus the older version. So, I'm going to start it here. Of course, I've got the red and black, one of my favorite colors there. Nice box.

If you're going to keep this in a box at home, open it up. So, the loader does come already with the Speed Feed installed. So, that's nice. Let's just open up the box first. So, inside of here, there's like a little compartment behind and underneath where the loader sits. So, you want to go ahead and pull this cardboard out from inside. And what you're going to get inside of there that sits in the bottom, you're going to get the high capacity expand piece.
You're going to get the, I believe this is a USB-C, charging cord. And you do get a rain lid or the lid for this. Again, like I said, it does come with a speed feed. So go and get this out of the way. The TFX has been hit or missed, depending on who you talk to, if they liked it, they loved it. So, we haven't done a shooting video on this one yet, but I would assume HK has been doing a pretty good job on making changes based on feedback. We're talking about feedback, it's great. If you listen to the people that you are trying to cater to, they tell you exactly what you need. So, as far as HK Army, hopefully they've done a great job. I know they've made some changes. So, just to get started, the boring stuff first. The lid is actually pretty cool. Like, for example, a die R2 rotary, if you're familiar with that, it has a detachable lid like this. And so if you want to put that on, I'll just do this real quick, but it's pretty straightforward. On the inside, there's a small button right there, and you press that button with your finger.

It's a pretty big spot too, so I don't have small fingers, but you could probably use an Allen wrench or a screwdriver or something if you needed to, but it's very easy to press. You just press that button there and it slides out the top. There's like a little slot right here in the front. Again, I'm just going to press that button with one finger, not do anything else. And it slides out the front. And you can take your lid and slide it right back in. Put it on backwards. There we go. I'm going to hear it click and you're good to go. Very, very straightforward, very clean idea. I like it. It doesn't add anything to the profile. It doesn't look big and bulky. It's all hidden on the inside. It's not a spot that's going to get shot. Again, it's built very heavy duty. I don't think you're really going to have any issues with these parts, plastic pieces breaking or anything. I like that just at first glance. Pretty nice on that one. Again, that does come standard with the loader. Let's go ahead and put the speed feedback on it. Again, there's a little slot that just comes here on the side.
Again, it does come with a rechargeable battery. I didn't know, but the TFX2 also came with a rechargeable battery. This comes with the new USB-C cord. I don't know if an iPhone or anything like that cord would charge it, but it does come with that, so you don't need that really at all.

All right, and then go ahead and I'm going to go and put this back together to show you how to take it apart. You got your speed feed, your charging cable, and your 230 round expand piece. This is similar to another loader out there I think was by Falcon, if I remember right. I'll show you briefly on that one. We have one put together already, but pretty straightforward. Three little items, pretty simple. You can see it goes together pretty quick. If you were trying to open the Speed Feed, and if you're not familiar with what a Speed Feed is, if this is one of your first loaders, you're doing some research, a Speed Feed is basically a feature that you are able to pour paint balls into the hopper and the paint balls don't really come back out of it. Where a lid, you physically have to open the lid to pour paint balls in, like recreationally or the rental type hoppers. And so this allows you to be a little bit faster on the field, a little bit easier. And if you tump your loader over, they don't really fall out too much. So, one thing I will say that I like a lot, and this is similar to a virtue-to-fire speed feed is it has a little latch right here. Hopefully, you can see that right there. You have to pinch it with your fingers and it opens the back.

That means it actually has a spring and a latch in here that's going to keep this from accidentally opening up. This is pressing super hard on there. It's not going to accidentally open up from what I can tell unless it wears out over time or something like that. I really like the latch. Again, if you want to open the top, press the little spring there and it opens up. Then, your next step to take apart the hopper is to… There's a little, I guess, I don't know what you call it, a little tab. You take your nail underneath there, you slide it up so you can see it raised up there. And then that little lip right there, you put your finger underneath it and you pinch and it comes out the top. Pretty straightforward on that one. That's going to be your red one to show you the colors real quick. They're available red, blue, and your black. I'll show you the loader. There's your top shell. Pretty straightforward how it comes together. Your back buttons, on button, and I believe your anti-jamp. I'm going to show you those in a second. As you can see, the loader comes apart pretty straightforward, pretty easy.
Again, I'm going to press this piece here and then you'll watch the front. It pivots out because it attaches in the front. There is a little lip. Hopefully, you can see that.

Here…. Latches in and you're good to go. Pretty straightforward. So, quick and easy. If you had to clean this quickly on the field or between games, pretty straightforward, you can get that out. Then the next piece here is going to be this tray inside. Press this tab here toward the front of the hopper, so up, and then the tray comes out just like that. Very, very straightforward. Once you want to put it back in, you want to put it back in, you'll notice there's two grooves right here, one on each side, and they need to go underneath these two red tabs there. The very two top tabs right there, first the ones in the bottom. I'll show you that real quick. There's two tabs there and there's a tray. This tray goes on this ledge, the top of this ledge, just like that. And then those two grooves, the two tabs go inside the groove there and then it clicks down.

It's pretty easy.
Don't get frustrated. We'll take a little getting used to. The bottom comes off, right aside.

The tray compared to, let me grab... This is, I believe, a TFX 2. If I remember right, yes, it's an older one. We just have the tray, I don't have the whole loader system. But if you notice, the spring floor here is nearly identical from what I can tell. One big difference is going to be the drive train, basically the drive cone and everything inside of it. This has plastic underneath it where this actually has a rubber piece on the bottom. Hopefully, that makes it a little more fragile on paint. The same thing, in order to get the internals out, you have to lift this little tab up here and spin it. Then you are able to… Let me get this right. You have to line it up a certain way and then the piece comes out and then your inside tab comes out as well. That is pretty much all your gears and everything. Of course, you can go further in there, but it's pretty straightforward. This is your little rubber assembly. I would imagine this is going to make it handle more brittle paint better than hard plastic wood.
That's cool. And then, of course, it just sets back in there. See if I did this right. Once you get to set back in there, you pull the tab up again and spin it. And so when I'm pulling this tab up, it has little notches. It has little notches. And when you pull it out and rotate it, it goes to the notches that are cut all the way through, so it allows it to slide off. And then whenever you move it to the other notch that's not cut through, it holds this on there with spring tension. Good to go.

Rotate that in.

Good to go.

You can watch it.

When you turn it on, this will pulse a little bit, but it does have eyes. Instead of the older system, the older system had a little micro switch in here. You can hear that. Whenever a paint ball would be inside of here, it would hit that micro switch and turn it off. Over time, it'd wear out. This actually has eye sensors inside of it, so no more. See the difference there. I like less complicated. It seems to work better. But so when I turn this on, when I turn it on, put my finger inside, the sensors inside of here. Two sensors are going to sense my finger like a paint ball is inside of there and it's going to stop the loader. If there's nothing inside, it's going to pulse it because it's waiting for paint to be inside. And then again, once something's inside of it, you're good to go. As you notice, I'm simulating a paint ball falling through there.
Good to go. Pretty straightforward. Again, it's got the one button left on and off and then the anti-jamp button, the spin button on the right. Good to go. The TFX 2 and the TFX 3 both have the recharging port here on the front. Let's see if they took the same charger. They have updated the charging port. From a what is it? Like micro USB, it looks like to a USB C, if I'm reading that right. It also has a little test meter here. There's a little button, tells you how much battery life is left. I believe somebody told me get 100,000 shots out of this. I'm sorry, I don't know that for sure. See if it says. I'm not 100% sure of the battery life on it, but what I do like is right before bed, you can go and you can check it quick and easy. Press the button, see how many lights you have. As you get more familiar with the loader, you'll see how many shots you can get out of it. Pretty straightforward. That's the inside of it. Again, eyes are different. Board motor looks somewhere at the tray, the spring tray in the inside of it.

That way any leftover paint balls on the front, roll to the back. And also you get more capacity that way. So, then when it's full, the weight pushes this down. So, straightforward on that one. The inside is easy to clean, very smooth edges, strong feed neck. Okay, so the only thing left is really going to be the capacity piece here, the high capacity. And the only thing I don't like about it. I wish they would have found a better way to do this, but I'm not an engineer, so I can't really say that. In order to create this high capacity to add extra rounds, I believe it holds 185 normally. Then once you put the ring, it adds up to 230. So, over 45 paint balls, depending on, I guess, how big your paint balls are, how much you're filling it up. If you'll notice right here in the front, there's two holes. On the front of the loader, there are two holes there. That means you have to have a Phillips head screwdriver in order to install your high capacity shell, which will sit pretty much like that, of course, without the gap. I'm going to grab the one we already have done. That's what you're looking at there.

Move these pieces out of the way. That is the difference between a standard 185 and then the 230. Hopefully, you can see that pretty close there. Of course, it doesn't add any width, but only adds to the height of it. See right there. Good to go. So, this one, of course, already has it mounted in there. So, it looks sturdy, though. That's one thing I do like. So, you open the lid, pull the tab up, pull the top of the shell, and this is mounted in there. This is not going anywhere. So, it latches in the back and it's got two screws in the front. This isn't falling out. This isn't coming out like some of the other loaders out there. It's pretty heavy duty. You can bend it, of course, but as far as normal wear and tear, looks like it's good to go. Again, the front, same, same front attaches. Good to go.

Slide it in and you're all set. Click it on there. Again, the left button here is going to be your power on and off, and then your right button is your anti-jamb. Pretty straightforward. I do like it. I'm excited to see how it does. Again, if you've already used this loader and you have some feedback for me, definitely go ahead and comment below. Don't talk about the older ones. We all know the older ones. They wouldn't have changed the older design if it didn't need work, obviously.

No problem at all.

We know hopefully that they've made better changes and that you guys have better luck with the new design and hopefully everybody's happier with it. I believe the price is $249.95. It comes with quite a few features that, for example, the Spire 4, you would have to buy extra or like even the Spire IR, you'd have to buy extra. I do think it's worth the value, assuming everything works how it's supposed to. Again, hopefully they did a good job on that.

That is the TFX 3. They are available on our website, Proedgepb.com. If you want to pick one up, try one out. Definitely check it out. We just got these in maybe a week or two ago, maybe this week, last week, depending on when you're watching the video. Again, I like the changes. It seems like they've taken everything that everybody else likes from their old loaders and other loaders and starting to put it together, which nothing wrong with that, in my opinion. Definitely, hopefully, it's going to make a better experience and more value to you guys as the players. Any questions, any comments, anything I missed? Maybe give me a comment below. If you like our videos, give me a shout out below. Please like the video. It definitely helps other players looking for maybe their next paintball hopper. It helps this video show up to them and so that helps us get more subscribers. Don't forget to subscribe. We offer a tech video every Tuesday and a product review video every Thursday. I know we took a small break, but hopefully we are back. Good to go on that.

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