Attn: i-SAM ball machine owners

JRW

Rookie
I've been thinking about getting a ball machine for a while and was pretty much set on getting a Silent Partner Lite but heard that the new model doesn't have the option of adding an additional battery to extend playing time like it's predecessor. I just don't think 2 hours is going to cut it for me. Does anyone know if the i-SAM has the option of adding another battery to extend it's playing time?
 

Loco4Tennis

Hall of Fame
i have a sam-p1 machine,which also has a 2 to 4 hour charge i would have to check my specs again to be sure
but ive never used it for 2 hours contanttly, i use it in 5, 10 to 20 minute sessions max, when the ball basket empties, i turn it off while i go pick up
one charge has lasted me 3 to 4 days without having to recharge, and have not notised significant loss in power,
imo, 2 hour charge is more than enough for personal use, also some courts do have power outlets, which you can take your charger to if you needed, c if yours has some also, hope that helps a bit
 
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JRW

Rookie
Hmmm...interesting point about plugging in the charger at the courts. Never thought about that. If 2 hours is enough then I may just pay a little more and get the SP Lite since it has a spin option. But I don't know if it's worth the almost $200 increase in price though. Options, options....
 

mark999

Rookie
silent partner has a bunch of demo ball machines on the big auction site. both new and old models are available. check it out.
 

JRW

Rookie
I've been checking out the big auction site lately. It appears as if I can get a SP Lite for around $640/shipped. The i-SAM looks pretty tempting for only $498/shipped though.

I'm torn between paying more for spin (SP Lite) or paying less and having the option of extending the playing time (i-SAM). If only you could still add a second battery to the SP Lite it would be a no-brainer for me.
 
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Deleted member 23235

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Regarding time: I've never spent 2hrs continuous using the ball machine, or in aggregate (eg. i turn off machine while picking up balls). To keep things in perspective... in training, it takes me about 2hrs to run a half marathon (and i think hitting for 2 hrs straight (on a ball machine) would be much harder.

2hrs on a ball machine is not the same as 2hrs "hitting around" with a live person. Presuming you did have an infinite ball supply: the freq of the balls in much higher with a machine; there's no "down time" to pick up balls (eg. using 3 balls as a standard when playing with a live person); and lastly you'll need to be in elite shape to keep that pace up for even 1 hr continuous.

I can see 2hrs being a limitation if you were regularly using it within a group: eg. 4 people - rotate hitting 20 balls, pickup up 20 balls until the battery runs out... or if you're using this as a group lesson teaching aide with back to back groups
 

mark999

Rookie
the older sp star model is $650.00 shipped at auction. i'd get that one rather than the newer model sp lite. 2 batteries and a remote. check the reviews on this site.
 

JRW

Rookie
I noticed that one too. I guess 25 hours of court time isn't too bad for a used machine. I would also imagine they look them over pretty well before shipping them out.
 

mark999

Rookie
just received my star model today. looks in perfect condition, can't even tell it's a demo. also remember it comes with a full 1 year warranty.
 

JRW

Rookie
just received my star model today. looks in perfect condition, can't even tell it's a demo. also remember it comes with a full 1 year warranty.
Sounds good. I missed out on the auction that ended earlier today. Hopefully they'll have another one for sale soon.
 

mark999

Rookie
when i bought mine they had 5 SP stars listed. everybody that buys the demo models are very pleased with their purchase. keep looking, never know when they are going to auction more. you could try calling them direct and buy a demo directly from them.
 

SlapChop

Semi-Pro
I bought the SAM I am totally unimpressed. I think that not having spin as an adjustment that it makes the machine useless. all I can shoot is lobs and easy shots. I am returning this thing while I still have the chance. I could put the speed over 3 without it just hitting the fence. What machines do you guy recommend for good practice. I am going to save up my money so I can buy a good one. What is the best one to buy?
 

kimguroo

Legend
I bought the SAM I am totally unimpressed. I think that not having spin as an adjustment that it makes the machine useless. all I can shoot is lobs and easy shots. I am returning this thing while I still have the chance. I could put the speed over 3 without it just hitting the fence. What machines do you guy recommend for good practice. I am going to save up my money so I can buy a good one. What is the best one to buy?
+1.
I bought used isam for $300 then I was unimpressed.
sold it a week later and got SP lite for $499.
I think SP is the best machine for $$$.
 

JRW

Rookie
I bought the SAM I am totally unimpressed. I think that not having spin as an adjustment that it makes the machine useless. all I can shoot is lobs and easy shots. I am returning this thing while I still have the chance. I could put the speed over 3 without it just hitting the fence. What machines do you guy recommend for good practice. I am going to save up my money so I can buy a good one. What is the best one to buy?
I'm glad you posted that. Since there weren't any SPs on the auction site I was going to go with the i-SAM instead. I didn't realize the spin feature was such a necessity. I guess I'll just wait and cross my fingers hoping another one pops up. Thanks guys.
 
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