Gas versus Electric Tankless Water Heater

May 18th, 2015

You made the decision to buy either an electric or gas water heater, but find yourself at a crossroad and don’t know what type pick? Hopefully, this would help you narrow it down, and at the same time give you enough information that you can do the weighing process yourself.


Calculating and Weighing in

First off, you need to do some simple math and add the GPM (gallons per minute) of every appliance that you use. This is called flow rate, and it will have huge impact on the kind of water heater you really need. Once you have done that and have decided that you don’t need a conventional tank for hot heater, it’s time to weigh the pros and cons of whether to use gas or electricity.


Now, you probably already know how tankless water heaters operate, and that you get hot water instantaneously instead of waiting for a tank to fill up. The question, however, is whether to use gas or electricity. Gas or electricity has its own vices, thus selecting one can be sometimes confusing and a painful process. Here’s some important things to consider for either getting a gas or energy-based heater.


Pros and Cons

Gas heaters, on principle, have higher flow rates than their electrical counterparts, but their efficiency is smaller, around 85% compared to the electrical 98%. Gas heaters are also more expensive, in terms of installation, again, depending on the cost of the gas itself and the installation condition in your home. Sometimes gas can be more expensive in an area that buying an electricity heater will be the more viable choice, but bear in mind that, as mentioned before, electricity heaters may add additional installation costs. In any case, you have to do these calculations yourself to know which type to pick.

gas vs electric tankless water heater

Another factor to consider is the annual costs. In general, operational costs for gas heaters are less, around 15% than electrical, assuming the average costs of electricity and propane and natural are roughly scaled the same. In the long-run, even if gas might save you a couple of bucks per year, the efficiency ratio of electric heaters may outweigh that advantage. It is reported that they also have longer lifespan.


For some families, when deciding whether to buy gas or electric, the safety of the heater plays a significantly vital role in that decision. While modern technology makes that risk insignificant, with gas heaters in particular, certain households sleep better at night knowing that electric heaters have virtually no chance of “exploding”, thus they opt for this type of heater, disregarding any other cost factor.


Which to Choose

Regardless of what type of energy source you intend to use for your water heater, the best location to put them on is in the near proximity of the energy source itself. This will ensure quick turnaround time and avoid the fluctuation of cold water sometimes coming out of the heater. Statistics show that on average more people have chosen to go with the electric heater, due to the relatively high initial cost of installing gas heaters and its rather complicated maintenance requirement.

Unbiased Review of the Tippmann A5

March 13th, 2015

Review of the Tippmann A5

Tippmann A5 is often said to be one of the best mechanical markers available right now on the market. When users review Tippmann A5, they usually list upgradeability and dependability as its greatest advantages. The relatively low price has to be mentioned in the Tippmann A5’s review. It’s a rapid fire marker, thanks to the use of Cyclone Feed System. This mechanism is a connection between the feeder sprocket and the air system. As it is pointed out in many various reviews, Tippmann A5 is a very good marker for both intermediate users and beginners. It is true indeed. This paint-ball gun can be a great tool for different players and serve them for long years.



The gun has a fore-grip and a bottom line. There’s also the Cyclone Feed System. It’s worth mentioning in a review, Tippmann A5 comes in several different colours: camouflage, silver and black. Even though Tippmann A5 looks similar to many other paint-ball guns, there’s one difference – its length. As it’s noted in more than one review, Tippmann A5 is longer than other markers. Yet it doesn’t make it difficult in use, it’s still easy to handle. The length gives it a solid feel.


Efficiency and accuracy

Tippmann A5 is very easy to load up, although the way it’s being done differs from most mechanical guns. There’s a star-shaped loader located inside of the Cyclone Feed System and after every single shot it’s advanced with the air that fires the ball. Later on the same air forces another ball into chamber. This way loading balls is fast and simple. Even though there’s not an electronic loader, it’s unlikely you will have problems with loading a ball. Numerous players confirm it, you can find this information in more than one review. Tippmann A5 has a no tool field strip feature. Sometimes you can see a user complaining about it in a review. Tippmann A5 is easy to be taken apart though, even if you’re in the field. You don’t need tools to put it back together.

tippmann a5 review

Be careful in the start to do not lose some pieces when you take it apart in the field. A player once wrote in his Tippmann A5 review he made this mistake as a beginner and simply lost a part. Later it will all become easier, you just need to learn how to make use out of the no tool field strip feature and you should be satisfied with the Tippmann A5’s accuracy and performance. Sometimes it is also gets pointed out in a review Tippmann A5 has a fragile piston that drives the Cyclone Feed System. In general though the gun is said to be a good example of the producer’s craft and engineering. Reading a Tippmann A5 review, you will most likely find an opinion of a contented user. Players often confirm they have been using the market for a long time and it didn’t let them down.



It cannot be missed in a Tippmann A5 review that the marker has a great upgradeability. It is created to be personalized. You can for example add a Flatline barrel system. Another possibility is adding an electronic trigger frame or an after-market stock. A Response Trigger System, a collapsible stock, an expansion chamber kit – all of those accessories can be used in a Tippmann A5. A review that says Tippmann A5 is not good for upgrades probably doesn’t exist. This one thing all users agree about – Tippmann A5 is great when it comes to upgrading and personalizing. There are plenty of customized shrouds you can use. The marker can look like any military rifle. You can also attach scopes, sights or straps thanks to make it more practical in use. The marker can be operated with both compressed air and CO2. Nitrogen will work too.



The marker has a very strong durability. It is well designed and made of good quality materials. Keeping it clean and oiled is simple. In general it’s very easy to maintain it, you won’t have to spend money to keep it working for a long time.



It can deliver 15 to 17 balls in a second. With no batteries! This is because of the patented Cyclone Feed System. Therefore loading balls is very fast and simple. The marker is extremely durable and this is repeated in almost every single review. Tippmann A5 is designed to last for a long, long time. Another quality that is always being mentioned in a Tippmann A5 review is its dependability. You can count on it no matter the weather, it can bare even the worst conditions. One more good thing about this marker is its price. Considering its quality, the price is definitely acceptable, it can be even described as low.



You can often see this complaint in a review: Tippmann A5 has a bad stock barrel. It’s recommended to upgrade it as soon as possible. Weight can also be considered as a disadvantage, the marker is quite heavy. Many users say the gun is very accurate, but sometimes you can come across a player who claims in his/her review Tippmann A5 is not as accurate as it was expected. Upgrading it can help though. It will be more accurate when you add the right barrel. While durability is one of its greatest advantages, sometimes in a Tippmann A5 review you can read a story about how someone tried to fix it when it was finally necessary. It rarely needs fixing, but once it does get broken, it’s a challenge to make it work again.


Summary of the Tippmann A5 review

The marker is generally very good and many players agree about it. It’s reliable, quite accurate and affordable. Both beginners and intermediate users review Tippmann A5 as an excellent paint-ball gun. The problems that sometimes are being mentioned in a review of the Tippmann A5 can usually be solved with a bit of personalization and customization. There are many upgrade options available for Tippmann A5.




Tankless Water Heater Benefits and Drawbacks

January 11th, 2015

In the world of water heating the new biggest craze is tankless water heaters. While I would definitely have to say that tankless is a far better method of heating water than the traditional tank version it does come with its drawbacks as well. Today we will be discussing all the pros and cons of tankless water heaters in an attempt to educate our readers. If you haven’t already made the switch then hopefully we can convince you to do so when the time is appropriate.


The Benefits of Going Tankless


The biggest advantage that alone should make you want to make the switch is the fact you will never run out of hot water. The way this works is that instead of heating the water inside of a tank the water is heated as it runs through the pipes. This allows you to heat up water right when you need it which can help you to save around 20 to 30% on your water heating bill.

benefits of tankless water heaters

You can expect a tankless unit to last about 5 to 10 years longer than their tank counterparts and I’m sure by now you can start to see how much money you will save. Not only will you save money but you will also save space as these units are much smaller and can even be installed outdoors if need be. Since they are installed on the wall they really don’t get in the way at all. If you are using a point of use model you can even install it under a cabinet or in a closet.


Drawbacks of Making the Switch


There really aren’t too many drawbacks of a tankless water heater but we will try to list any problems that could be associated with making the switch. The biggest negative aspect is the fact that they are more expensive than the traditional tank version. This means more money up front so it’s kind of like a trade-off for saving money later on. If you don’t buy a unit powerful enough you won’t be able to get really hot water which is never good. This is due to the fact the hot-water output is split among all your household fixtures but as long as you buy the right type you will be good to go.

If you happen to buy a gas powered unit you also be producing greenhouse gas. Not only that but you will have to deal with annual servicing to keep it working properly. While gas powered units are cheaper to use the annual servicing windup equaling out the cost over time. Unless you own an office or business an electric tankless water heater should do the job.




Overall I would have to say that making the switch to a tankless water heater is definitely worth it and you should look into doing so as soon as you can. With all the benefits of making the switch without many drawbacks it amazes me more people haven’t done so already. Make sure to read reviews of all the most popular models to ensure you get the best one possible.


How to Play Speedsball

October 30th, 2014

What is Speedsball?

One of the first things you’ll notice as you get into learning about the sport of paintball is that there are two different, well-known paintball games out there. The first is known as woodsball which is simply a military style game in which you see players geared up from head to toe in camo. The second, which I will teach you all about, is Speedsball.  It was invented in the 1920s by a man named Elmer D. Mitchell. Typically, more advanced to professional leveled players player this version of paintball. This is due to being a highly competitive game. Speedsball has one goal and that is to be the last man standing; technically, in this case it would be a team, but I think you get the gist.

Info & Rules

This game is played in a small field that allows easy view and communication for the players. The field tends to be flat and contains multiple bunkers which are, of course, artificial. Some of the fields will be indoors while others will be outside. However, whether inside or outside the game stays the same. There are usually 3 or 5 teams which consist of 3, 5 or 7 members. Each game will last 5-15 minutes, hence the name speedsball. Once all teams are eliminated except one, you have a clear winner and then the game restarts.





When searching for a paintball gun that is suitable for speedsball, try checking out the Dye Proto Rail, Azodin Blitz Evo or Spyder Fenix. If none of these guns suit your taste then just browse the internet for any electropneumatic marker. You’ll want it to be fast and lightweight. If you’re going all out you should even consider getting one with a force fed hopper.


Expecting to find yourself in the middle of an intense speedsball match in the near future? Good. You will want to wear comfortable clothing such as loose jeans as well as shirts. Many of the players you’ll see on the field will be wearing jerseys, although it is okay not to. Whatever you decide on, know you’ll have a blast dominating the paintball field.

Top Paintball Guns of 2014

October 16th, 2014

Best Paintball Guns

One of my favorite things to do is gather a group of my friends and head out to a paintball tournament; the only thing that makes it better is winning. However, winning a tournament wouldn’t be possible without all of us having some of the best paintball guns on the market. Let’s face the facts, when your competing against somebody who has a better marker than you chances are you’re gonna lose. Thankfully, it’s been quite a while since we’ve taken a loss. So, to get you to the top of your game I’ve written reviews on a few of our markers.


Azodin Blitz Evo

The Azodin Blitz is my paintball gun and it’s better than any other marker I have ever held in my own two hands. My favorite thing about it is it’s consistency; it tends to stay within 5fps of what I set it to, varying occasionally. The Blitz is also extremely lightweight which helps me out during long, competitive matches because I don’t feel like I’m lugging anything around. Also, it shoots about 11-14 balls per seconds. There are some guns out there that shoot more, but those are the absolute best paintball guns and usually come at a very expensive price tag while the Azodin Blitz Evo is affordable.



Tippmann 98

I think it would be safe to say that the Tippmann 98 is the all time best paintball gun for any beginner player. This is mainly due to the amount of customs that you can add on to it, although it comes with a lot of great features straight from the factory. Not as great as my Blitz but still more than decent, this marker can shoot around 9 balls per second from it’s 200 capacity hopper. It is also super light at just 3 pounds while fully loaded, so like I said, you never have to feel as if your constantly lugging around heavy equipment.

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Leading Tankless Water Heater Reviews of 2015

October 16th, 2014

Tankless Water Heater Reviews

When it comes to tankless water heaters you need to make sure that you choose the correct one. The most important things that you need to keep in mind while looking at different options and brands are the size of your home, climate of the area in which you reside and family needs. Other things that you should consider, but are not vital, include where you want to install the water heater, cost as well as the features the instantaneous water heater comes with. Fortunately for you, I have assembled a couple tankless water heater reviews on my two favorite brands: Ecosmart and Rinnai.


If you can’t tell by the name, Ecosmart is an expert at supplying consumers with earth friendly, efficient products. From spa and pool heating needs to marine purposes, they’ll quickly become your go-to brand. Why? Well, because they’re simply the best at what they do. With a 99.8% efficiency rate, they’re quite hard to beat. Plus, you can save almost 60% on your utility bill every single month! How great is that

Tankless Water Heater Reviews


Unlike Ecosmart, Rinnai specializes in manufacturing and producing machines that are extremely durable. So durable in fact, that their tankless water heaters can last up to twice as long as a conventional tank. However, if a part on your water heater manages to break or malfunction you won’t have to worry because every single piece on a Rinnai tankless water heater can be replaced. Have an expert install the machine indoors or outside and you’re good to go!


If you’re looking for a water heater that produces few harmful emissions into the air and is extremely efficient go for an Ecosmart tankless water heater. On the other hand, if you want a machine that is sure to withstand the test of time purchase a product from Rinnai. Either brand is great and offers many different options perfect for every family; however, you may want to take a look at some other tankless water heater reviews before making your final decision.

Best 2014 Empire Axe Review

September 16th, 2014

Empire Axe Review


The Empire Axe paintball marker is one of the best out on the market today. Although, $500 may seem like a lot of money to pay it really isn’t for a paintball gun of such high quality. While using the Empire Axe in tournaments you’ll be sure to have a comfortable grip due to the extended grip frame used in the making of this marker.

Another great thing about the gun is its lightweight design, meaning you won’t get worn out towards the end of your match from having to haul around your equipment. It may not seem like a big deal but I assure you it can be the final decision making factor in whether you end on a good note or not. You won’t ever have to worry about giving away your location while playing or about bothering neighbors as this marker is very quiet.

This Empire Axe review demonstrates just how great this marker is.

As if it couldn’t get any better, this marker features outstanding velocity meaning performance that you can count on. This paintball gun comes with a unique push button bolt removal system that results in easy maintenance. The Empire Axe happens to be one of my favorite paintball markers, but you should go ahead and read other Empire Axe reviews so that you can make a smart buying decision!