- Great battery life (up to 3 hours on single charge)
- Remarkably quiet compared to other similar products
- Adjustable speeds (up to 3200 percussions per minute)
- Comes with four accessories for targeted relief
- Slightly bulky design
- Non-adjustable angle (i.e. only 90º)
- Does not come with a travel bag
The Hypervolt is a winning product that every personal trainer, chiropractor, and physical therapist should consider purchasing—it’s affordable, portable, and effective.
The HyperIce Hypervolt is a personal handheld massager meant to compete directly with the TheraGun G2Pro (more on this later). Think of it like a reworked jigsaw, even though it is a lot more complicated than that. Here’s a GIF that demonstrates how the Hypervolt works.
What does the Hypervolt do?
Percussion therapy—which is fancy lingo for what the Hypervolt is intended to do—is where you rapidly hit a certain area of the the body to break up fascia, among other things. The ultimate goal here is basically the same as that of a foam roller, only a percussion device allows you to get more targeted with your therapy.
If used correctly, the Hypervolt and other similar devices can help with stiffness, soreness, range of motion, and circulation.
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HyperIce Hypervolt Review – Design
The Hypervolt has a hard plastic exterior and a removable battery, alongside four accessory bits for targeting different areas on the body. You get a medium ball head that’s designed for whole body use, particularly on large muscles. Then you have the dampener, which has a blunt nose. This is also intended for whole body use, but it provides more of a solid kick. As such, we would not recommend it on tender areas, but it’s a nice primer for your legs, chest, hips, and butt before you workout.
Next is the bullet, which is meant to be used on trigger points and smaller areas such as ankles, hands, feet, etc. And lastly, you have the fork, which will probably be your least used accessory, but it’s actually really nice for your traps, feet, and scapula region.
Here’s a video from HyperIce explaining the four attachments that come with the Hypervolt.
Hypervolt battery life
The Hypervolt has a removable rechargeable battery, although there isn’t really a need to ever remove it from the device. It charges even while it’s inserted into the Hypervolt and so far the battery life has been stupendous. HyperIce says it will get up to 3 hours on a single charge—we concur. We’ve been using it for well over a week with moderate usage and we’re still at 60% battery life (it has LED indicators to show current battery level).
Is the Hypervolt loud?
Actually, no. It’s surprisingly quite and can therefore be used in the average chiropractor or physical therapist office without disturbing everyone else around you. This is one of its major advantages relative to other similar devices out there.
Hypervolt has 3 speed settings
The Hypervolt can operate at 2,000 percussions per minute, 2,600 PPM, and 3,200 PPM, however you can only cycle upwards through the three options. This isn’t a major issue, but it does mean that if you’re in the middle setting and want to go back to the low setting you need to first cycle through “High” and “Off” before you’re back at low. Small point, but worth mentioning.
The reason that you should care about the adjustable speed feature is that it means the Hypervolt is more versatile than most other percussion therapy devices. For example, you can use the low setting for frail individuals or sensitive areas and the high setting for tough knots or deeper muscle penetration.
How much does the Hypervolt massager cost?
The Hypervolt has an MSRP of $349, which translates into “very affordable by percussion therapy device standards.” Sure, there are cheaper handheld massagers on Amazon, but in the percussion therapy space, Hypervolt is a very good value from a well known brand.
In fact, when we first learned that HyperIce was coming out with a percussion therapy device, we were expecting it to be in the $600-$700 range just based on the price of their other products.
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HyperIce Hypervolt vs TheraGun G2PRO
Here’s the short story: we think the Hypervolt is the better buy, all things considered. It has four major advantages over the TheraGun:
- Hypervolt is quieter than TheraGun—there is no comparison here. TheraGun is very loud and the Hypervolt is not.
- 3 Speeds with the Hypervolt—only one speed (~2,200 PPM) with the TheraGun.
- Price difference is huge—the TheraGun G2PRO has an MSRP of $599 [check current price on Amazon], which for anyone that’s counting is a difference of $250.
- Battery life—Even with two batteries, the TheraGun G2PRO only gets about an hour of constant use. As mentioned previously, the Hypervolt is 3 hours on a single battery.
TheraGun vs Hypervolt
There are some legitimate reasons why you’d get the Hypervolt over TheaGun, but TheraGun still wins in a few areas.
- Adjustable angles—unlike the Hypervolt, the G2PRO allows you to adjust your angle of attack. This can be very helpful and it’s unfortunate that the Hypervolt doesn’t have this feature.
- Ergonomic design—the G2PRO is a lot more comfortable to wield than the Hypervolt. It’s designed specifically to best fit your hand, whereas the Hypervolt has a simple cylindrical shape that isn’t the most comfortable to grip.
- Carrying case—TheraGun comes with a travel case. Nice to have, but it doesn’t make up for the $250 price difference.
- Dampener—TheraGun comes with the better dampener attachment. It’s gentler than the one that you get from HyperIce.