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Hello, and welcome to our Hyperice Hypervolt 2 Pro review. The Hypervolt 2 Pro massage gun is one of the 2 newly released devices from Hyperice. If you didn’t know already, the “2” in the name means that the product is an update of the original Hypervolt Plus.
The Plus was on the market for a full year and was the most powerful Hyperce massage gun. It was built for pro athletes and demanding users who need a more aggressive massage.
We praised the Plus in our review because it had good performance specs – we just had a problem with how pricey it was. But here comes the successor!
Is it more powerful than its predecessor? Are there any noticeable upgrades or face-lifts to expect?
Well, in this post we’ll answer all these questions. We will also make a chart to compare the original Hypervolt Plus to this new device.
But first things first…
In This Article hide
- Hypervolt 2 Pro Review
- Is Hypervolt 2 Pro Worth it? And Who is it Best For?
- Hypervolt 2 Pro vs. Hypervolt Plus – Summary
- If not Hypervolt 2 Pro Then What?
- Hyperice Hypervolt 2 Pro Review – Conclusion
Hypervolt 2 Pro Review
Hypervolt 2 Pro Specs
|Feature||Hypervolt 2 Pro Specs|
|Stall Force||~35 lbs (our estimation)|
|Stroke Length||14 mm|
|Percussion range||1700, 1900, 2100, 2400 and 2700 rpm|
|Dimensions||8 x 2.5 x 10.4 inches|
|Noise (decibel)||54-66 dB|
|Battery Life / Capacity||2 – 3 hours|
|Cons||Low stall force|
No carrying case
|Current Price||Check at Amazon|
A few things worth taking a look at here…
What is Included?
Hyperice knows how to make a good first impression. The packaging is well designed, with the device placed inside in an interesting, and perhaps a bit unconventional way. Unboxing the new Hypervolt has been a pleasure.
There is still no carrying case included, however. Very disappointing we have to say because, after all, this is their top of the shelf device. At this point we don’t know what it’s gonna take for Hyperice to include one – maybe a presidential intervention? Anyway, there is a pouch for attachments just like what we had with the Hypervolt 2.
There is a wall charger included with some international plugs. There are the usual cards with information such as an attachment choosing guide, a quick-start guide, information about their app, customer service information, and an instructional manual.
When recently did a Hypervolt 2 review, and when we first unboxed the device, we could immediately tell that it was different from the original Hypervolt. The color was different (Slate Gray), and the device felt smaller and lighter as well – something new at last!
We didn’t get the same immediate feeling with the Hypervolt 2 Pro. In fact, the device looks about the same size as the Hypervolt Plus, just slightly lighter.
Visually it’s very much the same thing as the Plus – the housing design hasn’t changed much and it’s still mostly black. It has the same T-shape configuration as well.
But wait a minute…
When you take the device into your hand, things begin to unravel. Like magic, notable differences begin to appear.
For instance, the handle has been redesigned to be more ergonomic than what was on the Hypervolt Plus – we’ll talk more about this in the ergonomics section below.
Other than that, there entire handle is black with a tiny silver section at the bottom – right after the usual LED ring that lights up when the device is plugged in.
The new logo is on the side (slanted H, probably representative of the company’s new direction as a brand – evolving into a “holistic high-performance wellness brand).
The back panel has also changed. But not as much as the main control area. There are no more buttons. Instead we have a dial that you use both to activate the device and change the speed levels.
This feature is only on this device, the Hypervolt 2 has a button. With the dial, you don’t need to go through each speed. You can quickly move through the speeds now by rotating the dial in either direction. The LEDs indicate the speeds at the edge of the panel.
We love the intuitive controls and appreciate the novelty in it – it feels awesome to use and looks stylish.
Other LEDs include:
- 3 LEDs in the center of the panel for the pressure sensor.
- Another LED just below the pressure sensor – the Bluetooth connection indicator.
- The signature LED ring on the handle that lights up when the battery is plugged in (red = battery low, green = battery fully charged).
There is also a main switch at the base of the device (next to the charging port). You have to switch this on to activate the device before using the control panel. You can also use it to quickly power off the device as well. There is also a battery release button underneath the main housing.
Our Overall Observation
The Pro 2 looks similar to the old Plus device. We are guessing Hyperice didn’t want this new device to look very different. After all the Plus was a top-of-the-shelf device.
At the same time, it’s also very different from the Hypervolt 2. Hyperice wanted to make it clear that the two devices are different. The Pro has some new features that weren’t in the original device (the dial control stands out) but nothing too radical or out of the ordinary.
The build quality is still great and feels premium.
The Hypervolt 2 Pro comes with 5 attachments – the same thing we saw with the Hypervolt 2 earlier. The difference here that these attachments are not slated gray as that first gun. They are all black.
That aside, we like that you still have a great variety to massage the whole body. There are no surprises here though – it’s the same old set:
- Ball/Round: The universal attachment used to massage all body parts. It works better on large muscle groups.
- Flat: This one is a favorite for those with big muscles. If you want harder hits, then this is your go-to attachment.
- Fork/Spine: This one is used to massage the spine area. It’s also great for massaging the area around your neck. Athletes love to use it to treat their calves and Achilles.
- Cushion: We love this one because it offers a soft option for when you have a tender area to massage. You can also use it on bony areas.
- Bullet: Used to treat trigger points, can also be used for foot massage and for plantar fasciitis.
All the attachments here are made of hard material (hard plastic). Hyperice has always used hard plastic for their attachments. Unlike Theragun attachments which are soft. Only the ball here has a little give to it, but it’s plastic as well.
Just for comparison, the ball attachment for Hypervolt Plus was made of foam and was not easy to clean. The cushion head is soft as well but made of plastic as well.
The mechanism for inserting and removing the attachments is “push & pull.” Only the fork head needs to be aligned to prevent it from spinning around when you are using the gun.
We have no complaints against the attachments on the Hypervolt 2 Pro massage gun. The quality is excellent, and the variety is fantastic. We were just wondering whether it would’ve been even better to have a Supersoft attachment like Theragun has for their Pro massage gun.
After all, this is Hyperice’s top gun. We know Theragun owns the rights to the Supersoft attachment, but something unique for Hyperice wouldn’t hurt.
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Size and Weight
The Hypervolt 2 Pro is about the same size as the original Hypervolt Plus – it measures 8 x 2.5 x 10.4 (inches). It’s noticeably larger than the Hypervolt 2 and the handle looks slightly more extended than Hypervolt Plus’s.
But what about the weight? Remember how we’ve always complained about Hypervolt Plus being the heaviest gun thus far? Well, not anymore, at least it’s not as heavy as it was before.
This new upgrade is a tad lighter than the predecessor weighing just 2.6lbs. We know that sounds better, but it’s not a noticeable difference when you actually compare the two guns.
The competition has always done it better. Ekrin B37S only weighs 2.2lbs. We’re glad this new device is lighter and well balanced as well. The battery is in the handle.
We promised to address some things here and now let’s see what we have with this new device.
The Hypervolt 2 Pro handle is now slimmer and has a new shape. We said the same thing with the Hypervolt 2 but that’s because they have a similar shape – pill-shaped. We’d normally call it oval, but pill-shaped is fine as well.
This is something new with Hyperice devices. We know the Hypervolt Plus was cylindrical and so was the original Hypervolt silver device. However, we’ve seen this shape with other massagers we reviewed, like Bob and Brad C2, Naipo, and Renpho R3.
We believe this new shape is better than the cylindrical shape, which presented a challenge for people with small hands. The new shape makes the handle thinner and allows for better grip. Did we mention that the handle is rubberized as well?
But not everything has been addressed even with the reduced weight and a better shaped handle. The overall configuration (T-Shape) of the gun hasn’t been addressed. As we’ve always said, the 90-degree approach isn’t the best, it puts a lot of strain on your wrist and longer massage sessions can be uncomfortable.
We were hoping for a tilted handle like the Hypervolt Go. With the handle tilted, you can have a more natural grip and reach the lower back easily. Ekrin B37S did it well – it’s going to be Hypervolt 2 Pro’s main rival.
Hyperice has addressed some concerns with this new gun. The weight has been reduced, albeit negligible, and the handle has also been worked on to cater to people with small hands.
However, we were hoping for an even better approach with ergonomics. For instance, make everything as it is but include an angled handle as well.
In performance, we often look at 3 key aspects: amplitude, stall force, and percussions per minute.
Hypervolt Plus has been, for a while, Hyperice’s most potent massage gun with a near-perfect balance of all these aspects. How good is the upgrade though?
Also known as the stroke length, this is the distance the massage gun head travels as it percusses. The stroke length determines how deep a massage you can get.
The Hypervolt 2 Pro has a 14mm amplitude.
No, Hyperice still doesn’t disclose information about the amplitude as other brands do. We had to measure it ourselves (as you can see below). The 14mm amplitude is the same thing as the Hypervolt Plus. It’s good enough and can give a deep percussive massage.
Maybe we expected something a bit longer as an upgrade (like Theragun’s 16mm), but this is still really okay and not vibrational, so we’ll take it.
But what about the stall force? Is it enough to utilize the long amplitude?
Stall force is the amount of pressure needed to stall the motor of a device. This happens when you press the massage gun against your body.
When we reviewed the new Hypervolt 2, we mentioned how it was very easy to stall it. It was a disappointment and we noted that those who are looking for more stall force should opt for alternatives. We had hoped that this Hypervolt 2 Pro would be better.
Unfortunately we were wrong.
As far as the stall force is concerned, the Hypervolt 2 Pro doesn’t feel as powerful as the good old Hypervolt Plus.
Again, we couldn’t get the information about the stall force directly from Hyperice – we had to do our own estimation. We tested it against a bunch of other massage guns and could tell what the stall force on this device is – it’s probably 30lbs. or at most only about 35lbs.
Even at the highest speed it stalls quite easily. Since this the Hypervolt is expected to rival big guns like Theragun Pro, Achedaway Pro, and Ekrin B37S, with this kind of stall force, we don’t see that happening.
But does it really matter if the stall force is very low in this device?
Well, if you particularly love Hypervolts and can’t do with any other massage gun, then the low stall force shouldn’t be a big issue. If you just float the device over your skin without pressing it against your body, you can still feel the effect. It still hits deep enough with the 14mm amplitude.
The stall force issue will probably not be an issue for new users who haven’t interacted with the previous Hypervolt Plus. The 30-35lbs. of stall force on this device will serve novice users well.
However, for users who were hoping for a Hypervolt Plus upgrade, the stall force on this new Hypervolt 2 Pro might feel like a let-down.
Percussions and Speed Levels
We are glad that there’s been a change here. Finally a Hypervolt that has more than 3 speed levels. The Pro 2 comes with 5 speeds to match the competition from Theragun, Ekrin, and Achedaway.
The speed levels are as below:
- 1st speed – 1700rpm
- 2nd speed – 1900rpm
- 3rd speed – 2100rpm
- 4th speed – 2400rpm
- 5th speed – 2700rpm
You might have noticed how this new device doesn’t rev up to 3200rpm as the previous versions of Hypervolts. It’s 500rpm slower on the highest speed level.
We can’t tell exactly why they went that route. It’s obviously not because of the amplitude, because the previous Hypervolt Plus had the same 14mm stroke length but with 3200 maximum percussions.
Of course we can only speculate why they went a different direction with the maximum percussions.
We have our own hunches:
- They might have encountered a bottleneck in manufacturing, or changed the manufacturer and this new device couldn’t rev past the 2700rpm – less likely, but maybe?
- Or maybe it’s intentional. They elected to have the device feel more punchy than vibrational. With less frequent hits, the device has a strong percussive bass-like impact and not the vibrational hits that have a treble-like impact – a thud! thud! thud! effect rather than a Whirrrrr! effect.
However, what is sure is that even with the 2700 maximum percussions you can still have a nice percussive massage.
What’s more, with the 14mm amplitude, we would expect a device to rev below 3000 rpms. The longer the stroke length, the longer the distance the head travels back and forth, and thus the few percussions per minute. 16mm amplitude Theraguns, rev only up to 2400rpm so it makes sense.
The bottom line here is that with 2700 max. percussions, the device also now feels more punchy than the Hypervolt Plus, and maybe that’s a good thing.
Unfortunately the stall force on this device feels reduced compared to what we already know the Hypervolt Plus had. If you pay attention to stall force, or have already felt the power on the Hypervolt Plus, this device may feel underpowered.
But somehow the 14mm amplitude and the reduced number of percussions for the highest gear have made this gun feel somewhat strong. Certainly in terms of the punches delivered to your skin.
If this was an intentional move from Hyperice then it has definitely worked.
The pressure sensor is still here – we wouldn’t expect anything different.
It’s indicated by 3 LED lights that glow up when pressure is applied. It’s been calibrated to reflect the stall force in this new device – it doesn’t take a lot of pressure for all 3 LEDs to glow up.
Also, they haven’t upgraded the sensor to look sleeker than what was there previously. This feels pretty old and dull if you compare what Theragun and Ekrin have done with their Elite, Pro and B37S devices.
That said, it is there, it is working well and for most users it won’t be the most important feature. You will probably not need the pressure indication to have a decent massage.
Noise has never been an issue with Hypervolt devices. The Hypervolt 2 Pro isn’t noisy either. With the 14mm amplitude you expect a bit of noise and some rattling, but it’s not too much.
You can expect 54-55dB on lower speed gears and up to 64-65dB on higher gears.
When we used it, we could still talk and hear each other, and there was no need to raise the TV volume either.
We were surprised to see a Hypervolt with no detachable battery when we reviewed the Hypervolt 2. We thought Hyperice had put away the detachable battery feature, but turns out it was just for the Hypervolt 2.
The 2 Pro one has a detachable battery with a release button underneath the motor housing.
The battery is a rechargeable lithium-ion 23V. Hyperice says it can last for up to 3 hours with a single charge. We know that is possible, but only if you don’t use higher speeds and apply no or very little pressure. If you do all that, then expect over 2 hours of battery time.
This is okay, because if you use the device only once a day, you can still have some juice in it a few days later.
There’s still no USB-C charging. You’ll still have to use a wall charger. We like the extra international plugs included.
Bluetooth and App
This Hypervolt 2 Pro review would not be complete without mentioning the connectivity features that have always been a strong selling point for Hyperice.
Yes, this new device is still Bluetooth enabled and you can connect it to the Hyperice app (available on Android or iOS) for guided routines. The app can take control of the device and help you massage.
However, we’ll reiterate that the Hyperice app is a convenient way to learn how to operate the device and see how professional athletes use it.
Is Hypervolt 2 Pro Worth it? And Who is it Best For?
We have mixed feelings about this device. The Hypervolt 2 Pro has good ergonomics and punches hard enough to get the job done.
But the drawback is the power. The deep hits and the solid percussions are okay, but it’s relatively easy to stall this gun. The Hypervolt Plus seems like a different gun altogether (perhaps an upgrade of this if the power there is anything to go by). Given the target audience (pro users), it’s a surprising move from Hyperice.
Nevertheless, we are sure Hyperice know what they are doing. We also know that most users, especially new one, will still find the Hypervolt 2 Pro strong enough. After all it is a stronger device than the introductory Hypervolt 2.
We are also certain that Chiropractors and physiotherapists, who use massage guns to help patients relax, will find this device useful as well. Hyperice included a detachable battery for this one.
The old generation devices are still on sale and have that feature as well – but they may not stay on the market for long.
This is a high quality device from a premium brand that majors in sports recovery. But is it really worth the hefty price tag? We have our doubts.
If you prefer an aggressive massage and you are kind of a stall force freak (like us), the Hypervolt 2 Pro may not offer the best value for your money. There are more excellent devices that cost much less than $399 but come with better performance specs.
The 1-year warranty is also off-putting and you may want to check out other brands that offer excellent devices backed up with a lifetime warranty – Ekrin is the best alternative thus far.
Hypervolt 2 Pro vs. Hypervolt Plus – Summary
Here is the summary of Hypervolt 2 Pro vs Hypervolt Plus comparison:
- Size – about the same size
- Amplitude (both 14mm)
- Noise levels
- T-shaped design with a vertical handle
- 3-level pressure sensor
- Bluetooth and Hyperice app compatibility
- Same attachments (5)
- Removable battery
- Color – both black (Hypervolt 2 Pro with a silver bottom).
What Hypervolt 2 Pro has that Hypervolt Plus doesn’t:
- 5 speeds (vs 3)
- Lower weight (2.6lbs vs 3.0 lbs)
- Slimmer, oval handle
- New control panel with a dial
- Better time on battery (advertised 3 hours vs 2 hours)
Where HV Plus still beats Hypervolt 2 Pro:
- More stall force (est. 45 lbs vs only about estimated 30-35 lbs. in Hypervolt 2 Pro)
- Better max. percussions (3200 vs 2700 in Hypervolt 2 Pro)
- A carrying case
- More extended warranty (just 1 year)
In our opinion, the Hypervolt 2 Pro feels more like a refresh than an upgrade. Compared to Hypervolt Plus, not much has been changed.
If you want a Hypervolt with a high amplitude and a revamped body, then go for the Hypervolt 2 Pro. The ergonomics are better, it’s lighter, slimmer, and looks sleek-looking, but that’s it. From a performance standpoint, we’re not convinced it has much to offer over Hypervolt Plus. It boils down to preference. If for some reason Hypervolt Plus gets retired, then it’s a no-brainer.
However, since they’re both on sale, we believe Hypervolt Plus is still a viable choice. To make it even better, Hypervolt Plus now costs $70 less than Hypervolt 2 Pro (check the latest price here).
If not Hypervolt 2 Pro Then What?
Since we do many massage gun reviews, and test many different devices each month, we think we are well positioned to present some viable alternatives. Here are the two Hypervolt 2 Pro rivals that we can wholeheartedly recommend.
This is likely the best alternative to the new Hypervolt 2 Pro.
Why this one? The 5 main reasons:
- Angled handle – better ergonomic
- More Stall Force Power – up to 56lbs.
- Revs up to 3200rpm
- Lifetime Warranty
- 40% cheaper than Hypervolt 2 Pro
If you prefer a device with more power, this one has plenty of it. Whereas the new Hypervolt Pro2 feels like a proper ergonomic massage gun (thinner, reshaped rubberized handle), Ekrin B37S proposes something even better.
The handle is angled to provide a more natural and firm grip, allowing for longer sessions. The T-shape configuration on Hypervolt 2 Pro fatigues the wrist. Ekrin B37S is also slightly lighter, weighing just 2.2lbs.
In terms of power, which is where the B37S beats Hypervolt 2 Pro hands down, there’s plenty here. There’s up to 56lbs. of stall force on the highest gear – even the lower gears will be hard to stall.
This is why even though it only has a 12mm amplitude, it can still penetrate deep into large muscles. You can press it hard against the skin and it won’t stall as easily as Hypervolt 2 Pro.
Ekrin B37S has more maximum percussions as well. The range is 2000-3200rpm. There are 5 speed gears – the 5th speed is dynamic, allowing automatic intensity change. The Pressure Sensor on the B37S is, in our opinion, better executed than what is on Hypervolt 2 Pro.
The battery is non-detachable, yes, but it has way more juice than what Hypervolt 2 Pro has. It’s also a quality Samsung battery. The B37S will also be quieter because of the lower amplitude. It also comes with 5 attachments and a carrying case. You can expect excellent build material.
It has a lifetime warranty and amazing customer support – Hypervolt 2 Pro has a 1-year warranty.
It normally sells at $329 but you can buy it for just $263 if you use the coupon MGA20, which gives you a 20% discount. So you save $136 by choosing this one over Hypervolt 2 Pro.
Why this one? The 5 main reasons:
- Slanted handle – better ergonomic
- 16mm amplitude
- Revs up to 2800rpm
- 2-year warranty
- About $100 less than Hypervolt 2 Pro
An even more powerful alternative. Achedaway Pro has a high amplitude and high stall force. A perfect combination for those who want an aggressive massage.
It comes with a 16mm amplitude – Theragun-like. That’s 2mm more than Hypervolt 2 Pro and definitely 2mm of deeper and better hits. The advertised stall force is 80lbs. but we believe it’s somewhere in the mid-50s like Ekrin B37S.
Even so, it’s still significantly harder to stall than Hypervolt 2 Pro. Even with all that, it can be more intensive with up to 2800 maximum percussions – 100rpm more than Hypervolt 2 Pro. It comes with 5 speed gears as well.
Ergonomics are somewhat the same as B37S, with the slanted handle.
The overall weight is 2.6lbs – similar to Hypervolt 2 Pro. It comes with 4 attachments that are nicely done – 2 are made of aluminum.
The battery has a capacity of 3200mAh, and can last for 2-4 hours on a single charge. The battery is removable too, and there’s an option to buy the device with a spare one. This makes it an excellent pick for professionals.
It has a 2-year warranty – better than what Hyperice offers for their Pro device.
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Hyperice Hypervolt 2 Pro Review – Conclusion
As we close this Hypervolt 2 Pro review, there are a few key points to note with this new Hypervolt.
In our opinion, this feels more like a refresh than an upgrade of the previous Hypervolt Plus. Some new features like improved ergonomics, reduced weight, and new controls, but nothing more to suggest a serious upgrade.
In terms of performance, this new device doesn’t deliver more than the predecessor – in fact, it’s easier to stall.
Pro athletes or physiotherapists who are looking to buy a Hypervolt will face a bit of a conundrum about whether to choose the Pro 2 or the good old Hypervolt Plus (still on sale at a reduced price). When Hyperice retires Hypervolt Plus, then this new device will be the strongest Hypervolt.
Either way, the value for money isn’t great. We believe there are better products that offer more for less if you can live without the Hypervolt badge (and the Bluetooth connectivity).
Hyperice Hypervolt 2 Pro - Our Rating
Hypervolt 2 Pro is a high quality product from a premium brand, featuring an improved ergonomics and a refreshing new take on controls. The amplitude is great for a deep tissue massage but the stall force feels just not good enough for us. Overall, it is a decent percussive device but in our opinion, it doesn’t offer the best value for money for those who want a stronger massage.
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