Hypervolt vs. Hypervolt Plus – What’s the Difference
As one of the top-selling massage guns of 2019, the Hypervolt will likely continue to be used by amateur and professional athletes as well as medical professionals well into the future. There are two different models of the Hypervolt to choose from: the original and the Hypervolt Plus.
Hypervolt vs. Hypervolt Plus – Whats the Difference?
|Motor||60 watt||90 watt|
|Average Battery Life||180 minutes (3 hours)||150 minutes (2.5 hours)|
|Weight||1.3 kg (2.8 lbs)||1.4 kg (3 lbs)|
You may be wondering if that is all that is different between them? You would be right. There are very few differences. The main difference is that Hypervolt Plus massage guns are 30% more powerful than the original. To understand why that is worth a $100 price difference, we will have to look at the features that overlap and why some people choose the Hypervolt Plus over the original model.
Hypervolt vs. Hypervolt Plus. What’s the Difference?
If you are reading this article, we are going to assume that you are aware of what massage guns are and what some of their basic benefits might be. So, we won’t be going into detail about that here. We do need to break down a few of the differences between the Hypervolt and Hypervolt Plus, though. As listed in the table above, the significant differences lie in three main areas:
The color is different on them as well, but this factor doesn’t play a role in how effective the device is overall. There is also a slight size/weight difference, but it is hardly noticeable.
So the primary differentiating factor between the Hypervolt and the Hypervolt plus is the watts in the motor. The motor of Hypervolt Plus has a higher wattage of 90, whereas the original Hypervolt only has 60 watts.
Now, this does not mean that the Hypervolt Plus puts out more strokes per second or has a different number of levels. Both of the Hypervolt models will put out the same number of strokes per second on their three levels. The watt difference is what impacts the amount of force or hardness of those strokes.
Since the Hypervolt Plus is 30% stronger, it applies more pressure and has stronger shocks. Due to this factor, the Hypervolt Plus is often preferred by professional athletes and medical personnel that work with athletic and muscle recovery. More pressure in the strokes allows the gun to perform a deeper massage. This is sometimes preferred by individual users as well.
The motor size is what will directly impact the battery lifespan on either the Hypervolt models. The original Hypervolt has a slightly longer battery life due to the fact that the motor is not pulling as much energy with each stroke. The Hypervolt Plus lasts on average, around 2.5 hours, where the original model will last up to 3 hours.
So, again, this is not a huge difference overall. While the battery life is shorter on the Hypervolt Plus, it is not that much shorter. For most users, they will not deplete the battery storage after one use. In between uses, the battery can be charged, and you’ll never have to worry about it running out. This can be an issue when you are traveling or if you work in a medical profession. If you use the Hypervolt Plus for numerous patients, you may run out of battery.
You can buy additional replacement batteries for either model that gives them a longer battery life, but they both come with one rechargeable battery. This can also be helpful because you could buy a backup battery to carry with you in case one battery runs out, and you aren’t in a place where you can charge the Hypervolt battery.
The price factor is usually what decides which Hypervolt model to buy for most customers. While having a deeper, more aggressive massage may be preferred by some, the price difference can change their mind. The Hypervolt Plus is $100 more than the original Hypervolt. Some insurance companies may cover the cost of this massage gun if you are recovering from an accident that causes muscle distress.
Most of the time, customers are only spending the extra money if they can afford to, though. If you need the Hypervolt for private medical or massage practice, you can also buy it as a business expense. Since you use it for numerous patients, the price will not be a huge factor in the end.
Knowing your personal price budget for a massage tool like this will be helpful in deciding which is the right purchase for your needs.
Features Included on Both Hypervolt Models
Both Hypervolt models include many of the same features. These overlapping features are listed below:
- They are both lightweight massage guns that are powered by a rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery.
- Both have three settings of either 34, 44, or 54 strokes per second.
- Upon purchase, one battery is included, but they both can be upgraded to different battery sizes and replacements.
- The company, Hyperice, uses a patented Quiet Glide Technology, making them run at 55-65 decibels. This technology allows you to use the device anywhere without disturbing those around you. Many other massage guns are quite loud when in use, but these are not.
- They are both equipped with brushless high torque motors.
- Although the weight and color are slightly different, the design and build of the guns are virtually identical.
- Both models have five different head attachments that are included:
- Standard Ball
With so many overlapping features, it is obvious that both the Hypervolt and Hypervolt Plus are amazing massage guns. You really can’t go wrong with either model. Their numerous head attachments and stroke settings give you a diversified massage experience that is hard to beat.
Plus, they are one of the only massage gun companies out there that uses the Quiet Guide Technology. This may not seem important right now, but if you are traveling with this and need to use it somewhere like the airport, a vehicle, or a shared hotel room, people around you will be happy that your massage gun isn’t overly obnoxious when in use.
Which Hypervolt is Right for You?
With so many similarities between the two massage gun options, it is kind of hard to justify buying the Hypervolt Plus. However, you do have to consider that a higher watt gun will give you a deeper, more stimulating massage.
If you are an athlete and need a massage gun that is compact, versatile, holds a charge, and will give you the muscle relief you need, then they original Hypervolt design will do the job. It is a compact design, easy to use, and powerful enough to give you the necessary results.
The Hypervolt Plus is usually a more common device used by professionals. Whether it be professional athletes or individuals working in medical or massage practice, it is typically seen as a professional-grade model because it can give a deeper tissue massage. It has all the benefits of ease of use, portability, and versatility that the original model does with the bonus of having more power.
All-in-all, the Hypervolt model that you choose will be determined by your personal massage needs. If you need a more aggressive massage gun and can afford the additional cost, then the Hypervolt Plus will be a great choice. Where on the other hand, if you want the relief of a massage gun that is effective and that’s about it, then the Hypervolt will be perfect for you.
Richard A. Lehman, LMT, CSCS
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