5.5 BPS, is my Planet Eclipse marker legal???

So you want to play at 5.5. BPS, but is your Planet Eclipse marker capable of doing that???

Our tech guys have put together for following information to help you bring your marker in-line with these regulations so that you can compete 'legally' and have some fun. Please always confirm with whichever event you will be playing to make sure you are within the rules!

The following will enable you to configure our latest markers to comply with the rules -

  • Select the RETRO preset for 5.5bps ramping.
  • Then, if you prefer semi automatic, simply set the FIRE MODE to SEMI.
Ego 10 to LV1.5 and Geo SL91 to CS1.5, GTEK 170R:
  • Select either the NXL (NXL 10.2 on GTEK 170R) preset or the MILLENNIUM preset for ramping.
  • Set the BS ON ROF to 5.5bps.
  • Set the BS OFF ROF to 5.5bps.
  • Then, if you prefer semi automatic, simply set the FIRE MODE to SEMI.
Currently our older markers are deemed ILLEGAL at 5.5bps, these are -
  • Ego line - Ego9 and older models
  • Geo line - Geo1
  • Gtek/160R
  • Etek line
  • Etha line
ETEK5, ETHA2, GTEK and GTEK160R will ONLY be compatible with a firmware upgrade (see below).

So why are some markers illegal?
The problem is with the Fault ROF (the ROF when the eyes default). Even though the Capped ROF and the BS OFF ROF can be set to a legal limit of 5.5bps, the Fault ROF is GREATER than 5.5bps. This Fault ROF setting is hard-coded in the firmware and can't be altered by the user. This issue can only be detected by a player/ref if the eyes go into default mode. However the marker is still illegal. The user could switch the eyes off and set the BS OFF ROF to 5.5bps and the marker would never default to the Fault ROF, however the marker would still be classified as illegal.

So what have we done about this?

We've created new versions of firmware for the Etek5/Gtek/160R/Etha2 markers which can be flashed by an Eclipse (staff) Tech at an NXL event and some other events (see below). We have no plans to create any new firmware for any other markers at this time unfortunately, but if you bring your Etek5/Gtek/160R/Etha2 to our Planet Eclipse trade stand at an NXL event then one of our techs will set this up for you, for free.

The new firmware for Etek5/Gtek/160R/Etha2 has a self-adjusting Fault ROF that is always 2bps BELOW the set BS OFF ROF Cap which means the marker will always be legal.

To put your marker back into any other mode, simply select the required preset as normal.

How do I get my Firmware updated.

This service can ONLY be performed by certain techs. At the moment we have the following solutions.

Bring your marker to an NXL event in Europe or the USA. 

You can get your marker into the  German Office, UK Office or US Office and it can be done there. You can send in your marker (or just the circuit board) to one of the 3 location I've just mentioned. 

As time goes on more events will be added that we will be attending. If you are in the USA please contact gerry.b@planeteclipse.com and ask if the service will available at your chosen game. The same for Germany but email: technik@paintball.de and ask. For the UK we will be attending the CPPS events, North vs South and Paintfest.

As a quick check.... 

The following markers are NOT 5.5 bps compliant -

Ego 5, Ego 6, Ego 7, Ego 8, Ego 9

Geo 1

Etek 1, Etek 2, Etek 3, Etek 4, Etek 5 with firmware version lower than 2.30

All Emortal and STAR frame boards

Gtek with firmware version lower than 2.30 
Gtek 160R with firmware version lower than 2.30

Etha 1
Etha 2 with firmware version lower than 1.10

E-Blade 1, E-Blade 2

we hope this helps clarify the situation.