The Hyperice Hypervolt 2 Pro is likely the most unique gadget I have reviewed. When I was approached, I did research first to see what this percussion massage gun is about.
Apart from being a gadget that appealed to athletes or anyone into fitness, it is also a connected device. Given my age, the things I’m prone to, and the type of activities I sign up for, I decided to test it.
The Hypervolt 2 Pro is the most expensive on the line-up, at R7 999. There’s also a Hypervolt 2 at R6 499 and Hypervolt Go 2 (USB charging) at R3 999.
- The Hypervolt 2 Pro is a premium model
- 90W motor; 5 speeds of percussion
- Bluetooth connectivity to Hyperice app
- Weighs under 1.2kgs (2.6 pounds)
- A mini bag in included for 5 head attachments
- TSA Approved for carry-on luggage
What’s inside the box
The Hypervolt 2 Pro massage gun comes with five attachment heads, a charging cable, interchangeable travel plugs, manual and a carry bag for the attachments. The handle, which is the battery, is detachable for easy stowage.
If you want to fly with it, it is TSA approved for carry-on luggage, but as a battery operated gadget, it won’t be allowed to be checked in anyway.
Design and first impressions
The Hypervolt 2 Pro is well-built; it is sturdy and some may find it heavy. It is built for purpose and a “gun” shape works for it. The attachment heads are easy to swap out; I didn’t need to check how to do it, I just intuitively pulled out the one and put another one inside it but made sure it was securely placed in.
The carry bag for the attachment heads is a nifty addition if you see yourself traveling with it, but also for storing, though there is no carry bag for the massager itself.
There is an LED light band indicator at the bottom above the silver base so you can monitor battery life and charging status.
Connecting to the Hyperice app
The massage gun has Bluetooth connectivity and you can pair it to the Hyperice app. Pairing is seamless. I tested it with an iPhone 14 Pro and didn’t have connectivity issues. Even when it came to reconnecting later or as I used it, it paired quickly.
The app offers customisations if you link your Health and Strava app to it. It can recommend routines based on your activities. It has guided warm-up, recovery and maintenance routines you can follow and offers content from professionals.
The routines tab is where you’re likely going to spend most of your time. It offers things like nighttime relief, leg glide relief, evening rest, run recovery, tight calve relief, hip mobility focus, training warm up, full body reset, etc – there many different guides on there.
But what’s cool about it is once paired, you follow it with video guidance on what to do, including what attachment to use. The massage gun will automatically go into the mode without you doing anything manually, including intensity levels.
The filters for this are also excellent. You can search by muscle group, activity type, and its recovery, warm up or maintenance. There’s also tags for advisor, athlete and partner.
Using the Hypervolt 2 Pro
There is a power button at the base of the handle, you flip it and the green light comes on to indicate it is powered up. You then need to turn the round dial to start the percussion. The 90W motor supports five speeds, which you can just move left or right to quickly toggle between them.
In addition to each speed indicator strength lighting up, in the centre, there are three LEDs to indicate pressure. If you press the massage gun into you, the pressure will go up, vs simply placing it on you. So basically, apply more pressure as needed.
What I found is that you don’t necessarily need to go into the highest speed for it to be effective. It is very powerful at its lowest setting anyway, and you can always apply pressure on the lowest setting. If you use it with no pressure on level five speed, the sensations are very different. It’s great to have so many options based on what type of recovery you need.
You can also use it on its own without using any of the app routines of course. But the app routines are great if you want all round massage which tackles different areas. In a way, it also helps you understand which attachments to use.
It has a Lithium ion battery and Hyperice says it lasts three hours, but there is no battery capacity listed on the site. Battery life is is also dependent on how frequently you use it in the week, for how long and which speeds. For my usage after hiking or recovery, it lasts a long time. I don’t feel like I need to constantly charge it when I pick it up.
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