Hypervolt Review: Used It On Patients For Over a Year – Here’s What I Found

Hypervolt Plus
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The Hyperice Hypervolt is not the OG (Original Gangster, if you’re not up on your street lingo) of the jigsaw massager game. However, it quickly became the new kid in town, setting the standard for how all future competitive products get measured.

Handheld, over-marketed percussion therapy devices have been around for a long time. Originally, they were priced in the thousands and targeted toward businesses in the health and wellness market (such as massage therapists, physical therapists, and chiropractors). The initial grassroots idea of sticking a ball on the tip of a jigsaw created a product market of a convenient device you don’t have to craft yourself. Also, at a price point the general consumer can afford. 

To help mitigate general muscle aches and pains from working out, massage “handguns” gained massive popularity among the fitness communities. Now, we’re seeing these muscle tenderizers becoming much more popular among the mainstream population.

As you could imagine or already know, many brands arrived at the gunfight to take the title of master massage blaster (I made up that title, of course)! It’s created a name for itself, but with so many options, features, and benefits out there does the HYPErice HYPErvolt match all the HYPE?!

In this review, I’ll provide you with exactly what you need to know about Hypervolt, including pros and cons, pricing, and my professional insight from using the device over a year.

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The Bells and Whistles of Hypervolt Plus

The Hypervolt looks like Star Wars blaster pistol shooting particle beam energy (pew pew!). So, to no avail, it has some pretty futuristic features.

Quiet Glide Technology

The primary feature of the Hypervolt is its highly acclaimed and trademarked Quiet Glide Technology. Hyperice was the first to bring a quiet self-massager to the gun show, and it didn’t disappoint.

To clarify, Hyperice is the company and Hypervolt is the actual product I’m reviewing (it can get confusing at times).

Hyperice claims it’s Quiet Glide Technology can:

“Deliver 3 levels of power while remaining quiet for ultimate relaxation, giving the user the ability to take the Hypervolt anywhere without disrupting the therapeutic process.”

Personally, I feel they over market the amplitude/frequencies on the three speeds on their website (they say between 2000-3200 pulses per minute). Do those numbers really matter physiologically? Probably not. I’m good with low, medium, or high (if I feel like it or not).

Five different head attachments

Hypervolt ships with five different head attachments that serve a variety of purposes from pinpoint treatment to blasting across broad muscle groups. Unfortunately, the jackhammer that does the massaging is not adjustable. Therefore, don’t burn any bridges – you’ll needs friends to help you get those hard-to-reach spots!

There aren’t very many accessories out of the box outside of the head attachments. I like it that way because you don’t get unneeded fluff that hikes up the price.

Savvy battery design

The device only has one battery, but it packs in three hours worth of usage on one single charge.

A second battery hasn’t been necessary for me in the clinic. Further, the battery acts as the handle, which reduces bulk and extra weight – savvy design.

Added power

Its powerful 90W high-torque motor delivers 30% more power and is honestly what makes it different than the original Hypervolt.

Hyperice marketing

The Hyperice Hypervolt webpage lays out all the fancy features and benefits, as expected on any product marketing page. However, they make reasonable claims unlike one of its massage gun competitors.

Hyperice directly states the Hypervolt helps relieve muscle soreness and stiffness, improves range of motion, promotes circulation, and accelerates warm-up and recovery. 

Muscle soreness and stiffness

I don’t need to explain: a massage feels good. Naturally, a massager can help reduce the perception of muscle soreness and stiffness, which is fine but not necessary.

Improving range of motion

Improving range of motion is a moot point because your body has not learned how to control that new range-of-motion, so it’s quickly lost. Honestly, this increase in range-of-motion goes right back to your normal after about 10 minutes of moving around, and I’m being generous.

Promotes circulation

Promoting circulation is another debatable feature. You can promote circulation by merely moving. How much more circulation does it promote versus exercise, and does it even matter? Time to move on – next.

Accelerates warm-up and recovery

Accelerating warmup and recovery is a very subjective experience with individual variability. Again, what difference does it actually make? The belief you’re warming-up and recovering better with a massage tool can be more potent than the physical effects of the tool itself.

What Hyperice doesn’t throw out there is rubbish about fixing pain (out of scope for this article) or releasing scar tissue (not possible with a massager). However, there’s a brief video discussing the “science” of Percussion Therapy below, which I believe is a bit misleading. Hyperice also discusses it’s Quiet Glide technology, Percussion Therapy, and design and ease of use.

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Let’s be real here, percussion therapy is a fancy name for something that’s still a massager. If you’re looking for a high-quality massager it definitely works. If you’re looking for the Dalai Lama of health & fitness technology, well, continue to wait and pray!

How much does Hypervolt Plus cost?

The cost of the product is straightforward – $399 ($50 more than the original Hypervolt).

Hypervolt cost vs competitors

Comparatively, the price is between the high-end Theragun G3PRO and the DIY jigsaw massagers. If you want something that’s a budget priority and just gets the job done, you should go with the DIY. However, if you don’t want to go through the hassle of Frankensteining a product and you want affordable quality and craftsmanship, just run the plastic for the Hypervolt Plus!

When comparing the Hypervolt Plus pricing versus competitors, it’s in the mean regarding affordability. Its prime competitor, Theragun, prompted to develop the G3PRO to contest the Hypervolt which dug the G2PRO its grave because of its Quiet Glide Technology with extended battery life. Oh, and the fact it’s almost half the price. 

As of recently, there are now a bunch of percussion massagers on Amazon that start in the low $100s. The question is, are they any good? I haven’t tested any of them myself but I can imagine you get what you pay for.

The cheapest route would be the homemade versions that utilize a jigsaw tool and a lacrosse ball. However, this requires way more work than simply pulling out your credit card!

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Is Hypervolt Plus right for you?

Pros

  • Feels good and can reduce muscle tension.
  • Three speeds that are all quiet.
  • Long battery life.
  • Great value compared to its competitors.
  • More power (compared to the previous model).

Cons

  • It still does the same thing as everything else (self-massage).
  • The massaging head cannot pivot for hard-to-reach areas.
  • The foam head can stain your clothes (be careful).

Hypervolt Plus features assessed

I’ve had the blessed opportunity to own and use the Hyperice Hypervolt for a little over a year now and, holy moly guacamole could you even imagine, I’ve got an opinion on it…

Noise

As I mentioned before, it’s a quiet massage gun. This is a claim that not all of its competitors can honestly make.

Battery life

I rarely have to charge the battery, although, it’s not like I’m using it for extended periods. 

The subtle green, yellow, red battery life indicator lights are useful and accurate as it gives you a good idea of how much juice you have left. Just make sure you pull the battery handle from its connection (there’s no reason to if you have one battery) every now and then as I had some corrosion on the leads.

Durability

No, I haven’t tried to drop it from a skyscraper or run it over with a Geo Tracker, but I’m sure it will last through various bumps and bruises. If not, at least you’ve got a 1-year warranty going for you. 

Unfortunately for me, I had dropped it after my warranty and now the thing is a bit louder and ratchety when I first turn it on.

Hyperice Hypervolt
Source: Hyperice

My professional insight from using Hypervolt for over a year

Has it really been over a year (time goes by fast)? I have a unique perspective of ushering the Hypervolt personally as well as professionally in the clinic.

Personally

For personal use, I use the device as follows:

  • When I’m stressed out, I carry a lot of tension in my neck, traps, and jaw muscles. The Hypervolt is a nice, but temporary, quick fix. 
  • If I happen to overdo it in the gym, it feels great on my sore muscles, but those muscles are still sore once I turn it off! 
  • If my butt’s tight from sitting a long car ride, it feels nice to blast my butt (cheeks).
  • I initially didn’t think the non-adjustable head was a big deal, but when I really wanted to hit my own shoulder blade one day, I found it quite difficult to reach. Using the device on other people is no problem whatsoever.

Professionally

For professional use, it currently collects a lot of dust. Like any new toy, I played with it a lot, experimenting with a variety of applications. I originally had the Tim-Tam power massager which was much cheaper than Theragun and did what it’s supposed to. However, the version I had is super loud (the new one is quiet). Because the noise was a problem in an office setting, I sold it for quarters on the dollar then picked up the Hypervolt.

I’ve tried all the tip attachments:

  • The fork tip is nice to get muscles on both sides of the cervical (neck) spine at the same time.
  • I find myself using the flat, half-dollar-sized tip the most on patients lower back as they do particular therapeutic exercises.
  • The bullet tip is useful for getting a pin-point area when the flat tip is too broad. 
  • The standard, mixed-usage foam tip is your jack-of-all-trades. Unfortunately, found it can leave stains on light clothing if you hold it in one spot for too long with heavy pressure. Could you imagine if scuffed someone’s $100+ pair of Lulu’s? How dare you, Hyperice!

To sum it up with an analogy, getting some Hypervolt action on your back as a patient is like getting a hot neck towel when you get your haircut – you’re not there for the towel but is a nice touch nonetheless.

Things to consider

BUT (pun most definitely intended) all of the things I mentioned above doesn’t require schlepping around a massage gun with you everywhere.

  • When I’m stressed out, the only way to mitigate and prevent tension is to de-stress. I make sure not to overwork, properly wind down from the workday, eat well, and get enough sleep.
  • Stuff happens, but I shouldn’t be getting excessively sore after workouts. In the case that I am, I would need to get more in-tune with my body and change my behavior, not rely on a massage gun.
  • If I don’t want my butt to hurt from sitting, I probably shouldn’t sit so long and more my body more often. If I’m forced to sit for a while, then taking postural micro-breaks and performing some stretching can do the trick. The massage gun is not a necessity, it’s a limited luxury.

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Final thoughts

To wrap, wrap, wrap it up (finally), the point is, the Hyperice Hypervolt Plus is a self-massager. It massages. It doesn’t take much work. You don’t have to think about it. It feels great but it’s not a miracle drug.

The product comes with a 1-year warranty, has three speeds, a 3 hours worth of juice, is still the quietest of the bunch, and priced at an affordable $399. Honestly, what’s not to like?

The question is if it’s worth a couple hundred bucks or more for a massage tool. Honestly, it’s all personal preference. If I weren’t a chiropractor, I would’ve never gotten one. However, I gave into the hype!

What do you think of the Hypervolt Plus? Leave your review in the comments below!

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Summary

The Hyperice Hypervolt Plus is a self-massager that comes with a 1-year warranty, has three speeds, a 3 hours worth of juice, is still the quietest of the bunch, and priced at an affordable $399. Honestly, what’s not to like?

Pros

  • Feels good and can reduce muscle tension.
  • Three speeds that are all quiet.
  • Long battery life.
  • Great value compared to its competitors.
  • More power (compared to the previous model).

Cons

  • It still does the same thing as everything else (self-massage).
  • The massaging head cannot pivot for hard-to-reach areas.
  • The foam head can stain your clothes (be careful).

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RJ Burr, DC
I’m​ ​Dr. RJ Burr, a chiropractor​ ​in Plymouth, MI. I’ve never been much of a wordsmith, so I’ve always found writing these bios to be a little tricky. But hey, if I were a wiz at writing biographies, I probably wouldn’t have been able to focus on my true passion in life: helping people get back to doing what they love and performing better. I graduated from Central Michigan University before I pursued my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the National University of Health Sciences (NUHS). I’ve accrued more than 700 hours of post-graduate work with an emphasis on manual therapy, rehabilitation, biomechanics, nutrition and movement restoration. I’ve earned various certifications such as McKenzie Method of Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (Cert. MDT), Active Release Techniques (ART), and Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) medical track, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and a candidate for the American Chiropractic Rehab Board Diplomate (DACRB). I discovered early on that truly solving problems wasn’t something I could do alone. As a matter of fact, we have to work together and you have to be the change. I don't "fix" people, rather work as a guide to solve their muscle and joint pain frustrations, so they can get back to the lifestyle they deserve.

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