Lobster Sports Elite 1 Portable Tennis Ball Machine Review

Wouldn’t it be great if you had a feature rich tennis machine that is easily portable?

Well, Lobster Sports Elite 1 is the best portable tennis ball machine on the market with amazing durability and features.

The best thing about Lobster Sports Elite 1 is that it comes at a very reasonable price tag which makes it stand out from other products.

Without further ado, let me take you through a detailed review of Elite 1 and its technical specs.

Technical Details

With compact dimensions of 21 x 14 x 20 inch, Elite 1 offer you maximum durability. It weighs only 42 pounds which makes it extremely light in weight and its ergonomic design gives it a whole new feel.

It has a ball capacity of 150 balls and 4-8 hours of battery backup. The backup time depends on how intensely you use this machine.

It has a feed rate of 2-10 seconds and is user-friendly to operate. You can also set the oscillation speed from 20 to 80 mph on average which is great.

The Good

Here are the key features of this tennis ball machine.

Remote Control

This is an optional feature but if you want to add, you can pay a little bit extra to get a remote control on your machine. It can be used to control the oscillation and ball feed rate. Using the remote control, you can easily trigger the oscillation motor and aim its feed wherever you want to.

If you want to adjust the settings, you can simply turn off the ball feeder and do so. This is where remote control comes handy. If you don’t have it, you will have to walk to the machine to change the settings.

Battery Life

Its battery life is simply impeccable. Though advertised 4 hours but it can go as much as 8-hours, depending on how you use it.

Usually, its battery would last for roughly 4 hours and 15 minutes when running on its full potential. After that you will have to re-charge it. There is a low-battery indicator as well that keeps you updated on its battery status.

One thing we were disappointed with is the recharge time. It takes a whopping 25 hours to fully recharge it once it is completely drained.

Spin

Want more spin to enhance your skills? Well, the Elite 1 is capable of adding a top spin punch to the ball just like the Lobster Sports Elite Grand Five Tennis Ball Machine, Half Volley Playmate Tennis Ball Machine and Lobster Sports Elite 3 Portable Tennis Ball Machine, making the shots more challenging for you.

This spin feature works pretty well and also allows you to adjust the level which is barely noticeable to the kind of spin you play with those big string breakers.

One thing we noticed, on the full top spin, this machine made the ball bounce extra off the ground while on underspin, it would make the ball stop from moving forward while still making it bounce higher.

Oscillation & Height

Finally, its oscillation is very smooth and it nicely feeds the ball in random direction which mimics the motion of real players. During oscillation, the machine rotates randomly but slowly. You will get the idea where the ball will go.

Its height is pretty much true to its name. You can easily lob any height to nearly all parts of the court which is incredible. Also, when you adjust the spin control, you can easily create offensive top spin lobs while defensive underspin lobs.

The Bad

Here’s what we didn’t like about Lobster Sports Elite.

No Assembly Instructions

You may find it hard to assemble it. Though it is user-friendly but there was no user manual inside.

Long Charging Time

Though the backup is great but recharging time of 25 hours is too long.

Material & Construction

Lobster Elite 1 is made from durable plastic material and comes with 2 years’ solid warranty against all manufacturing defects.

Overall Performance

Overall, it is a beginner friendly tennis ball machine which challenges you on a whole new level and helps to improve your skills.

Who Is It For

Ideally, Elite 1 is perfect for beginner and intermediate level players. It has a user-friendly interface with tons of features.

Verdict

Lobster Sports Elite 1 is probably one of the best durable entry level battery operated machine. It is perfect to improve your skills and advance to the next level.

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