Hyperice has finally updated one of their Flagship Products, the Hypervolt Massage Gun. After two years, there are now two upgraded models. The premium massage gun has been renamed the Hypervolt 2 Pro.
Having previously reviewed the Hypervolt Plus, I can tell you right away that if you already have the Plus, you probably don’t need to upgrade to the Pro. But there are a few people who might want to make that upgrade (mostly professional athletes and physical or massage therapists).
That doesn’t mean that the Hypervolt 2 Pro is not a finely tuned improvement. It is. So whether you are considering an upgrade from the original Hypervolt, or are looking for your first massage gun, the Hypervolt 2 Pro is a excellent choice.
Hypervolt 2 Pro vs. Hypervolt Plus design
The Hypervolt 2 Pro and the Plus still look very similar, but they do have some visual differences. The 2 Pro is a little bit taller and a tiny bit longer. The attachment head holder has been changed to one that looks a bit more smooth and less plastic-looking. It also now says Hyperice on the side instead of Hypervolt Plus and they ditched the Bluetooth logo.
The light ring at the bottom is now larger and brighter, and it now has a silver end-cap beneath it. But the most obvious visual difference is the entire handle is now more pill-shaped, rather than the more circular handle that the Plus had previously. Personally, I think all of these changes make the 2 Pro look a lot more professional, modern, and refined.
The pill-shaped handle is actually one of my favorite changes to the Hypervolt 2 Pro. It’s just much more comfortable to hold and use. This makes a big difference if you are someone who works with a massage gun a lot as part of your profession. The handle also has indented lines in the rubber that add to the comfort of holding onto it. It also helps that the new 2 Pro is 0.4 lbs lighter than the previous model, which makes it 2.6 lbs instead of 3 lbs.
Hypervolt 2 Pro battery
One of the things that sets the Hypervolt Plus or Pro 2 apart from the non-Pro models is that the handle, which holds the battery, actually comes off. This is obviously great, again, if you are someone who uses these all day long, and you need to swap out the battery pack. I like it because it makes it easier to throw it in my bag if I need to take it somewhere. The 2 Pro also has a new spot for the release of the battery handle, and I found it a lot easier to remove than the Plus.
The battery life on the 2 Pro is around the same as the Plus. They say it is actually more like three hours versus 2.5 hours. The extended battery life is probably only true because there are lower power settings on the 2 Pro. But even two hours is pretty good.
Hypervolt 2 Pro settings
The Hypervolt 2 Pro includes a 90-volt motor, which the Plus had as well. So there is no difference there. But these are still 30 watts more powerful than the regular Hypervolt 2. What’s different here is how fine-tuned you can get that 90-volt motor to work for you.
Previously, with the Hypervolt Plus, there were three different settings:
- Level 1: 30 Hz / 2,400 PPM
- Level 2: 40 Hz / 2,800 PPM
- Level 3: 53 Hz /3,200 PPM
Now with the new Hypervolt 2 Pro, there are five different settings:
- Level 1: 28 Hz / 1,700 PPM
- Level 2: 32 Hz / 1,900 PPM
- Level 3: 35 Hz / 2,100 PPM
- Level 4: 40 Hz / 2,400 PPM
- Level 5: 45 Hz / 2,700 PPM
It is interesting to note that the highest setting, Level 5 on the new 2 Pro, is actually lower than Level 2 on the previous Plus. The 2 Pro offers a lot more choices in the opposite direction. Levels 1, 2, and 3 are all lower than the previous lowest setting on the Plus. After using both for quite a bit, though, I think this makes a lot of sense.
I just have not found a lot of practical value in the highest setting on the Plus. However, I have found the lower settings to be really useful, especially on more sensitive areas. I really prefer the lower settings a lot more when I am warming up a particular area before a workout. I also think the dial on the 2 Pro is a lot nicer than the previous Plus button.
The 2 Pro dial also has a pressure gauge that gives you a visual of one, two, or three lights based on how much pressure you are applying. This is a useful feature if you are using the Hypervolt on someone else, because obviously it’s harder to tell how much pressure you are applying. I can see this being a very useful feature, especially for physical and massage therapists.
Hypervolt 2 Pro attachment heads
Like all Hypervolt models, the 2 Pro includes five different attachment heads. The fork, bullet, and cushion heads are pretty much identical to the Plus. But the flat head is a little more rounded than the Plus. This roundedness makes it just a little softer. Just as they are with the Plus, the 2 Pro attachment heads are easy to pop in and out and they stay very secure.
The attachment heads also come in a pouch that is included. But again, Hypervolt does not provide a case for the actual massage gun. That is something I really wish they would include. You can always buy a case if you really want one, since it is an expensive tool.
The 2 Pro stroke length is 14mm, which is the same as the Plus and is further than most massage guns. For example, the standard Hypervolt stroke length is 12mm, which helps you feel less of that vibration in your hand while holding the gun. The noise level on the 2 Pro is also about the same as the Plus. It’s not super loud or distracting and it’s still very easy to have a conversation over it.
Like almost all Hyperice Products now, the Hypervolt has Bluetooth so that it can connect to the Hyperice App. This is a very underrated feature that is very useful for those who prefer to just follow instruction. It’s also good for those who may not know exactly how or when to use each attachment.
If you connect to the app, there are a ton of different routines you can choose from depending on your focus. It also gives you suggestions based on your workouts if you have it connected to Apple Health, Strava, or Garmin.
Most of the time, I just prefer following a routine where it adjusts the speed and settings for me. Sometimes, if I’m left to do it myself, I won’t spend as much time as I should. Whereas if I start a 10-minute routine on the app, I know I will complete the entire 10 minutes. Plus, I won’t have to think so much about how much time I should be spending on each area.
Thoughts on the Hypervolt 2 Pro
Overall, the Hypervolt 2 Pro definitely has some great improvements over the Hypervolt Plus. If you’re looking for a new massage gun or want an upgrade from the standard Hypervolt, this is definitely a good choice. Also, make sure you check out our full review of the Hypervolt Plus if you would like more information on which massage gun is best for you.