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Lobster Elite Liberty vs Spinfire Pro 1

The Lobster Elite Liberty Tennis Ball Machine is the entry level tennis ball machine from Lobster (although the Lobster Elite Freedom is also sold in the USA), but it still provides a platform that would be appealing to any player looking to purchase a ball machine with a tight budget.

With a top speed of 110km/h, two to four hours court time on a single charge and manual height adjustability of up to 50°, it doesn’t match the specs offered by other Lobster machines or the Pro 1, but it is lighter at 16kg, offers random horizontal oscillation and can produce high levels of topspin or backspin.

While the Pro 1 can produce more speed, provide more court time, has electric height adjustability of 60º, the choice of internal battery, external battery or AC electric power and superior spin levels, it is 2kg heavier but less than $100 more expensive.

If price is not a consideration, then the Spinfire Pro 1 is the easy choice with more features and grunt. However, both machines are great value for money even if they are targeting slightly different areas of the market.

Lobster Elite Liberty $2,299.00 Buy now Spinfire Pro 1 $2,395.00 Buy now
Top Speed Top speed possible when there is no spin. 110 km/h 130 km/h
Slowest Speed Slowest speed possible. 45 km/h 32 km/h
Interval The min and max time possible between balls being fired. 2-10 seconds 2-15 seconds
Spin Whether the machine is capable of producing topspin and slice.
Electronic Elevation Ability to raise and lower the vertical angle of the delivery.
Elevation Degree The vertical angle of the delivery. 50° 60°
Horizontal Oscillation Ability to fire balls randomly anywhere within the horizontal span of the court (no variation in depth).
Vertical Oscillation Ability to offer random variation in depth to allow for practicing of short and deep balls.
Electric Option Can the machine be run directly from an AC power point, rather than via a battery? Running off AC can eliminate the headaches associated with batteries, charging them and replacing them when necessary.
Battery Can the machine be run off a battery?
Battery Life The min and max play time possible when using the battery. 2-4 hours 3-8 hours
Battery size 8.5 A/h 20 A/h
Charge Time Amount of time required to charge a flat battery using the standard charger. 9 hours 11 hours
Fast Charger Can a fast charger be purchased to reduce the charging time? Optional Optional
Ball Capacity The total number of balls that can fit into the hopper. As a general rule, we feel 150 is the minimum we would recommend. 150 200
Portable Has wheels and a handle to allow easy movement to and from the tennis courts (from the back of a car).
Weight The weight of the machine without tennis balls installed. Note, the Spinfire Pro 2 can be purchased with an external battery, so 18 kg represents the weight of the machine only without a battery inside. 16 kg 18 kg
Remote Does the machine offer a remote control to allow easy settings adjustments from the other end of the court? Note, all remotes are different, including the number of buttons and functions each can supply, so look for a photo of the remote you are considering to understand its features. Also, Tennis Tutor in Australia does not offer a remote control, but this may be possible to purchase in other parts of the world.
2 Line Drill This is a drill which shoots one ball to the forehand, followed by a ball to the backhand, and it repeats endlessly. It will keep you running from side to side until you can take it no longer. Some machines offer this in just WIDE and NARROW, while others offer WIDE, MEDIUM and NARROW for a bit more flexibility. It's also a great drill to use when two players are practising together with a ball machine, as it will alternate firing a ball between each player.
Optional Spare Battery A spare battery is great for coaches or those heavy users who don't always have time to charge their battery between sessions, or may want even more play time than the standard minimum that each machine can provide.
Heavy Duty Battery
Optional Storage Cover These are great for protecting your machine from dust and debris, but we do not recommend you leave them out on court.
Warranty This is the standard manufacturer's warranty. Some machines do have the option to upgrade their warranty to up to 5 years for an additional fee. 3 Years 2 Years (Optional 5 years)
Pros
  • Fast Oscillation
  • Very portable
  • Good top speed
  • Well built
  • Internal Oscillation (disguises delivery)
  • LCD control panel with membrane touch buttons
  • Large ball capacity
  • Optional external battery - decreases machine weight and simplifies charging (only take the battery inside for charging)
  • Huge Battery
  • 2 year warranty with an option for 5 years.
  • Best spin levels we've seen
  • 90 Day Money Back Guarantee
Cons
  • Slower ball speeds
  • Shorter play time between charging
  • Travelling wheels could be larger
  • A little bit bulky
Rating
Price $2,299.00 Buy now $2,395.00 Buy now

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