I saw an advertisement for the Butler Creek electric mag loader:
That wasn’t the ad I saw, but it shows the product well.
Let us look at the important details. $350, holds 60 rounds, takes 45 seconds to fill a 30 round mag, and can be set to fill up to a 45 round mag. Can be plugged into the wall or run off batteries.
Aside from the high cost, 45 seconds to load a mag is kinda slow. Butler Creek reps point out that this is not made to fill drums or 60 round mags.
This thing just seems like a poor choice to me. Now it had something like a large hopper so you could just top off the hopper and fill up your mags, I think it might make sense. But at $350 for something slow, it seems to me that the cheaper alternatives are better.
I use a lula loader:
This is a picture of the gen 2 from their website. My old gen 1 has loaded at least 10,000 rounds and is working great. It is cheap, small, and also works as an unloader.
There are all manner of different cheaper alternatives like the $150 mag pump and the $130 Magula Range Benchloader each of which will fill a 30 round magazine in under 30 seconds. They make take a little more effort than the Butler Creek offering, but they are also far cheaper and don’t need power.
I don’t think Butler Creek’s ASAP loader is a bad idea, but I think they should make a v2 that has a much larger hopper and the ability to fill larger magazines. It doesn’t seem to me that it is worth the cost compared to alternatives out there.