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Compressed air tanks are filled up to 3000-4500 psi and require heavy duty compressors and equipment. While compressed air tanks often out-perform CO2 tanks, fewer stores have the capability of
properly filling them.
This poses a common problem for paintball players. Where can you get your high-pressure air (HPA) tanks filled? There are a number of stores that you can turn to for cheap fills or you can
always do it yourself (but be prepared to spend some money).
Tip: Filled air tanks cannot, by law, be shipped (with the exception of one-time
use and 12 gram CO2 cartridges). When buying your equipment online, do not expect a tank to come ready for the paintball field. If you're considering compressed air, look into your local tank
filling options before making a purchase.
Since compressed air tanks for paintball operate at a similar pressure to scuba tanks, many scuba stores also fill paintball tanks. Again, it should cost just a few dollars to fill a tank and it is
one of the easiest options available. This is where we come in We can fill tanks up to 4500. We could also rent or sell you a scuba tank. We at Aqua Marine Scuba Are here to help make your hobby not
only fun but convenient.
Fill Tanks At Home
If you own a scuba tank, you're halfway to filing your paintball tanks at home. A scuba tank filled at your local scuba shop can easily fill compressed air tanks if you also purchase a scuba fill
- A 3000 psi scuba tank will fill about 15-20 compressed air paintball
- A scuba tank will cost a few hundred dollars and you will need to pay to get it filled. Consider
this when weighing your options. If you live a good distance from stores that fill tanks, it may be a good choice.
Are you thinking of buying the air compressor itself? Unless you're running a field or opening a store, think again. The HPA compressors can easily cost over $2000 for a basic set up. Of course, you
can fill other people's tanks as well as scuba tanks, but for most paintball players, this option is out of reach.
Don't even try to use your tire pump or a standard air compressor, it won't work. Most of these max out at 180 psi and your tanks require a minimum of 3000 psi to fill.
Tips for HPA Tanks
No matter where you get your tank filled, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
- HPA tanks have a 'hydro date'
indicating the last time they were inspected. All tanks should be reinspected every five years.
- Never put grease or oil on the
tank's fill nipple. When filling, heat will build up and warm these flammable oils and can cause a fire.
- Keep your tanks out of direct
sunlight and try to avoid leaving them in a hot car. This goes for all paintball tanks: pressure can build up and blow a burst disc CO2 tanks and while HPA tanks aren't likely to overpressurize, it's
not good for the regulator seals.
- Protect your tanks with a tank cover
or something similar like a fabric bag.
- When filling tanks, it is best to do a 'slow fill.' If
the tank is filled too fast, you will lose psi as the air cools. This means that your 3000 psi tank may only end up with 2500 psi in the end. Most paintball and scuba store operators know this, but
it's important to remember if you're filling your own.