We recommend you use compressed air on all paintball guns as compressed air is much more consistent and reduces the wear on the internals of your paintball gun. Prices have dropped significantly on aluminum 48/3000 compressed air tanks recently, so for an extra $20 you can get compressed air. You will get a few less shots off o a 48/3000 tank compared to 20 oz co2 tank, but you still typically will get 500+ shots which is enough for most paintball games.
Frequently asked HPA paintball Tank questions
Q - What do the different numbers on the tank titles mean? 48,68,3000,4500, etc?A - The first number is the size of the tank in cubic inches. The larger the number, the more air it will hold, but the tank also gets heavier as the size increases. Also remember this tank will be on the back of your paintball gun, so bigger is not always better. The second number 3000 or 4500 refer to the PSI pounds per square inch the the Hpa paintball tank will hold.
Q - I have a $20 co2 tank, why I need to spend more on a compressed air tank?A - HPA tank will give you a much more consistent shot. Co2 is in liquid form in your tank and turns to a gas (HOPEFULLY) before entering your gun. This causes very inconsistent shots and and is very harsh on the internals of your paintball gun. Also CO2 gets very cold as you shoot. If you are playing in temperatures below 50 degress you may have serious issues with your gun freezing up and shooting snow out the barrel. Compressed air can also be filled from a scuba tank with an expensive scuba fill adapter. You no longer need a bunch of co2 tanks for a day of woodsball play. You'll be able to fill your tank all day from a scuba tank.
Q - I live outside of the US, can I use tanks I buy from you in my country?A - You will need to do a little research on your end for this. All of our paintball air tanks have a DOT Department of Transportation certification stamp. For canada, you will need to make sure the tank has a TC or transportation canada stamp. For most of europe, you will need a Pi certification. All of the descriptions on our air paintball bottles will state which certifications apply to each tank.
Q - Are Carbon fiber tanks worth the extra $100?A - Thats a matter of preference, the 4500PSI HPA tanks will way roughly half of an aluminum tank making your paintball gun much lighter and more maneuverable. Also they hold 4500 PSI instead of 3000 allowing you to get a significant shot increase out of a tank fill.
Q - Do I need a high or low pressure air tank?A - High pressure HPA tanks(750-850PSI) will work with all guns, unless your paintball guns manual specifically require a low pressure tank(3-500PSI), we do not recommend purchasing one. Even most guns that suggest a low pressure tank, you will not notice a performance difference by using a high pressure tank.
Q - I see some tanks are called HPA tank, some are called compressed air tanks and some are nitro tanks. Whats the difference?A - These are just different names for the same tanks. HPA = High Pressure Air is just another name for compressed air. In the past people would use nitrogen to fill there tanks. This was done for a supposed performance difference, but with today's paintball gun technology, this is not need and I have not seen a player use nitrogren in many years.
Q - Do I need a cover on my compressed air tank?A - It is not required to have a tank cover, it is just meant to protect your expensive tank and give you a better feel against your shoulder.
Q - What is a hydro date?A - Paintball air tanks hold alot of pressure, A failure of a paintball bottle will injure someone. Paintball tanks need to be tested like scuba tanks every 3-5 years. Check your tank and it will tell you the year and month it was manufactured as well as how often it is required to be hydro tested. You can get your HOA tank tested at a local scuba shop or give crossfire or ninja paintball a call. It will cost 35-$45+ any shipping fees.
Q - You said compressed air tanks could hurt someone. Are they dangerous?A - Alot of safety features are built into HPA tanks including multiple burst discs that would safely vent the air out of the tank to prevent injury.
Q - I have to fly to tournaments, can I take my hpa tank on the airplane?A - Yes, you will need to remove the requlator from your tank and it must be in checked baggage. For full TSA rules, be sure to search for paintball on the TSA website.
Q - Can I use a remote coil with a paintball air tank?A - Yes most paintball remote coils have a 3000 PSI burst pressure. The pressure coming our of the regulator on your air tank is below 850PSI, so even though you have a 4500 PSI tank, the pressure released from the tank will not exceed the regulator pressure.
Do I need a high or low pressure Tank?
While all guns will run on a high pressure tank, only certain guns will run on a low pressure tank. Typically your best bet is to get a high pressure tank if you have more than one Paintball Gun.