I have never owned a PE tank, but when i worked in a paintball store people would always bring them in due to leaking from the reg. I would never buy one.
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Pure Energy Reactor RegulatorI bought my tank in 2008, with a born date of 2006; sucks to live in a 3rd world country, I know. Don't let that take away from this review though, the equipment is still the same and you can get it...
I bought my tank in 2008, with a born date of 2006; sucks to live in a 3rd world country, I know. Don't let that take away from this review though, the equipment is still the same and you can get it here as well as you can get it back stateside (with additional shipping charges of course, hence the price I paid), thanks to the local enthusiasts. This should let you know it's a 1st(?) gen reactor regulator.
With that taken care of, on to the review:
Appearance: It looks like any other tank reg of the time, with the exception of 1 thing, the Pure Energy jewel. It came off on my 3rd outing and was never seen again. This detracts from the overall looks, but it's bound to happen with any tank that has such a cheap way of branding; masking the chrome would've lasted longer and looked better, but that's a design flaw, it doesn't make it look horrendous, but it does feel like something's missing. Other than that, it looks like a tank reg: black base and chromed brass bonnet.
Performance: So far it's been good to me, I haven't had any drop off on my timmy or FEP quest; even with the LP shim stack installed. I'm pretty happy with it. Consistency is more a function of the inline reg, but I've had one of my mech 'cockers chrono +/-2 with it while underboring paint and using the stock HPR. I don't have any complaints about performance.
Reliability: This is where I believe PMI got it seriously wrong. They used urethane o'rings in the piston's HP and LP sides. Urethane (clear) has better dynamic characteristics than Buna-N (black), it sticks and wears less, sounds great for a regulator piston that goes up and down on a regular basis right? except urethane has an expected life of 5 years, with proper maintenance, to the Buna-N's 10 years. "So?" I hear you say "it's not like it's going to stay on a shelf for over 5 years", the part you'd be missing is "with proper maintenance",you can't maintain an o'ring while the tank is still inside it's packaging because you'd instantly devalue the tank by about 30% when you open the packaging (also, these came in a blister pack, so it's not like you can close it again). Without proper maintenance, you can expect a urethane o'ring to turn into jelly within 2, maybe 2 1/2 years; and this is where some of the "leaky out of the box" horror stories come from. It's more prevalent in the older pure energy regs because they're not as sought after as other brands, so they sit on the shelves for longer. I've replaced the o'rings on my tank reg once, in the 6 years of owning it and I replaced them with Buna-N o'rings; the tank has yet to give me any issue at all after the rebuild.
Value: If you're like me and like to take stuff apart and fix it yourself, it's a great value, more so when you find a tank with a "broken" reg for cheap. If not, then make sure to get a tank with a born on date that's under 1 year.
I'm perfectly happy with mine. If you're mechanically inclined, get it; otherwise, go for a ninja tank.