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Old 12-21-2011, 05:10 PM #1
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Can I fill my HPA Tank with an air compressor?

I know it won't fill all the way, but is it safe to fill it to whatever the compressor is set to? I just need to test my markers to make sure they aren't leaking.
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:12 PM #2
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No home compressors have alot of water in them and dirty air, neither of which is good for the tank or gun.

Plus you could only get 120psi, not even enough to fire shot at full velocity.
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:17 PM #3
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You can however get a shoebox compressor that will work with your garage compressor to fill your tank over the course of 6 hours. And they're much cheaper than the heavy-duty 4500 psi compressors, being only $550.

Probably still more than you'd want to spend, but if you like to be able to keep full tanks for testing it might be worth it (i'm trying to afford one myself).
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Old 12-21-2011, 06:30 PM #4
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Invest in a shoebox compressor to go with your regular household air compressor. If you want you can also invest in scuba tanks. I have 3 tanks right now that I use regularly. Saves quite a lot of money
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I use a filtered bicycle pump to fill my tank to about 120psi. This is enough to make sure it doesn't leak, and if I turn the velocity down, enough to cycle it a few times. However, I'm running Cockers, so they run at low pressure anyway. I wouldn't recommend using something unfiltered, but I live in the mountains and have an inline filter on mine.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:24 AM #6
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unless your cockers have AKA valves and super light springs they operate closer to 300psi, which is higher than most other guns. but if your just wanting to test it for leaks a shop compressor will work as long as the air is filtered...dont want any debris in your pb tank thats for sure.
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Old 12-22-2011, 01:55 PM #7
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A shop style air compressor isn't a great idea. I would suggest getting a used(still in hydro) SCUBA tank and a fill adapter. I got mine at a dive shop for $75.
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:14 PM #8
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Scuba tanks are the best way to go. They can be picked up for under $100 and only cost around $7-10 to fill at a dive shop. One tank would last a long time for just testing guns.
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Old 01-27-2012, 08:45 PM #10
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Thanks i have always wondered about this.
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Dude rent a scuba tank! Thats the cheapest way to go
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No, as stated in earlier post the easiest way would be to get a scuba tank
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It's alot cheaper to get a scuba tank. Just like playing paintball. Expensive in the beginning to buy gear, but cheaper in the long run.
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scuba seems like the best way to go. your not going to get nearly enough for even one shout out of an air compressor.
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No home compressors have alot of water in them and dirty air, neither of which is good for the tank or gun.

Plus you could only get 120psi, not even enough to fire shot at full velocity.
You really think most fields actually replace their air filters regularly(or at all)?
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:02 PM #17
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You really think most fields actually replace their air filters regularly(or at all)?

Yes I do think that "most" fields change out their filters on a regular basis. If they don't they will end up ruining the compressor. The water/trash/gunk will start building up and causing major problems. I've seen the result of not changing filters and it's not pretty.
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You really think most fields actually replace their air filters regularly(or at all)?
At $10,000+ for a compressor, I sure would hope they take care of their investment, and more importantly there customers and their investments.
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:29 PM #19
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Not unless you buy a shoebox compressor.
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