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With that being said, compressed air tanks offer better performance, better reliability, and are safer than traditional CO2 tanks. Compressed air tanks are a direct replacement for CO2 tanks. You don't need to purchase any extra parts to use compressed air with your paintball gun, all you need is one of our compressed air tanks listed below. A compressed air tank screws right into your paintball gun just like a CO2 tank. Entry level compressed air tanks cost a little more than a CO2 tank, but you make up for it quickly because its cheaper to fill an compressed air tank than a CO2 tank at a paintball field. If your paintball gun shoots over 15bps, you need a compressed air tank or you risk doing damage to you gun. All performance paintball guns require compressed air to operate, slower entry level guns can use CO2 or compressed air.
What is a High Pressure Tank vs Low Pressure? High Pressure (HP) and Low Pressure (LP) refers to the output pressure of the tank. High Pressure refers to 800-850PSI output, LP refers to 450PSI output. All current guns out there can use a High Pressure tank. HP tanks are direct replacements for CO2 tanks. Most paintball gun manufactures like Planet Eclipse, still recommend using HP tanks. Guns like Tippmann, Spyder, and other guns currently running CO2 can only operate if with a high pressure tank!
My gun is a "low pressure gun" do I still use a HP tank? This is a advanced question. New paintball parents might want to skip this question because its a bit technical. New paintball parents should ALWAYS get a High Pressure tank. ANSWER: The gun's operating pressure does not necessarily dictate if you should get a low pressure tank or not.. All LP paintball guns (guns that have an operating pressure of 125-300psi) have an inline regulator that regulates tank pressure down to the gun's operating pressure. So if you have a HP tank (800psi), that 800psi of air goes threw the gun's regulator where it gets lowered down to 200psi or whatever that particular gun uses before entering the gun. A LP tank just takes a little stress off your guns regulator so it can work easier. Most low pressure gun manufacturers still recommend getting a HP tank with your LP gun, because they want you to have enough "backpressure" readily available in the gun. You can always refer back to your gun's owners manual or ask us if your not sure or ask us!
What do the numbers on the air tank mean? The numbers basically tell you what size the tank is. The first number is the cubic inch of the tank, thatís how large the tank physically is. Usually sizes are 45, 48, 47, 68, 70, 72 and 90. The second number tells you what internal pressure the tank can hold in PSI, this will read 3000 or 4500. There are 5000psi tanks out there but its more of a gimmick than anything else because most fields will not be able to fill to 5,000 PSI. So for an example. a 68/3000 holds less air than a 68/4500 because the 4500 can hold more air (at a higher pressure) inside the same amount of space than a 3000psi tank. 68/4500 tanks are the most common size tanks in paintball other than the entry level 48/3000.
What tank should I get? If your asking this question your probably new to the sport. If you are getting your first gun set up, and just want a great tank to get you going, checkout our 48/3000 House brand compressed air paintball tank. Its a little bit larger than a CO2 tank, and its thick, durable aluminum shell, is light weight and will provide years of service. It also will typically yield about 500-800 shots per fill. If you desire a ultra light weight paintball tank, checkout any of our Carbon Fiber tanks. All the paintball tanks we carry are by quality manufacturers like Crossfire, Ninja, and Pure Energy. Our tanks do what they should do which is output consistent regulated air. Don't be afraid to contact us to ask us questions if you have them!