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Old 08-25-2014, 08:31 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Filling scuba tanks.

Im looking into getting a couple scuba tanks so i can haul them in my van and not bring my trailer for small events.

What do i need to connect from my compressor to the scuba tank to fill it.

What safety issues besides getting tanks hydro'ed should i worry about.

I did see a video where he filled the tank in a trashcan full of water. Is that really necessary.

Any info would be appreciated.
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Old 08-25-2014, 08:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I don't know why you couldn't use a scuba tank fill yolk in reverse to fill it. So long as you had a way to bleed off pressure on the line between the compressor and the scuba tank which I think fill yolks have built-in.
The main reason why you see scuba tanks filled surrounded by water (i.e., in a garbage can) is to slow down the shrapnel. It doesn't happen often but occasionally scuba tanks especially steel ones catastrophically fail on being filled or dropped. The water "slows" the parts of the tank down when 80~100 cubic feet of air decide to be "free at last." If they were actually dangerous people like me wouldn't strap them to our backs and go swimming. They are no more inherently dangerous then bulk co2 or nitrogen tanks. I just wouldn't recommend using a full scuba tank in place of a medicine ball for throwing around. I used to keep mine stored laying down instead of standing to avoid the chance that one would fall and crack the valve off creating a rocket.

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Companies like Ninja make a scuba fill station that goes onto the yoke and uses a standard quick disconnect to fill through the fill nipple. Want to say they're like $50.

No real safety concerns; it's a really simple and foolproof system. Open tank, equalize pressure, close tank, vent. Done. Some places might not fill them if they don't have a visual inspection (which has to be done every year) but if it's a paintball place, they probably won't care. It really only matters if you're filling with breathable air.
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I think a VERY important question for the OP is.....what kind of compressor do you have? If your answer is that it is a typical shop type and not a SCBA or SCUBA type, it is not going to work out.
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Yes i have 2 bauer scuba compressors. So will have no problem filling.
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