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Old 04-15-2008, 04:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Where to fill an HPA tank

I just bought my first HPA tank, and there are not any paintball stores close to where I live. However there are a lot of dive shops around. Before I call one, has anyone ever gotten their tank filled at a dive shop? Do sporting goods stores fill HPA tanks? Any other places I should try?
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Old 04-15-2008, 04:17 PM   #2 (permalink)
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yup, many scuba places will fill tanks.

Expect to pay a bit higher than market - the local one I use once in a while charges $5 per fill.

They'll only have 3k - since that's what scuba tanks are.

I'm licenced to dive - so I usually just rent a scuba tank (80cubic foot) then got a fill station so that I can do 6-10 decent air fills (2250psi +). Since I can rent a tank for $7 a day this saves me a bunch of money if I'm tinkering and using a lot of air.

Technically to fill a pressure vessel at a scuba shop they're going to need proof that you're licenced - but they all understand that you're not trying to use the paintball tanks for diving - so they usually don't mind.
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They'll only have 3k - since that's what scuba tanks are.
Some may have 4500psi. My local scuba shop does. Just call and ask.
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Old 04-15-2008, 04:27 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Some Dive shops will fill scuba tanks for paintball only......they have "paintball only" painted on the scuba tank....then you can fill with a remote setup to your hpa tank.

If they don't...find a friend who has a C-card....and have them get the scuba tank filled for you....be careful...I know you already know...but be careful transporting the scuba tank(s).....

It will pay in the long run to buy a scuba tank for fills, if you are not playing at a field that does hpa fills....hint,hint...wait until the dive shop sells off some of their rental tanks... beat up abit but who cares for filling paintball hpa....

It does not pay (around here) to rent a big tank from a gas supplier to fill hpa...costs too much per fill....
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yup, many scuba places will fill tanks.

Expect to pay a bit higher than market - the local one I use once in a while charges $5 per fill.
Yikes! THe local field charges $7 per fill for 4500 psi.
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:24 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Restaurant supply, and welding supply usually fill nitrogen. Though they tend to charge a flat fee, which makes it not cost effective to fill small tanks. But an option.

If desperate, you can always try sucking up to the local firestation

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Restaurant supply, and welding supply usually fill nitrogen. Though they tend to charge a flat fee, which makes it not cost effective to fill small tanks. But an option.

If desperate, you can always try sucking up to the local firestation

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Is nitrogen safe for that? I mean I know its already 70% of air but you never know.

and one of the guys I sometimes play with can get free scuba fills at the local FD since his dad is a firefighter its nice
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Is nitrogen safe for that?..........yes.....really the best if you can get it...
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In the old days, nearly all HPA tanks were filled with nitrogen, for the simply reason that most fields could get nitrogen tanks from the same place they got there co2 tanks.

Restaurant suppliers use nitrogen for wine, and Guinness.
It wasnt until HPA became popular enough to justify the cost of getting compressors.
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If you were very desperate, you could get a hand pump made for PCP airguns. It would take an hour or two to fill (taking into account time for pump cooldown) but it would be free. I have only ever heard of one person doing this, but supposedly they had no problems, and the fittings that came with the pump were already the same as HPA fill nipples.
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