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  • Paintball Tank Buying Guide

    Paintball Tanks, Paintball co2 tank, paintball air tank

    Once you’ve purchased your paintball gun you’ll need a paintball tank. Tanks are available in two pressure sources, high pressure air (HPA) and Co2. It’s gun dependent as to whether you can use either or source without potentially damaging your marker.

    For those just starting out choosing a tank can be a hard decision, so hopefully this guide will help.

    Tank Type

    There are two pressure sources CO2 and HPA which may also be referred to as compressed air. For information on paintball guns that can use both HPA and CO2 check out our blog post “Paintball Guns that can use HPA and CO2

    CO2 Tanks

    CO2 was used for the first paintball markers thus setting the standard for various years on what source to use. When carbon dioxide changes into gas from its liquid state it expands which creates pressure, this pressure is used to fire the paintball via the barrel.

    Many CO2 tanks never have to be re-certified or re-tested and are low maintenance. The re-fills are relatively inexpensive and the tanks are compact yielding more shots than compressed air. However there are some issues, as the liquid expands it also cools and the faster it expands the more rapid the cooling, this can lead to inconsistent shooting. If you ever see white snow falling from the barrel, it’s actually dry ice and a sure sign the liquid is in the gun which could cause mechanical issues.

    Our recommendations;

    6 x 4oz Prefilled Co2 - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/6-x-4oz-prefilled-co2-tanks

    Compressed Air Tanks

    Also known as High Pressure Air (HPA), these are usually pressurised up to the tanks rating of either 3000 or 4500 psi, the pressure is then regulated through the tanks regulator. HPA has consistent pressure and the ability to be used in all weather, accuracy is improved via the higher velocity of the gun with a higher rate of fire.

    However there are some drawbacks, if you don’t have a local pro shop getting your tank filled is an issue (we fill these for a cost of £1.00). The tanks are larger and are bulky in comparison to CO2 tanks and they do cost quite a sum more. For a small amount every 5years air tanks must be hydro tested and re-certified.

    Our recommendations; 

    Proto 48cu 3k Air System - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/proto-48cu-3k-air-system

    DYE Core Air Tank 1.1l 4500psi - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/dye-core-air-tank-1-1-litre-5137

    Empire 68cu 4500psi Carbon Air System - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/empire-68cu-4500psi-tank

    Tank Sizes/Weight

    The most popular tank size is 68-4500 lightweight whilst holding enough gas. At first the numbers to identify the tanks may seem a little confusing - the 68 in this case is the total cubic inches of space inside the tank whilst the 4500 represents the pound per square inch of pressure the tank can store.

    Co2 tanks will often be in sizes such as 4oz, 12oz and 20oz (ounce). The tanks are designed to hold the ounces in weight as opposed to volume. It can be confusing but the measure that matters is the weight of the liquid. Your tank can be filled to the level your tank is rated for.

    You need to ensure that you choose a tank with enough storage, however its important to bare in mind the more storage a tank encompasses the heavier the tank will be.

    Protection

    Paintball tanks can be pricey so it’s best to add protection where you can. We offer a vast range of grips and covers to protect your tank from dents, bumps and scratches.

    Check out the protection we offer at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/air-co2/bottle-protection

    Summary

    It really all depends on your style of play and marker, but if you can afford the HPA investment we recommend it.

    If you have an issues don’t hesitate to contact us on 01642 605000.

  • Storing Your Paintball Equipment

    paintball gun, paintball equipment

    The purchasing of paintball equipment is a big investment. When you’re spending hundreds if not thousands on your gear storage is vital for both protection and longevity.

    There are various storage solutions and they vary dependant on your individual requirements. In this post we’ll give you some brief insight and examples of each.

    Paintball Mask/Lens Protection

    Paintball masks can vary from £20-£150+, if your choosing a high end mask its paramount you protect it. Most masks over the £50.00 mark will come with a cloth goggle bag as standard, this will assist with protecting your mask from scratches but there are better alternatives.

    A goggle case will act as a shield protecting your mask from any scratches and dents, with a solid shell as opposed to just cloth. If your mask has an expensive lens you can protect this separately with a lens case, this will protect your lens from scuffs and indents.

    Exalt lens case - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/exalt-lens-case

    Goggle bag - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/hk-army-goggle-bag-3488

    Gun Case

    As your biggest investment it makes sense to protect your paintball gun from any scratches and dents. Gun cases are padded and will cradle your gun maximising protection. Often these will also have loops, clips/compartments for storing barrels, tools and hoppers.

    Dye DM Gun Case - https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/dm-gun-case-black

    Backpacks

    A paintball backpack is a must for any serious paintball player. It’s the perfect solution to keeping your paintball tank and gun protected whilst not in use. Paintball backpacks tend to have designated areas for your tank, gun and barrels plus small compartments to hold parts.

    Check out the full range of paintball backpacks we stock at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/luggage/paintball-backpacks

    Kit Bags

    If you’re looking to safely store all of your equipment in one place, a kit bag is a must. These bags are large and have compartments designed specifically for your paintball gun, tank, mask, paint, pods and mask etc. Due to the sheer size and weight of these bags they often come with roller wheels for easy transport.

    Check out the full range of kit bags we stock at https://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/luggage/kit-bags

    If you need any help don't hesitate to call us on 01642 605000 or email us at info@bzpaintball.co.uk.

  • CO2 and Compressed Air Tanks

    There are two main types of paintball tanks CO2 and compressed air. Both are pressure sources for markers which will launch the paintball from the barrel. It’s marker dependent as to whether you can use either or source without potentially damaging your marker.

    CO2 is considered the cheaper option and more readily available whereas compressed air is more consistent.But it’s all down to what your marker requires and what you’re willing to spend.

    It can get a little confusing with regards to what type of tank can hold what, so here’s a little help.

    Compressed Air Tanks

    Compressed air tanks hold air that is under pressure but isn’t compressed down to a liquid form. The fill is measured by pressure using PSI (pounds per square inch), larger tanks that hold a higher volume of air will allow you to shoot more due to the increased volume, even though they may fill to the same PSI as a smaller tank. Air is a more commonly used source of pressure on paintball sites. It also costs  less to fill, the average air tank costs around £1.00-£2.50 to fill.

    We would recommend;

    Proto 3000psi Air System:

    This offers an affordable entry into the world of compressed air with the proven quality of the Proto brand.

    Check it out at http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/proto-48cu-3k-air-system

    Dye 4500psi Air System:

    These are small and very light, and the stainless steel core means you don't get any of the issues that can are associated with composite core based tanks. We recommend a Ninja Regulator to go on it for performance and reliability

    Check them out;

    Dye Air System -  http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/dye-core-air-tank-1-1-litre-5085

    Ninja UI Reg - http://www.bzpaintball.co.uk/ninja-ul-reg

    CO2 Tanks

    Carbon dioxide tanks hold gas in CO2 liquid form. These come in various sizes such as 4oz, 12oz and 20oz (ounce). The tanks are designed to hold the ounces in weight as opposed to volume. It can be confusing but the measure that matters is the weight of the liquid. Your tank can be filled to the level your tank is rated for. CO2 isn't as common with regards to being used on a paintball site, it also costs more to fill with an average £7.00 spend.

    We would recommend;

    Prefilled Co2 Tanks with Adaptor

    This is ideal if you want to use your marker straight away. We would however only recommend these for low end markers.

    If you have any questions or need any further advice don’t hesitate to contact us on  01642 605000.

  • The difference Between CO2 and HPA For Paintball

    Well both are pressure sources for markers which will launch the paintball from the barrel. It’s marker dependent as to whether you can use either or source without potentially damaging your marker.

    CO2 is considered the cheaper option and more readily available whereas compressed air is more consistent. But it’s all down to what your marker requires and what you’re willing to spend.

    CO2 Tanks

    CO2 was used for the first paintball markers thus setting the standard for various years on what source to use. When carbon dioxide changes into gas from its liquid state it expands which creates pressure, this pressure is used to fire the paintball via the barrel. The tanks should be filled with around 850psi but may vary due to elevation and temperature.

    Many CO2 tanks never have to be re-certified or re-tested and are low maintenance. The re-fills are relatively inexpensive and the tanks are compact yielding more shots than compressed air.

    However there are some issues, as the liquid expands it also cools and the faster it expands the more rapid the cooling, this can lead to inconsistent shooting. If you ever see white snow falling from the barrel, it’s actually dry ice and a sure sign the liquid is in the gun which could cause mechanical issues.

    Compressed Air Tanks

    Also known as High Pressure Air (HPA), these are usually pressurized up to the tanks rating of either 3000 or 4500 psi, the pressure is then regulated through the tanks regulator. HPA has consistent pressure and the ability to be used in all weather, accuracy is improved via the higher velocity of the gun with a higher rate of fire.

    However there are some drawbacks, if you don’t have a local pro shop getting your tank filled is an issue (we fill these for a cost of £1.00). The tanks are larger and are bulky in comparison to CO2 tanks and they do cost quite a sum more. For a small amount every 3-5years air tanks must be hydro tested and re-certified.

    It really all depends on your style of play and marker, but if you can afford the HPA investment we recommend it.

    For information on what a HPA and Co2 tanks can hold check out our "Co2 and compressed air tanks" blog post.

    If you have an issues don’t hesitate to contact us on 01642 605000.

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