Paintball - There Are Advantages And Disadvantages Of CO2 Vs HPA

Paintball - There Are Advantages And Disadvantages Of CO2 Vs HPA

This is a listing of some advantages and disadvantages of utilizing CO2 or HPA (High Pressure Air) on your paintball marker. HPA can consult with both Compressed Air or N2 (Nitrogen).

Advantages CO2
-Most cost-effective propellant source and often essentially the most available.
-CO2 takes up less room, as many of the CO2 is stored as liquid and it convert gas (pressure) with ambient heat. (More pictures per tank).
-CO2 tanks are cheaper to purchase.
-Smaller CO2 tanks are exempt from Hydrotesting, but do expire after 15 years.

Disadvantages CO2
-Restricted ambient heat (underneath 5oC), will not convert sufficient liquid to fuel for many markers.
-Not all markers work on CO2 anymore, especially higher rates of fire semis.
-Tanks can over pressurize (with higher temperatures) and blow out rupture disks.
-Tanks can enhance their pressure with high ambient temperatures, to over 1,300 p.s.i. (usually -800-1,000 p.s.i.), which will cause unregulated markers to shoot too fast for safety.
-Unless you take away the tank and weigh it, you don't know how much CO2 is left within the tank.

Advantages HPA
-HPA refers to Compressed Air or Nitrogen gasoline as much as four,500 p.s.i.
-Under our (Canada) temperatures, it is a more stable supply of propellant. Which signifies that the velocity is stable for a lot of the day.
-Can be used to play "Winter" paintball outside, we play down to -15oC, but markers appear to work -at colder temperatures. (Nonetheless, batteries do not work properly at these temperatures.)
-You don't freeze the markers seals or o-rings with each shot.
-Easy fills, usually with out removing the tank from the marker.
-Works on all markers, however might need particular outputs (high or low) for some.
-Safer supply usually than CO2. (Could do a whole article on this alone).
-Full 4,500 p.s.i. fills aren't offered everywhere, and typically not even 3,000 p.s.i. fills, which restrict your photographs per tanks.
-Gauge on tank enables you to see how much pressure you have got left.

Disadvantages HPA

-Higher pressures than CO2.
-Typically not as available as CO2.
-Potentially higher cost to use per shot.
-Tanks should be hydrotested every 3-5 years (generally) , and expire after 15 years, or so many Hrydotests.
-Fiber wrapped tanks can have their fibers broken, after which are unsafe startpistol to fill, and will NOT pass Hyrdotesting. These all must be used with a protecting cover over the fibers.
-Oil or petroleum based merchandise can flash below HPA pressures (three,000 p.s.i. +) and explode, so none of those merchandise can be utilized to repair fill nipples that leak, air lines, etc. Leaking fill nipples must be replaced.
-Fill nipples ought to be covered and guarded towards debris.