How to Fill A Paintball Tank with An Air Compressor

How to Fill A Paintball Tank with An Air Compressor?

Are you a paintballing maniac? Are you always ready to storm the field with your mates? Being a paintballing lover, my answer is always when someone asks me out on paintballing. It is annoying when my air tank runs out in the middle of a game. 

Refilling your tank won’t take long. And refilling your tank is definitely essential if you still want to return to the game. Do you know how to fill a paintball tank with an air compressor? After years of experience in the paintball field, I can now refill my tank in no time. Read the whole article to understand the process.

How to Fill A Paintball Tank with An Air Compressor?

Filling your paintball tank with air is not a difficult task. Just go through my instructions on how to fill a paintball tank with an air compressor. Air-powered guns are popular because of their ability to give you accurate shots. 

First of all, have a look at the PSI indicator on your tank. Usually, the paintball tanks have an air capacity of up to 4500 PSI. Make a note of this and never fill your tank beyond the required number. 

Whether it is CO2 or compressed air, the role of valves in the tank is very crucial. Then, the compressed air tank should be connected to your paintball tank. An airtight connection between both the tanks is necessary, or the air will leak out. 

In the next step, open the valve of the air compressor for the air to fill in the paintball tank. Don’t try to fill the tank beyond the limit mentioned on your tank. At last, you have to close the valve once the tank is filled. 

Ensure that the release valve of the compressed air is entirely closed, or the air will leak out. If you’re still not clear about how to fill a paintball tank with an air compressor, read the following detailed steps.

Step 1

When you reach your refilling station on the field, you’ll find both CO2 and compressed air tanks. You may already know that your paintball tank has a PSI indicator telling how much PSI it can carry. Usually, a paintball tank has a 4500 PSI indicator.

This means that you should never try to fill more than that point. Next, you need to look for a little O-ring designed to prevent air from leaking out. Connect that point, via an attachment, to your air compressor tank. Make sure that the connection is completely airtight.

Step 2

Once the connection is secure, slowly open the release valve of the air compressor. Note that you must not open the release valve immediately or too fast. As your paintball tank starts getting filled up, the gauge needle on your tank will start moving upwards. 

For better knowledge and a safer transaction, you must look at both the gauges of your tank and the air compressor tank. It tells you that the transfer is secure when both gauges are functioning similarly. Wait for your tank to be filled with compressed air.

Step 3

Most people, unknowingly, try to fill their tanks too quickly. This often results in hot fill. The rapid transfer of air will cause your gauge needle to ride very rapidly. No doubt, your paintball tank will be filled in lesser time. 

But the air inside it becomes hot, and soon after the refill, your gauge needle will drop down, even if your gun is not in use. Isn’t it better to fill your tank slowly? 

Next, you need to close the release valve and release the pressure via the same valve. Disconnect both the tanks by removing the attachment from the tanks. Yay, you’re good to go!

Types of Paintball Tanks

If you’ve paintballing for quite some time, you must already know that tanks are of three types. Obviously, before refilling your tank, you must know about the air to be filled in. 

As said earlier, tanks can either be filled with CO2, compressed air, or pure nitrogen. High-pressure compressed air tanks, also known as HPA, contain highly pressurized oxygen. It allows high-powered and long shots in the paintball field. 

Another type of paintball tank is the one containing compressed carbon dioxide (CO2). The difference here is that CO2 comes in liquid form and turns into gas only when fired. Another one is pure nitrogen which is quite rare.

Safety Warnings

Filling a paintball tank is an easy-cum-careful job. By now, I think you’re clear on how to fill a paintball tank with compressed air. But there are certain things that you need to keep in mind for your safety. 

Most paintball tanks come with a PSI indicator which tells you the capacity of air it can contain. Don’t fill more than the required/mentioned capacity. Also, when you open the release valve, open it slowly. Opening it that fast may cause the air inside your paintball tank to become hot and get wasted eventually.

Filling a paintball tank is not so tedious if you follow the above instructions carefully. But, at the same time, following the safety warnings is also necessary. If the transfer is done without taking safety measures into account, you may end up leaking out the air. If you discover any leakage, do not pursue the transfer. It could be risky. Have a happy paintballing game.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Is it possible to fill the paintball tank at home?

The answer to this is yes. You can fill your paintball tanks at home if you have an air compressor tank with you. Even if you have a CO2 tank, there should be enough pressure. Only when there is enough pressure will the guns work correctly.

2. How long will my paintball tank task?

Usually, high-pressure paintball tanks last for 3-5 years. By last, I mean that they need to be hydro tested after 3-5 years. You have to be responsible enough to check when your tank is nearing its expiry. Then you must have its re-hydro tested.

Eric Powers Author
I am an outdoor nut and love researching and testing new gear. For me its about finding that diamond in the rough…not just shelling out $$ for the sake of it. Its tough to decide between the mountains and the ocean so I try and travel alot and bring my Australian Cattle dog where I can (but he does not like boats).

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