What you will need to fill a paintball tank with an air compressor
-Compressor with Hose
-Fill Adapter (sometimes called a “Y” adapter)
-High-Pressure Air Gauge
-Optional: Surface Cleaner and Lubricant
Connect the Fill Adapter to the Compressor
Most compressors will have a quick connect fitting on the end of the hose. If your compressor does not have a quick connect, you will need to get an adapter to screw onto the threads of your compressor. There are two types of quick connects. One is threaded female swivel (FPS) and uses an O-ring seal. The other is a barbed fitting that clamps onto the hose. If your compressor has an FPS quick connect, you will need to get a fill adapter with a male swivel (MPS) fitting that matches the threads of your tank’s valve.
Attach the Fill Adapter to the Paintball Tank
Once you have determined which type of adapter you need, screw it into the threads of your paintball tank’s valve. Make sure that the O-ring is in place and screwed on tight.
Open the Valve
Now open the valve on your paintball tank all the way. You will know that the valve is open when you hear air hissing out of the tank.
Start Filling Your Paintball Tank With Air
Now you can start filling your paintball tank with air. The process is pretty simple – just turn on your compressor and let the air flow into the tank. Depending on the size of your tank, it will take anywhere from a few minutes to half an hour to fill it up completely. You can check the pressure in your tank by attaching a high pressure air gauge to the fill adapter. Most paintball tanks hold between 2,500 and 4,500 psi of air.
Stop Filling When You Reach the Desired Pressure
Once you’ve reached the desired pressure, close the valve on your paintball tank. Then disconnect the fill adapter and screw on a cap or cover to keep dirt and debris out of the threads.
Tips and tricks
-If you’re having trouble getting the fill adapter to screw onto your paintball tank’s valve, try using a drop of lubricant on the threads. Just be sure to wipe off any excess before you start filling the tank.
-If you don’t have a quick connect on your compressor, you can use a surface cleaner to attach the fill adapter directly to the hose. This is a handy tool that will keep your hands clean and prevent air leaks.
-To get the most out of your compressor, invest in an aftercooler. This will remove moisture from the air as it’s being compressed, which will help extend the life of your compressor.
-Make sure that your paintball tank is in good condition before you start filling it. Check for any cracks or damage that could cause an air leak. Also, be sure to clean the threads on the valve before you screw on the fill adapter.
Frequently asked questions
-Can I use a regular air compressor to fill my paintball tank?
Yes, you can use a regular air compressor to fill a paintball tank. However, you will need to make sure that the compressor is rated for high pressure air. Most home air compressors are not designed for this purpose and could be damaged if used incorrectly.
-How often do I need to refill my paintball tank?
This will depend on how often you play and the size of your tank. If you play frequently, you may need to refill your tank once or twice a week. Larger tanks will also need to be refilled more often than smaller ones.
-Can I use an air compressor to fill other types of tanks?
Yes, you can use an air compressor to fill other types of tanks, such as scuba tanks or CO2 tanks. However, you will need to make sure that the compressor is rated for high pressure air. Most home air compressors are not designed for this purpose and could be damaged if used incorrectly.
-What is an aftercooler?
An aftercooler is a device that removes moisture from the air as it’s being compressed. This helps extend the life of your compressor by preventing rust and corrosion.