Nitrogen tanks for paintball guns: Nitrogen tanks or HPA (High Pressure Air) tanks are the modern adaption CO2 tanks for paintball tanks.In this post we will discuss in detail about the importance of a HPA tank , how to choose the best one and how to use them.A paintball gun uses HPA or Nitrogen tanks for pressure to propel and cycle the paintball. It is of the iportant widget for your Paintball game, as it determines how far you can fire. To a great extend an accuracy of a paintball gun lie on Nitrogen or HPA tanks.
Different types of Paintball Tanks
There are mainly three different kind of pressure tanks avaialble in the market. The need for buying HPA tanks completely depends on your purpose. CO2 tanks are completly good for beginer level players. In olden days , most of the paintball markers use CO2 tanks for firing. CO2 is less denser and need less PSI(Pounds Per Square Inch) when compared to HPA/Nitrogen tanks. Similarly Nitrogen or HPA tanks are more costlier than CO2 tanks. You might be thinking then why you should choose a HPA tank over CO2. Let me explain that it detail.
HPA or CO2 tank will have compressed air which is stored in the form liquid. It is simialr to LPG (Liquified Petroluem Gas), but dont worry CO2/HPA are safe to use. Markers use this pressure inside the tank to push to paintball far away from your gun. Most of the guns were using CO2 tanks, but then its performance started to deminish on sunny days. As the outside tenperature increases(Summer) , the CO2 which is store in the form liquid will start to change back to gas state. This reduces the pressure applied on the paintball and gradually the distance it travel reduces. In a way it affected the accurcy of most paintball players. This created the need for an alterntive for paintaball guns.
Nitrogen which is abundent in our atmoshpere is another best solution for this issue.Eventhough Nitrogen is abundent , it is more costlier to use. Thus due to this reason, HPA tanks use other gases with Nitrogen to improve the pressure and make it economical. Nitrogen/HPA tanks are little more heavier when compared to CO2 tanks.
If you are confused on which one to choose between CO2 tank or HPA tanks, the below comparison will help you to make a judgement for you.
- Low cost
- Weather will impact your accuracy.
- Widely available in the market.
- Refills are widely avaiable
- Need to empty a tank before refilling
- Not suitable to se with electropneumatics markers
HPA /Nitrogen Tanks
- Cost from Mid to High
- Not impacted by weather
- Compatible with all Paintball markers
- Can be refilled in between a game.
- Special shops required for refill
In a nutshell, HPA tanks are the best option for those who care for improving accuracy and speed of your marker. HPA /Nitrogen tanks uses PSI ranging between 3000 – 4500 which is very high and safe when compared to CO2 tanks.
Our top picks on Nitrogen tanks for paintball guns
1.Ninja Paintball Compressed HPA Air Tank w/Ultralite Regulator Sizes
2.Ninja Carbon Fiber HPA Tank – 50/4500 – Grey
3.Tippmann 48/3000 HPA Tank
4.Empire Basics 3K Tank
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1.What PSI do Paintball guns use?
Most of the modern paintball guns uses PSI between 3000 – 4500.
2.Can I use a Co2 tank for nitrogen
Yes you can. Since Nitrogen tanks can hold higher PSI, it is safe to use CO2 with Nitrogen or HPA tanks.
3.Can you refill paintball tanks
Yes you can refill your paintball tanks.Wheather it is a CO2 or HPA tanks, you can always refill the tanks. For Nitrogen and Co2 you might need to visit different filling stations, as Nitrogen tank PSI is higher than CO2.
4.Is CO2 or HPA better for paintball
Both are better for paintball, depending on your need you may choose between HPA or CO2.
5.Do paintball tanks expire?
Yes, you need to check the expirery date privided on your tank for this. Every paintball tank needs to re-hydrotested before further use. It is advisable to hydrotest your tank every 3 to 5 years for safer side.
6.How much does it cost to refill Nitrogen Tank
On an average Nitrogen gas cost around $2 per gallon, but the charge varry from one refilling station to other.
7.How to refill a HPA or Nitrogen Tank
For easy refill, we would suggest you to visit filling station near by you. Most of the case pure Nitrogen(N2) are used. Rather than filling HPA tank with liquid gas, they apply high pressure ranging from 3000-4500 PSI on the tank to compress gas into liquid. In addition, you dont need to wait for emptying your tank to refill. This helps you to avoid worrying about running out of gas during the game.
As per your use, we would suggest you to refill the Nitrogen tanks periodically to avoid last minute hury. Since HPA tanks can withstand higher PSI, you can be free to refill you N2 tank with CO2 when needed. You can also watch the below video to know how you can refill HPA tank at your home. Note -Pantballic is not responsible for any risks during refilling by yourself, we always advice to use profession service for these activities.
8.Is it safe to use other gases with Nitrogen ?
Nitrogen is very costlier. Therefore, you can use other gases which are safe to use with Nitrogen while filling the tank. However, most of HPA tanks nowadays use other gasses with Nitrogen to reduce the cost.
As we discussed in this post, HPA or Nitrogen tanks for paintball guns are the modern form of paintball tank avaialble in the market. These tanks remove issue faced with CO2 tank and helps to improve your accuracy and speed. Every gadgets used in a game, can some way assist you to your win. Thus you should always choose the best one such as Paintball mask with fan, Electronic Paintball Hoppers, Paintball maks that dont fog etc