If you have a paintball tank, there are a few different signs that it’s empty. If the tank is empty, you may throw it out. After all, it no longer poses a danger. But if you’re not sure what to do with an empty tank, it’s worth asking your paintball supply store. They might be able to find someone who will buy it back.
Re-hydrotesting a paintball tank
Most paintball tanks should be re-hydrotested once a year when they’re empty, but if your tank has a longer lifespan, it may be worth re-testing it more often. A DOT-SP number, almost like a model number or series stamp, will indicate the correct time to re-hydrotest it. If the number is below five, re-hydrotesting may not be necessary.
You should also hydro-test your paintball tank before using it. It’s important to do this because paintball tanks can be dangerous if they aren’t cared for properly. Re-hydrotesting ensures that your tank is safe for use. If you don’t, you’ll end up over-pressurizing it, which can lead to catastrophic failure. When this happens, you’ll have to re-test your tank before playing in games, and many fields will not let you play if you’re out of compliance. That’s for your own safety and the safety of other players. Using a tank that’s not in compliance with regulations could make you liable for lawsuits if you’re caught doing it.
If you’re unsure about the procedure or don’t know how to do it yourself, you can always hire a hydrotesting service. The cost will vary, but most hydrotesters will charge between $30 and $40.
Signs that a paintball tank is empty
It is important to remember that paintball guns are not designed to have a constant air supply. Therefore, it is important to empty the air tanks on your paintball guns periodically. It is also necessary to know how to disconnect the air tank from your paintball gun. You should empty your paintball guns as part of your regular equipment maintenance routine.
When it is time to refill your paintball marker, there are a few signs you should look for. First, check the O-ring. These have a threaded ring at one end that fits into a specialized slot on your gun. To do this, twist the ring until it connects completely with the gun. Make sure that the O-ring is not leaking or loosened. If it is, you should slowly remove it from your gun.
Second, check the hydrotest of your paintball gun. Most paintball tanks are fine and don’t fail the hydrotest, but if you notice any problems, you should take it to a professional. Paintball guns need to be re-hydrotested every five years to make sure they are still safe to use.
Pre-filled canisters as backups
Pre-filled canisters are an excellent backup option when your paintball marker tank runs out. Pre-filled tanks have the added benefit of not requiring an air compressor. However, you should still follow all safety precautions and keep them in a safe place.
You can find pre-filled canisters at sporting goods stores. You can also buy smaller canisters from most bike shops. You may have noticed cyclists carrying small canisters with them when they ride their bicycles. However, it would be more convenient if you have a large CO2 tank at home. In the long run, you will save money and time by having a full tank at your disposal.
If you don’t have a backup paintball tank, you can purchase a pre-filled CO2 canister from a gas exchange company like Rhino. However, these tanks are more expensive than what you can purchase in a paintball store. A 20-pound CO2 tank is a big and bulky device. A smaller 2lb version is more practical. These canisters can also be used for small air tools.
Cost of re-hydrotesting a paintball tank
There are a number of reasons why you may need to re-hydrotest a paintball tank. If you’ve had a tank for more than a year and it has begun to show signs of wear and tear, you may want to consider having it hydro tested. This process is not cheap, and if you want to be sure your paintball tank is working properly, you should hydro-test it before purchasing it. If it fails the test, you’ll need to buy a new one.
A DOT-SP number (dot-sp number) is almost equivalent to a product number, and it indicates the time since the paintball tank has been hydro-tested. A tank containing Co2 should be replaced every five years, while an aluminum tank may last for twenty or more years.
The cost of re-hydrotesting varies depending on the service provider and your location. A basic test can cost $25 to $40, and additional services may be more expensive. You can also save money by taking your tank to a paintball shop in your area instead of an online hydrotesting service. Online services will usually charge you shipping fees.