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 an 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 important widget for your Paintball game, as it determines how far you can fire. To a great extent, the accuracy of a paintball gun lies on Nitrogen or HPA tanks.
Different types of Paintball Tanks
There are mainly three different kinds of pressure tanks available in the market. The need for buying HPA tanks completely depends on your purpose. CO2 tanks are completely good for beginner level players. In olden days, most of the paintball markers use CO2 tanks for firing. CO2 is less dense and need less PSI(Pounds Per Square Inch) when compared to HPA/Nitrogen tanks. Similarly, Nitrogen or HPA tanks are costlier than CO2 tanks. You might be thinking then why you should choose an HPA tank over CO2. Let me explain in detail.
HPA or CO2 tank will have compressed air which is stored in the form liquid. It is similar to LPG (Liquified Petroleum Gas), but don’t 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 diminish on sunny days. As the outside temperature increases(Summer), the CO2 which is stored in the form liquid will start to change back to the gas state. This reduces the pressure applied on the paintball and gradually the distance it travel reduces. In a way, it affected the accuracy of most paintball players. This created the need for an alternative for paintball guns.
Nitrogen which is abundant in our atmosphere is another best solution for this issue. Even though Nitrogen is abundant, it is 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 heavier when compared to CO2 tanks.
If you are confused about which one to choose between CO2 tank or HPA tanks, the below comparison will help you to make a judgment for you.
- Low cost
- Weather will impact your accuracy.
- Widely available in the market.
- Refills are widely available
- Need to empty a tank before refilling
- Not suitable to use with electro pneumatics 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 the accuracy and speed of your marker. HPA /Nitrogen tanks use 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)
Most of the modern paintball guns uses PSI between 3000 – 4500.
Yes, you can. Since Nitrogen tanks can hold higher PSI, it is safe to use CO2 with Nitrogen or HPA tanks.
Yes, you can refill your paintball tanks. Whether 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.
Both are better for paintball, depending on your need you may choose between HPA or CO2.
Yes, you need to check the expiry date provided on your tank for this. Every paintball tank needs to re-hydro tested before further use. It is advisable to hydro test your tank every 3 to 5 years for safer side.
On an average Nitrogen gas cost around $2 per gallon, but the charge varies from one refilling station to other.
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.
How to refill a HPA or Nitrogen Tank
For easy refill, we would suggest you visit the filling station near 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 a liquid. In addition, you don’t 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 refill the Nitrogen tanks periodically to avoid last minute hurry. 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 advise to use professional service for these activities.
As we discussed in this post, HPA or Nitrogen tanks for paintball guns are the modern form of paintball tank available in the market. These tanks remove issue faced with CO2 tank and help to improve your accuracy and speed. Every gadget 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 don’t fog, etc