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PBOverlord Tuesday, May 29th, 2007
Period of
Product Use:
6 months
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Similar
Products Used:
Pure Energy Tanks (All sizes)
A few Crossfires
One or two Guerrilla Air products
Marker Setup: Red and Black 06 Ego
Tadao M7 Board
Ultralite barrel
Strengths: Light
Durable
Light
Recharge
Light
Weaknesses: MUST have a good ASA - Regulator threads are soft
Review: Over the years I've used many different air systems. When I first began I used a cheap Pure Energy 48/3000 steely. As time went on I got bigger tanks, lighter tanks, and tanks that gave a lot more shots. After using a wide variety of labels, brands, and sizes, I deduced that my personal favorite was a 45/45.

I had an Ion laying around and took it onto the nation in order to trade it off for a 45/45 tank. After some posting, a man offered me a Dye Throttle 45/45, which I had always wanted to try. After looking on here for a while, I realized that often times these tanks were hit-or-miss. Half the people loved them due to their fast recharge, lightness, and reliability. The other half hated them because their fill nipples or burst disks had blown off and emptied their tank. The man I was talking to claimed he had used it quite often for some time, and in that time the tank had never failed him. So I took a bargain and shipped out my Ion that I never used for a Dye Throttle I hoped would be effective.

About 4 or 5 days later my package arrived. I opened it up to find an incredibly light tank, wrapped in a tank cover he included, with about 1000 psi remaining. I figured I'd take a few test shots, so I screwed it onto my 06 Ego and dry-fired a few rounds. No problems. The stock ASAs on Egos have always been nice, and after discharging any remaining air in the tank I unscrewed it without any complications. Very impressed.

I had heard about the complications with ASAs and the threads of the Throttle, so I decided to test it out. I took my Nerve with the stock Smart Part's ASA (one of the worst ASAs you will find today...truly terrible for any tank threads) and threaded the Dye tank onto the system. Catastrophic. The dye Throttle barely made it onto the ASA, and once I aired it up it wasn't even alligned properly, so the recharge on the marker's HPR was abysmal. After de-gassing the marker I attempted to take the Throttle off. Once again this was terrible. I got it out, but as it came off a flurry of metal shards and bits came out with it, and when I tapped the SP ASA even more fell. I looked at the Dye Reg, and although it could still function just fine, you could tell it had been damaged by the ASA. Never again will I thread this tank onto a cheaper ASA. Although in all fairness, it's not simply the tank's fault. I attempted to use a 70/45 Pure Energy tank in the Smart Part's ASA with similar results.

I recently replaced the stock ASA on my secondary marker (which is my Nerve) to a CP Direct Mount, and the throttle has no problems any longer.
Conclusion: From my personal standing, I highly recommend this product. It's reliable, durable, light, and has never failed me in the recharge department. However, due to the little hassle with the Smart Part's ASA, I must insist that you USE A VERY RELIABLE, VERY RECOMMENDED ASA. I cannot stress that enough.

Besides that, I do realize that some of the regulators on these tanks have problems. Sometimes the product is hit or miss; sometimes it works perfectly, and other times you get a dud that bursts something. However, this has not happened to me, and the reviews on this site are of your personal experience with the item. The only reason I have to dock points is because of its intolerance towards bad ASAs. The soft metal it's made of tears away too easily in bad ASAs, and I think Dye could have developed a reg with more resistance towards this type of thing.
Rating:
9 out of 10
 

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