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Old 01-15-2002, 04:48 PM   #1
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Which is safer?

I know C02 is less stable and fluctuates way more than nitro, but nitro tanks are at a much higher pressure. Which one if more dangerous if you get an overfill? The tank wont blow but the burst disk will. Still ....... answer. plz.
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Old 01-15-2002, 08:23 PM   #2
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Don't overfill them. For CO2, use a digital scale. For HPA, get it filled by a TRAINED and CERTIFIED person. There is a reason you have to have a dive license to fill SCUBA tanks.

Obviously, HPA is more dangerous (read my posts in the thread titled "nitro accidents") if it blows up. However, if you don't abuse the tank and respect the fact that it's basically a HUGE concussion bomb you'll be fine.

CO2 tends to blow up more often simply because it's sensitive to temperature. People leave them in the sun or a hot car and... BOOM!! The burst disk pops and there's CO2 everywhere, and possibly a large steel projectile travelling at a high rate of speed.

If, on the rare occasion, a full HPA tank blows up... well that's a different story. Go to the other thread I mention in this forum and read. Don't get scared, just learn to respect your gear... they're not toys.

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Old 01-15-2002, 08:31 PM   #3
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some-well most n2 systems have a relief valve or burst disk,
its actually a bit harder to get a hp overfill than a c02 overfill
because of the gauges on n2 tanks,and that if your filling off of a
3k scuba thats the max air you can fill to and all hp paintball tanks
are 3k and above,the tanks themselves have some give aswell
my 4500 is rated to 7500 etc.

unless some moron trys to 4500 a 3k tank...
Id rather die standing,than live on my knees
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