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Old 20-12-17, 18:03
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Diving bottle

I need to buy or hire a bottle for next year to charge the paint ball bottle to change gear.
Should I buy or hire?
If I hire it comes recharged ready I guess. How many events does a bottle last?
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Old 20-12-17, 18:20
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Think we bought one, £80 springs to mind - but I'm probably wrong
Fiver to refill - 2 refills a yr I think with us double driving
Clive will be along soon with the facts vs my guess !!
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Old 20-12-17, 18:21
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get a bottle of the bay 15 ltr 232 bar. or 300bar [sure be about £100 if you have carbon paint ball bottle .
get it inspected if out of date . but try and get one in date .test cost about £50
refills about £4 and seems to be the same no matter how big the bottle .
bottle will last all year no problem maybe 2 depending how much you use the paddleshift.
you will also need a recharge gauge and pipe about £50 of the bay
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Old 20-12-17, 22:20
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Air gun charging cylinders seem plentiful.
Do they work?
What capacity do I need? Bigger lasts longer of course.
You are basically equalising out the pressures when you connect, so bigger makes a big difference to number of fills. ...? I know what I mean anyway.
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Old 21-12-17, 07:45
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We bought a new one last year off a local diving shop. Best option is a large volume 300 bar one as it will be longer between recharges. We got 7 free recharges with or bottle (we’ve used 1 so far after 10 events) but it did cost about £180. If you could get one second hand that was certified that would be best but we were in a hurry so we went for new.
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Go speak to your local dive shop - they often will know of bottles for sale. choose either 232 or 300bar to match the rating of your on-board paint-ball bottle.

Also worth mentioning - explain it's for "Surface use only" - this relaxes the period between inspections.
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I bought a slightly smaller paintball one that is rated at 300bar which has a built in valve system and guage on it. Works well, although I think I end up using slightly more air than a 232 bar bigger bottle, not a big issue though.
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Air gun charging cylinders seem plentiful.
Do they work?
What capacity do I need? Bigger lasts longer of course.
You are basically equalising out the pressures when you connect, so bigger makes a big difference to number of fills. ...? I know what I mean anyway.
I use a 7 litre 300bar Faber cylinder, do about 18 events a year and refill the dive bottle once during the season - as Steve says, make sure the on board bottle at least matches the dive bottle!
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Old 21-12-17, 22:00
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Thanks chaps. Pipe and gauge I already have. 300bar, and my on board is rated the same, and 12 litres being the biggest available. £212 delivered from Aquanauts, sure to have maximum life. £5 to fill locally. Just need them to state surface use only and we are sorted. More kit to strap into the trailer! Hey ho.
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