A Co2 tank can assist you in several ways in a domestic setting.
For example, it can come in handy for aquarium use, brewing or paintball guns.
Unfortunately, it needs refilling every time it runs dry.
Money spent on one refill might not seem much. But, when you add the cash of a couple of refills, the total cost is worth new equipment.
Let’s not forget the time and energy it requires to take the CO2 to the shop.
How to Refill CO2 Tank with Air Compressor
You could fill an empty CO2 tank at home with your own two hands if you have an air compressor lying around. Refilling it is as easy as 123 if you know the right way to do it.
Listed below are a couple of guidelines that will teach you how to refill your CO2 tank with an air compressor.
Read it till the end and save tons of bucks.
1. Attach CO2 Tank to the Air Compressor
The first step of this simple process is to attach the CO2 tank to your air compressor hose.
Some Co2 tanks require an additional adapter to acquire airtight fitting with the compressor.
Once you have got the perfect fitting, screw the two parts.
Fasten one end of the Co2 fitting with that of the compressor’s hose.
The other end should be attached tightly to the Co2 tank.
This made-for-each-other fit will allow you better control and accuracy when filling the tank.
2. Drain the Tank
You need to empty the tank first for the fresh compressed air to enter.
Look for a bleed-off valve somewhere towards the top of the fitting of the Co2 tank.
Found it? Good.
Unscrew it to let the leftover air escape from the tank.
This completely void tank is now ready for refilling.
Don’t forget to screw the bleed valve back before turning on the compressor.
3. Time to Refill the CO2 Tank
We have divided this phase of the process into two steps for your convenience.
Determine the Size of the tank and Time for Refilling
Check the size of your Co2 tank so that you can accurately calculate the time required for refilling.
The exact timing will prevent overfilling that could damage your Co2 tank.
Multiply the size of your Co2 tank by 2 to get the length of time you will need to run your compressor.
Say you have got a Co2 tank of 12 ounces. You will need to run your compressor for 24 seconds to fill the Co2 tank.
Have a stopwatch or a timer in plain sight to keep track of the time.
Fill the Tank
Now that you have got the exact time, it’s time to turn on the compressor.
Closely watch the ticking of the timer to know when to shut off the compressor.
Once the tank is filled, turn the compressor off.
Keep the bleed valve open for a second or two to clear the air from the lines and prevent build-up.
Tip: The air compressor should be capable of producing around 3000PSI.
A portable household model that you use for inflating tires will not do.
4. Disconnect the Tank
You have successfully refilled the Co2 tank on your own. Feel accomplished and unscrew the Co2 fitting from the compressor’s hose.
Put the air compressor back in storage. And that’s how, dear fellas, you save time and money.
You can use this method to refill the Co2 tank as many times as needed.
Precautionary Measures to Avoid Accidents
Although the procedure seems simple, we still want you to be careful. Strictly follow the following safety measures to avoid accidents.
- Handle the Co2 tank with care to avoid dropping or puncturing it.
- Keep the setup as far away from flammable materials as physically possible. Otherwise, it might go BOOM or lit fire.
- Do not even for a second lose focus. You see, even a microsecond distraction could cause a lot of harm and damage.
- Closely monitor the refilling time because overfilling will bring you nothing but harm.
It is time for the final words. Refilling a Co2 tank at home by yourself can be a breeze, provided you have the necessary equipment and know what you’re supposed to do.
No more do you have to run to a shop to refill the tank every time it runs out of air.
Not to mention, spend your precious bucks, time and energy on the task.
Just arrange for an air compressor suitable for the job and you’re good to go. Our last tip is to take the safety measures seriously.
Off you go!