Paintball Compressed Air Tanks
Air tanks are the fuel that drives the sport of paintball. These tanks come in all shapes, sizes, and capacities to accommodate different paintball markers and different playing styles. When buying an air tank for your paintball gun there are a few things you must consider.
First is the capacity of your compressed air tank. For most air tanks you will see a number like “68/4500.” The first number (68) refers to the internal volume of the tank which, in this case, would be 68 cubic inches. The second number refers to the maximum psi to which the tank can be filled which in this case would be 4500 psi. The larger the numbers, the bigger the tank and the more air it can hold.
The next thing players should consider is the material that the tank is made of. Right now, there is a big movement towards lightweight tanks for obvious reasons–they weigh less and, when speed is necessary, every additional ounce you have to carry with you can slow you down. These tanks often come with a thin aluminum interior that is reinforced with carbon fiber and resin on the exterior.
Secondary concerns for players come in the form of air efficiency, regulators, and, to a lesser extent, the type of bolt that your paintball marker uses. As an additional note, most tanks on the market today are HPA (high-pressure air) rather than CO2, except in limited circumstances. Before purchasing a compressed air tank, make sure that it is rated for the propellant you use (HPA or CO2) as well as the marker that you’re using.
HK Army Aluminum 48/3000 Air Tank
The HK Army Aluminum 48/3000 Air Tank offers aluminum compressed air tanks as an alternative to carbon fiber systems. These tanks are equipped with a standard High Pressure regulator set to 800 psi, a common output pressure in paintball. The tanks have a capacity of 48 cubic inches and can handle 3000 psi. They are among the most popular HK Army paintball accessories, featuring a fill level gauge for convenience.
Ninja Lite Air Tank
The Ninja Lite Air Tank systems are distinguished by their lighter weight compared to standard carbon fiber tanks, boasting the title of one of the lightest DOT-approved tanks in the USA. They come in various sizes (45, 50, or 68 cubic inches) with a capacity of 4500 psi. These tanks are made of DOT-approved carbon fiber and have a 5-year hydro testing cycle. They offer around 1350 shots per fill, varying with the marker used. A notable feature is the adjustable pressure, which can be set to 800 psi, 700 psi, 550 psi, or 450 psi using included shims. Furthermore, these tanks are manufactured in the USA.
HK Army AeroLite Air Tank
The HK Army AeroLite Air Tank combines advanced technology with cost-effectiveness, featuring a lightweight carbon fiber bottle and a sturdy aluminum regulator. This regulator is calibrated to provide a consistent 800 psi output for optimal performance. The system is designed for durability and safety, with a 5-year hydro cycle and includes safety features like 1.8K and 7.5K burst disks. It's available in either 68 or 48 cubic inch sizes with a capacity of 4500 psi, and weighs 2lbs 2.4oz or less.
Empire Mega Lite Air Tank
The Empire Mega Lite Air Tank The Mega Lite Air Tank is ideal for players transitioning to a High-Pressure Air (HPA) system, offering optimal performance. A key feature is its durable and lightweight aluminum regulator, designed for consistent and dependable performance. Additionally, these tanks boast a five-year retest cycle, highlighting their durability and long-term value.
Ninja SL2 Air Tank
The Ninja SL2 Air Tank is one of the lightest paintball tanks ever made. The SL2 models are lighter than previous versions, offering a variety of sizes and colors. These DOT-approved tanks come with the Ninja Pro V2 regulator and are compatible with any 4,500 psi rated Ninja regulators.