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General Category => Airgun Tanks, Compressors and Filling => Topic started by: steveoh on April 26, 2017, 09:38:54 AM

Title: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: steveoh on April 26, 2017, 09:38:54 AM
Vallejo Fire Extinguisher is about the only place to refill air tanks in the Vallejo / Benicia area. I think I'm going to search the Concord / Walnut Creek Area and see if there are other places.

Last month a refill was $11.50 for my 88CF AirHog Tank. This morning I drop it off and it will now cost me $13.50 to go from 3,000psi to 4,500psi.

What are other folks paying to refill their tanks?

Sure makes it start to make sense to splurge for a compressor, especially now with the big bores in house.

Carette? Air Venturi? Hmmmmm.


Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: int3man on April 26, 2017, 12:01:43 PM
Vallejo Fire Extinguisher is about the only place to refill air tanks in the Vallejo / Benicia area. I think I'm going to search the Concord / Walnut Creek Area and see if there are other places.

Last month a refill was $11.50 for my 88CF AirHog Tank. This morning I drop it off and it will now cost me $13.50 to go from 3,000psi to 4,500psi.

What are other folks paying to refill their tanks?

Sure makes it start to make sense to splurge for a compressor, especially now with the big bores in house.

Carette? Air Venturi? Hmmmmm.
Aquatic Dreams Modesto Ca. $15 for a 4500 PSI fill.

Michael :- (
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: Madmullet on April 26, 2017, 12:19:06 PM
5$ bucks or free depending on the mood of the guy that owns my local dive shop.  More towards the Free side he was in the Air force with my uncle and gives me Friends and Family discount.  Have you tryed your local Fire Department.  They might do it for a donation, but you might need the right adaperts for them. 
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: bnowlin on April 26, 2017, 12:55:05 PM
Vallejo Fire Extinguisher is about the only place to refill air tanks in the Vallejo / Benicia area. I think I'm going to search the Concord / Walnut Creek Area and see if there are other places.

Last month a refill was $11.50 for my 88CF AirHog Tank. This morning I drop it off and it will now cost me $13.50 to go from 3,000psi to 4,500psi.

What are other folks paying to refill their tanks?

Sure makes it start to make sense to splurge for a compressor, especially now with the big bores in house.

Carette? Air Venturi? Hmmmmm.

Air Venturi of course I love it so far
Bob
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: Alan on April 26, 2017, 02:02:31 PM
This is the exact reason I spent the big bucks and bought an Omega Air Charger!
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: steveoh on April 26, 2017, 02:11:07 PM
Price is right. I suppose we won't know about longevity until a few months down the road.



Vallejo Fire Extinguisher is about the only place to refill air tanks in the Vallejo / Benicia area. I think I'm going to search the Concord / Walnut Creek Area and see if there are other places.

Last month a refill was $11.50 for my 88CF AirHog Tank. This morning I drop it off and it will now cost me $13.50 to go from 3,000psi to 4,500psi.

What are other folks paying to refill their tanks?

Sure makes it start to make sense to splurge for a compressor, especially now with the big bores in house.

Carette? Air Venturi? Hmmmmm.

Air Venturi of course I love it so far
Bob
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: ncrary on April 26, 2017, 02:28:55 PM
When I first started the dive shop charged me $6, now it is $10 to go from 3000 to 4200 (that is what I get by the time the tank cools down.)  I fill about once a week when the weather is nice and I am shooting a lot.  In the winter it is more like once a month.  However, we will be getting an indoor range soon that will have some 50 and 100 yard lanes so my winter shooting should not be curtailed.  So if I fill once a week at $10 a fill that would be $520 a year so I would pay for a decent compressor on about three years.  Hmmmmm, maybe I am on to something here.
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: Motorhead on April 26, 2017, 03:08:18 PM
@ 4 years ago my local dive shop wanted 12.00 for top off fills on both scuba or scba tanks ( @22/3200 & @28/4500 )  so ... invested in a Shoebox and then replaced it again with an ALPHA 90 & love it !!
Being 100% air independent able to as much air as required shooting or tuning has been really REALLY nice !
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: ncrary on April 26, 2017, 03:42:55 PM
Crap, you guys are costing me a fortune.  I just ordered an Air Venturi.  Life was really simple and inexpensive until I stumbled on this forum.
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: Alan on April 26, 2017, 03:51:24 PM
Yes, and you're always the one, Newell, who tells everyone that air gunning is addictive.
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: ShawninIL on April 26, 2017, 04:51:12 PM
3000 to 4500 in my Tiger Shark cost me whatever electricity I use to run my Air Charger. Best money I've spent on this hobby so far!
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: int3man on April 26, 2017, 05:18:56 PM
3000 to 4500 in my Tiger Shark cost me whatever electricity I use to run my Air Charger. Best money I've spent on this hobby so far!
O.K.  I've heard a lot if different tools but this is the first for an Air Charger.  I'm all in, what is it please???

Thanks
Michael :- )
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: ncrary on April 26, 2017, 06:15:43 PM
Yes, and you're always the one, Newell, who tells everyone that air gunning is addictive.

Yes, Alan, and you can see how deep I'm getting.  Pretty soon I'll be mainlining air and popping pellets by the gandful.
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: Alan on April 26, 2017, 06:21:02 PM
The Air Charger is the lessor expensive model of the Omega. The pressure adjustment gauge is smaller, it doesn't have an hour meter (I added one), and the water bleed off it manual.

I solved the latter by making my own input air dryer. I should take photos of the dryer, but it's just a plastic jar with silica gel, and a filter to keep the silica gel power (if any) out of the intake port. So far, it has cut down on the captured water in the trap by enough to notice the difference.
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: Aceflier on April 26, 2017, 06:30:19 PM
$17 here for 4k fill. I recently got an Altaros have refilled 3 times  my AV tank and 3 times my 68ci ($5 for the 68ci) in 2 weeks so it's payingboff quickly.
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: Martin on April 27, 2017, 07:22:13 AM
I fill in Fresno to 4500 (Doesn't matter the starting pressure) for I think $15.00 at Maximum Paintball. They keep re-topping it off and I leave it overnight. I get it about full.  I have only gone in a couple of times and once they said not to worry about it, the other times I paid.  I'm looking at compressors but at 3, 000 that's 200 fills and since we moved to the valley and life now sucks I don't shoot nearly as much anymore.  I am reconsidering the whole process though just because when the 30 gets here I will be using more air and it is kind of a pain in the rump to haul stuff in to be filled.
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: Ncstan on April 27, 2017, 05:45:48 PM
7.00 in eastern NC to fill to 4500psi ,But You need to call and make air banks are full or leave Your tank overnight,
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: ncrary on April 27, 2017, 06:35:22 PM
I am getting fed up with my dive shop.  The last three times I left my tank, it was for a couple days.  When I went in to pick it up it had not been filled and I had to wait.  Happened again today.  Be glad when I get my compressor and don't have to rely on the shop.
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: int3man on April 27, 2017, 09:05:28 PM
Yea this really has me rethinking my Tank purchases.  I've always had a 88 cubic foot tank, go for the biggest right?  So what happens if we get an intensifier and fill a smaller tank as required?  I am tired of being charged full price to top off a tank.  The problem with the Altoros is you have an Air compressor supplying the air?  So what if we had a straight intensifier?  Dry air in and dry air out.  HMM
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: steveoh on April 27, 2017, 10:52:15 PM
I dropped my tank off yesterday morning, along with two CO2 tanks. When I showed up this morning my tank wasn't ready. Guy had to top it off. Gave me the CO2 tanks, and I just took them and put in backseat of truck and headed to work. 45 minutes later I get a call from the shop saying the CO2 tanks hadn't been filled. Told to bring them back and they'd be on the house.

But to top things off, I don't think the AirHog tank strap is mine. Trying to find a shot of it to make sure. Sigh.
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: caniborrowsomeammo on April 28, 2017, 04:42:40 PM
My Alpha 90 is still chugging along. When I get down to 3000-3200 I just fill it up as in set it and forget it :D. Come back in a coupe hours and it's all done. I think I payed about $1400 for it from JoeB. That would cover what, 100 fills at $14 per???Not including time lost to and fro.
I have a friend in the FD that will fill me whenever I want, but having the compressor I don't have to go 6 miles over the hill to fill. All said and done  I would still lose an hour or more of "constructive" time ::).
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: kkarmical on February 13, 2018, 03:34:20 PM

Sports Cove in Vacaville fills, $10 out the door.
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: Aceflier on February 15, 2018, 09:14:43 AM
Up to 32 fills on the big AV tank and 35 on the pony bottle with the altaros. Almost a year gone by not a single issue. $649 worth of fills still did not add $15 of gas each trip for a fill. It’s paid for itself 3+ Times already.
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: Alan on February 15, 2018, 10:21:46 AM
I'm with you Ace. I got my Omega Air Charger just before Christmas 2016. To date, it has just over 20 hours or run time without a hitch. Having your own fill station is almost a must, regardless of what it is.
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: Steelhead on February 15, 2018, 06:53:06 PM
I have two close-by air sources, but they both had 'issues'. I didn't have the proper fitting for the dive shop and the paintball place is a clusterbleep for a variety of reasons. It would take me 45 minutes of standing around and then they started charging $20.00 for a fill. At any rate, I have over six hours on my AV compressor now with zero issues. Since I can shoot right outside of my garage I fill the tank to exactly what I need and then shoot tethered. Because of the convenience of shooting where my compressor is located I really don't need to worry about a regulator. When my pressure falls a little I just bump it back up.

Alan was right...getting into big bore without a compressor is difficult. That being said, everyone's shooting scenarios are different. I shoot a lot and often since I don't to go anywhere to do it. Others are more sporadic. It's a price hit for sure, but after chasing air all over the place it's money well spent.
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: mdcherry416 on February 15, 2018, 07:08:37 PM
If your in the Shreveport,La area Scuba Ventures charges 8.00 to fill to 4500.
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: kkarmical on February 15, 2018, 08:38:15 PM
I have two close-by air sources, but they both had 'issues'. I didn't have the proper fitting for the dive shop and the paintball place is a clusterbleep for a variety of reasons. It would take me 45 minutes of standing around and then they started charging $20.00 for a fill. At any rate, I have over six hours on my AV compressor now with zero issues. Since I can shoot right outside of my garage I fill the tank to exactly what I need and then shoot tethered. Because of the convenience of shooting where my compressor is located I really don't need to worry about a regulator. When my pressure falls a little I just bump it back up.

Alan was right...getting into big bore without a compressor is difficult. That being said, everyone's shooting scenarios are different. I shoot a lot and often since I don't to go anywhere to do it. Others are more sporadic. It's a price hit for sure, but after chasing air all over the place it's money well spent.

I'm looking at adding a big bore, I have a couple tanks I fill now, but am looking for a compressor solution over the next few months, most definitely before picking up the BB.
My guy in all honesty only charges me less than what I posted, and quite a few times didn't even charge me if the compressor was already fully charged and was only topping me off say 3200 to 4500 or so.
It's been a pretty cool experience with this shop, but I know it's time to fill my own tanks especially wanting to add a big fella to the group.
Title: Re: $13.50 for a Refill now
Post by: mcoulter on February 17, 2018, 05:23:51 PM
Yup, it was about 12 or 13 bucks to fill my tigershark at a local fire equipment company here in Central New York (Jerome Fire, Cicero NY).  The didn't seems to care if it was empty or just a top-off.