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Here at Money Paintball our goal is to ADD VALUE to you and your business. This section will explain HPA/COMPRESSED AIR so you can make the best decision on what package to get for your field.
Let's start with the basics, Compressed Air,HPA or High Pressure Air, NITRO or NITROGEN or Scuba tanks/Breathable air ARE ALL THE SAME THING when relating to paintball.
A paintball gun can not tell the difference between NITROGEN and OXYGEN from a scuba tank. So to put your mind at ease all the above terms are all the same thing. From now on we will call it HPA (HIGH PRESSURE AIR).
Now the difference between HPA and CO2 is another story, this is like the difference between night and day. CO2 is a very volatile gas, when you rapid fire the gun or when filling the tank you notice that it gets VERY cold. This causes tremendous challenges to the internals of you your gun because the o-rings go from hot to cold. Not to mention if it's too cold out side you can't even use CO2
With HPA the air only gets a little warmer when you rapid fire or fill the tank. This allows the gun to work much better in all temperatures.
This why all or most the guns over $200 take HPA only. There was a time where only the $1,000 guns needed HPA but as paintball and technology have grown the guns have gotten faster and cheaper.
HPA tanks have also become very affordable so this is why the demand for HPA is growing so much. CO2 will be a thing of the past in the near future. Your field or store is only going to have a larger demand for HPA.
HOW BIG OF A COMPRESSOR DO I NEED?
This is the most frequently asked question ( FAQ) that I hear. First off let me define COMPRESSOR. The compressors that are needed for paintball run at 5,000 psi or higher. The compressors you see at Home Depot run at 250 psi. The higher the pressure the more expensive the compressor becomes. The Money Air compressor line runs at 5,000 psi and higher.
The best way to explain how big of a compressor you need is the boat analogy. If you own a 25 foot boat and you want to tow it to the lake you CAN use a little 4 cylinder Toyota truck. You will have to go slow and you will be putting a lot of stress on the engine and the suspension but if it's only twice a year then no big deal. If you did it 2 times a week the truck would last about 2 to 4 months before it blew up.
SADLY this is what most field and store owners do when they buy their first compressor. They have limited funds or they want to save money and they buy a small compressor. 6 months later they blow it up because they worked it too hard.
Now if you had a V12 DODGE RAM with a towing package you could get that boat to the lake 4 times faster with less wear and tear on the truck. Which would allow the truck to last longer with fewer repairs.
The demand for HPA is only going to get larger. You may discover that the compressor package # 3 may be too much for what you need now, but next year you may discover that you have grown into it.
WHICH PACKAGE DO YOU RECOMMEND?
Here is the best answer I can give you. Each package is designed for a specific need of a field or store, read the descriptions below and find out what is best for you.
I define a small store as a Hobby level type enterprise, the owner is not looking to leave his location as does not want to expand to more stores or become the Paintball equivalent of Subway. This owner is happy with his clientele and just enjoys his little shop. For this type of operation the MINI MONEY is the way to go. No bulk tanks to fuss with no fill stations, just hook the tank to the compressor and away you go. Click here for more info on the MINI
VERY SMALL FIELD-
Similar to the small store, this type of owner does not want to grow to accomodate hundreds of players at a time. He is happy with his 20 walk ons and small private groups. The MINI MONEY AIR is the perfect system. No bulk tanks to fuss with no fill stations, just hook the tank to the compressor and away you go. Click here for more info on the MINI MONEY PACKAGE- http://emoneypaintball.net/product_info.php?products_id=45
I define a store as someone who is looking to grow his business, in the start up phase a MINI MONEY AIR PACKAGE would be perfect, however this package will be quickly out grown. Package # 2 or # 3 would be the best choice. The main difference between # 2 and # 3 is the size of the compressor 7CFM vs. 9CFM Ė Similar to a 6 cylinder car vs. an 8 cylinder. AND MONEY AIR PACKAGE # 3 is FULLY AUTOMATED, this is huge. This system turns itself on and off, it drains it self automatically. Package # 2 must be manually drained every 15 minutes it's running. Will you remember to do that? Click here to for more details on MONEY AIR package # 2 http://emoneypaintball.net/product_info.php?products_id=44 And MONEY AIR package # 3 http://emoneypaintball.net/product_info.php?products_id=41
Package # 3 is the way to go. Field owners need to focus on the customers not on there compressor, will your $8 an hour employee remember to drain the compressor? Package # 3 is fully automated so donít have to worry about matanince. For information on MONEY AIR package # 3 click here: http://emoneypaintball.net/product_info.php?products_id=41
GROWING FIELD and or BIG FIELD-
If you plan on getting big or you are already big you know what itís like to wait in line for air. Why make your customers wait, get them back on the field shooting paint and having fun. MONEY AIR package # 4 is the unit for you. With its four 6,000 psi tanks and its 21 SCFM power you can have 500 players fill and still have plenty of air. Now keep in mind if you have 150 people trying to use only 4 fill whips it will take a while, the bigger you are the more fill stations you will need. Donít worry the MONEY AIR package # 4 can handle it. NEVER run out of air again. Click here for more info: http://emoneypaintball.net/product_info.php?products_id=46
EXPLAIN THE AUTODRAIN THING AGAIN-
If your compressor does not have auto drains like the MINI MONEY or MONEY AIR package # 2 then you will have to drain them every 15 minutes the compressor is running. You simply turn a little valve wait 20-30 seconds for the oily water to drain and close the valve. Each compressor has two valves. Not a big deal but when your busy and you forget it causes damage to the compressor when they are not drained on time. For some this not a problem, for most it really becomes a big hassle.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FILL A BULK TANK?
A 9cfm compressor can do it in 1.5 hours approx. A 7 CFM takes 2 hours. The bigger the compressor the faster it fills.
WHAT IS CFM?
CFM stands for CUBIC FEET PER MINUTE. CFM is like a cylinder in your car, the more cylinders you have the more power you have. For example:
3.5 CFM is like a little hybrid car.
7 CFM is like a 6 cylider car.
9 CFM is like an 8 cylinder car
18 CFM is like a SEMI TRUCK
CAN I FILL A SCUBA TANK?
MINI MONEY are set to fill scuba tanks or regular paintball tanks that you put on your gun. MONEY AIR PACKAGE # 2 and # 3 can be set up to fill scuba tanks with a small add on adaptor to the fill station for a small fee.
CAN I TAKE THE FILLED BULK TANKS AND FILL STATION WITH ME AND LEAVE THE COMPRESSOR AT MY STORE?
Sure we add the on/off check valves for no charge!
HOW MANY FILLS CAN I DO PER BULK TANK?
This can be a long answer because of all the variables, like what size of tanks you are filling, 48ci, 68ci, 88ci as well as how empty the tanks are. Typically people like to fill up when they get down to 1,500 or 1,000 psi.
Secondly when you purchase a Money Air package #2,#3 or #4 with cascaded bulk tanks this question does not apply because all the cascaded tanks act as one big tank.
However to give you a basic idea, if you had a 6,000 psi bulk tank you could fill 20 to 25 empty 68ci 3,000 psi tanks before the pressure dropped to 3,000psi in the bulk tank.
HOW MANY FILLS CAN I DO PER SCUBA TANK?
Keep in mind HPA works like gas in your car. If you have a full tank or a ľ tank your car still runs and the performance is the same. The car or in the case the paintball marker will stop working when you run totally out of air. With the scuba tank you can get approx 40 fills. Keep in mind a scuba tank is 3,000 psi. So fill number 1 will be approx 2,999 psi, fill number 2 will be 2,925, fill number 3 will be 2,850 psi and so on. Also understand that it is very rare that people fill an empty tank. Most people " top off " when they get down to 1,500 or even 2,000 so the number of fills you get will always differ.
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
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