Nov 9, 2015 1 Comments Frequently Asked Questions
Does my Paintball Tank Need to be Re-Hydrotested?
We are often asked “How do I know when my tank needs to be hydrotested?” Searching online can be frustrating, as you try to decipher markings on your tank. Instead of searching and reading countless forums, grab your paintball tank and keep on reading. In a few short minutes you will know exactly when your paintball tank needs to be re-hydrotested!
First, a bit about paintball tanks and hydro testing. Paintball high pressure air tanks will need to be hydro tested every 3 or 5 years depending on the bottle manufacturer. The date of manufacture will be marked on the tank, and it is your responsibility to have it re-hydrotested when your tank expires. Hydro testing involves pressurizing your tank to a level much higher than the tank is rated to handle. If your tank is able to withstand the pressure without failing, it will pass the test and be valid for another 3 to 5 years. If it fails, you will need to purchase a new tank. If you live in Ontario, Badlands recommends heading to Paintball City or Wasaga Beach Paintball to have your tank hydro tested.
If your tank passes the hydro test, the testing facility will apply a new month and year tag to your tank, usually protected under a layer of epoxy, in order to demonstrate that the tank has been tested, and has passed. This new date stamp will act as the new point of reference to be used for testing the tank again after the next 3 or 5 year period has expired.
It is illegal to fill a tank that is out of hydro-date, so if your local field refuses to fill your out-of-date tank, do not give them a hard time - the penalties for filling an expired tank are severe, and not only will the field be held responsible, but so will the individual who fills the tank.
Are any tanks exempt from being re-hydrotested? Yes. Tanks that have an external diameter of 2 inches or less, and are less than 2 feet long are exempt from being re-hydrotested. Tanks generally included in this category are 13/3000 compressed air tanks and small 3.5oz CO2 tanks.
|Some paintball tanks will not have the TUV1 marking in between the month and year, and will instead use an arrow, “C”, or some other symbol. Below you can see some of the common manufacturing symbols that you will come across. If you are unsure of your tank’s hydro date, stop by your closest Badlands store, or send us an email with a picture of your tank’s information, and we will be more than happy to help you find the hydro date!|
|The above tank uses an Arrow to separate the month and year, and has a manufacture date of March 2007. It needed to be re-hydrotested in March, 2012.|
|This carbon fiber tank uses a "CL" to separate the month and year. This tank was manufactured in January, 2004.|
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