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Old 02-21-2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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Average Life of a 5Lb CO2 Bottle


New Regulator is set up, and so off to the Weld shop to get my tank changed out....again 3 bottles in a bout a month. About how long should I expect a 5lb bottle to last at 2 bubbles fo a 8 hour period a day? Provided this new regulator isn't defective.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:32 PM   #2
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I had mine for about 4-5 mos now still 800-900 psi.
I'm running Dual Stage Victor Regulator w/ atomic diffuser and the bubble rate is slow.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:38 PM   #3
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You are experiencing a leak. A #5 cylinder should last you about 4-5 months.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:40 PM   #4
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Thats what I thought. I leak checked everything else last night all is good from the bubble counter to the tank ....so we will see with the new regulator...if this replacment reg is a flop....I will never use a low end reg again and will diy one....
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Just a guess, but make sure the connection to the cylinder isn't the culprit.
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Old 02-21-2013, 07:44 PM   #6
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My 5lb would last me 3-4 months and I have it running 24/7 at 2bps.
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Old 02-22-2013, 12:51 AM   #7
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My reg was the culprit. Solenoid was leaking out of the four screws on the bottom, new reg is installed. Inline diffuser quit diffusing and built up pressure till the reg stopped putting out.....So now i have a new reg and a DIY CO2 reactor...waiting for pvc cement to cure then install we go.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:07 AM   #8
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i get about 1 year at 2bps for 7.5hrs/day.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:10 AM   #9
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Yeah i was sure it was better than 2 weeks since people running 5-7 bubbles on a paint ball system was getting more time than I was...Found the leak, got the new reg in after glue dried and gets replumbed Ill be back in buisness
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:19 AM   #10
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i get about 1 year at 2bps for 7.5hrs/day.
Yeah I get about a year as well.
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Old 02-22-2013, 01:59 AM   #11
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I'm using a 5lb on my 72. Running about 3 bbs, 9 hours a day and my last one went just over 4 months. I have a Victor single stage regulator.
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5lb with a Concoa dual stage. 2-3 bps. Glass diffuser cleaned weekly. Been over 1 year now.
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You guys and your dual stage regulators running it till empty, one day I will be able to do that.

5lbs @ 1 - 2 bps, long photo period.
A little over a year
Took it to get refill because it was getting light, guy had to purge it because there was still Co2. Once a year refilling sound pretty good to me though.
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