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RIP OFF!!!! ISTA Professional C02 Supply Set

I've been using the ISTA Professional C02 Supply Set for about 6 months and today I went to get my canisters refilled, but nobody can fill them because they're the european type. I purchased these from Drs Foster & Smith so I was under the impression that I'd be able to get them refilled. I basically threw hundreds of dollars away because now the set is useless!! Has anyone else used this system and if so where did you get your cylinders refilled?
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The point of their system is to have you buy their replacement cartridges frequently. It is indeed not cost effective.

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The point of their system is to have you buy their replacement cartridges frequently. It is indeed not cost effective.
I think she's talking about the 1lb kit which says it is refillable. Talk to the retailer, I'd be mad too. Worst case maybe there's an adapter you can use to make it work or use a paintball tank or something. Good luck.


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The local cylinder supply shop was able to fill mine, it took them a little experimenting but they figured it out.
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Shame you don't live here, my lfs guy orders me my canisters any time I need. He can order anything form that company. Really cheap too.

Granted I have a mini style, so I don't refill, I replace them. About ever 2 months for my size.

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I think she's talking about the 1lb kit which says it is refillable. Talk to the retailer, I'd be mad too. Worst case maybe there's an adapter you can use to make it work or use a paintball tank or something. Good luck.
Yes, I'm talking about the 1L Professional Set.
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type this into ebay

"CO2 Tank 22mm to 21mm Adapter Converter for CGA 320 cylinder paintball Regulator"

I know they make this and the reverse adapter plus other types to convert European standards. If you seek you shall find.
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Another question..

Would I be able to use the ISTA Regulator if I bought a standard US cylinder?
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Another question..

Would I be able to use the ISTA Regulator if I bought a standard US cylinder?

Probably not, if the tank is threaded differently the regulator would also be threaded the same way. But a converter like mentioned above will allow you to use a standard canister with your un-standard regulator threads.
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One place called and said they found an adapter and are able to refill them! Thanks to everyone who answered this post!
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You may want to purchase whatever they are going to use. You will probably run into the same issue every time you go to fill up. Or you can just hope you get the same guy next time. Good luck with that

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I agree, just ask them what fitting they bought and buy one for yourself, and next time you can take your canister pretty much anywhere and they can use your adaptor to fill your canister.
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I agree, just ask them what fitting they bought and buy one for yourself, and next time you can take your canister pretty much anywhere and they can use your adaptor to fill your canister.
I disagree with this. If a store went out of their way to help you and found (bought?) the piece to help you, support them by having them refill for you.

It may be a good idea to find out what they got so you can get it if needed if you move or they close or whatever. But until then it is just common courtesy to support that place.
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I've been using the ISTA Professional C02 Supply Set for about 6 months and today I went to get my canisters refilled, but nobody can fill them because they're the european type. I purchased these from Drs Foster & Smith so I was under the impression that I'd be able to get them refilled. I basically threw hundreds of dollars away because now the set is useless!! Has anyone else used this system and if so where did you get your cylinders refilled?
Did you actually pay $200 for this? I only ask because you could've spent less money on a GLA Atomic Paintball CO2 Regulator ($150) or $50 more for a standard GLA paintball regulator. Both units have a solenoid, which the ISTA appears to be lacking.
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