Buying guide: Compressors for diving tanks
After buying a scuba tank, one of the solutions to fill it is to buy a scuba compressor. In this article we will study the interest of buying such a device by discussing the different models, prices and maintenance.
The first solution to be able to fill your tank, is to call a diving professional, who will allow you to fill your tank via his compressor in exchange for a few euros.
Why buy a compressor?
To save time and to be completely autonomous, it is possible to buy a diving compressor, in order to fill your tank directly at home. Such a device will allow you to fill your tank quickly and effortlessly.
What are the different models of compressors?
There are different models of diving compressors, which can be divided into two categories: fixed compressors and portable compressors.
Fixed compressors are those that will be installed in one place and will not be moved. The advantage of this type of diving compressor is that it can fill cylinders quickly thanks to its large filling capacity. The disadvantage is that it will be rather heavy and cumbersome.
Portable compressors are those equipped with wheels, handles or both, and are intended to be carried along with your dive tank, in order to fill it anywhere with just a power outlet. The advantage of these compressors is that they are less bulky and heavy than fixed compressors. However, they will not fill your tank as quickly.
What is the price of a diving compressor ?
Depending on the performance of the diving compressor, the price can vary greatly. It can range from 500-600 Euros for a simple 220 bar diving compressor to several thousand Euros for a high performance high pressure diving compressor.
The choice of compressor will depend on your filling needs. If you need to fill a large number of cylinders on a regular basis, you should choose a high performance compressor. On the other hand, if you only need to fill one cylinder occasionally, you can choose an entry-level model that will be much less expensive.
How do I maintain my diving compressor ?
The maintenance of your diving compressor may vary depending on the model you choose, but the same steps must always be taken. First of all, you will have to choose the place where you want to operate your diving compressor. You should avoid placing it in a dusty area or where there are other machines that could pollute the environment around the compressor.
You should also be careful to change the filters on your compressor to ensure that you always have good air quality for your tank. Most compressors also need to have their oil changed to lubricate the parts used to compress the air. For both of these points, it is important to follow the manufacturer's specifications in order to choose the right products.
For compressors equipped with an external cooling system (e.g. water), the liquid must be changed frequently to maintain a good cooling capacity.
You now have all the information you need to make the best possible choice for your diving compressor.