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Old 01-02-2017, 09:52 AM
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I received the Chinese air compressor and have started to use it. Delivered to my door from China it cost a total of $ 440.00. Not too bad when you realize a 4500 PSI scuba tank is $ 350 plus tax and you have to pay to refill it. Plus the Time and Hassle to drive to the Scuba Shop.

Yes it is slower than the $ 20 K compressor at the Scuba Shop. But it gets the job done. I find that filling the Gun is a lot faster than filling my 90 Cu Inch nurse tank. But it is still faster than driving to the scuba shop.

So the real question at this point is HOW IT WILL LAST??? I should have posted a question about these cheap compressors before I bought it. But If it lasts for a few years then I am happy camper. I didn't buy it to be economical. I bought it to be self contained or independent of out side power.


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Old 01-03-2017, 05:11 AM
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I think the life expectancy of the compressor should be measured in Cubic Feet. You are not really using a lot of air; so if it lasts 20 times (the weak sister effect), then it should last a good number of times.

high pressure compressors are difficult/expensive to make, seals are the issues. IF they could be made reasonably priced, scuba divers would own them. Diver usually end up with about 6 tanks, to make more divers on a given trip, and to like you to avoid those trips to remote dives shops.

You savings will include not having to do annual DOT inspections; which tank fillers are required to make. (visual and hydrostatic tests req'd).

let us know how it works.
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Old 01-03-2017, 05:29 AM
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$440 would buy a LOT of re-loading supplies!!

Murphy says the Chinese tool will perform perfectly until you REALLY need it. Then it dies.
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Old 01-03-2017, 06:52 AM
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Yep it works for now, but how long is the big question

It came with replacement seals but NO DIRECTION or maintenance instructions. But for $ 440 compared to $ 20 K for a Scuba Compressor, I can't expect a lot. BTW There is at least $ 150 of shipping in the $ 440. price. That means it only cost under $ 300.

Maybe I am a fool in the fact there are 3 scuba shops in my town that can refill my nurse tank. Cost wise a block of 10 fills is only $ 3.50 each or $ 35.00 for the block of 10. But I am the Type that likes being self sufficient. I don't like the Idea of not being able to refill on Sunday afternoon because the Scuba Shop is closed.

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Old 01-03-2017, 06:59 AM
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You might want to ask yourself why they're so expensive and require safety inspections.... You want to ride a moon rocket made by the lowest Chinese bidder?

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Old 05-14-2017, 09:25 AM
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Yep it works for now, but how long is the big question

It came with replacement seals but NO DIRECTION or maintenance instructions. But for $ 440 compared to $ 20 K for a Scuba Compressor, I can't expect a lot. BTW There is at least $ 150 of shipping in the $ 440. price. That means it only cost under $ 300.

Maybe I am a fool in the fact there are 3 scuba shops in my town that can refill my nurse tank. Cost wise a block of 10 fills is only $ 3.50 each or $ 35.00 for the block of 10. But I am the Type that likes being self sufficient. I don't like the Idea of not being able to refill on Sunday afternoon because the Scuba Shop is closed.

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NOT LONG is the answer to my above question. But it might be my fault for walking away while it overfilled and blew a seal.


I went ahead and ordered a good one from Pyramyd Air. I got spoiled having a compressor.

Air Venturi Air Compressor, Electric, 4500 PSI/310 Bar. PCP & CO2 accs..


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Old 06-06-2017, 12:21 PM
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Looks like $1300.00
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Old 06-20-2017, 02:46 AM
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I have had a Shoebox compressor for a couple of years. They sure have gotten pricier.
It works just fine, albeit slowly. I already had a couple of standard shop compressors for the first stage air so the Shoebox was an attractive addition.
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Old 06-22-2017, 03:15 PM
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55 years ago I was a scuba diver. Back then it cost $1.50 to have the 70 CuFt tank filled to 2500 psi.
Holy Toledo, can you really put 4500 psi in a tank these days?
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