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I wasn't sure whether this belonged in the Air section or the Tippmann HQ section, but ended up choosing the gun specific area because the type of marker in question is of large importance. Apart from that, my question revolves around the utilization of HPA rather than cO2. Being unfamiliar with the differentiations in the two methods, I don't know whether HPA is a worth-while upgrade; and what, if any, other purchases are necessary besides a tank. I hear and read all this jargon of regulators, low-pressure systems, expansion chambers, xx/xxxx, et cetera, and don't really know where to begin since every tool is labelled as imperative to the success of your paintball game. I haven't really formally established what my questions are, so: Is getting HPA for a tippmann A5 a good decision (i have the money, thanks to my job)? What auxillary equipment is necessary to run HPA well? How much does it cost to fill one of these bad boys, and does it have to be done at a scuba shop if there are no large fields around? Does it make a difference in consistency of shots in temperatures of 50~90+?

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Pump is Better
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HPA will work on your A-5 just fine. All you need to do is buy a tank and it will work.

HPA will work a lot better in the cold than CO2 will but you'll still need pretty good paintballs.

The regulators will improve your velocitys consistancy, and an LP kit will allow you to use low presure air raither than High pressure air (different type of air tank).

You really don't need eaither regulator, or LP kit, and I say don't get the LP for sure. It's a waste of money. It woun't improve your marker much at all.
 

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50-90 degrees? Well...as it gets colder and colder out the temperature advantage of HPA becomes better, because CO2 needs to absorb heat to keep the pressure up.

Like Kaz said though, you don't need any special equipment, just the new air tank.

If you think that getting it filled will be a problem, I would stick with CO2 just for that reason. You can get it filled at a paintball field, some scuba shops will do it if you supply the adapter needed.

Also you may fill it yourself from a scuba tank, again you will need the adapter. This is usually the last method because it involves buying the scuba tank, and the pressure will be reduced as you fill from the tank...so you might only get two or three good fills, and then some more partial fills, and then your fill tank will be empty.

There's some more information about what the terms mean, like 47/3000 and so forth in the air systems super sticky.

I'm glad to see you got the most important fact on your own though-

"since every tool is labelled as imperative to the success of your paintball game"

A lot of people buy something just because they are told how great it is...by the company selling it.

Ask for numbers and data, and know the the laws of physics and the world still apply, regardless of what their 'new technology' tells you.
 

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i use hpa on my tippmann 98 and it works fine. its more efficient and u get more shots per tank
Yea, but what HPA are you using and what CO2 tank r u comparing it to? a 72/4500 will get more shots than a 9 ounce co2 no matter what air efficenty.
 
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