Not it is not. The needle should be stable. Could be a problem with either stages. Does it do this when the solenoid is off or the needle valve completely closed?I uploaded a short video to show what I mean, Is this normal?
Second stage pressure seems high IMO. 30 psi max 40 psi would be enough.The regulator while switched on, are these numbers correct?
No only when plugged inDoes it do this when the solenoid is off or the needle valve completely closed?
What about when the needle valve is fully closed?No only when plugged in
Sorry just checked again and yes it's doing it while unplugged. Should have known better than to buy a second hand regulator off eBay I guess.What about when the needle valve is fully closed?
Still doesn't tell me if it is doing it while the needle valve is closed.Sorry just checked again and yes it's doing it while unplugged. Should have known better than to buy a second hand regulator off eBay I guess.
It's actually stopped moving now for whatever reason I have no idea as I haven't done anything but the psi is still just under 60. Turning the needle valve has no effect. I'm using a co2 fire extinguisher if that helps.Still doesn't tell me if it is doing it while the needle valve is closed.
This said looks like the issue is with the second stage. Considering this is a cheap low quality reg, repairs are not worth it.
An external leak shouldn't make the needle swing like this. If a leak it is, it is internal to the regulator. Could also be a defective gauge or diaphragm.You have a leak somewhere....check the tubing connections!
Well that's the thing. Quality regulators can get very expensive so it's all a matter of trade off. You could buy one of these CO2Art or cheap regs but you have to be aware of the quality. I have 2 of those CO2Art ones. One is dead after less than 2 years. The other one it's a replacement CO2Art sent me. I am not using it though. Leaks too much for my taste and the flow goes up and down during the day. One thing is for sure though, I would never buy a second hand low end reg. The current reg I am using is a second hand high end industrial grade reg. It retails new for over 1000 USD and that's just the reg without all the fitting and needle valve that can cost 100-300 USD. I bought it restored with new parts for 300 USD. Doesn't skip a beat.Are there any regulators you would recommend? When this co2 bottle is empty I'll upgrade to a brand new one.
I'm gonna order a brand new regulator and return this one, is it safe to remove this broken regulator?Looks likes it's the first stage that has a leak. You can see there is still pressure in the second stage while the primary stage is empty. I would guess the internal spring or diaphragm are dead/damaged.
You need to close the valve of the CO2 tank first.I'm gonna order a brand new regulator and return this one, is it safe to remove this broken regulator?
It's a co2 fire extinguisher, do I just release the handle?You need to close the valve of the CO2 tank first.