Date: 17/8/2019 9:59
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Video: Air Venturi Booster

The Air Venturi Power Booster creates independence from conventional fill sources. Finally, freedom from the SCUBA shop! The Power Booster is capable of operating in conjunction with an existing shop compressor to provide up to 4500 psi

Air Venturi Power Booster Transcript:

Welcome to the Pyramyd Insyder, I’m Tyler Patner. Today we’re going to be taking a look at a brand new product for filling your PCPs from Air Venturi, the Power Booster. Now, the Power Booster’s pretty unique, this is a very interesting new product from Air Venturi for two reasons. One because they just came out with a compressor, so wasn’t really sure where this was gonna fall, but after using it, I think you guys are gonna be pretty impressed. This is a booster, as the name suggests, not a compressor, so a stand-alone compressor is just that, a stand-alone unit, you plug it into the wall, it is capable of generating up to 4500 PSI, and we know the Air Venturi one operates very quickly, you guys have seen it in use in our PCP 101 videos. Now, the Booster though, this is a very intriguing product. It does not require electricity, most of the other boosters on the market do require electricity so that’s a very nice feature here that you don’t need. All that this requires is first stage input. So what I mean by that is a shop compressor that’s capable of generating 60-90 PSI and hopefully a flow rate of 5 SCFM or more. So this unit is gonna be perfect if you already have a shop compressor, but maybe can’t afford to get up into that price point of a stand-alone compressor and that’s really where this falls in. Obviously it’s gonna operate a little bit slower than a standard stand-alone compressor unit, but still a very manageable piece of equipment that is very simple to operate. So let’s check out what all comes in this package. So going over the parts of the booster, you obviously have your on/off switch, your output adjustment screw, as well as your air pressure gauge on the top of the unit. And just so you guys know, the gauge does read in PSI and bar, which is a very helpful thing.

Looking at the front of the unit, you guys will notice there’s a lot going on here. The first thing I want to point out is in between the oil feed there and the moisture filter on the input is your oil plug screw, and we’ll show you what that is needed for in just a second. But very important to note that so you’re not trying to twist off the bottles or anything. We do have a male intake connector, just like you’d find on a you know any of your air tools that you’re trying to plug into your shop compressor at home. Then you have an input gauge as well, which is going to tell you how much pressure is coming into the booster, and then when it’s operating, it will also tell you how much pressure is being used per stroke, which is also a nice little interesting feature. You’ll also notice on the front of the unit we have a fill hose as well as a female quick disconnect fitting, and in that female quick disconnect fitting you’re going to find a test plug as well. And the reason that there’s a test plug in there is so you can calibrate the unit for other PSIs outside of that normal kind of 3,000 PSI range, you might be filling a gun too. And of course, as well you’re gonna have your bleed valve. And on the sides as well as the top, you’re gonna have a couple of handles, so if you want to carry it on the sides or on the top. The unit is about 23 pounds in total, so you do have a few different options for transporting. First thing we’re gonna do is take a flat head screwdriver, and go ahead and loosen up that oil plug screw. Now the booster comes with a little bottle for oil. Now you’re going to want to get that full compressor oil, is what we’re recommending in here. Just gonna go ahead and fill that up halfway or more. Now obviously you don’t want it to overflow, you can’t fill it too much, as long as you keep it in there. And then you just go ahead and tighten that screw back down turning clockwise until it’s nice and tight. Alright, so looking at our output adjustment, the Allen key is going to come with the booster unit, and you’ll notice your booster is going to come preset at 3,000 PSI, give or take 10% at the factory. Now you will also notice that the markings on the outside, the 2,000, 3,000, and 4,000 marking are approximations. So that is good to know. And also the nice feature that this has is it's going to dead end at 4500. So not only is it going to come preset at close to 3000, but it’s gonna dead end at that 4500 mark. So, again, approximations on the outside, what you’re gonna want to do is once you get that setting found, for whatever pressure you’re trying to fill to whether it be 3,000, 2,000, 4,500, go ahead and make a little mark on that outside grey ring there so you always have that quick reference point to go back to adjust your output.

So the first thing we’re going to do is make sure the on/off switch is pulled up to the off position before we go ahead and put pressure in. Next, you’re going to attach your hose from the air compressor to the male input fitting on the booster. And you see that gauge actually come to life there, um once we have air pressure flowing in, we have about 75 or 80 PSI coming in, again, anything in between 60 and 90 is gonna be more than enough. And then you’re gonna wanna make sure your bleed valve is closed, just hand tighten that’s all you need. Then we’re gonna go ahead pull back the collar on the quick disconnect fitting on the end of the hose, make sure it’s nice and tight on the end of the gun, and that the collar is forward. You notice that we’re starting at about 170 bar on this fill and it’s a 500 cc tank and you see how quickly the air pressure in the hose builds to match the pressure in the gun, and obviously sped up quite a bit here, but gonna come in just under 4 minutes, and we’ll see that on/off switch pop up when it’s ready. Then we’re gonna go ahead and bleed the pressure in the line. And then simply disconnect your hose, pulling the collar back on the quick disconnect fitting on the end of the hose. Alright, so you guys have seen it, this filled the Sumatra with no problem from about 170 bar all the way up to 200 or so, pretty quickly, about 4 minutes, you know topping off guns this guy’s gonna be perfect. It can also do your small bottles, big bottles, it has that capability as well, obviously it’s going to take quite a bit longer with the larger cylinder size you go to, but overall, pretty stout unit, functions well. As long as you have a compressor at home that’s capable of that 60 to 90 PSI and 5 SCFM, you are gonna be good to go. This unit is gonna make your life a heck of a lot easier. So check it out on pyramydair.com, for the Insyder, I’m Tyler Patner, we’ll see you guys at the next one. 

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