inexpensive co2 regulators on ebay reliable?

Discussion in 'Grow Room Design & Setup' started by budballer, Feb 23, 2013.

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    budballer

    budballer Active Member

    Hi guy I'm getting in to bottled co2 because I'm running a sealed system. there are many brass co2 regulators on eBay listed for hydroponics for about $40 out of California. They seem to be the OEM models for the CAP and Titan co2 regulators but I could be wrong. Anyone have experience with these? Are they reliable? Cause I'm not trying to kill my crop with a blown reg. Thanks!
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    budbro18

    budbro18 Well-Known Member

    I've never bought one of them myself but I have the same attitude about all the cheap shit on eBay nowadays. If its got the same internals and made out of the same material and clames to so the same thing. It usually does. I've got ph and tds meters from china for about 8 bucks each and they work as well as a Hanna meter and look exactly the same.

    Id go for it and read up on the seller history and shit first.
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    BigEasy1

    BigEasy1 Active Member

    I saw those regulators on eBay and was wondering the same thing. They've sold a shit pile of them so somebody has to have hands on experience.
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    budballer

    budballer Active Member

    Their feedback isn't bad for the volume of products that they push. I'd assume they'd drop the regs if it was giving them a lot of negative feedback. Might bite the bullet and buy one cause for $40 I could almost buy 3 for the price of a trusted reg.
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    budbro18

    budbro18 Well-Known Member

    Good luck! Report the information once you observe the construction quality first hand
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    budballer

    budballer Active Member

    Will do. Id still like to see if anyone else has experience with them though. Speak up!
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    Castor Troy

    Castor Troy Member

    i just bought one, have been using it for a week, no problems yet! solenoid doesnt get scalding hot like some stories ive read. i think the seller was htg hydro or something like that
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    joe macclennan

    joe macclennan Well-Known Member

    I had a cheap chinese ph pen and a cheap Ec pen. Unreliable as hell. Never again.
    the Co2 reg Is prob. a diff story tho. Gas regulators use a spring and diaphragm to regulate the high pressure compressed gas into a more usable pressure. So I trust a simple mechanical device much more than I would a ph or Ec meter bc they make internal calculations and need frequent calibration.

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