12g CO2 Canister – This serves as the main power source and the most basic accessory apart from ammo. In all CO2 pistols and in some air soft and paintball guns. The canister contains a non-flammable pressurized CO2 gas that acts as a “spray” powering out your ammo on each pull of the trigger once it has been punctured in the gas inlet chamber of the gun.
A Powerlet cartridge, commonly referred to as a CO2 charger, is a small disposable metal gas cylinder holding 8–12 grams (0.28–0.42 oz) of compressed CO2 and often a small quantity of lubricating oil, used as a pneumatic power source for certain airguns, air soft, paintball guns, and for quick inflation of various devices, such as a personal flotation device.
A Powerlet container typically provides 20 to 40 shots in an airgun, depending on the gun and environmental conditions. The first 10 shots from a new bottle are consistent, with subsequent shots losing power. For paintball markers, fewer shots are produced due to the greater weight of the paintball compared to an airgun projectile.
For modern paintball guns, this technology is considered outdated, as they cannot fire as many shots as a modern CO2 tank can provide, though some still use Powerlet cartridges for Stock paintball
They are also still favoured for paintball pistols, for players wishing to run ‘light’ with considerably less weight
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