CO2 is mainly intended for cheaper paintball markers.
While CO2 may be a suitable source for many models of paintball markers, it is not recommended for use with a Smart Parts Ion. CO2 is an air source that is mainly intended for lower-end, cheaper paintball markers. It is inconsistent, inefficient and causes additional wear and tear on the internal parts of a paintball marker. The Smart Parts Ion is a high-tech paintball marker that was designed with other air sources in mind.
CO2 is an inconsistent air source for paintball markers. The Smart Parts Ion, like many other paintball markers, will experience changes in the velocity of each shot when CO2 is used. This is due to the fact that the pressure in the tank changes along with changes in the weather. A hot day will cause the pressure inside the tank to increase, while cold days will do the opposite.
Wear on Internal Parts
CO2 is known for creating extra wear and tear to the internal parts of paintball markers. The Smart Parts Ion is a high-tech paintball marker that may see additional wear from the use of CO2. CO2 can damage o-rings inside the paintball marker, requiring frequent maintenance. The purpose of o-rings is to help create airtight seals within the paintball marker. CO2 will freeze these o-rings and make them brittle.
When using CO2 as an air source for the Smart Parts Ion, there is a possibility that liquid CO2 may enter the marker. This will happen when the marker is facing downward, even at a slight angle. When liquid CO2 enters the paintball marker, it creates additional wear and tear on the internal parts and can even stop the marker from firing.
CO2 vs HPA
It is recommended that a paintball player use HPA in his Smart Parts Ion rather than CO2. HPA refers to compressed air. It is an alternative air source for paintball markers that is more efficient and consistent than CO2 and puts less strain on paintball markers. HPA will prevent many of the problems that CO2 may cause in a Smart Parts Ion.