I just realized that, as of this week, I have owned my Omega Super Charger, 4500 psi compressor, for one year. When we first moved to Northern Arizona, I found a shop that would do 4500 psi fills, and everything was great for about eight years. Then that source started to become unreliable. I don't use a lot of air, but when I need it, I need it. I can't wait for a week to get a fill, so I finally decided, that instead of buying another PCP, I would instead, get my own compressor.
After doing a bunch of research, I settled on the Omega Super Charger, and for my purposes it has been a great unit. It runs on 110 volts, and that was an important feature for my situation. It is a turnkey unit, compact and completely self contained.
I haven't had a lot of time, here recently, to play with my airguns, but that will be changing soon, so in anticipation of that, I decided to top off a couple of my tanks.
First up was my Air Hog, Pigmee, 9.5 cubic foot carbon fiber tank. This unit is very compact, and the tank that goes with me on all of my hunts. When I hooked it up to the Omega, the Pigmee had 3500 psi in it. Twenty minutes on the compressor, and it was topped off at 4500 psi.
Next up was one of my Air Hog, 88 cubic foot carbon fiber tanks. When I hooked it up to the Omega, that tank had 3800 psi in it, and fifty five minutes later it was full at 4500 psi.
Fill speed seems to be a big deal to some folks. As in, the tank needs to be filled in a matter of minutes. For me it's a non-issue. It's typically a week or more between my hunts. That's at least 168 hours between hunts, and usually more. Somewhere in that time span, I'll find an hour, or two, to top off my tank, if needed. Plus, it's not like I have to stand there and watch the compressor while it fills my tank.
When the specified fill pressure is reached, it shuts off automatically, so I go off and do chores around the house while the compressor does its thing. No fuss, no muss. Life is good.
According to the built in run time meter, the unit has a total of 20 hours on it. At my usual rate of air usage, I'll run it maybe six to eight hours a year. When I first got the unit, it had eight hours on it from being tested and run in. I had four tanks that needed filling, so I ran it about six hours right out of the gate, and another six hours over the last year. This year I expect to run the unit about six hours.
According to the manual, there is some maintenance that needs to be done to the unit at the 3500 hours of operation point. Just for conversations sake, let's say that's a typo, and it should be done after 350 hours of operation. At the ripe old age of 73, and a usage rate of approximately 6 hours per year, I don't think compressor maintenance is anything that I'll ever need to concern myself with. However, the likelihood of me springing some fluid leaks, in the not too distant future, is a definite possibility. LOL
It has had zero issues. The unit runs like a charm, and does exactly what it was advertised to do. I love having my own compressor sitting in the garage, and being completely independent from outside air sources.
I am very happy with the performance of this unit. It has done a great job of reliably filling my tanks, and makes playing with my airguns even more enjoyable.
I was looking for a compressor that is turnkey, self contained, easy to use, reliable, is reasonably portable, and runs on 110 volts. The Omega Super Charger has met all of those requirements, and one year in, I am very satisfied with the purchase.
As a quick side note, about seven or eight months ago, I added one of the Air Tanks For Sale, ALPHA In-Line Moisture Filters between the Omega output, and the tank inputs. I don't know that I really need it, but I'd rather be safe than sorry. I'd hate to ruin a bunch of high dollar PCP's because I skimped on a $400 dollar moisture filter system.
Until next time, thanks for reading.