Faber Hot Dip Galvanized Scuba Diving Tank

A Review

Faber Hot Dip Galvanized Scuba Diving Tank Review

Overview

Hot-dip galvanizing offers excellent durability and corrosion protection for steel scuba tanks. However, the initial cosmetic appearance of the hot-dipped galvanized finish is not as perfect and consistent as a painted finish. The hot-dipped galvanized finish will have a few grind marks and some dark spots. With time and use, the shiny silver color will take on a more uniform dull mottled gray appearance. While the cosmetics of the hot-dip galvanized scuba cylinders in no way impacts their durability or function, your complete satisfaction is our goal so please consider carefully before purchase. In this Faber Hot Dip Galvanized, we will be highlighting all the features and characteristics of this great dive cylinder.

Many at times, steel cylinders have been damned as not so efficient and cumbersome for divers. I am not going to affirm or deny that position; rather I will tell you that if you have not tried out steel tanks because of those flimsy comments, you are missing out. Especially if you have not tried the Faber High-Pressure 80 cylinder.

The Faber 80 tank is designed with a DIN valve technology which is known to perform very well with whatever type of first stage regulator the diver opt for. When combined with the cylinder tank in a first stage regulator, this kind of valve has been proven to drastically increase the versatility and output of performance.

Faber High-Pressure 80 steel cylinder tank is a highly sophisticated kit that is well ranged in the list of best scuba tanks available today. It comes with a devised design that allows diver using it to ingeniously transfer weight from their back and better distribute it to the rear of their BCD. This ingenuity presents a great diving advantage for the diver who specifically uses the “wing” type of BCD.

Whatever your diving need, whether you are a professional or recreational diver, the Faber High-Pressure 80 Steel scuba tank is a viable cylinder option that will give you the best of diving experience.

Faber Hot Dip Galvanized Tank

For many years Faber had evaluated the possibility of hot dip galvanizing (HDG) its scuba diving cylinders. Extensive research has been carried out and many trials and tests have been performed in order to evaluate the industrial process and the performance of the coating in relation to the more commonly used hot zinc spraying process.

In the case of Hot Dip Galvanizing taking into account the large number of cylinders manufactured by Faber would imply a considerable negative impact on the environment. In addition, the temperature at which the HDG is undertaken is quite high (around 450°C) and could affect the final properties of the steel cylinders (it is worth noting that most periodic inspection and test documents limit temperature of steel cylinders to around 350°C during all parts of the retest cycle).

HDG has also been known to cause an embrittlement of the steel material, due to the evolution of hydrogen during the initial pickling stage of the overall HDG process with the hydrogen getting absorbed into the steel.
On a separate note, when it comes to the surface finish, our studies have shown that the performance of the top coat is not acceptable when applied on HDG treated cylinders. This is often related to the criticality of surface preparation when a top coat paint is applied.

Thus after careful deliberation of other available coating processes, Faber has decided not to adopt the HDG process and has instead optimized its production cycle involving hot zinc spraying coupled with a primer + top coat of paint, which gives the best trade-off between corrosion resistance and an attractive appearance.

Our clients appreciate and are accustomed to the winning look of Faber cylinders, not to mention the beneficial effects that our approach has towards the environment.

Specs

Cylinder Steel
Pressure 3442 psi (237 bars)
Diameter 7.24 Inches to 8.02 Inches (18.39 cm to 20.37 cm)
Weight  28.6 lbs. to 42.7 lbs. (12.97 kg to 19.37 kg)
Height 20.87 Inches to 26.78 Inches (53 cm to 68 cm)
Buoyancy (When Full) From: -8.05 lbs. to -9.08 lbs. (-3.65 kg to 4.12 kg)
Cylinder Nitrox Ready No
Cylinder Material Chromium Molybdenum Steel w/Hot Dip
Material Chrome-Plated Brass
Valve Type Convertible

 

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Features

  • Nitrox Ready Up to 40%
  • Most Widely Sold Cylinder Type
  • Great Buoyancy Characteristics
  • Better Weight Distribution
  • Most Sizes Equipped with Cylinder Boot
  • 3442 psi (237 bar) Working Pressure
  • Weight: From 28.6 lbs. to 42.7 lbs. (12.97 kg to 19.37 kg)
  • Diameter: From: 7.24″ to 8.02″ (18.39 cm to 20.37 cm)
  • Height: From: 20.87″ to 26.78″ (53 cm to 68 cm)
  • Deep Drawn Chromium Molybdenum Steel
  •  Hot Dip Galvanized Round Bottom Cylinder
  • Valve: Faber DIN/K Convertible Valve


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Pro and Cons

PROS:
  • Nitrox ready up to 40%
  • Heavy duty Faber DIN/K convertible valve
  • Chrome plated marine brass
  • Chromium molybdenum steel
  • Round bottom cylinder

CONS:
  • It is not aesthetically appealing

 

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Editors’ Opinion

Faber Hot Dip Galvanized steel cylinder tank is a highly sophisticated kit that is well ranged in the list of best scuba tanks available today. It comes with a devised design that allows diver using it to ingeniously transfer weight from their back and better distribute it to the rear of their BCD

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