A System for Home?
Prestacycle makes it easy and inexpensive to keep Nitrogen tire inflation available in your own home. Total systems with cylinders are very inexpensive. Systems with a 30CF cylinder and larger provide for all home inflation needs including Automotive fillings and top-offs. Many car manufacturers now recommend Nitrogen for the newer more accurate TPI systems. Prestacycle’s system keeps you from running back to the shop every time you need a top-off. Our system provides 99% pure Nitrogen, better than the 95% available at your Auto dealer. Using Nitrogen on your Bicycles, Tractors and any other inflatable will keep them inflated longer and will help the rubber in your tires to last longer.
A System for Shops?
Many Automotive service facilities have machines for Nitrogen inflation, but those machines are large and expensive. Motorcycle, Bicycle and Power Equipment dealers don’t need a high volume system like that. Our equipment combined with a cylinder delivery arrangement with your local gas supplier will allow you to offer Nitrogen inflation to all your customers. Installing a complete system with a large capacity Steel cylinder rented from a gas supplier is less than $250 in total up-front costs. Profitability and return-on-investment (ROI) can usually be reached in the first Month. Nitrogen inflation sales can instantly become a new, steady revenue stream for your business, and customers will regard the service as an added level of professionalism. Automotive shops that already have the big extractor systems can add our small system to increase staff efficiency and add a level of customer service. With your current extractor system, Cars need to brought into the shop for inflation, even if they only need a top-off. Our system can be kept with the service writers or even salespeople. Courtesy top-offs can be done immediately, making you customers more likely to re-visit and come back for other business. If your shop has welding capability, you probably already have the Nitrogen delivered to your door. Our $120 kit makes you an instant Nitrogen inflation station!
Nitrogen tanks provide immediate tire inflation or top-offs anywhere without electricity. Lightweight alloy components combined with the light alloy cylinders we offer are easy and safe to transport when handled properly. Our smallest 6 cubic foot system takes-up very little space and the complete system with cylinder only weighs about 5 pounds. Perfect to carry in the corner of your your trunk, it’s even being carried onboard by light aircraft for easy top-offs at remote airports. Our 33 cubic foot cylinder is less than two feet tall and includes a convenient carry handle. We offer an optional quick-release vehicle mounting bracket as well.
How do I get Nitrogen?
We offer attractive, rust-free aluminum-alloy Nitrogen cylinders which are light weight and easy to transport. Please be aware our cylinders are shipped empty. Commercial shipping companies do not want to carry highly pressurized containers since they do not strap-down packages. You can also buy or rent cylinders from local gas suppliers. Generally those suppliers will provide painted steel cylinders. We recommend you check with different types of providers in your area before deciding on your options.
All you need for a complete system is our Kit plus a Cylinder. Find your local re-filler before selecting a cylinder. Search for “Welding Supply” in your area. CONFIRM with your supplier that they will fill/refill Prestacycle cylinders. Contact them and ask if they will “Cross-fill Nitrogen into a SMALL DOT stamped Cylinder with a CGA-580 valve”. They would consider our cylinders “small”, so they can fill them from their larger ones. When you receive our cylinder, make sure you take the Nitrogen Label out of the packing list and stick it to the cylinder. If they DO NOT cross-fill, they send them out. It is possible they would eventually loose your cylinder if they send them out. If they do not Cross-fill, we recommend buying or renting a cylinder directly from them. Please Note: Cylinders are not returnable once used. If you return a new cylinder because you can’t find a filler, a 10% restocking fee will apply due to high shipping costs.
Prestacycle Alloy Cylinders
If you get our cylinders, you will want to do refills. Cylinder refills are most often available from local welding suppliers and many welders. Refill costs are very inexpensive. Prices vary but should generally be around twenty bucks. Refills usually take only a minute or two, so many providers are willing to do it on-the-spot. The best place to start is a Yellow Pages Search for “Welding Supply”. When you first ask about refills, many are hesitant without more details. They may inquire why you wouldn’t rather swap tanks, and become even more hesitant when you tell them you have a new aluminum tank. With our tanks, simply state that you have “A new alloy cylinder with CGA-580 valve that is properly certified and DOT stamped for inert gas”. If you’re still having trouble, contact Prestacycle Customer Service by email, and provide your City, State and Zip. We’ll locate the best providers closest to you.
Some larger gas supply companies may only offer to give you pre-filled cylinders. They will sell or rent to you the first cylinder, and then swap it for a full one each time you need a refill. They can also offer to deliver, a good advantage for higher volume use. Be aware that swap-only services means you will have a certified, but USED cylinder. Also know that they may not have swap-ready tanks available in the size you want at all times. Swapping is not a good option if you purchased our shiny new alloy cylinders. They will trade it for a steel tank that has been around. Please don’t be fooled if they tell you swapping is your only option. Many of our customers tell us they push hard to convince you their way is the only way. You can always contact us to help find a refilling suppier. Check here for your closest swapping supplier: http://www.airgas.com/
Nitrogen is Air – without the bad stuff. Air is about 78% Nitrogen, 20% Oxygen with moisture and some other gases. Tires loose pressure because air goes right through the rubber. This is called permeation. The Oxygen in air escapes much faster, causing quick initial pressure loss. Laboratory guides rate the permeability rate through rubber of Oxygen at 23.3 vs. Nitrogen at only 9.43. Oxygen, CO2 and Helium all leak faster than Nitrogen. Oxygen is also reactive. “Oxidation” weakens, dries and cracks rubber. It can also damage Alloy rims and break-down sealants. Moisture can corrode valves from the inside causing problems with proper valve closure. All problems with regular air are accelerated by pressure. Nitrogen is the best solution. Nitrogen inflated tires maintain a more consistent tire pressure across different temperatures. Tire performance is more reliable and efficient when recommended tire pressure is maintained and heat is reduced. Most auto dealers recommend Nitrogen inflation exclusively for vehicles with tire pressure monitoring systems to prevent heat-related pressure warnings from your vehicle.
One System, many Sizes
Our system safely stores Nitrogen at up to 1800 or 2216 psi. A mid-sized 33 cubic foot cylinder is less than two feet tall and eight inches across, yet it can inflate up to 10 empty car tires or 120 empty bicycle tires before needing a refill. You can fill tires of all kinds including Cars, SUV’s, Light Trucks, RV’s, Lawn Tractors, Motorcycles, Bicycles and Scooters. Our New Regulator is small, lightweight, yet durable. It has a micro-gauge that shows you how much Nitrogen is left so you’ll know when you need a refill. The body of the regulator twists to control flow rate. Twist all the way to the right and you can close it completely with zero flow. Turn counter clockwise from there to open the flow rate to the desired level for small tires or keep turning to increase flow for large tires. It’s perfect for portable inflation with any size cylinder. It’s also perfect for Shop use and works with the largest cylinders you can buy for professional inflation. We recommend Aluminum Cylinders for portability. We sell them on our Website and through our Dealers. Our Regulator is compatible with all steel Nitrogen cylinders as well. You can purchase any CGA-580 valve cylinder directly from your local Nitrogen refill provider. Our system is compatible with all North American cylinders rated for Nitrogen.
Nitrogen Cylinders will be shipped separately. They are assembled upon order, and ship UPS ground directly from the assembly plant in Ohio. This can take up to two weeks. This insures your Cylinder will have the most current certification dates possible. Cylinders are certified for five years from the date stamped, and can be re-certified by your local filler. We’ll be sure to keep you updated with tracking as soon as the assembly plant releases your shipment. Due to shipping carrier regulations, please be aware the cylinders ship to you empty. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Prestacycle Customer Service.