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$50 Harbor Freight hookah system testing

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself - DIY' started by Ben Diver, Jun 22, 2018.

  1. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    for anyone wanting to do this, I do NOT recommend using the compressor above.

    If you're gonna do it, this series of compressors uses the same twin diaphragm style compressors used in oxygen concentrators and hookah systems. More than $40 obviously, but it's the right style compressor pump vs. the other oil-less systems that get very hot and may offgas some stuff from the compressor itself. I'd dive with this with no problem after cleaning the tank/hose or go straight out of the pump, but I'm not ballsy enough to use the one listed above

    https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kobalt-QUI...ctric-Hot-Dog-Quiet-Air-Compressor/1000405185
     
  2. Ben Diver

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    What t
    What type of gases? And from what the diaphragm?
     
  3. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    traditional oil-less compressors are pre-lubed with teflon. The gas inside of these compressors gets VERY hot which is why they have a limited duty cycle before overheating. Teflon as a lubricant means it will wear off over time and the combo of it wearing off and the heat makes it carcinogenic which is why teflon pans have started to fall out of favor.
    The duty cycle of these compressors is typically 30 on, 30 off and on a hookah that can be a problem.

    The diaphragm compressors run a lot cooler and don't use the same type of pre-lube. There is a reason that hookahs and O2 concentrators use those diaphragm style compressors, I would recommend following suit.
     
  4. Ben Diver

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    That lowes compressor is pretty nice and not too expensive also I may have to test that one also, as for the one I'm currently testing I cleaned out the internal with Simple Green and only slightly lubricated the cylinder walls with a food base lubricant popular in the AR-15 world
     
  5. Pao

    Pao Contributor

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    Is 40 PSI enough?
     
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  6. JamesBon92007

    JamesBon92007 Contributor

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    I'm anxiously awaiting the answer to that question (real-life test results). I would have thought you'd need at least 110 psi.
     
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  7. Lobzilla

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    I second that. Look for a diaphragm compressor.

    FWIW, I have two diaphragm compressors that came out of medical oxygen concentrators. They are safe for breathing. Have to check whether the volume flow is enough for hookah. Will post them in the for sale section in a few weeks if they are suitable.
     
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  8. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    FrogLube? I use that stuff on my guns.
     
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  9. Ben Diver

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    Yes ma'am
     
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  10. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I say FrogLube gives me minty fresh guns (especially when your carry gun is warm from body heat and lets off the special FL fragrance).

    So, minty fresh breathing gas? :D
     
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