Faber 149 Cubic Foot FX Series High Pressure Steel Tank FX149DVB 043066

Mfg Part #: FX149DVB

Faber 149 Cubic Foot FX Series High Pressure Steel Tank

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Customer Reviews for Faber 149 Cubic Foot FX Series High Pressure Steel Tank:

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Average Customer Review: based on 7 reviews.

Rating: Faber 149
Reviewer: Richard L.  -  View all my reviews
Too big? That was my only concern on purchase, as we all want more air. This is a big tank for sure, but externally, just slightly larger than a 120. It weighs in at roughly 62 lbs when full (versus 40 for an AL80), but obviously reduces weights needed. Im 63" and 180lbs, fit, but not super muscular - Im normal and the tank has been no issue. Even carried it up and down the stairs at Crescent Bay in Laguna, not an issue and it felt little different from carrying my old AL80. Same for boat dives, no issues getting up the ladder and into the boat. And the air capacity is incredible. Worth the investment, my safety comes first and the amount of air here means Im not dependent on this or that dive buddy complying with my request to surface before they are ready.

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Rating: Faber 149: one great cylinder.
Reviewer: Bruce N.  -  View all my reviews
this is the cylinder to beat all cylinders. i have two of them (not twined) and i couldn’t be more pleased. perceived negatives: weight. not really an issue – they are only about 5 lbs heavier than a steel 120 or 130 length: not an issue either. i’m about 5’8” and have no problem at all with their size. for recreational divers that are not doing deco dives the size of these takes the “running low on air” worry out of standard dives (100+ min at 40 feet is easy). even if you are an air hog you will always finish a no-deco with air to spare. if you are a deco diver no problem (pony up to be on the safe side) but i can do 30+ min 130 fsw dive on air and still pop up on the boat with 1500 psi. if you don’t want to twin your tanks this is the best option i have seen. i would never go back.

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357 out of 643 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Faber 149 HP steel tanks
Reviewer: Adam Kidd
I purchesed two of these tanks because I didt want to change all my gear over to a doubles set up but I wanted to get more dive time. Two things you should know about these tanks are 1 they are heavy but you do get to lose lead off your belt 2 you should be tall because these tanks are very long. All that aside I love my new tanks and the extra time they give me under the water.

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416 out of 836 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Fantastic Faber 149
Reviewer: Richard Martinez
What can I say this tank is great. I use this tank for LOBSTER dives, I have gone from catching 2-4 a night to 6-7. When you find a good spot the last thing you want is an empty tank. By the time you get out, change the tank get back in the water try and find that spot, hope they are still there, well I say this is the best tank i own for hunting. When I dive for fun I use my Faber 105 this weighs less......hope this helps..........

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432 out of 831 people found this review helpful.

Rating: Great tanks
Reviewer: christopher smiles
The Faber 149s are great for the air breathing dog I am. gives me a lot more bottom time. I ordered two last year and just ordered two more. Just check availabilty before you pay the shipping. It took a lot longer them they say. Shipping I will give 1 star at best.

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Rating: faber 149
Reviewer: Abdulaziz Kaki  -  View all my reviews
great high capacity tank, be ready for the lifting though it is extremly heavy!

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Rating: faber 149
Reviewer: Abdulaziz Kaki  -  View all my reviews
great tank. a bit heavy but give you enough air to dive for a long time

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542 out of 1118 people found this review helpful.

Questions and Answers for Faber 149 Cubic Foot FX Series High Pressure Steel Tank:

  • Neal:

    Is this tank stamped for Transport Canada?

    Bill  (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com):

    Yes the Faber FX series is stamped both for DOT and TC approvals.

  • Reid:

    Can you tell me if this tank comes Nitrox ready? Do I have to have any inspection via my local dive shop (VIP)? Do you wrap it with Nitrox tape?

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com):

    Hello Reid, yes this is Nitrox ready up to 40% out of the box.

  • Andrew:

    What would the hydro date be on these?

    Darrick  (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com):

    Hello Andrew, it will come with the current hydro. could be a few months old but it is usually the same month as when we place the order for this. If you have any other questions or would like to place an order please feel free to give us a call at 1.800.347.2822.

  • Dave:

    What are the burst disks rated for on the Faber 149 tank

    Chance  (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com):

    Working pressure: 3442psi Overpressure relief: 5250psi

  • Scott:

    Can the Faber 149 FX Series HP Steel tank be used with a Full Face Masks such as the Ocean Reef’s Space G Divers Full-Face Mask?

    Bob  (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com):

    Any tank can be used with the full face masks so long as the 2nd stage on the mask is set for use on SCUBA.

  • Robert:

    I dive with steel 120s. How much less weight should I use for the steel 149?

    Bob  (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com):

    It is impossible to say. There are too many factors involved such as suit type, thickness, body size, the tank you are using now, the water you're diving in and such. Compare the empty buoyancy characteristics to this tank empty and the tank you typically use empty, and that will give you the buoyancy different at the end of your dive. That is normally a good indicator of how much lead you can adjust.

How Your Faber Cylinders Are Designed,
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Faber's Diving Cylinders comply with the most stringent specifications set down by International Bodies and Local Authorities.
The world over Faber is well known for its comprehensive range of safe Diving Cylinders, made to approved standards.

A list of Faber's Approvals for all types of cylinders is available.

On the following pages you will find an introduction to the design, the approval and the production tests which Faber's Diving Cylinders undergo.


1. The material (steel plate) is carefully selected depending on its eventual use conditions, after verifying the chemical, physical, mechanical characteristics.

2. The design of Faber cylinders uses not only specified calculation formulae but also linear finite element analysis. The calculated data are then verified experimentally using strain-gauge measurements.

3. The fracture mechanics analysis of the steel allows us to define the maximum permissible defects in the cylinders, in order to enable us:
- to establish the non-destructive tests during production
- to guarantee the product fatigue life
- to demonstrate that a leak precedes the hypothetical burst of the cylinder (LBB)

4. The cylinders' surface protection is considered to be a function of the various environmental conditions of use and of the various corrosion agents.

5. Faber's cylinders are manufactured according to a quality control program certified to ISO 9001 and ISO / TS 16949 (where applicable).


Design Tests and Analyses are performed for new design approvals of diving cylinders:

- On materials
- Mechanical tests: tensile, elongation, impact, toughness, ductility, stress-cracking
- Chemical analysis
- On prototype cylinders (check of safety performances)
- Hydraulic burst test
- Pressure cycling test
- Ductility and impact resistance test
- Environmental test
- Extreme temperatures monotonic and cycling tests
- Flawed cylinder burst test

Production tests

During production all the cylinders are subject to:
- Hardness test
- Ultrasonic inspection
- Hydraulic (proof and volumetric expansion) if required by the standard tests
- Leak test on spun cylinders
- Check of the critical dimensions and of the threads
- Check of the marking
- Check of the specified internal and external surface finish
- Flawed cylinders burst-test


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