Rating: Third identical optimum tank for me
Reviewer: Steve E., - View all my reviews
I am an air hog so I want the biggest tank I can get. I bought my first 119 from Scuba.com about a year ago and have since purchased two more. It combines the greatest volume with the shortest height and lightest weight. It worked so well, I recently sold all of my non-eight in diameter tanks. I really like not having to worry about air or being the first diver to have to turn around.
Rating: great tank
Reviewer: Robert M., - View all my reviews
despite the added weight, a terrific tank
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Rating: Extending Shore Dive Time
Reviewer: Wayne P.,
I do alot of shore dives that dont run too deep. So bottom time is determined more by air supply than no-decompession time limits. This tank has been terrific for extending my dive time.
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Questions and Answers for XS Scuba 119 Cubic Foot High Pressure Steel Tank:
How is the free VIP incorporated into this purchase? Does it come with some type of a voucher to get the tank visually inspected at a local shop???
Darrick (Certified Scuba Instructor at Scuba.com)
Hello Lee, we make sure the hydro is current on the tank, and then before we ship it out to you we will do a visual inspection of the tank and put the VIP sticker on your tank. 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.
Designed in 2004 by XS Scuba, these hot-dip galvanized cylinders are manufactured in North America by Worthington Cylinders. The Worthington Cylinders Corp. is already the world's largest supplier of industrial steel cylinders, and has become the market leader.
There are two different 'Series' of steel cylinders available. The most popular are high-pressure X-Series™ cylinders, as they offer the most air in the smallest size cylinders. The other are the low-pressure LP-Series™ cylinders which offer lower fill pressures, making them ideal for dive boats and many air compressors. The exterior of all XS Scuba steel cylinders are hot dip galvanized. This highly demanded and preferred finish is utilized on all Worthington steel cylinders offered by XS Scuba. Don't be misled by claims from companies distributing steel cylinders with painted exteriors. There is no better process to protect a steel cylinder from rust and corrosion than hot dip galvanization!
X-Series™ High Pressure - 3442 psi service pressure Six different models, Two different diameters X7 - 7.25' diameter X8 - 8.00' diameter Hot dip galvanized exterior finish Chromium Molybdenum Vanadium steel alloy construction High-strength steel technology More volume in a compact cylinder Includes XS Scuba DIN/Yoke convertible valve and durable, self-draining boot Inlet thread is standard 3/4'-14 NPSM Ultimate weight to capacity ratios Ideal buoyancy characteristics Manufactured to DOT Exemption and Canadian TC Permit
LP-Series™ Low Pressure - 2400+ psi service pressure Six different models, Three different diameters
Hot dip galvanized exterior finish Chromium Molybdenum (4130) steel alloy construction 'Plus' rated for 10% overfill to 2640 psi Compressor-friendly, lower pressure Includes XS Scuba DIN/Yoke convertible valve and durable, self-draining boot Inlet thread is standard 3/4'-14 NPSM Traditional, proven design Negatively buoyant throughout the dive Manufactured to DOT 3AA standard Meets Canadian TC3AAM specifications
Manufacturing Process Built from Chromium Molybdenum steel plate Utilizes the deep draw process; the preferred method to build a steel scuba cylinder This process yields a cylinder with a very uniform wall thickness resulting in a lighter, more efficient cylinder Buoyancy Superior buoyancy characteristics (Specs) These cylinders have been designed to be slightly negative at the end of a dive Exterior Finish Hot dip galvanized - the absolute best finish for a steel scuba cylinder Nitrox Ready Cleaned and sealed at the factory Free of hydrocarbons to a level of 40 mg per square meter Boots Included with all XS Scuba steel cylinders Quality, self-draining design
All XS Scuba steel cylinders include an International DIN Yoke valve Allows upgrade to Modular valves and manifolds Convertible design allows for standard yoke or 230 bar DIN connections Standard inlet thread (3/4'-14 NPSM) on cylinder allows upgrade to any other Thermo valve These valves are clean for Nitrox up to 40% FO2
Manufacturing Process Our steel cylinders are manufactured at Worthington Cylinder's state of the art facility in Tilbury, Canada. The cylinders are manufactured using the Deep Draw and Ironing (DDI) process. Cylinders start from a circular plate of chrome-moly steel. Multiple draws on a hydraulic press transform the plate into an open ended shell. The shell is then closed, the neck is formed and the threads are machined. The DDI process produces the most consistence wall thickness resulting in the lightest weight, most efficient cylinders. This manufacturing process is what allows us to supply cylinders with the best buoyancy characteristics for scuba diving . Other suppliers are selling cylinders that are manufactured using the Billet Piercing or 'Spun' Tube process. These cylinders are generally heavier with less preferred buoyancy characteristics than those manufactured using DDI.
No Exterior Rusting...We Guarantee it for the lifetime of the cylinder! During the process of Hot Dip Galvanizing, the exterior of our steel cylinders are submerged into 840ºF molten zinc. The process deposits an 8-10 mil thick zinc barrier to protect against the corrosive ocean environment. This layer of zinc metallurgically bonds to the steel cylinder. It will not chip and wear away like a painted zinc finish. XS Scuba is so confident that exterior rust will not be an issue, we guarantee it for the life of the cylinder. If the exterior of your XS Scuba HDG steel cylinder rusts, we'll correct it for as long as you own the cylinder, without cost to you.
XS Scuba High Pressure Steel Tanks
A scuba cylinder is a tough thing to write a review on. After all, a tank is a tank. With a little research we find that aluminum tanks float at the end of a dive, are made of softer material, but are the most inexpensive tank to purchase. Hence their popularity in shops, diver’s garages and rental inventories.
We also can learn that steel cylinders are expensive but usually that’s about as far as we get. The price sells. XS Scuba has made great strides in combating this. While their steel tanks are still more expensive than the aluminum version, they are not so far apart in price as they used to be. In fact, they are priced in a way that makes it difficult to justify purchasing a cylinder that doesn’t offer what they do. The very first thing that catches your eye is the over all size of the tank. The Steel 80 cubic foot tank is only 19.7” tall! That is smaller than a standard aluminum 63 cubic foot tank! It is negatively buoyant when full, of course but it’s also negative when it’s empty. What that means for you is lead taken off of your weight belt or out of your pockets that the diver used to need to compensate for the aluminum tank. Less lead = more comfort.
The 100 cubic foot tank is only 24” in length, and is smaller than the aluminum 80 it is compared to. These smaller tanks, offering the same if not more air once again equates directly into comfort for the diver. No longer is it necessary to lug around something resembling a hot water heater or a torpedo to get the maximum amount of bottom time out of your tank.
The next cool feature is that both tanks have a fill pressure of less than 3500psi. 3442 to be exact. That means there is no need for you to purchase a DIN first stage any longer! No worry about having a DIN to Yoke adapter so you can take your gear on vacation and no more getting stuck with a more expensive regulator simply because you wanted a smaller tank.
All in all, with great pricing and a list of advantages over the old aluminum tank, there is no reason at all that every diver shouldn’t be diving with an XS Scuba High Pressure Steel Tank!