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CO2 Canister Manufacturers Safety Information


Product Details

A Powerlet cartridge, or more commonly referred to as a CO2 cartridge, is a disposable metal container holding anything between 8g – 88g of compressed CO2 and often a small quantity of oil. The CO2 cartridge itself is usually made from stainless steel and used as a power source for specific airsoft guns, airs guns, air rifles, paintball guns and other sporting apparatus that use CO2 replacement cartridges. Other sizes can also be used for catering purposes such as carbonation or creating smooth beer texture in a keg. CO2 cartridges that are used for catering purposes will be food grade quality. It can also be used for quick inflation of various devices, such as a personal flotation device, bike or car tyres. There are 2 types of CO2 cartridge, threaded or non-threaded. 

8g CO2 Cartridges are sometimes referred to as Soda cartridges and are commonly used to add carbonation to drinks or to create ‘cold brews’ and smooth textures. CO2 or Carbon Dioxide is an odourless, colourless, non-inflammable gas with a light sour taste; it does not contain any minerals, salts or other solid ingredients.


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Restrictions and Safety 

CO2 Cartridges are an age restricted product - you must be at least 18 years old in order to use and purchase. CO2 is age restricted due to being a pressurised gas, as the cartridges are filled with liquified gas under high pressure. It can be dangerous if handled incorrectly. 

CO2 Cartridges get very cold when punctured and can cause injury. If you are burnt by freezing gas you must immediately seek medical advice. A high pressure gas burn can cause deep tissue damage which is not immediately obvious at the time of the injury.


CO2 Cartridge Storage

Must be kept out of reach or accessibility of minors under the age of 18 years old. CO2 Chargers must be kept in a cool, well ventilated place (under 50°C) and must not be exposed to sunlight or direct heat. Do not damage the CO2 cartridge or the box the cartridge is stored in. 

Low concentrations that are inhaled are not harmful as CO2 is naturally present in the air we breathe at a concentration of about 0.037%. Higher concentrations can affect respiratory function and cause excitation followed by depression of the central nervous system. A high concentration can displace oxygen in the air. Please ensure the correct safety precautions are in place in the event of injury or inhalation. 

CO2 is not flammable and cannot be ignited. It is commonly used in fire extinguishers to put out electrical fires.


CO2 Recycling

Used CO2 cartridges are non-refillable, but can be recycled as they are made of stainless steel where steel recycling programs exist. Please check your local area for more information regarding the recycling of CO2 canisters. To be properly recycled, CO2 Cartridges must be expelled of all gas before being chopped in half by appropriate machinery. This is a safety measure set out by the manufacturers to ensure that the cartridges are completely empty of compressed gas before being put through recycling machines which could be very dangerous.