Parts of a paintball remote line
- Gun to Hose Adapter: Also called a remote plug. Varies slightly based on the type of Disconnect being used but all of these will have male ASA threads just like your tank so the adapter can screw on to your gun in the same place your tank does.
- Disconnect: Can be a quick disconnect, quick disconnect with slide check, or some variation of a pro connect
- Remote Line Options: Stainless steel braided hose (also called a straight line) or a remote coil. The remote hose moves the air from your tank to your gun.
- Universal Fill Adapter: Now that your tank is off your gun, it will screw in to this piece. This UFA has female ASA threads just like your gun does where the tank screwed in. Most all of these will have some sort of on/off knob that screws down to depress the pin valve on your tank to let air flow through the hose to your gun.
Safe and proper operation of a remote tank setup.
Q: How do I hook up my new remote set?
A: Screw the Universal Fill Adapter side of your remote on to your tank. Screw your gun to hose adapter in to your gun. Connect the remote line to the gun to hose adapter. Cock or prepare your gun as you normally would befor gassing up. Screw in the knob on your UFA as decribed in the next Q/A.
Q: I hooked up my new remote to my paintball gun and I get a few good shots but then my gun sounds and acts like it's out of air. Is my remote kit defective?
A: The gun is out of air. Your remote is not defective. Read on. A universal fill adapter has a knob that you screw up and down to turn your tank off and on. When you screw the knob in (down),it depresses the pin on the tank valve which opens the valve allowing air to flow. A common mistake when using a remote is screwing this knob down too far. At the bottom of the knob is a pin which pushes against the pin on the tank. On some remotes if you screw in the knob and pin from the fill adapter too far, it will open the valve on the tank, and then reclose it by blocking off the air flow with the pin from the fill adapter. In essence the pin on the tank gets replaced by the pin on the fill adapter. For proper operation you should be able to very easily spin the knob on the UFA in with a light finger touch. You'll feel it hit the pin on the tank at which point it will get a bit harder to screw in. STOP. At this point when you start turning again, you'll hear the air start flowing out of your tank. You only need to make a 1/2 turn of the knob after you start hearing the air flow. You do NOT need to screw the knob in until it stops. This will open the tank wide open giving you plenty of air flow to power the gun.
Q: How do I disconnect my paintball remote line?
A: The most important concept here is bleeding your line. When you disconnect your remote line from your paintball gun you don't want the connection to be under pressure. If you disconnect under pressure you can injure yourself or others when the hose whips around. It's also easy to shoot out your quick disconnect oring (see below). Bleeding your line pressure off before disconnecting can be done several ways depending on the type of paintall remote that you have.
- If you have a basic Quick Disconnect Remote: Turn off your tank with the Universal Fill Adapter. Shoot several shots from your tank to clear the line pressure. Disconnect.
- If you have a Slide Check Remote: Pull the slide check sleeve back. This degasses the gun and hose to gun connection. You can then disconnect leaving your line pressurized. This is perfect for quickly setting your gun down between games. At the end of the day you can degas your line just like the Quick Disconnect Remote above.
- If you have a Pro Connect Remote: Just disconnect using the push button. This degasses the gun and hose to gun connection and disconects you at the same time. At the end of the day you can degas your line just like the Quick Disconnect Rmote above.
What else do I need to run remote?
Mechanically you're all set. Just buy one of the remotes from our site and install it between your tank and you're gun. But practically speaking, you're going to want somewhere to carry your tank. Most commonly this is done with a paintball pack (used for carrying extra paint on your back) that has a spot for a tank. We call this set up a harness and will usually be designated as a 4+1 or 6+1 meaning the harness can hold 4 pods and a tank or 6 pods and a tank. Choose from our great selection remote paintball tank harnesses. This will probably be a good time to get the pods for carry extra paintballs too.
The benefits of the different disconnect options. A paintball remote set buying guide.
The biggest difference between remotes is how their disconnect system works and bleeds the line. Read the comments above under "How Do I disconnect my paintball remote line?" to learn more about the various connections.
How to fix paintball remote line leaks.
Q: ASA Leak:
Q: Quick Disconnect Leak: After I hook up my remote, when I start to turn the air on, a huge leak gushes out from where the hose connects to the gun.
A: What's happened if you've lost the quick disconnect oring. The line of the remote commonly connects to the gun to hose adapter using a quick disconnect or a quick disconnect and slide check. Both of these use a Female Quick Disconnect on the line that seals against the Male Quick Disconnect on the Gun to Hose Adapter. The seal in between these to parts is the Quick Disconnect Oring. Although it occasionally wears out and leaks or falls out, it most commonly gets shot out with a bang when you try to disconnect your remote line with the hose still pressurized. You'll know if you did that from the loud noise and whoosh of air as the line empties. That whoosh probably took the Quick Disconnect Oring with it. Easy fix. Just get a replacement and poke it down in to the Female Quick Disconnect. There is an internal groove that it rests in.
Q: Slide Check Leak: I've got a slide check remote and my slide check leaks or gushes air.
A: A slide check consists of a metal sleeve that is pushed back and forth over a metal cyclinder. The cyclinder has holes in it and the sleeve has a couple of orings inside it. My moving the orings in the sleeve over the holes in the cylinder you are effectively blocking or opening air flow routes. So if you have a leak around your slide check at any time (worn or torn oring needs replaced) or you've got a gushing leak (oring got torn and shot out somehow) then you'll just want to replace the slide check orings. Conveniently these are the same size as your tank orings. So if you've got a few extra of those around you're set. Remove the clip or clips that keep the slide check sleeve from sliding completly off the cylinder. Replace the 2 internal orings with new ones. Put a drop of oil on each and reassemble. Always replace both orings at the same time. You've already got the piece apart so you might as well do a little preventative maintenance. To make your slide check last longer, put a single drop of oil at the front and back of the sleeve then move the sleeve front to back on the cylinder to work the oil in. Do that before each time you play and the orings will last a long time. Also when you're degassing the gun or gassing up the gun with a pressurized remote line the orings are under pressure and are more likely to tear. Make sure to always pull (or push) the sleeve and TWIST it a bit at the same time. This will make it easier to pull or push and help prevent the orings from snagging on the holes in the cyclinder.
Q: Fill Adapter Leak: My remote kits leaks out of the knob on my remote on/off.
A: This is rare, but the fill adapters with their on/off knob can go bad. The UFA has a seal in it that lets
Q: Tank Leak: My remote kit is leaking right wear my tank connects.
A: Your tank screws in to the Universal Fill Adapter and the seal here is on the tank. It's your tank oring and is the most common oring that needs to be replaced. A gushing leak (oring missing) or just a small one (tear, dirt, or nick) can be fixed with a cheap replacement of your bottle / tank oring. If your Universal Fill Adapter has a bleed hole in the side then a bad tank oring might cause a leak out this bleed hole. When you screw your tank in to one of these UFA's the tank oring moves past the bleed hole before the tank valve pin engages. If that oring leaks then air seeps backwards towards the tank and the bleed hole escaping there. So even though the leak comes from the UFA, it's caused by a bad tank oring.
Find replacement paintball coil remote parts.
All those remote line parts we just mentioned in the leak fixing section . . . You can find them in our Paintball Coil Remote Parts category!
Remote line accessories and upgrades.
Paintball Remote Covers: Remote covers come in various colors and brands. Just choose one you like! They can keep your your black shiny remote camouflaged and prevent the coils from snagging.
Fill Whip: The Ninja Fill Whip is a handy little gadget. Lets assume you've got your HPA tank in your harness on your back. The remote line connects to the top of the tank and then goes to your gun. To fill your tank in between games you have to degas, set down your gun, take off your pack, unstrap your tank, pull the tank out and hook up to the fill station for you fill and then re-strap in your tank, put your pack back on, pick up your gun, gas up, and go. !!! OR !!! Connect your Fill Whip to your fill nipple and leave the hose tucked in side your pack or vest or jacket. Need a fill? Just pull the other end of the fill whip out and connect to the fill station. Consider it a 'hot' fill. You don't have to do anything! Just connect to the fill station, fill, disconnect and go.