Or a good trout fly.
That BBIC is very diluted, but it does a great job at what it does.
I was thinking about your being new to pressurized CO2 and I have a few thoughts. These folks gave you great information and I'm sure that it will take a little while to gasp it all.
There are some traits that make a CO2 regulator easy for a beginner to use.
- easy to operate
- doesn’t blow the low pressure gauge easily
- easy to set the flow rate
- holds the flow rate well
I would suggest an Azoo or JBJ regulator. The Azoo would be my first pick because it is cheaper and over the years, if there was a problem, JBJ’s support wasn’t as good as it needed to be.
Both of these regulators have a preset working pressure from the factory. This is one less thing for a beginner to worry about. It is very hard to blow their low pressure gauge because of this. Some regulators that have a working pressure adjustment can blow their low pressure gauge if you don’t follow the directions. This means turning the adjustment knob or handle counterclockwise until it is either almost screwed all the way off or the low pressure gauge reads near or at 0 psi before you ever open the valve on the CO2 cylinder. If you don’t do this the very first time that you turn it on or when you replace the CO2 cylinder, you will probably blow the gauge.
Ideal needle valves and Swagelok, Parker, Nupro and Whitey metering valves are easy to set and they will hold their settings. Some have a Vernier micrometer handle so that you can always return to a certain position. You have to use certain models of these valves because of our low flow rates and low pressures involved.
Both the Azoo and JBJ regulators would work much better with one of these excellent needle or metering valves. Both regulators have solenoids and only the JBJ has a bubble counter as stock. So, my suggestion for a beginner is to get one of these regulators and replace their stock needle valve with a good one.
The next step up would be to get one from Rex, GLA or SuMo. These all use good components. After this, you could build your own with your choice of parts.