I have talked to many customers recently who asked for some help in choosing a gas regulator. As a result, I decided to write this post which will specify what you need to know and how to locate the product you need. Please note that this post will only focus on regulators designed to be used with laboratory gas cylinders/tanks which use CGA* fittings.
* = Compressed Gas Association
So what do you need to know before choosing a Restek regulator?
1. CGA fitting
Just knowing which gas you need to regulate is often not enough. For example, compressed air cylinders/tanks can have multiple CGA fittings, including 346, 347, 590, and 702. Restek only sells regulators with CGA 590. To read more about CGA fittings and their associated gases, please review the following chart. CGA selection charts
2. Incoming gas pressure
Always check that the regulator is able to handle the expected inlet pressure. Restek regulators are capable of handling 3000psi (inlet gauge displays 0 – 4000psi).
3. Exiting gas pressure required
What pressure is needed for your instrument or equipment? Restek regulators are designed for a maximum outlet pressure of 100psi (outlet gauge displays 30″ – 200psi).
4. Regulator material
Regulators from Restek are available in Chrome-Plated Brass, Stainless Steel or Silcosteel®.
Chrome-Plated Brass is usually chosen because of its lower cost, and stainless steel because of its resistance to corrosive gases. Silcosteel® adds extra protection and inertness to stainless steel. If you are uncertain which material (chrome-plated brass or stainless steel) you should choose, check out the links below.
Pure Gas Compatibility Chart (Pink blocks = compatible)
Mixed Gas Compatibility Chart (Red dots = compatible)
5. Dual-Stage or Single Stage.
A dual-stage regulator is used when the outlet pressure needs to be very consistent. You can use a single-stage regulator if the output pressure can vary somewhat. To read more about dual-stage vs. single-stage and other regulator topics, please review How to Choose a Regulator
Once you know the answers to the questions above, you can start looking for a regulator which will meet your needs. Below are links which will take you directly to the products on our website.
Please Note: All of our regulators are designed to connect to 1/4 inch OD (outside diameter) tubing. If you plan to connect 1/8 inch tubing, please read my post How to connect 1/8 inch tubing to a Restek gas regulator.
If you are looking for an Inline Regulator, please read Don’t forget the end fittings when you purchase an inline gas regulator
I hope you have found this post helpful in choosing the correct regulator for your laboratory gas cylinders/tanks. Thanks for reading.