Top positive review
Reviewed in the United States on June 9, 2020
I did not want to spend $80 for an Iwata brand regulator/water separator, so I thought I would try this one. Using the included thread sealing tape, I installed the included pressure gauge and the two 1/4 inch NPT nipples. I hooked up my hose lines and attached it to the air compressor. So far the regulator is working great. It holds a nice steady pressure while I airbrush. I have tested it as low as 10 psi up to 35 psi for airbrushing, no issues. I left the airbrush connected overnight with a full air tank and I returned in the morning with only a couple of pounds lost. That is pretty darn good considering all the connectors/adapters I used.
I had planed to use the regulator with my Iwata airbrush holder/spray out jar, but I would have to made a custom mounting bracket. Instead, I just mounted 4 Neodymium to the existing bracket. One drop of super glue per magnet and glue the magnets on the mounting bracket. Now I can stick the regulator on my Iwata airbrush holder or anywhere else I want (al long as it is metal). One little note, I used 4 magnets. I think that was too many. It sticks "too good" and I really have to tug to get it off. But on the other hand, there is no way that regulator is going to fall down.
Someone asked me how I laid out my air hoses - so here is the answer. It all started because I own a Ryobi 18v battery operated air compressor. It is not too loud, has a 1 gallon tank, is pretty small, uses an 18 volt one+ battery (which I have several of), each battery last for about 7 hours of constant airbrush work, lets me be mobile (no 110v electric outlet needed) and was only $99. Plus, I use the compressor for lots of other jobs around the house.
The Ryobi compressor comes with a standard quick disconnect installed (Type 15 Industrial Interchange - the normal type everyone uses). So I wanted to be able to use the Industrial Interchange quick disconnect to attach my air brush with . Since I had two Iwata hoses already (1/4 NPT on one end and 1/8 BSP on the other) I decided to just use them. The braided hose 1/4 NPT female was mated with an Inustrial Interchange quick disconnect with male threads (no thread sealant needed since the hose has an o-ring seal. The other end, the female 1/8 BSP is connected to an Iwata quick disconnect. The regulator inlet has the 1/4 NPT double male (included with the regulator) installed. On that is a 1/4 NPT to Badger airbrush male adapter (since I had it handy). Then I put a Badger quick disconnect male plug on. On the outlet side is the included 1/4 NPT double male. I attached the standard Iwata airhose to it. All done. By the way, since I used the Airbrush quick disconnect on the tank side of the regulator, I can disconnect the hose or the regulator and it automatically seals off the air flow.
I hope this review helps you out. -Steve