How long does it take for an air compressor to fill an air tank?

I have been asked that question many times on this website, and since there appears to be a good deal of interest, I have added a page to this site dealing with how long it takes to fill an air tank.

How long to fill an air tank - image of air tank
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How long to fill an air tank?

You need to gather some information about your air compressor first, and then plug the information into the formula shown.

  • V = Tank size
  • Final pressure (cut-out pressure)
  • Initial pressure (cut-in pressure)
  • 7.48 – conversion from gallons to CFM
  • Atmospheric pressure = 14.7
  • Compressor Pump Delivery in CFM
fill an air tank formula
How long to fill an air tank? Here is the formula.

 

Example:

  • My tank size = 100 gallons
  • Cut-out pressure = 160 PSI
  • Cut-in pressure = 80 PSI
  • Conversion = 7.48
  • Atmospheric pressure = 14.7
  • Compressor Pump capacity = 4 CFM

That gives us:

compressed air formula
Example of populated formula for the time to fill an air tank.

Therefore:

100 x 80 = 8,000

Divided by:

440 (7.48 x 14.7 x 4 rounded up)

= 18.2 minutes

Folks, you are welcome to use these calculations yet be a bit cautious. While the information is sourced from a number of reputable locations I cannot be 100% sure of the accuracy, and therefore, you use this information at your own risk.

If you need to be 100% sure, get an air engineer to help you.


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