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    Replacement unit review

    I got the replacement fire extinguisher yesterday. Here are a couple photos for comparison.

    The original FA5-1 fire extinguisher is on the left, and the replacement FA5B unit is on the right:



    The replacement unit has an aluminum cylinder, a metal valve, pin, and handle which features a metal rivet on the hinge point. This looks like a sturdier higher quality version. It is also noticeably heavier.



    Although I'm disappointed that the replacement unit wasn't silver in color, I feel a lot better with this version.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SS Spoiler View Post
    I ask my tire extinguisher serviceman if he every
    worked with halon units. He said they are now illegal,
    but he had a few. "I can't sell you one but I can give
    you one". I now have a five pounder in my car...
    The following information is from a U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publication titled, Questions and Answers on Halons and Their Substitutes. (Reference 2)

    1. It is legal to continue to use your existing halon system and to purchase recycled halon to recharge your system.
    2. There are currently no laws prohibiting halon emissions, however, discharge testing is strongly discouraged.
    Recycled halon can be purchased from many halon and fire protection equipment distributors or directly from owners who are decommissioning their halon systems. The Halon Recycling Corporation (HRC) may be able to provide information on such sellers. HRC phone numbers are: 800-258-1283 and 202-223-6166.

    On the other hand, replacement Halotron 1 fire extinguishers are now readily available:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CMUMW5C...VQ2ZHQ6L&psc=0

    Halotron 1 is the replacement gas for Halon (one of several manufacturer's brand names). It has about the efficiency to Halon. For example, a 2.5LBS Halon bottle has a UL rating of 5; where as, a 2.5LBS Halotron 1 has a UL rating of 2. The good news is Halotron 1 does a great job on liquid and electrical fires, does not damage electronics, and leaves no residue. Other manufactures use different names, such as Halguard:
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003TPOTM8...VQ2ZHQ6L&psc=0
    Last edited by DMC-Ron; 12-04-2017 at 06:12 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMC-Ron View Post
    The following information is from a U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publication titled, Questions and Answers on Halons and Their Substitutes. (Reference 2)

    1. It is legal to continue to use your existing halon system and to purchase recycled halon to recharge your system.
    2. There are currently no laws prohibiting halon emissions, however, discharge testing is strongly discouraged.

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