Where to Refill CO2 Canisters

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Written by Abigail Jolly
June 05, 2024 | Reading time 8 minutes

Having a soda maker at home can be extremely beneficial. With the convenience of being able to create your own sodas, you can save time and money by avoiding store-bought sodas.

Owning a soda maker also ensures that the drinks you make are tailored to your taste preferences. Not to mention it is incredibly environmentally friendly, as most soda makers use reusable carbon dioxide bottles which eliminates the need for plastic or cans.

The pros surely outweigh the cons of owning a personal soda maker, but some maintenance requirements will require attention; such as refilling your CO2 canisters or SodaStream refill exchange.

If you recently bought a soda machine, you may be wondering where to refill your CO2 canisters as they tend to not be a common household item. There are many options when it comes to refilling your CO2 canisters and we know the best ones!

Where to refill your CO2 canisters

You can refill your CO2 canisters at a variety of both brick-and-mortar businesses and online stores. Where you decide to refill your CO2 canister will come down to two important factors: pricing and convenience – exchanging online is budget friendly and more importantly, convenient.

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How to refill your CO2 canisters online: ship and receive CO2 from home

It is widely acknowledged that the digital age has made things more convenient and easily accessible. Now, with just one click, you can have everything delivered right to your doorstep without ever having to leave home. Fortunately, we can now make sparkling water in a more convenient and accessible way than ever before.

Exchanging your CO2 canisters online means you ship in your empty CO2 canisters and a company will send you pre-filled CO2 cylinders. Rarely do companies refill your personal CO2 canisters, however, they do reuse those canisters in the future! So if you don’t feel like driving to the nearby 24-hour store, you don’t have to. Instead, use your smartphone and make the CO2 exchange online.

Amazon offers a wide variety of pre-filled CO2 cylinders compatible with a variety of soda makers. If you prefer to exchange your CO2 canisters instead of collecting empties, consider exchanging with Soda Sense today!

Soda Sense Refill Club offers competitive pricing, and faster-than-ever shipping-- leaving you with more time to spare to do the things you actually enjoy. Simply put two empty 60L CO2 canisters into a Soda Sense Refill Box, attach your pre-made return label and place the box in your mailbox, hand it to your mailman, or bring it to a USPS drop location. The second your label is scanned, we will automatically send you 2 full canisters. It really is that simple!

By joining the Soda Sense Refill Club, you are also joining a movement to live a more sustainable life for a better future. Here at Soda Sense, we refill our CO2 canisters within the United States, completely eliminating the climate impact caused by international shipping. Not to mention our CO2 is sustainably sourced right here in Seymour, WI!

Want more information on how our program works? Just click here!

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Can you refill CO2 canisters yourself?

While technically it's possible to refill CO2 canisters yourself, it's not recommended for safety and consistency reasons. Dealing with compressed gases can be dangerous if not done properly and can lead to inconsistent carbonation levels in your drinks.

The best and safest way to ensure a steady supply of CO2 for your soda maker is through a refill service like the Soda Sense CO2 Refill Club for your SodaStream CO2 exchange. With this service, you can easily ship your empty canisters from the comfort of your home and receive two filled canisters within just a few days. This ensures not only safety and convenience but also the high-quality carbonation you love in your homemade beverages.

How to refill your CO2 canisters in-store

Heading to Google will always be your best friend when it comes to not knowing where to get something or how to do something.

Simply search: “Refill CO2 soda cylinders near me”, and plenty of nearby stores that offer CO2 services are likely within a short drive from you. Some common stores that sell CO2 canisters in person are:

  • Air Gas
  • Target
  • Walmart
  • JCPenney
  • Kohls
  • Best Buy
  • True Value
  • Ace Hardware
  • Brewing Supply Store

Please note, we know some rural customers do not have the opportunities to go to these stores or have very limited access to getting to these stores, thankfully refilling your CO2 canisters online is a great solution.

How do I know if my CO2 cylinder is empty?

To ensure that you are using your CO2 canister to its fullest potential, there are some methods you can use to accurately determine if it is completely empty before you return it. Be sure to follow all necessary safety measures when using these techniques as they may not be as common as you'd think!

#1. Weight Indicator

Depending on the size of your CO2 Cylinder, you can easily check if your cylinder is empty by comparing the weights of the two canisters. If you are utilizing a 60L canister, the weight differences should be easy to assess. On some models, there may be a pressure gauge on your cylinder that you can check to see how low you are getting or if you are out of CO2.

You can also hold two canisters in each hand, to see if you can notice a weight difference between the two. If the first one feels lighter than the second one, there’s a chance that it might be empty. You can also use a kitchen scale if you have difficulty eyeing it yourself.

#2. Running Your Machine

Continue to use your Sensei Soda Maker or whatever machine you choose to use until you notice that your drinks just aren’t getting as bubbly as before. You’ll quickly notice that it’s empty when bubbles stop forming! 

By that time, your cylinder is out and it needs replacing. 

#3. The Spoon Method 

First, there is a center pin at the top of your cylinder, you will want to make sure that you are facing it away from you or anything you could potentially harm in case there is still a little CO2 in there. Doing this outside would be best.

Second, take a spoon, and decompress the canister from the center of the pin on the top of the bottle. This is to ensure that any CO2 that is left is gone and safe for you to now store or ship back. If nothing comes out, then the canister is already empty. 

After decompressing the canister, you will want to take the cap that comes with it and make sure that you are twisting it on to make sure that it is closed and secure for being shipped back out or exchanged in-store! 

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How many pumps of gas does a soda machine use?

One CO2 gas canister, used for making soda, has a volume of 60L and can produce 60 bottles of soda. It is recommended to use 2 pumps for carbonating, and 1 pump is equal to 0.5L. Therefore, if you divide 60L by 0.5L per pump, you can use the canister for 120 pumps before needing to replace it.

SodaStream Quick Connect canister refills

For those who own a SodaStream with Quick Connect Canisters, you'll be pleased to know that Soda Sense Refill Club is fully compatible with your setup. Our Easy Connect Canisters are 100% compatible with all SodaStream Quick Connect machines.

When it comes to carbonating your beverages at home, understanding the difference between Threaded and Quick Connect canisters is crucial. Threaded canisters, as the name suggests, require you to screw the canister into your soda maker. They offer a strong, secure connection and are compatible with a variety of soda makers on the market.

On the other hand, Quick Connect canisters, also known as Easy Connect canisters, offer a more user-friendly approach. These canisters simply snap into place in your soda maker, making the installation and removal process more straightforward and less physically demanding.

At Soda Sense, we cater to both types of users with our refill service. Whether you're using a Threaded canister or a Quick Connect canister, our Soda Sense CO2 Refill Club has got you covered.

Further Read: Threaded Canisters vs Quick Connect Canisters: What's the Difference?

Do Soda Sense canisters work with SodaStream machines?

Yes! They absolutely do. Using a Soda Sense Threaded 60L CO2 canister in your SodaStream is far more convenient and cost-effective than exchanging directly with your Soda Machine provider.

Double-check that your SodaStream takes threaded 60L CO2 canisters, although, if your machine takes a snap-in canister, you can also exchange it through the Soda Sense Refill Club.

Learn more about exchanging your SodaStream CO2 Cylinders today! If you have any issues with your refill, please reach out to our wonderful Customer Service team!

We’re here for you and your CO2 needs

Along with all of the above, the stores that you can physically go in to get refills for your CO2; you can most likely go on their website and you can do refills from there as well. Of course, you will have to read the fine print, but nowadays you can typically do it online or in person.

Exchanging in-store may seem like the fastest and more reliable option, but many times retailers are out of pre-filled CO2 canisters by the time you arrive. Choosing to exchange through an online service such as the Soda Sense Refill Club, gives you peace of mind that you will always have refill CO2 canisters shipped straight to your front door. Remember, it all comes down to pricing and convenience; The choice is yours!

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