|Re: Scuba Cylinders|
Posted by Walt on July 15, 2007 at 20:07:49:|
In Reply to: Scuba Cylinders posted by Darren on July 15, 2007 at 09:18:36:
Be aware that few boats will fill to 3442 psi (more like 2800), so don't count on 119 cu ft (or whatevever your HP tanks's capacity is). Ditto for SOME shops - was never able to get Sportchalet to fill to over 3300 (even when their compressor was working). This is where a LP tank shines (but then make sure they don't OVERfill it).
I prefer DIN as the captured o-ring and secure fitting affords a very solid connection. Be sure to get a DIN to yoke converter (about $50) for your 1st stage as when you travel you may find that a yoke is needed. A DIN is a good idea, though.
As for handling, its a longer tank. When I used to dive with these, I preferred a two band BC to keep it more in line with my body, cuting down on the 'swing'.
But after a couple of years coming back to the boat with 1500 + PSI, I decided smaller was better. It did copme in handy for beach dives as I could get 2 dives off it, though it was a bit more cumbersome in the surf.
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