October 26th, 2008

Doubles and travel

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When traveling it is not always easy to get a set of doubles, especially in remote places or where the diving is largely recreational. So what are your options? You can sidemount, but sometimes it is not the right solution. When I travel I want the ability to rig a set of independent doubles. The Remora setup was designed for this: two of these in your luggage lets you quickly make a set of doubles. They have a mounting hole for the bolts to slide onto a backplate or TransPac. This is an inexpensive way to always have the option for diving doubles when needed. The most expensive part of the system is the four cam straps. If you have extra cam straps or can use cam straps from the dive shop on location, this is the economical solution. I take two Remoras and a bolt kit with me when I travel to Mexico so I can set up my own doubles. I then carry two aluminum 80s sidemount for the ease of carrying four cylinders on a long dive.

Lamar

October 21st, 2008

HID 1000 and LED 700 Canister Lights

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People ask me which light to get: the HID 1000 or LED 700? The adjustable focus of the HID 1000 has always been popular wih cave divers. The HID adjustable focus lets the light punch through the water in dark caves so you can get a feel for how big a room is rather than feeling you are all alone.  The HID 1000 has more light output than any other light of its size and can double as a video light if you add a reflector.

The LED 700 is the answer to a robust, compact light that can handle being on a boat in rough seas or jostled around during travel. In my opinion, the Sun Spot MR11 was not robust enough for the wreck diver, so now we have a light that can handle being banged around. The LED 700 is the replacement for the previous 10W HID lights, with more light output and increased durability.

Of course, I have both lights. I use the HID 1000 for cave diving at home and the LED 700 for travel, which includes wreck diving as well as destination cave diving.

Lamar 

 

October 16th, 2008

LED 500 Flashlight Improvement

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This light has been a major success for us and we have listened to customer feedback. We’re delayed in production right now in order to make some improvements you have asked for. The next shipment is scheduled for release in a few weeks.

Any alkaline battery will work. The driver will compensate for low grade batteries and operate without overheating (don’t use expensive long lasting batteries for high tech devices). Granted performance will not be as optimal as it would with the recommended Duracell batteries, but the light will perform.

Rechargeable batteries available at your local department store will also work. We are testing them with success, but performance is still questionable because these batteries don’t like to be deep discharged. I don’t recommend trying to run the light until it burns out with these because it could damage a battery cell. Moderate use of six hours on Energizer 245ma rechargeable batteries appear to function just fine.

Lamar

October 15th, 2008

NiTek X In Production

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All the parts are in stock and the first five beta production units are being assembled. These units are full production with 4th cell integration and download capability. I will have these back on Friday from the development team. The week after DEMA we will be in full production at Dive Rite with the first 100 units rolling off the production line. Another 250 will follow. We will then go to a normal production schedule.

The NiTek X is one of the few US-manufactured dive computers on the market and we are proud to deliver it.

Lamar