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New Suunto D4

Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches and Analyzers' started by buddhasummer, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Divemaster

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    Does anyone know if the new Suunto D4 has a user replaceable battery? I have checked out Suuntos site but they make no mention of this. Thanks
     
  2. micklock

    micklock Solo Diver

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    If you go under FAQ & helpdesk on Suunto web site there is a question about battery compartment replacement it says there are kits available with battery, cover and o-ring.
     
  3. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Divemaster

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    ok but does it actually say there is one for the D4? on the page I read it does not list the D4 as one of those. Can you provide me with a link....thanks
     
  4. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly Regular of the Pub

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    My guess is that it does as all of Suunto watches / dive computers have user replaceable batteries. We own a bunch of both watches and dive computers which are all user replaceable.
     
  5. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Divemaster

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    Sally you are mistaken, as far as wrist top dive computers go the D9, D6 and Stinger all need to be returned to a dealer for battery repalcement thus far only the Mosquito has a user replaceable battery. Perhaps you are refering to the Gekko, Vyper etc
     
  6. micklock

    micklock Solo Diver

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    Question 14 in the helpdesk says user can replace battery on all wristop computers except 9 series. But I dont have one I was just looking at the stinger so I'm not sure if you can replace it or not.
     
  7. micklock

    micklock Solo Diver

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    After reading question 15 it says wristop computers are not meant for diving. thats why it's not listed
     
  8. diverep1976

    diverep1976 Dive Equipment Manufacturer

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    The Suunto D4 requires that the Wristop "dive" computer go back to Aqua Lung or one of its authorized service centers for replacement. The new D4 has a metal backplate and bezel to reduce flex in the case. Thus making it a mfg. serviceable only unit. As a result of its new electronic components, and now using the same battery as the D6, D9, Cobra, Vyper and Vytec series, the battery life, according to Suunto is 3-4 years. If purchased through an authorized Aqua Lung dealer (US Only) Aqua Lung will give the original owner 3 free battery replacement coupons when you register your warranty online and extend the 2 year warranty to a 5 year pro rated warranty. Check with your dealer for current details.

    Dan Rodarte
    Aqua Lung Regional Manager
     
  9. buddhasummer

    buddhasummer Divemaster

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    Not that I doubted you Dan...just an upate for those who may be interested I rec a mail from Suunto directly and they too advise that the D4 will need to be returned to an authorised dealer for battery replacement. If Aeris and Oceanic (same?) can make a high end watch computer(Epic/Atom 2) with user replaceable battery why cant Suunto, its a pain not to mention additional cost to have to return it, and if you are living on an island in thailand its a real PIA...was gonna buy the D4 but decided to buy an Epic or Atom 2 instead. Come on Suunto...
     
  10. diverep1976

    diverep1976 Dive Equipment Manufacturer

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    Buddhasummer:

    Suunto decided that the trade off for a 3-4 year battery life interval by using a metal backplate and bezel out weighed the problems that could come of a unit with a user replaceable wristop. Remember Suunto has far more experience in this arena than anyone else and has moved away from that direction. I'm not here to say that you'll have problems with the Epic or Atom 2; I'm certain you'll be perfecty happy with either choice. I'm just saying that Suunto has seen far too many cases that were compromised because of stress in the plastic case. Good Luck and have a Happy New Year!

    DR
     

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