First Stage with 1/2" LP Port- What do YOU do? [Archive] - ScubaBoard - Scuba Diving Forum - Diving Social Network

View Full Version : First Stage with 1/2" LP Port- What do YOU do?


Sponsored Link
beanojones
October 2nd, 2008, 02:17 AM
So what do you do with the 1/2" ports?

I am collecting USD SEA first stages and Old Apeks 1st stages and they both have the annoying 1/2" lp ports. So what do you do with those? Do you plug them, or adapt them?

Luis H
October 2nd, 2008, 06:21 AM
Here is an adapter if you need one:
1/2" Male to 3/8" Female Regulator Adapter (AA48) from LeisurePro.com (http://www.leisurepro.com/Prod/CategoryID_976/Context_974/Sort_Stock/DescSort_0/Filter_6%3d692/AQUHAB.html?Hit=1)


I would use the adapter and keep all LP hoses with the standard 3/8" fitting.




http://www.leisurepro.com/Image/Product/Full/AQUHAB.jpg

beanojones
October 2nd, 2008, 08:55 AM
If I happen to not be using that port, what's your feeling on leaving that adaptor (thanks for the link to that BTW) in, and just plugging it?

Luis H
October 2nd, 2008, 09:37 AM
Some will say that you are adding one extra O-ring that can fail, but being that it is a static, tightly captured O-ring (if properly installed), I don’t see any problem with that.

I would probably live the adapter in place if I ever think that I may want to use that port. That way I know it is already a standard 3/8” LP port.

I use many vintage regulators with 3/8” HP ports and I often have to use adapters to the 7/16” fitting. I have never had a problem with an adaptor.

Ken abucs
October 2nd, 2008, 10:01 AM
You can buy hoses with 1/2" fitting on the 1st stage end, and a regular 2nd stage connector on the other end. That way you can take advantage of the "high flow" properties this port is supposed to give.

I have just such a hose in a 5' length I no longer need. Make me an offer if you're interested.

Randy43068
October 2nd, 2008, 10:13 AM
I have that adapter on one of my recreational APEKS regulators. I'd rather have a single hose, however, as mentioned it's captured and risk of failure is minimal to none. I'd think there is more risk of failure in the Orings at the connection between the hose and your second stages.

I say use the adapter if you already have the hose.

beanojones
October 5th, 2008, 02:05 PM
Is Dive Rite express the only place to get 1/2" port plugs? I cannot seem to google this effectively.

LeadTurn_SD
October 5th, 2008, 02:29 PM
I have that adapter on one of my recreational APEKS regulators. I'd rather have a single hose, however, as mentioned it's captured and risk of failure is minimal to none. I'd think there is more risk of failure in the Orings at the connection between the hose and your second stages.

I say use the adapter if you already have the hose.

Agree with Randy and Luis H.

Since 3/8" LP hose is more widely available than 1/2", I decided to use the 1/2 --> 3/8 adapter. I'm using the adapter on a couple of Mares Abyss regs (they have 1/2" port size for primary LP ports) so that I could use 3/8" 5' Miflex hoses.

Beano, you might try calling ScubaToys. They sell and service Mares regs, and thus may have the 1/2" port plugs for them.

Good luck.

Peter_C
October 5th, 2008, 02:35 PM
I use the 1/2" port on my gals reg for a Halcyon 7' hose. The H hoses are some of the most flexible out there without being to flexible (Mi-flex).

Randy43068
October 5th, 2008, 03:09 PM
So what do you do with the 1/2" ports?

I am collecting USD SEA first stages and Old Apeks 1st stages and they both have the annoying 1/2" lp ports. So what do you do with those? Do you plug them, or adapt them?

Most online places have these adapters, even LP.

Give them a call, or shoot 'em an email.

Sponsored Link

Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.1