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Apeks Lifeline Reel...a brief review

Discussion in 'Lift Bags, SMBs and Reels' started by jagfish, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. Attonine

    Attonine Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: UK
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    I've got one of these. They come in different colours which indicate the length of chord.

    What can I say..........It's a cast aluminium spool. Yes it's negative, you drop it, it's gone and happy days winding up the chord.......it's aluminium after all. I use my double ended clip to hook the chord and the spool through one of the finger holes, which then locks the chord/spool and you can work hands free with it dangling in the water, very useful technique for your safety stops as you know the reel is locked at 5m-or whatever you need, and surprise surprise, the metal double ended clip makes everything even more negative-so this works with pretty much all spools, no need for an aluminium one.

    Is it worth the extra money? Probably not. It's good quality, but how much quality do you need in a cast aluminium spool?
     
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2017
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  2. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Jersey
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    I have one too. Bought in the Philippines for half the price it sells for here in the US. I like it a lot. Easy to use and clip off. Really nicely constructed but I like new toys...which is what this is.
     
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  3. Frod

    Frod Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tokyo, Japan
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    Btw, does anyone know what kind of LINE is used on those reels and is it possible to buy it somewhere in bulk? Like 100+m?

    Cuz it is flat it can be rolled very compact on the reel compared to ordinary cave line. I would like to change line on my another delrin reel.
     
  4. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
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    o_O Little high on themselves, aren't they with that price point? FWIW, I've been using those swivels for a few years. Any store with salt water fishing tackle has them, and they aren't subject to "Dive Store Premiums" in mark-up.
     
  5. Frod

    Frod Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tokyo, Japan
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    yeap, the reel is pretty high priced... i liked the swivel idea so went out and got some at local fishing store to put on my other "not so fancy" reel :)

    line on the contrary... i could not find it. does anyone knows how is it called and/or where to get that flat line?

    ps. btw, Chinese made a copycat with the same line and swivels, but just the HALF price or even less :p
    tho they have only 15m and 30m models.
    Scuba Diving Aluminium Finger Reel Spool Line Stainless Steel Snap Bolt 15M 30M | eBay
     
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  6. Umuntu

    Umuntu Divemaster

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Traveller
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    The Apeks swivel is higher quality than either of those swivels. More like this …

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073BJW531?th=1&psc=1

    Or these

    https://www.amazon.com/Spro-Heavy-S...g=UTF8&refRID=EM4197KDZ2DSWXZEYDT2&th=1&psc=1
     
  7. Frod

    Frod Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Tokyo, Japan
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    16
    8
    well, the swivel is not the main feature in apeks reel. for me the deal was sealed when i saw that flat line. it is really much better then standard cave line. more compact and more easy to wind/unwind.
     
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  8. Umuntu

    Umuntu Divemaster

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Traveller
    508
    220
    43

    I agree. And the line is difficult to find.

    The flat line makes the swivel necessary to reduce twisting …

    And the Apeks swivel is not some ordinary fishing swivel (though they do the job).
     
  9. Umuntu

    Umuntu Divemaster

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Traveller
    508
    220
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    For the line try a search for …

    Flat 2mm Dupont Dacron HI-VIZ orange line

    A bit pricey though.
     
  10. cmrangel

    cmrangel Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: So. California, USA
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    Bought one of these. Have yet to try it in the water but my first impression is that it seems to be decent quality. Thanks for the link!
     

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