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Mares Air Control integrated inflator octo

Discussion in 'Mares... Just add Water!' started by blawler1, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. Zak OHara

    Zak OHara Dive Equipment Manufacturer

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Pac NW
    Yes, it will come with multiple adapters to fit then end of most existing corrugate inflator hoses.

  2. beanojones

    beanojones Solo Diver

    Will they be the same sort of spin on adapters as the SS1 has, or what?
  3. Uber

    Uber Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: ONTARIO - I just love Algae and Zebra Mussels! I w
    What is the size of the corrugated hose on Mares BC's? 3/4" or 1" ?
    I assume the adapters will be for other makes...
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2009
  4. Uber

    Uber Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: ONTARIO - I just love Algae and Zebra Mussels! I w
    I was considering either the Mares or the Octo-z - the octo-z has the flush feature and is cheaper by about 1/3 although I would prefer to match the Air Control with my Icon BC I am struggling to see the advantage of doing so - the specs on the Mares site are painfully lacking in detail. Can you remove the Air control to store with your regs?

  5. taylorharris50

    taylorharris50 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Nashville, TN
    Zac - our 2 Mares BCDs and 2 air controls are about a day away from getting returned due to the lack of installation instructions. I refuse to pay someone to do something I can do myself. The manual has 6 graphics that give you enough info to mess up your equipment. Your staff will not assist on the phone. What gives?

    ---------- Post added October 21st, 2014 at 07:13 AM ----------

    I bought a Mares Air Control and Mares Hybrid Pure BCD this week. Installation of the Air Control is difficult only because of the lack of decent instructions and Mare's refusal to talk to their customers due to liability reasons.

    If you want to avoid wasting time and money on having a "professional" do an install that should take 5 minutes here are the steps (avoiding jargon):

    1 - Cut the zip tie holding on the old inflator
    2 - Pull the inflator off the hose
    3 - Note the cord inside the inflator (this is the tricky part). This cord is what allows you to dump air when you pull on the hose.
    4 - On the inflator push in both of the plastic tabs near the end of the inflator that connect to the hose.
    5 - A plastic part should slide out with the cord tied to it. Remove the spring - you don't need it unless you put the old inflator back on.
    6a - Assuming that you are installing on a Mares BCD do not untie the cord. Slide the plastic part into the supplied adapter it fits into.
    6b - If you have a non-Mares BCD u[FONT=arial, sans-serif]ntie the string, store the plastic piece, and use one of the small metal rods and appropriate adapter to reattach the string.[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial, sans-serif]The rest is pretty straight forward - just push the Air Control onto the inflator hose and make sure to attach a new zip tie to hold it in place.[/FONT]

    [FONT=arial, sans-serif]I am not a professional but this is not a hard project. I just refuse to waste an afternoon driving to a Mares Certified Shop and paying another man to do something that I can do myself in 5 minutes. I for one would prefer to understand how my gear works so I can make adjustments and basic repairs in the field. Love the equipment hate the Mares documentation, support and attitude.[/FONT]

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