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New DPV - Dive Xtras

Discussion in 'Dive Propulsion Vehicles' started by cathal, Nov 14, 2019.

  1. LiteWeight

    LiteWeight Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Bonaire
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    I went for 'best' also, now can do 2 x 1 hr dives without breaking seal and changing batteries.
     
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  2. DA Aquamaster

    DA Aquamaster Directional Toast ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: NC
    11,515
    1,686
    113
    A pair of 9 Ah Waitley batteries will cost you $140. Three sets will still cost less ($420 versus $500) than a single set of DeWalt 12 Ah batteries.

    On the dives we did, I also still had 2 bars left. However we also didn't do a trip to the far end on the first dive like the other 2 divers did. If we had, I'd have switched to my second set of 9 Ah batteries between dives.

    As it was, using just one set, I still had 2 bars showing on the DPV, and 58% showing on the battery indicators when I got home. Part of it is also streamlining and efficiency in the water, part of it is economy of operation and battery management, and part of it is battery capacity - but all three parts count.
     
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  3. DA Aquamaster

    DA Aquamaster Directional Toast ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: NC
    11,515
    1,686
    113
    I did get a shipment from Dive Xtras, so they are filling their back orders, and I do have a BlackTip in stock.

    Karst Scuba
     
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  4. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manassas, VA
    8,450
    4,059
    113
    We didn't go to the far end on the 1st dive, but Aaron did, and he also went us on the 2nd dive and with me on the 3rd dive, and he also still had 2 bars left.
     
  5. NothingClever

    NothingClever Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Red Sea and Atlantic Ocean
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    I went for “best chance of getting through security screening at all airports” with a pair of 9 Ahr DeWalt batteries (DCB609-2) since they’re listed on a formal MSDS of various batteries of 100 Watt hours or less.

    Unfortunately, the 12 Ahr batteries (DCB612), my first choice, are not listed on that MSDS. While some divers may have had success getting through airports in Mexico with their 12 Ahr batteries, that’s not where I’m headed. I’m not willing to chance losing that much money in batteries to some grouchy TSA agent or Draconian security guy in the Middle East who, once finally rustled from his usual listless stupor, will valiantly enforce the most minute detail of law to the death no matter how much documentation and common sense are applied.

    I noticed on the data plate on the bottom of my DCB609s that it describes it as 3 x 60 Watt hour in transport configuration (red shipping plug).

    @stuartv - does your 12 Ahr battery show anything similar on the bottom?

    I have all my IATA, FAA, TSA, Delta, Saudia and DeWalt documentation ready to go.

    Just need a flight.
     
  6. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manassas, VA
    8,450
    4,059
    113
  7. NothingClever

    NothingClever Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Red Sea and Atlantic Ocean
    457
    533
    93
    Well, dang it all to Hades.....

    I’m going to need some grief counseling for this difficult chapter of life.
     
  8. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manassas, VA
    8,450
    4,059
    113
    Once you get a flight somewhere, you won't even notice your tears as they blend right into the ocean...
     
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  9. NothingClever

    NothingClever Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Red Sea and Atlantic Ocean
    457
    533
    93
    COVID-19 isn’t getting me down. In fact, I feel downright plucky.

    72C227D7-FF64-4C12-A90F-5F00A13106D3.jpe

    I have room for two more batteries and could take them on my domestic leg but the carrier of my international leg will only allow two.

    Propped up are all relevant documents in the event I hit a snag.
     
  10. laikabear

    laikabear Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Pasadena, CA
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    Thank you! I got mine late last week. I put the batteries in, turned it on, took the batteries out, and put it in the closet. :)
     
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