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Recommended PLB?

Discussion in 'Training, Practices and Equipment' started by napDiver, Aug 28, 2019.

  1. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Greater Philadelphia, PA
    No argument as long as the pouch is treated as part of the PLB for this use. I was referring to @JohnnyC 's comment "You're going to want to peg the PLB to you anyway, so having built-in buoyancy is a non-starter" which implies to me that he would consider non-buoyant versions i.e. PLB1 with no pouch.

    The 400/425 series is a little smaller than the older ResQLink+s and fits into an approx. 2-3/8"dia. x 2-5/8"- long (interior) cylinder with the (included, accessory) Velcro attachment strap on and likely room to fit a lanyard as well.

    What interior dimensions did you finally come up with for your cylinder with the PLB1 & pouch?
  2. Dan

    Dan Orca

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    My custom made acrylic canister has internal dimension of 2” ID x 5” L. I shaved the PLB1 corners & antennae pull tab to fit it into that internal dimension. I won’t recommend it.
  3. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: United States
    Not considering that would be rather irresponsible of me. Fortunately, it's a non-issue.
  4. napDiver

    napDiver Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: California
    Did you buy it or make it yourself? Why did you use acrylic?

    I just bought a used light canister that has an acrylic cap. Should I get worried at a certain temperature that it would get too brittle n crack?
  5. Dan

    Dan Orca

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    Local plastic machine shop made it for me. It ain’t cheap.

    Acrylic is clear and pretty hard plastic. I can quickly check for leak without opening the lid. I use polyethylene lid to avoid thread binding as polyethylene is softer material than acrylic.

    I’m warm water diver. So temperature is a non issue for these materials of construction.
  6. Dan

    Dan Orca

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    If you get PLB1 and want to have a cheap canister for it, I can sell you my old Sony camera case that I have used for it for 2 years, ~ 200 dives, down to 144’ (44m) depth, for $10 + shipping cost.


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