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Recommended PLB?

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

  1. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    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 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    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 PADI Pro

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    Not considering that would be rather irresponsible of me. Fortunately, it's a non-issue.
     
  4. napDiver

    napDiver Angel Fish

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    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 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    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 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    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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  7. Joshua Young

    Joshua Young Angel Fish

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  8. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

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    those are not rated for waterproofing at depth. It is watertight and designed for protection from water and an inadvertent drop or submersion but not designed for long term submersion and pressure at depths of diving

    • *Case is able to be submerged under 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes in accordance with IP67 testing parameters
     
  9. Cody B Wabiszewski

    Cody B Wabiszewski Garibaldi

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    Dan, what is the clear container that looks like a thermos or plastic water bottle holding the PLB1? How deep is it rated for?

    I wrote an article about the best PLBs and include submersible containers but have not seen that one before.
    21 Best Personal Locator Beacons PLB | by Captain Cody 2020
     
  10. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

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