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Discussion in 'Computers, Gauges, Watches and Analyzers' started by Rhone Man, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. Dive Cochran

    Dive Cochran Dive Equipment Manufacturer

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Richardson,TX
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    Since you haven't replied I call "Bulls@#t" !!
    I've reread all emails and Tony in Customer Service did nothing wrong!

    John
    Sale Manager Worldwide
    Richardson, TX
    www.CochranMilitary.com
    www.DiveCochran.com
     
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  2. Diver#33

    Diver#33 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Eure, NC
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    Well I guess I am going to be another one of those new divers asking the same question but I am really just looking for some insight if you will. Pros and Cons when considering the Scubapro G2 the Oceanic VTX and the Shearwater Perdix AI. Which one is the preferred and why? Thanks to all who provide me with some feedback!
     
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2017
  3. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manassas, VA
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    My take on G2 vs Perdix AI is here:

    Shearwater Perdix AI question

    From what I have read here about the VTX, many people say that the screen can be very hard to see/read when you're in bright ambient lighting conditions. Even in the water, if you're not too deep and the water is clear and it's a bright sunny day topside. Also, many people have posted that they go through batteries pretty quickly.
     
  4. Diver#33

    Diver#33 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Eure, NC
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    Okay that is very helpful to know. I dove with some folks who had the scubapro so I figure the G2 or the shearwater perdix ai...
     
  5. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Jersey
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    If you get a G2, make sure that the compass works properly. There appears to be a problem with the compass. Still waiting for SP to replace two faulty G2s.
     
  6. elbig

    elbig Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: West Palm Beach,Florida
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    What is the symptom of the bad compass? I have anew G2 and want to be sure my compass is OK.So far I am very pleased with it.
     
  7. tridacna

    tridacna ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New Jersey
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    Easy. It does not point in the right direction. Both compasses were way off. SP acknowledged that this was a known issue.
     
  8. Sephiroth

    Sephiroth Garibaldi

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    Hi Guys,

    Quick advice her...What would you do in my position...
    I havethe oceanic OCI that I bought years ago (very happy with it tho battery life could be better).
    I stayed 2 months in Bali a few months ago before moving there definitely for work(instructor).
    Problem is I had to change the battery and there is absolutely not a single store where I could do it. No oceanic dealers on Bali and no shop willing to change the battery and do a pressure test (I asked everywhere).
    Luckily I had a suunto zoop for backup which I used instead of my oci.
    So now i'm considering selling it and buying an other one that could be fixed if anything happen.
    I am looking at the D6 zulu blue (instrucor model) that I can find with a good deal.
    What do you think?
     
  9. stuartv

    stuartv Seeking the Light

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Manassas, VA
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    What is the problem?

    I have changed the battery on my Oceanic Atom 3 times (I think). Always done it myself. Batteries are much cheaper when purchased from a local store than buying an Oceanic "kit". It takes about 3 minutes to change the battery and I am SURE I take more care in doing it than if I had it changed at a shop.

    Do you think a shop that changes the battery for you is going to fix or replace your computer for free if they change the battery and it floods the next time you go out? I don't think so. Not unless it's still under the manufacturer's warranty. And then, it would be the manufacturer replacing it as a warranty claim. If it's not still under warranty, then I don't see any reason to pay someone else to change the battery.

    I am assuming that the OCi can be changed using, either, a tool that came with it (as my Atom is) or with commonly available tools. If not, I would still just take it to a decent watch shop and have them do it. They should have the tools and the know-how to change a battery on a dive watch.
     
  10. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
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    At Oceanic, all is not created equal. For my old VT3 and Geo2, and Stuart's Atom 3, the battery back is held in place with a simple rotary, twist off lock, The OC1, OCi, and OCL all went back to a 4 screw back reminiscent of the old ProPlus series of console computers. Like Stuart, I have changed my VT3 and Geo2 batteries many times without incident. At least for the current line OCi and OCL, Oceanic states improper battery change voids the 2 year warranty. They recommend battery change and pressure testing by authorized dealer/manufacturer. This takes away some of the advantages of user battery changes. I had several old ProPluses, ProPlus 2's, the 4 screw battery hatch was a POS. Would this keep me from changing the battery, no. Has the design change caused me to drift from Oceanic computers, yes.
     
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