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What is the the best (affordable) Dive Computer

Discussion in 'New Divers & Those Considering Diving' started by jw2013, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. Jack Hammer

    Jack Hammer Solo Diver

    Please don't buy into the Suunto is so conservative it will cut your dive short BS. Where the Suunto's get this reputation from is they tended to penalize your NDL's on multiple dives if you have less than a hour of surface time and once you get into deco they tend to start racking up more deco time than other computers. Recreational computers shouldn't be used to plan technical dives. I did a week long dive trip using a Gekko and made between 4-6 dives per day, averaging 55 minutes each, without it ever cutting me short or putting me into deco. That's because I had reasonable surface intervals and planned my dives. I've used several different computers and most the modern ones work great for recreational diving. BTW, I still have the Gekko and use it as a bottom timer and to track info for technical dives.
  2. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    I dove a Suunto and an Aeries on a recent trip (the Suunto is mine, the other was on the rental regs). For the first three days of the trip I never got near an NDL so it didn't matter- at the end of the trip, I'd notice the Suunto was down to single digit minutes and the Aeries still had 20+ on it. Of course, going up 5-10 feet got me plenty more time on the Suunto so it really didn't matter; but I never had less than an hour surface interval (often 2 hours; since my surface interval began well before most of the group since they stayed down longer than me due to air consumption) and only dove twice a day. So the more conservative thing isn't really that BS if you want to dive deep. I never went below 75 feet max depth.
    drrich2 likes this.

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