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Which area is DIN valve popular at?

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba' started by nohappy, Apr 1, 2018.

  1. Patoux01

    Patoux01 Solo Diver

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    In Switzerland I've only seen DIN.
    In France I've seen both, but I didn't use them (the justification was that yoke is stronger against impacts, go figure why one would want that).

    In Oz they usually had convertibles or at least on most tanks. (Not quite true for the university club, where I used 2 of the only 3 din tanks :D )

    Vanuatu had convertible too.


    That's what I've seen, I obviously haven't seen all the tanks of each of those countries.
     
  2. nohappy

    nohappy Contributor

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    Hi Guys,
    Thank you for sharing. They are very helpful information for me and they are very interesting. That also makes me wonder. If I'm using a yoke/A-clamp 1st stage, and I'm going to a country that yoke tank is rare, should I bring a "DIN Valve to Yoke Valve Insert"? What's your suggestions? (Except buying a DIN 1st stage...)
     
  3. charlier

    charlier Marine Scientist

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    @nohappy - I use a DIN setup. While diving in Indonesia, Thailand, Australia, and Malyasia, I have yet to have a problem using a DIN valve. I used to carry a conversion kit, but no longer bother. I usually contact the dive operation before my visit and they almost always accommodate my requests.
     
  4. nohappy

    nohappy Contributor

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    Hi @charlier,

    Thanks for your answer. However, my question is the opposite way around. What should I do if I use a yoke setup and trying to go to a country that yoke tank is not common. (Except buying a DIN 1st stage)
     
  5. Patoux01

    Patoux01 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
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    Yup, if your regs are yoke, always carry the required insert imo. It may or may not be useful, but the weight and the cost of those is so small that I'd rather have it and use it maybe once, than getting annoyed by having to settle with a crap regulator.

    Example: DGX Insert 200-BAR DIN to Yoke (you can likely source it localy). Edit: Note that this is not suitable for a 300b valve, but those are rather rare.


    For those that have DIN regs, it's more annoying because the adaptor is quite heavy, so it's a different story. I usually carry it if I go in a place where I don't know what's going to be there, but most (not all) have convertible valves these days so it's not used very often. I think I've used it about 4 times.
     
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  6. charlier

    charlier Marine Scientist

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    Use a converter. It’s not a big issue.
     
  7. nohappy

    nohappy Contributor

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    @charlier, Is there a converter for Yoke-to-Din? I thought the only solution is like what @Patoux01 described - buying an insert.
     
  8. Magnus Lundstedt

    Magnus Lundstedt Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Umeå, sweden
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    At home, in Sweden, I only seen DIN valves.

    In SEA it seems that all the newer tanks have DIN valve with yoke insert, and only older tanks have yoke only valves.

    I think that no one today buy yoke only valves, there are mostly DIN with yoke insert.

    One of my old conshelf yoke regs have a yoke that i cannot get over an DIN valve with yoke insert.
     
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  9. KenGordon

    KenGordon Rebreather Pilot

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    Take a few inserts, the first one you will leave in a cylinder.

    Really though, anyone who is renting out cylinders will have inserts available.
     
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  10. DanMont

    DanMont Contributor

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    Here in the UK I would say the majority of people who own their own regulators use DIN. Some clubs or dive centres have A-clamp regs, mainly for teaching. I also find that most cylinders are DIN, but pretty much everyone has inserts used to convert to A-clamp if necessary.
     
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