Air Integrated dive computers; hose or hose less and why?

+3 votes
asked Jun 27, 2017 in Scuba Diving by Rorhound (135 points)

5 Answers

+3 votes
answered Jun 27, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
I use a hose connected one for two main reasons. First the cost, it is still a wide range between the hose and wireless types. Second is the peace of mind and assurance. It is hard for a direct connection to be off. I have seen guys with the wireless transmitters have issues time to time. Personally, I use an Air II so I already eliminated a hose on my reg unit, I also have a quick disconnect on my computer so it is very easy. It comes down to preference and budget. Dont just go with what everyone uses, go with what works for you.
commented Jun 27, 2017 by scubaman7 (165 points)
I use a hose mounted one and that is what I feel comfortable with. I don't trust the hose less.
+2 votes
answered Jun 27, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
I use a hosed computer, Oeanic pro plus 2, I trust it knowing its directly connected to my air supply.
+2 votes
answered Jun 27, 2017 by scubaman7 (165 points)
I use a hose mounted one and that is what I feel comfortable with. I don't trust the hose less.
+2 votes
answered Jun 27, 2017 by scubagirlie (613 points)
I use an SPG pressure guage directly connected to the tank. Through the years, I have seen lots of people have issues with the hoseless  transmitters after spending lots of money on them. I don't want to have issues with that and I think the chance of something going wrong is somewhat less with a gauge directly connected to the tank.
+1 vote
answered Jun 27, 2017 by Lietzke00 (713 points)
I'm going to be buying a reg setup soon and plan to purchase the wireless transmitter to the wrist computer I already own, but I'll still get a hosed SPG as a backup. If the wireless transmitter malfunctions, I might have to abort that dive, but I could switch it out with my hosed SPG between dives.

    One of the main reasons I want to go wireless on my computer is because I'd like to eliminate one hose at least, and I'm not sold on the Air2 as an alternate second stage.
commented Jun 29, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
Why not the Air 2 ? I have been using one for 15 yrs and love it. I would never go back  to an octo. Just curious what is keeping you away?
commented Jun 30, 2017 by Lietzke00 (713 points)
Two reasons for my wariness about the Air2:
    First, while my regular buddy would never grab my reg out of my mouth in an out-of-air situation (not to mention, he's a good diver and wouldn't let himself get so low on air in the first place!), I'm not always going to be diving with him, and I worry that a less experienced diver may panic, not seeing an octo where it should be.
    Second, if my low-pressure inflator malfunctions, I can disconnect it and be fine for the rest of the dive, inflating my BC orally at the surface. But if I have an Air2 and this malfunction happens, not only have I lost my BC inflator, I've lost my octo as well.
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