Best New Dive Computers for 2017
Adive computer is a complex piece of technology and a powerful data cruncher that can help you monitor all vital aspects of your dives. However, with all the different specs and options available on the market it can be difficult to find the one that will suit your needs. What’s more, there are new models coming out each year. So, we have decided to put together a list with some of the most innovative dive computers to help you discover the one that matches how you dive. But first, let us quickly outline a few crucial features that you need to consider when choosing a dive computer.
- Your style of diving. If you are a beginner scuba diver, it is best to buy a simple, easy to use computer with a big display. It won’t distract you from the other tasks at hand or confuse you with unnecessary features. Once you advance your skill level, you will be able to use your first computer as a backup option. More experienced recreational and tech divers should consider looking for a more sophisticated model. Such features as supporting multiple gas mixtures, dive planning and a built-in digital compass for underwater navigation are important at this level. If you do freediving, you will need a dedicated computer for freedivers or a scuba model with an apnea or freediving mode.
- Ease of use underwater. Intuitive menu navigation and large buttons are a must for every dive computer. Remember, that you may be wearing thick gloves underwater, and make sure that you will be able to perform all the necessary manipulations with them on. Also check if the computer’s display has a backlit, easy to read from different angles, has big numbers and high contrast colors.
- Style and setup. Dive computers generally come in two different setups: wrist or console. Wrist computers are more streamlined and allow you to have all the important data right on your arm. What’s more, smaller watch style wrist computers can even be worn every day. Console computers, on the other hand, allow keeping all of your instruments together. Keep in mind, many computer models are available in both wrist and console versions so that you can choose the setup that is more comfortable for you.
- Air integration. This much-desired feature will allow you to monitor your breathing rate and tank pressure. Thanks to this information, your dive computer will be able to adjust the amount of time you have left at a given depth-based either on your dive time or remaining air.
Best Dive Computers 2017
Aqua Lung i750TC
Another new model from Aqua Lung, i750TC is ideal for the more tech-savvy divers. This computer features a crisp OLED color screen, easy-to-use interface, 3-axis compass, and optional hoseless gas integration. What’s more, you can track and share your dive with the help of its Bluetooth Smart wireless connectivity to a mobile device. The i750TC also includes multiple gas capability that can manage up to 3 Nitrox mixes. Just as i200, this computer is compatible with Aqua Lung’s DiverLog digital logbook.
Aqua Lung i750TC dive computer is now retailing for US$999
The Cosmiq by Deepblu is a very versatile dive computer that can be easily adjusted to different diving situations. The device can operate in three different modes, including: scuba, advanced bottom timer, and freedive. The scuba mode allows you to access all vital dive data and decompression calculations for both standard air and nitrox dives. The advanced bottom timer mode will be useful for technical divers. It shows such measurements as current depth, average depth, continuous dive time and secondary dive time. The freedive mode includes a built-in surface interval function and adjustable alarms for depth or time. Another convenient feature of this computer is simple synchronization with the Deepblu App, an interactive dive log.
Cosmiq can currently be pre-ordered for US$299.
Ratio Computers iDive
Ratio Computers has introduced not one, but a whole new line of iDive freediving and scuba diving computers. Perhaps the most notable feature about these gadgets is that all of them come with their own operating system and a diving assistant. This together with the 100 percent matrix LED-backlit display already makes for a great dive companion.
The feature set on these devices is not less impressive. The iDives allow you to plan your training by calculating and setting up all your warm-up dives, once you input your desired depth for the day.
All iDive freediving computers include a new special algorithm for Taravana and Hemoptysis prevention as well as such useful features as a 3D compass, USB interface, and a rechargeable, integrated battery.
The prices for iDive computer line range from US$549 to US$699 for different models.
ScubaPro Aladin Tec 3H
The new Aladin Tec 3H is a compact and convenient combination of a dive computer and a submersible pressure gauge. This hose-attached device, features a metallic faceplate, easy-to-read display, and a time-proven Uwatec ZHL8 ADT MB algorithm. It can also work with three different gas mixes from 21 to 100 percent Oxygen and offers two operating modes - Scuba and Gauge. The three-color nitrogen loading bar graph makes it easy to track tissue loading. Aladin Tec 3H is depth-rated to 394ft/120m, includes audible and visual alarms, a planner, and a logbook that can be uploaded to a PC or Mac via an optional infrared interface.
The retail price for Aladin Tec 3H is US$519.
Liquivision Omnix A.I.
Omnix A.I., the new dive computer by Liquivision, was presented back at DEMA show 2015, but its release was postponed and eventually scheduled for 2017. Even though the device is not yet available for purchase, it seems to be worth waiting for. Omnix A.I. features the ultra-bright, easy to read display and the Linx ultrasonic wireless technology for which Liquivision has become known. Remarkably, thanks to this system, the computer can track and read the PSI/Bar from up to 10 other transmitters in a 330 feet range. An impressive addition to the Omnix itself is a Boat Kit, comprised of a buoy-like device that wirelessly connects to the Boat Kit app. The system will be capable of transmitting information two-ways, thus enabling the App user to text and send directions to the Omnix dive computer in real-time. The battery in Omnix A.I. is rechargeable and has a 60-hour operating time per charge.
An estimated price for the Omnix A.I. dive computer with the transmitter is US$1600.