come on then! after a spot of prompting from brenster of gunchester i believe we have a few budding box wallah's on here! so come on who uses what and where and why and what do ya /dont ya like about it?
To the best of my knowledge, there is Nitrox, Ammers, Chris's Fish and Boots (Simon won't be long, and you know it!), and Andy Hayhurst is just completing his 'Box' Instructors ticket on the Draeger unit and the Inspiration.
Correct me on any of these:
Trox is Draeger
Ammers is Inspiration
Boots and Fish are Inspiration
Dales is Draeger and Inspiration
Any one I've missed or misrepresented?? How's about both Nitrox and Ammers kick things off by giving the forum their reasons for why then went for 'diving in silence'??
Then perhaps you could add on the relative pro's and cons fo the various units?? Remember, we have everyone here from Newbies to the 'Uber-techie', so gently does it!
Don't just leave it there mate!!! Let us all know where you dive, what differences the 'unit' has made to your diving and why you now 'prefer' CCR to OC diving??
Do you do wreck penetration on it?? What depths have you been to? What kind of depths do you maintain?? Why?? What, if any, concerns do you have with diving the unit?? Treat us like numpties mate, assume we know nowt - tell us all!!
I trained with Richard Stephenson after doing my trimix course and then discovering my desk bound frame couldn't carry sufficient OC gas to do useful bottom times given my high rmv.
I tried the Inspiration over a week-end to see if it was all it had been cracked up to be. It was so I ordered one straight off.
I now don't have to worry about having enough gas for a week-ends sport diving or a good trimix dive.(I carry bailouts as appropriate).
I use 10/50 helair all the time the unit mixes the O2 to the right PPO2 upto high O2s at the 6m stop.
Advantages to me: lighter than the equivalent trimix set up. Produces warm breathing gas (since having it I have not needed my pee valve). Very low END I prefer 25m +/-. It's quiet, it produces no bubbles on the bottom so fish do come closer than OC. Gas costs (see above) are very low compared to OC. Hows that ?