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About "Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, Fits on BCD Inflator

Air Buddy is the modern alternate air source. It is the smallest, safest and most convenient alternate air source on the market today. First introduced in 1996, it has become widely used by government agencies, sport divers around the world and commercial diving entities. The Air Buddy gives you 20% more breathing time on a bottle of air than any other alternate air source.

The Air Buddy is a miniature regulator second stage from which all the complicated and delicate parts have been removed, leaving only one moving part, the tilt valve. In a normal second stage, inhaling causes the diaphragm to move inward, pressing a lever which opens the needle valve allowing air from the low pressure hose to flow into your mouth. Sea Turtle replaced the needle valve with a heavy duty tilt valve in the Air Buddy. To open the tilt valve in the Air Buddy, you simply squeeze the mouthpiece with a biting movement of your mouth.

That releases the air from the low pressure hose, giving you PPAS. Positive Pressure Air Source means that your mouth will be flooded with air at a higher pressure than that of the water around you, no matter what your depth may be, forcing the water out of your mouth and allowing you to breathe. You stop the air by relaxing your pressure on the mouthpiece.

The BCD-Air Buddy will mount on any standard size quick connect hose on your buoyancy compensator. It is out of your way until you need it.

The BCD-Air Buddy swivels in any direction, so it is just as easy for you as your dive buddy to use. It functions equally well upside down as right side up. To get your supply of breathing air, just bite it gently with your teeth and feel the air flood your mouth.

The Air Buddy may be disconnected from the power inflator during use and kept in the mouth to breathe while the power inflator is held over the head to bleed

The "Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, Fits on BCD Inflator is commonly used for Last Resort and more. One reason why the "Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, Fits on BCD Inflator is popular is because of its Slim design.

"Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, Fits on BCD Inflator Features

  • "Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source:
  • Fits on BCD Inflator, Mounts on BCD QD Hose
  • Will Not Free-Flow Like Standard Octopus Rigs
  • 20% More Breathing Time
  • Gently Bite Mouthpiece to Start Air Flow
  • Miniature Regulator Second Stage
  • Smallest, Safest and Most Convenient Alternate Air Source
  • Up-Stream Demand Tilt-Valve Design
  • Durable Corrosion Resistant Chrome Plated Brass
  • Positive Pressure Air Source (PPAS)
  • Allows Over-the-Head Power Inflator Deflation upon Ascent

"Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, Fits on BCD Inflator Specifications

2'Nd Stage Type
Up-Stream Demand Tilt-Valve Design
Materials
Chrome Plated Brass
Mfr #
SKU
AQUAAS

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3.4

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Pros

  • Slim design (4)
  • Easy to connect (3)
  • Reliable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Last resort (4)
    • Eliminating hoses (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual/ recreational (3)
      • Diving Type:
      • Open water diving (6), Night diving (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

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    Great Device!!! but practice needed!

    Tested this last weekend. great device. but you need to practice on it though but once u got it goin. its quite cool.here are link on the video i made on my testing...Read complete review

    Tested this last weekend. great device. but you need to practice on it though but once u got it goin. its quite cool.here are link on the video i made on my testing hope this helps.http:[@]

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Consider carefully!

    This unit appears very well made, heavy chrome workmanship excellent and very compact. Needs some more work on the locking mechanism for the quick release that attached to the BC hose as they use...Read complete review

    This unit appears very well made, heavy chrome workmanship excellent and very compact. Needs some more work on the locking mechanism for the quick release that attached to the BC hose as they use a cable tie - looks cheap. The in line valve in the BC inflator Hose was extremely difficult to remove. I bent up a good pair of tweezers trying to remove it (a standard valve core remover was too short), I had to make my own using my dremel and a piece of hollow rod. Sure would be nice if they would add the piece that depresses the valve stem.

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    5.0

    Great Item

    By Mike

    from Brookline NH

    About Me Advanced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Mouthpiece
    • Easy To Connect
    • Reliable
    • Slim Design

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Eliminating Hoses
      • Emergency Deployment
      • Last Resort

      Comments about Aqua "Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, Fits on BCD Inflator:

      I like this product a lot but you really need to practice with it to make it comfortable to use. I did get the nitrox upgrade. The best use is for emergency purposes. Would not like to swim a long way using only the air buddy. I did experience the water in the mouth and had to learn how to use it effectively but after that it works fine. I found the best way to use it for me was to keep my head looking towards the bottom.

      • Diving Type:
      • Open Water Diving
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Recommended

      By LB

      from Ventura CA

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Simple Effective Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Aqua "Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, Fits on BCD Inflator:

          I actually own the more expensive in-line BC inflator hose model (AB-2000-BCD) that is said to provide more airflow than the standard model. Originally bought it for travel only because it's so small and lightweight, but after a dozen or so dives it will now replace my octo full time. Simple, but functionally a great design and very rugged. I also think it's not hard to use at all, just put in your mouth, bite down lightly and air flows that's it. Practice a few times on the safety stop and you'll have it.

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          4.0

          it take practice

          By scott

          from northern wi

          About Me Beginner

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          Pros

          • Does Not Leak
          • Easy To Connect
          • Reliable
          • Slim Design

          Cons

          • Take a little practice

          Best Uses

          • Eliminating Hoses

          Comments about Aqua "Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, Fits on BCD Inflator:

          i love it. you may suck a little water at first but with a little practice to get the hang of it, then a refresher before your next couple of dives, and you will be happy with it.

          • Diving Type:
          • Night Diving, Open Water Diving
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          2.0

          Not what it seems to be

          By Nat

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good idea

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Aqua "Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, Fits on BCD Inflator:

              Requires permanent mod of an LP hose. Not a very good idea.

              • Diving Type:
              • Drift Diving, Night Diving, Open Water Diving, Rescue Diving, Wreck Diving
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              1.0

              I will not use, wish I could return it

              By tsunami

              from Turlock, CA

              About Me Casual/ Recreational

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Slim Design

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use

              Best Uses

              • Last Resort

              Comments about Aqua "Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, Fits on BCD Inflator:

              I practiced with the air buddy in a swimming pool. I could not get used to how to breathe with it. I would take two or three successful breaths, but then I would get a mouthful of water with each successive attempt. I disconnected it and will continue to use my octo.

              • Diving Type:
              • Open Water Diving
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
              CODY W  It's an excellent, slim alternate air source. It works very well and is one less hose to deal with, which was exactly what I was searching for. I've had it for 4 years now and still works like new
              SANDRO M  which model is this one? the AB2000 or and the AB911?
              RYAN M  I'm sorry I'm not sure now which model. I didnt even know there was 2 models. It's been over 5 yrs since I got mine. This device connects to your low pressure inflator hose. Because of the low pressure it doesn't work if you are diving deep. I would not recommend it if you are a tech diver. Shallower diving it will do its job.
              Adrian S  Is it gonna fit Scubapro Xtek BCD with Scubapro A700/MK25 reg ? Any modifications required?
              JOSE Y  Air Buddy Alternate air is a great, but you need has trainning to use, I recommended for diver with over advancd level, all of my dive master use it, I'm Instructor Trainer level and we need adapter time to feel good, recomendation create a more soft mouthpieces. when you have alot practices, then you love it.
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