Air Buddy Alternate Air Source for First Stage Pony Reg.

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About Air Buddy Alternate Air Source for First Stage Pony Reg.

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. We 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.

It comes with an adapter to mount directly onto a regulator 1st stage to use for a super pony bottle.

Air Buddy Alternate Air Source for First Stage Pony Reg. Features

  • "Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source:
  • Threads Directly into First Stage Regulator LP Port
  • Great for Pony Bottle Set-Up
  • 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
  • Durable Corrosion Resistant Chrome Plated Brass
  • Positive Pressure Air Source (PPAS)
  • Up-Stream Demand Tilt-Valve Design

Air Buddy Alternate Air Source for First Stage Pony Reg. Specifications

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

Air Buddy Alternate Air Source for First Stage Pony Reg. Customer Reviews

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Aqua"Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, without hose (screws directly into 1'st stage)
 
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4.0

Great Device!!! but practice needed!

By alec

from Cebu City Philippines

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Comfortable Mouthpiece
  • Easy To Connect
  • Easy To Retrieve
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Eliminating Hoses
    • Last Resort

    Comments about Aqua "Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, without hose (screws directly into 1'st stage):

    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:[@]

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

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Works Great

    By Zopilote

    from Veracruz, Mex

    About Me Advanced Diver

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Effortless Breathing
    • No drag

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Aqua "Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, without hose (screws directly into 1'st stage):

        I recommend that you and your dive buddies become familiar using this product because it works in a totally different manner than other "octopi".

        It takes a few breaths to get used to the simple "mechanism".

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        2.0

        Consider carefully!

        By DaveinTucson

        from Tucson, Arizona

        About Me Recreational Diver

        Pros

        • Small Compact

        Cons

        • Need practice using

        Best Uses

        • Warm Water

        Comments about Aqua "Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, without hose (screws directly into 1'st stage):

        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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        3.0

        Use with caution

        By Pete the Pirate

        from Arizona

        About Me Recreational Diver

        Pros

        • Light weight

        Cons

        • Slow air delivery

        Best Uses

        • Shallow water
        • Warm Water

        Comments about Aqua "Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, without hose (screws directly into 1'st stage):

        I'm building a light-weight rig for traveling. This and a standard power inflator weighs about the same as an Atomic Titanium SS1.
        However, it takes quite a bit of practice and delivers air slowly.
        It works ok, but I wouldn't want to try to fight a heavy current while using it.

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        5.0

        Everyone should have one !!!

        By Wet Willy

        from Hollywood, Florida.

        About Me Advanced Diver

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Adjustable
        • Comfortable
        • Nitrox Compatible

        Cons

        • Difficult Purging
        • Need to practice with it

        Best Uses

          Comments about Aqua "Air Buddy" Alternate Air Source, without hose (screws directly into 1'st stage):

          I dive alot 60' or shallower w/ a horse color BCD
          w/ a Spare Air and no safe second and this is the answer to an additional air supply and still maintain a steamline dive profile.
          But you need to practice with it, takes some getting used to.
          Your dive buddy needs to know they will get your
          second stage and you use the Air Buddy becouse you have practiced w/ it.
          Or add it to your existing set up for even more protection.

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          Shopper  First time I have seen the Air Buddy. Not really sure what I'm looking at and how it works. Does it go on the end of the inflator hose?? A separate hose directly from the first stage? Perhaps a diagrahm would be helpful.
          LeisurePro S  This is a back up air source, used in the same way a standard octopus is used, but this has a variety fo different setups. It can be attached to an inflator hose, a a standard octo LP hose, or, like this particular model, directly into the first stage of a carry along pony bottle. Here is the product's website that has some pictures of the various configurations. Hope this helps!
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