How does this unit attach to your BCD? is this something your LDS should do or is it a rather simple process? Thanks!
I attached it to my BC myself. Very easy to do. I have a Sherwood Tortuga. The reg itself works well. I have used in both cold (50 degrees) and warm (84 degrees) It breathed well at almost 100 feet. My octo is now off of my ADS. I have my primary and the blue reef octo inflater. less hoses. nice
It was very easy to install. I just replaced the inflator valve with the Octo inflator. Works fine for the intended use.
To install the Blue Reef Octo + Inflator the BC inflator currently on the BC will need to be removed. This usually involves removing the plastic wire tie that tighten the original BC inflator onto the corrugated hose on the BC. In most cases this requires that the wire tie be carefully cut off. Have another wire tie on hand as a replacement. (Wire ties can be purchased at hardware stores.) Check to see is the wire tie on the BC is removal without cutting.
To remove the inflator valve after removing the wire tie: work the original inflator valve off the corrugated hose by twisting and pulling slowly on the value. The corrugated hose may be sealed tightly due to time and may require some prying with a flat object to loosen the corrugated hose.
NOTE: There will a cable looped around a metal pin that runs across the diameter of the inflator valve. This cable connects to the air dump valve located on the left shoulder side of the BC. The metal pin needs to be tapped out of the original inflator valve before attaching the Blue Reef Octo + Inflator.
NOTE: Before removing the pin from the original inflator valve be sure to place some type of object, such as, a dowel or a smooth screw driver shaft or a BIC type pen through the loop of the cable. This is to prevent the cable from retracting into the corrugated hose.
Once the original inflator hose is off and cable is secured from retraction, tap the new metal pin (the pin comes with the Blue Reef Octo + Inflator) most of the way through into the one of the holes of the Blue Reef Octo + Inflator (this functions just as the original inflator valve.) then looped the dump valve cable on the new pin. Finish taping the pin all the way across into the other pin hole.
Twist the Blue Reef Octo + Inflator into the corrugate hose and attach a new wire tie around the corrugated hose. A little soap water or water soluble gel with help get the inflator into the hose. Tighten the wire tie until the Blue Reef Octo + Inflator is snug, it does not need to be super tight. A little play or moment is OK.
The low pressure inflator hose just needs to be screwed into one of the low pressure ports on the first stage regulator where a octopus regulator would normally be placed.
The process is simple and who wants to pay more money to a LDS. I will never return to a conventional octopus.
I purchased two of the Blue Reef Octo + Inflator with inflator hose kits. Both of them are defective and leak air constantly. I would recommend that you consider another option or other manufacturer for this type of solution. I am sending mine back to LeisurePro so now have to pay additional shipping and handling even though I am not just returning them because I changed my mind. Depending on the final resolution from LeisurePro, I may never buy from them again. I have no intention of continually paying additional S&H fees because they supply faulty products.
However, I have purchased several items from LeisurePro and this is the first time I have encountered an issue with a product from them.
I never integrated it into my set up. I was not crazy about the overall feel of the unit. So I will likely look for a more advanced unit in the future.
Very simply. A wrench an a zip tie is all you need.
I sent mine back to Leisure Pro. The install was something a LDS should do, and mine quoted 50-70.00. The hose was also a different size than my Mares inflator. Seemed too much money and hassle for a add on to a 200.00 BC. I am going to repplace my BC soon, and will just get one with a Octo inflater built in.
It is really simple. You detach the stock inflator from your BC by cutting of the zip tie (being careful not to damage the inflator hose, then remove from inflator hose. Place inflator hose on Octo+ Inflator (ensure you push hose completely on). Then use the provided zip ties to secure snugly. Trim excess zip tie off and you are done.
The process is rather straight forward if you are comfortable with working on your own gear. First remove the tie-wrap around the tube coming from your BCD to your present inflator. Next slide the tube off your present inflator. You will see that there is a cable coming from one of the dump valves on your BCD that is attached to your present inflator by a pin going through the neck of the inflator. Remove the pin as it should be snug, but not overly tight. Installing the Octo-Inflator is the reverse process. Partially remove the pin in the Octo-Inflator and slip the cable loop over the pin. Press the pin into the open side of the Octo-Inflator until it is fully seated. Verify that extending the Octo-Inflator operates the dump valve of your BCD. Next slip the tube from your BCD back over the neck of the Octo-Inflator. Lastly, place a tiewrap aroung the tube at the base of the Octo-Inflator and tighten. Trim the excess tiewrap off. Test your installation by orally inflating the BCD just as you did with your old inflator and using the same vent valve check that it deflates just like the old inflator and check the operation of the dump valve once again.
You will have to change the BCD inflator hose from your first stage regulator as the new one is a larger size to accomodate the greater air flow needed as a Octo. This is simply unscrewing the old hose and replacing it with the new one. Be sure to lightly lube the new O-ring on the new hose before installation. Do not over tighten and check it for leaks .
the whole operation should take maybe 15-20 minutes once you have the tools collected. Remember, this is life support equipment and if you are not comfortable with doing this changeout, have your local dive shop do it for you.
The pressure line is just a snap-on fitting. The hose that goes to your bcd inflator just slips over the end of the bcd inflator hose, and you use a zip-tie to secure it.
It's a pretty simple change. First, you just remove your current inflator by cutting the plastic ty-wrap that secures the inflator to the large inflator hose. Next, place the new Octo + Inflator on the large hose and secure with a new ty-wrap. Next, remove the small inflator hose from the first stage regulator and replace it with the new hose that comes with the Octo + Inflator, be sure to lubricate the O-ring on the inflator hose that goes into the first stage regulator. You're done.
It is simple. Just cut zip tie that holds old inflator on. Push cable pinthrough far enough to get dump cable off, reverse process with the new one and secure with new zip tie. Switch hoses out on regulator. If you can handle a wrench and zip ties you will be in good shape.
I have not actually used this inflator but bought three for my grandsons. They all seemed to get along with them fine and I had them breathe through them periodically to get used to using an alternate air. They all three said the inflators worked just fine.
To attach it you will need to remove the old inflator by clipping the zip tie and removing the inflotor hose from the inflator. Then there is usually a pin that goes through the opening where the inflator hose attaches. You need to push this through enough to remove the cable that is inside the inflator hose. Simply reverse the procedure to attach the new inflator.
Attaches very easley. Cut the ziptie pull out inflator and untie the airdump string. Tie the string on the air2 and put it back in the rubber hose and zip tie it back up. Took me about 5 minutes.