I have an extra Titan Lx and abs octo that I am adding a pressure gauge and inflator hose to so I can use this as a spare and at the zoo as a volunteer diver.
My old LP hose for my aqualung bcd was 22". At the zoo I would be using several different bcd brands because I use the ones provided at the zoo.
Would the 22" LP inflator hose work for all the brands? Or should I go with the 26"? I want to keep as stream lined as possible, but want to make sure it will work on multiple bcd brands. What would you recommend?
The LP inflator hose will work with STANDARD quick disconnect for the BC inflate only. This inflator hose will not work with Air 2 type of inflators with octo. That quick disconnect is larger to draw more air threw it. Stick with the 22 inch for length.
the length of the inflator hose depends a lot on the bcd's inflator hardware. For instance my inflator hose fits perfectly on om BCD but is an inch or two too long on my daughter's. So not knowing the Length needed for the other bcd's it's hard to tell. Worst case is if it is too long you will just have an s shape, using up the excess, in the inflator hose and if too short it will kink the bcd's inflator tube a bit. I would try the 22 and go from there.
I think it would depend highly on the size of the BC and configuration of the 1st stage. Best to measure the existing one first, or compare how the 2nd stage hose length compares to the inflator unit on the BC and use that as a guide.
KHENG YEW T
22" is the typical length and should work with most BCDs. Having said that, I'm unfamiliar with the brands/models you mentioned having dived mostly backplates. I presume you have already ensured that the 22" would fit all the BCDs which you are using now by measuring the existing length of the various hoses in place whenever you used the said BCDs.
You could go with the 26" just to play it safe but there will be an extra loop over your shoulder which makes it less streamline. Also, note that you would want a longer hose if you tend to use oversize hose protectors since they tend to curve the hose at a greater angle and hence would require a longer length to cover the same effective distance from your BCD to the inflator.