Originally Posted by EvilRabbit
Debating installing an elec compressor (Bauer Junior II) or simply getting a few extra bottles and filling up as needed in local dive stores.
Mainly for use in Caribbean
I have been scuba diving
for 20 years with tanks. Then I did a trial dive with a hookah, unit on a friends boat, it run by a heavy gas driven compressor. I loved the difference of not having to dive with a bulky scuba
tanks. So much so I bought a gas driven compressor, after a year it seized after its demise, like you I was wondering should I go back to scuba tanks as the gas driven compressor took up prime room on the boat then the issue of also carrying more petrol (gas) fuel
to run it plus dive tanks.
Problem of running a heavy compressor its bulk and carrying extra gas and setting everything up on the deck
for a dive was resolved –
As in this last year I noticed at the marine
the repair divers, where using a electric
compressor the size of a normal tool box Running by 12 volt Batteries.
Since my bulky gas compressor seized I wanted to keep diving with a hookah unit as I felt more liberated diving then with tanks. I bought a well made second hand electric
diving compressor with all its hoses and fittings for two people build into the same size tool box as the divers where using at the marina on line.
Now I tap into the boats battery
banks to run the compressor in which the solar
cells and wind generator
to keep them fully charged. No more Gas required!
I can now dive as long as l like up to 15 meters deep with two people. Most important I regained boat space taken by the old compressor and gas tanks. And I regained my love for diving as it is far faster to suit up and dive with no bulk or tank weight to get in the way. Also carrying an extra battery
one can dive away from your boat from your dingy, the air hose will always direct you back to your boat for added safety
I reasoned when I first started diving with a hookah I can always hire diving tanks if I wanted too as mine where out of date but I still have my regulators. Not once have I needed or wanted to go back to tank diving.
Hope my experience
is of some help.