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Choosing a Regulator

Written by Hayden Salmons on February 12th, 2017.      0 comments

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Your regulator is a vital piece of gear and choosing the right one for you can be confusing. The goal of all regulators is the same: to deliver air on demand at ambient pressure. Comfort with a scuba regulator depends on how you breathe - and everyone’s different. Regulators have slightly different ‘actions’ - some feel looser or tighter, some will deliver air more forcefully, others will have a slight ‘suck’ to them. Only you know which regulator feels right for you. Only you know your budget and what other features are important to you and your style of diving.

Some divers simply advise - get the most expensive regulator you can afford - but here’s some other considerations:
 
  Sherwood SR2 Sherwood Maximus Seac Sub MX100 Genesis GS2000 Sherwood Brut 2009 Seac Sub Synchro Atlantis Quest R10 Atlantis Icon R1
Does it have ergonomic design? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Is the purge button easily pressed even when wearing thick neoprene gloves? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Does it have external controls which allow fine adjustments to air flow? Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No
Is it constructed with non-corroding metals like titanium or chromed brass? Chrome plated brass, stainless steel Chrome plated brass, stainless steel Chrome plated brass, stainless steel Chrome plated brass, stainless steel Chrome plated brass, stainless steel Chrome plated brass, stainless steel Chrome plated brass, stainless steel Chrome plated brass, stainless steel Chrome plated brass, stainless steel
Does it have diaphragm or piston first stage? Piston Piston Diaphragm Piston Piston Diaphragm Piston Piston Piston
Is it balanced or unbalanced? Balanced Balanced Balanced Balanced Balanced Balanced Balanced Balanced Unbalanced
Is it environmentally sealed? Yes Air bleed - dry chamber Yes Yes Air bleed - dry chamber Yes No No No
What’s the warranty? Lifetime of original owner
limited warranty
Lifetime of original owner
limited warranty
Lifetime of original owner
limited warranty
Lifetime of original owner
limited warranty
Lifetime of original owner
limited warranty
Lifetime of original owner
limited warranty
Lifetime of original owner
limited warranty
Lifetime of original owner
limited warranty
Lifetime of original owner
limited warranty
What’s the service schedule? 2 year service 1 year service 1 year service 1 year service 1 year service 1 year service 1 year service 1 year service 1 year service
Does it have first stage turret swivel? Yes No No No No No No Yes No
Does it have second stage hose swivel? No Yes No No No No No No No
Is it Nitrox compatible up to 40%? Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes* Yes*
                 
                 
* Please check the manufactures recommendations first
 

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