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Aeris Elite T3 is a hoseless air-integrated dive computer. It is suitable for different diving activities, like recreational, technical or freediving, thanks to the ability of handling 3 Nitrox gas mixes and Freedive mode. It can be recommended dive computer even for the beginners, who want to advance fast in dive career and need dive computer that has all-in-one. They will find many outstanding features in this wrist watch style dive instrument.
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For freediving Aeris Elite T3 dive computer has different set of alarms and we may access it during Freedive set-up. We will discuss those alarms later in Freediving part of our review.
Dive computer has 3 control buttons and by using them and specific combos you will program and access variety of dive data of Aeris Elite T3.
As many other dive computers Elite T3 has main and alternative displays during surface and diving stages, because of big number of data displayed.
Aeris Elite T3 has 3 bar graphs to show us graphically nitrogen and oxygen loading and our ascent speed. Brief descriptions each of them you may find below:
Aeris Elite T3 has many adjustable parameters and they are divided into certain groups for our convenience.
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Aeris Elite T3: Diving With Air & Nitrox
If we set Aeris Elite T3 for Air - it will have main and 2 alternative displays, and if for Nitrox - we will get 3rd alternative display with specific information regarding to Nitrox settings.
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When we reach set depth for Safety Stop (SS) - dive computer will beep on us, warning that it is the time to have Safety Stop. And surely it will produce appropriate SS display with all necessary information with countdown timer. If we set Safety Stop option to OFF - dive computer won't show us any Safety Stop display during our ascent and there is no penalty if we miss one.
Upon fast ascending we may cause Aeris Elite T3 to activate Fast Ascent alarm. If this happens - dive computer will give us audio alarm with red LED flashing, full VARI bar graph and message SLOW. Of course we need to slow in order to calm down our computer!
Dive computer constantly monitors our PO2 and O2 status and if certain conditions exists - it will give us High PO2 or High O2 alarms with all corresponding data on displays.
As this dive computer is designed to handle 3 Nitrox gas mixes - we may swap them during a dive from Gas Switch Preview display (of course, if we enabled Gas 2 & 3 during initial set-up).
Buddy Pressure Check function can be done if we set Transmitters 2 & 3 for this option. If thise transmitters were set to SELF option - Buddy Pressure Check function can not be performed.
If we exceed our No-Decompression Limits (NDLs), Aeris Elite T3 activates Decompression mode. Upon entry into this mode you will hear an audio, red LED will flash and applicable dive data will be displayed. From this moment all calculations will be made regarding to Decompression mode.
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During decompression diver may create violations, which happen if he/she ascends shallower and stays for some time above the displayed decompression stop depth, or diver may descend deeper than Maximum Operational Depth (MOD), or decompression requires ceiling depth range between 18 m and 21 m deep – in this case dive computer activates appropriate Violation mode and manages it to help us safely perform decompression and ascend in those situations.
Aeris Elite T3: Diving In GAUGE Mode
Aeris Elite T3 may be used as a Gauge. It doesn’t perform any calculations of nitrogen and oxygen loading and decompression conditions. Dive computer can be used as a depth gauge and timer only. As with other computers, after diving with this one in Gauge mode you need to wait 24 hours before you may use it for diving with Air or Nitrox.
Display shows dive data similar to listed below and it is a summary from main and alternative displays:
Aeris Elite T3: FREEdiving
In Freedive mode Elite T3 calculates nitrogen loading according to Air by default and the residual amount that you may have left between diving with Air, Nitrox and this freediving session.
Special settings and alarms for freediving can be accessed and set from Free Surface mode. We may set following functions and alarms:
During freediving Aeris Elite T3 displays following dive data (summary from main and alternative displays):
During freediving you will get all freedive alarms that you set previously - Freedive EDT alarm will sound every 30 seconds elapsed, Depth alarms will remind you about set points of the depths reached, Countdown Timer alarm will beep on you when time decreases to 'zero'.
Also you may have another alarm - NiBG alarm. This one activates when nitrogen remained from previous dives and current nitrogen loading reaches the Caution zone. It may even happen when nitrogen level will increase to Decompression condition.
Aeris Elite T3 has standart set of features and functions that you may access after 10 minutes of Transition period:
Brief descriptions of above-mentioned features you will find below.
Dive Planner gives us possibilities to see our No-Decompression bottom times at certain depths, according to our nitrogen and oxygen accumulation from the previous dive or from the period of last 24 hours. No-Decompression times are calculated only for FO2 of Gas 1. FO2s for Gas mixes 2 & 3 don't make any effect on Dive Planner calculations. Dive Planner works for the range of depths 9 - 57 meters.
No-Fly and Desaturation Countdown Timers show us time to fly or tissue desaturation respectively.
Logbook can store 24 the most recent dives and consists of 2 pages of detailed dive data. Battery removal doesn't make any effect on dive logs stored in the computer's memory.
History stores summary information of total number of dives, total number of dive hours, lowest temperature and maximum depth reached. And as well, battery removal doesn't make any effect on dive history stored in the computer's memory.
PC upload/download function should not make any difficulties for you. Interface cable and CD with software are included in the package. And after installing software on your PC, you will be able to upload (change) some settings of Aeris Elite T3 directly from the PC, like alarms, date and time, parameters from Utilities group.
Aeris Elite T3: What Divers Say
Aeris Elite T3 is a great dive computer not only for divers with long experience, but it may be recommended dive computer for the person who just started diving, wants to progress in scuba diving career fast, and wants something to grow into.
Going through manuals, it may be confused from the beginning, but remember - this dive computer is from high-tech range of dive instruments, so you need to devote some time to learn everything to get maximum use from Aeris Elite T3.
This dive computer is capable of being customized for different diving situations and it is another benefit, because it will give the flexibility of using it both in air and nitrox, or gauge and freediving, and at the same time it provides us with all measures to keep us safe!
Displays are clearly seen under water and alarms are clearly heard. You switch between different gas mixes very simply and ‘buddy’s pressure check’ works seamlessly.
And we think that the biggest benefit that this dive computer gives to you – it is its reliability in service and operations!
If you want to have multitasking dive computer that has broad range of functions and covers wide area of use - try Aeris Elite T3! This model definitely increase and improve your skills as a diver!