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Aeris Epic is a hoseless air-integrated dive computer. It may be recommended dive computer for divers with different diving experience – whether you made just a few dives or you are diving technical, thanks to the wide variety of its features.
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Aeris Epic has overall very similar set of specs and features to Aeris Elite T3, except fully functional digital watch, that perfectly works as stand-alone feature, redesigned user interface with 4 control buttons and display layout with all the ensuing consequences of how dive data is represented to us.
It has only 1 bar graph, shared between nitrogen loading and oxygen accumulation. It doesn't have separate bar graph for Ascent speed indication. And Fast Ascent Warning/Alarm is given by audio, flashing red LED and message SLOW.
Main display during surface and underwater operations has alternative displays and we may easily swap them by pressing ADVANCE button.
Aeris Epic dive computer has all customizable parameters divided into the certain groups, and they are very similar to Aeris Elite T3. Below is a Aeris Epic Settings card with all parameters that diver is allowed to adjust.
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Aeris Epic: Diving With Air & Nitrox
When set for Nitrox, Aeris Epic will display dive data in No-Decompression mode on Main, Secondary and two Alternative displays.
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Upon reaching certain conditions, Aeris Epic may give you a Safety Stop prompt with Safety Stop depth and Countdown timer. If you set Safety Stop option to OFF during initial set-up - nothing will be displayed and there is no penalty if we miss Safety Stop.
If we ascend faster allowable maximum limits - Aeris Epic will activate Fast Ascent alarm. When this happens - dive computer will give us audio alarm with red LED flashing, and message SLOW will appear. Of course, we need to slow our ascent after this because that buzzer is really irritating!
As we set scuba diving computer for 2 or 3 Nitrox gas mixes - it allows us to switch between them during a dive. This function is similar to Aeris Elite T3 dive computer - by accessing Gas Switch Preview screen from main display.
If we exceed our No-Decompression Limits (NDLs), Aeris Epic 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.
Dive computer manages Deco stops perfectly, all data is clearly seen and you won't have any troubles interpreting it.
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This data is very similar to what we get with Aeris Elite T3, just in different display layout. And as with Aeris Elite T3, if we create any violations during Decompression mode - Aeris Epic will give us certain display accordingly.
Aeris Epic: Diving In GAUGE Mode
Gauge is the other dive mode we may use Epic for. If we set scuba diving computer as a Gauge - it will work as a depth gauge and timer only without calculating our nitrogen and oxygen accumulations. Also only Gas 1 is available in this mode.
Aeris Epic shows dive data similar to listed below and it is a summary from main, alternative and secondary displays:
Aeris Epic: FREEdiving
To make freedivers happy, Aeris designed Epic with Freedive mode. In this mode dive computer calculates nitrogen loading according to Air by default (21%) and the residual amount that you may have left between diving with Air, Nitrox and this freediving from the last 24 hours.
Freedive mode has similar functions and alarms as in Aeris Elite T3. We may set following functions and alarms:
Below is a summary of dive data 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, Freedive Depth alarms will beep on you when set points of the depths reached, Countdown Timer will give you beeps when time decreases to 'zero'.
Freedive Nitrogen Bar Graph (NiBG) alarm activates when nitrogen remaining from previous dives and current nitrogen loading hits the Caution zone. Aeris Epic will warn you with appropriate display, audio and red LED flashing.
If you get into the Decompression during freediving, dive computer will activate Violation mode for 24 hours, which means that you must stay out of diving for the next 24 hours, and only Watch mode functions will be operational.
Aeris Epic has similar to Aeris Elite T3 set of functions that you may access after 10 minutes of Transition period:
Below you may find short description of post-dive modes.
Dive Planner calculates and shows our No-Decompression bottom times at certain depths, according to nitrogen and oxygen accumulation from the previous dive or from the period of last 24 hours and Personal Conservative Factor setting.
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.
To work with PC upload/download function you need to have PC interface cable and CD with software that are included in the package. After installing software on your PC, you will be able to upload (change) some settings of Aeris Epic directly from the PC, like alarms, date and time, parameters from Utilities group, but FO2s and alarms for freediving you still need to enter by using dive computer control buttons.
Logbook and History of Air, Nitrox and Gauge modes are available for download to PC for viewing, organizing and printing your dive logs. Freediving logs and history can be viewed only after downloading them into your PC.
Aeris Epic: What Divers Say
Aeris Epic is wireless air-integrated dive computer, and this option gives you possibility to receive air data not only from your own tanks, but to check pressure of your buddy’s cylinder – it is an important benefit for you, especially if you are an instructor!
Dive computer has capabilities of setting 3 Nitrox mixes, and using it as a gauge or for freediving – that’s another benefit for you, if you like challenges!
User manual could be really organized better, but everything requires learning, especially if we have high-tech instrument like this one. And when you study thoroughly all principles of setting up and using Aeris Epic – there will be no problems for you anymore – you will be the Master!
From my experience, I can say that display layout is easy to read at any angle and light conditions, and alarms are loud enough to grab my attention even with the hood. I had to play with it while learning manuals though for quite a while. But I don't consider it to be an issue - all high-tech dive computers must be learnt thoroughly!
Aeris Epic can be beneficial and may be recommended dive computer to any diver, regardless of his/her skills, thanks to its wide range of functions and reliability. So, if you want to have instrument that designed to be all-in-one style with a fully functional digital watch - consider Aeris Epic as your dive buddy!