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Mares Puck Pro may be recommended dive computer for solid foundation not only to start your diving career, but also to enter technical diving, as it allows diving with 2 Nitrox mixes. It suits perfectly to the very beginners, thanx to its intuitive and user-friendly interface and excellent user manuals, also convenience in setting Mares Puck Pro and comfort in diving.
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Mares Puck Pro has only 1 control button located on the bottom side of the dive computer's body. If we compare Puck and Puck Pro - we may notice larger display, different button's location, big nitrogen loading bar.
Fig.1 Mares Puck Pro Dive Computer
Puck Pro has also slightly different menu structure, I may say even simplified. And still easy reachable and adjustable with just one button.
As with Puck, this dive computer will give you main and alternative screens on surface and underwater, and to see additional information shown - press button to swap between displays.
During adjustment, user should get used to short names that are shown on the display, because from the beginning it may be a bit confusing, especially if you are a complete newbie!
Mares Puck Pro was designed with menus that can be divided into 3 main groups: surface, dive and sleep modes. While on surface, user has access to 6 sub-menus to set variety of parameters, corresponding to diving, view logbook, interface with PC, plan consecutive dives, or CLEAR the nitrogen memory if needed.
You may notice that Puck Pro has backlight adjustable from 1 to 10 sec, in comparison to Mares Puck, that has backlight for about 4 sec factory adjusted.
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Dive computer doesn't have too many parameters to set and its interface is very intuitive and straightforward - so I became a master of adjustment very quick (I should be proud of myself, shouldn't I :-) )!
Mares Puck Pro: Diving With Air & Nitrox
Scott set Mares Puck Pro to PREDIVE mode before going into water (that is good practice to follow) to start immidiate calculations. Display showed following dive data that is very similar to Mares Puck. So, for people who used previous model before won't be any problem diving with Puck Pro.
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He was diving with Nitrox set dive computer, and had option to see additional info by pressing button:
If you are diving with Air - you won't have those parameters calculated and displayed.
As Scott was diving well below 10 meters - he got a Safety Stop reminder upon ascending. And as a responsible diver he followed Mares Puck Pro recommendation. At that time dive computer displayed Safety Stop timer - parameter that has all our attention in this situation along with current depth.
For fast ascent dive computer reacted in proper way: "...bar graph on the middle left side appeared with message SLOW and audio came out. It stayed until I slowed down my ascent speed..."
Mares Puck Pro may turn on even dive violation mode for continuous fast ascent. In this case it will display special symbol with message FAST. Dive computer locks itself and works as a bottom timer only.
Other two vital parameters that Mares Puck Pro monitors if set for Nitrox are level of PO2 and CNS level. For each of them dive computer has specific alarm and specific display.
Mares Puck Pro gives a user possibility diving with 2 Nitrox mixes. And as we set our dive computer for two gases - at certain depth it prompted Scott to switch to 2nd gas mix. Swapping gases, indeed, is very simple procedure - just two button clicks! Computer has all appropriate displays and alarms for this operation to ensure that you won't miss anything.
We didn't test it in DECO mode, so we didn't have Deep Stop reminder and DECO Stop displays. But anyway, few words about the Decompression mode. If we exceed NO-Decompression Limits (NDLs) - dive computer will activate Decompression mode to help us perform decompression procedure and resurface safely. You may see your approaching to DECO mode on the NiBG (nitrogen loading bar graph) on the bottom of the display. It filled up completely upon the entry into Decompression mode.
Mares Puck Pro manages DECO Stops by graphically displaying two triangles (arrows). They are easy to understand and follow:
The most critical parameters at this moment are:
Other parameters may include:
In the case of DECO violation - missing DECO Stop, Mares Puck Pro locks itself for 24 hours and works as a depth gauge and timer only.
Mares Puck Pro: Diving In GAUGE Mode
In Gauge mode computer doesn’t calculate No-Decompression Limits and works as a timer and depth gauge only. After diving in this mode - you have to wait at least 24 hours before using Mares Puck Pro as a decompression computer.
During this mode Mares Puck Pro shows following dive data on main display:
If you want to see your average depth - press the button. It will toggle Max depth and Average depth on the top right corner of the display.
Right after the surfacing Mares Puck Pro has a transitional period for 3 minutes, which is counting down on display. During this 3 minutes period, diver may resume diving and computer sees it as a continuous dive. But if user don't dive before 3 minutes elapsed - computer sees it as a finished dive.
Display shows you:
After diving we may easy access following modes with the help of just 1 button!
Mares Puck Pro: What Divers say
We didn't notice any backlashes while setting and diving with Mares Puck Pro. And it's nice to confirm that Mares again delivered to our market another excellent specimen after its bestseller Puck!
You will definitely appreciate Mares Puck Pro as your buddy, whether you are a beginner or recreational diver with experience. You will be able to learn this dive computer very quick and be ready diving in no time, thanks to its perfectly organized user documentation and set of menus.
Double gas mix will allow you progressing as a diver and try different diving scenarios that is always great to get new underwater experiences!
Set of alarms and warnings will always keep you on the safe side of diving, so you may trust the wisdom of this dive computer.