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Oceanic BUD became a long awaited backup dive computer for anyone, who is concerned about having such a device. As long as I may remember there was always the need to have such an instrument to bring us more comfort in diving. This Oceanic dive computer is a must as a backup for divers who have Oceanic, Aeris and Tusa brands, because BUD is powered by Dual Algorithm and these brands use similar dive computer algorithms.
Saying that, it is worth to mention that BUD can be used as a main dive computer as well with its support of 1 Nitrox mix.
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Oceanic BUD is made as a "puck" - style dive computer. It has all basic features that successful backup instrument may need! And the best of them - Dual Algorithm: Pelagic Z+ and DSAT. It will cover wide variety of diving conditions and still always be reliable backup to our main dive computer.
Oceanic BUD has 1 control button for setting up and retrieving data. It is located on side and is quite big and easy to press.
User interface and all menu's structure is pretty simple - it doesn't have convenient "Step Back" function, of course, like any other dive computer with one control button.
To display information, BUD has main and alternative screens and to emphasize even more nitrogen loading and ascent speed, it has 2 bar graphs - TLBG and VARI.
TLBG consists of 5 bars to address 3 level of nitrogen loading:
VARI has as well 5 bars with 4th - Caution zone and 5th - Too Fast alarm.
It is very easy to set up Oceanic BUD there are not many parameters. And all of them are accessible from Surface Main display. Altitude is adjusted automatically, so we don't need to worry about it!
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After activation (manual or automatic) Oceanic BUD is ready to give us everything it has!
Oceanic BUD: Diving With Air & Nitrox
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I had Safety Stop (SS) reminder as my dive was deeper than 9 meters. As SS is not mandatory we could miss it without penalty, but I completed it - wanted to be a good boy! Below is an example of how SS display looks like:
Upon entering Decompression mode, Oceanic BUD flashes full TLBG bar and Stop Depth number if we are 3 meters below the required Deco depth. I ascended and in the range of Deco stop depth - Stop Depth number stopped flashing.
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During Decompression we may create violations and this Oceanic dive computer is constantly monitoring accuracy of decompression process. Like other dive computers, this one can manage following violations:
For each of those conditions Oceanic BUD has specific displays to help us of getting through.
This Oceanic dive computer, like all other, continually monitoring our level of O2 and PO2. In certain conditions it may give us High PO2 warning or alarm, and High O2 warning or alarm.
During diving I didn't notice any inconveniences with Oceanic BUD - just good dive computer for a backup, as it is intended to be!. But at the same time it may work as a main computer as well.
Finally I was on surface and might see data of my last dive. After 10 minutes of transition period I might access No-Fly Time and Desaturation timers, and Dive planner that gives me possibility to plan next dives at the depth range 9 - 57 meters.
Oceanic BUD doesn't have PC interface port, so it's a bit inconvenient if you want tracking and logging your dives on PC.
Oceanic BUD: What Divers Say
I may assess my experience with BUD like very positive one. Having Oceanic Veo 3.0 as a main dive computer and Oceanic BUD as a backup I felt very confident - they were a good team I might rely on!
BUD has good size display and clearly seen digits. Button was easy to press, and measurements between Veo 3.0 and BUD were almost identical.
There maybe only one consern - Oceanic BUD can be recommended dive computer as a backup for instruments from Pelagic group, like Oceanic, Aeris, and probably Tusa. As these brands often use similar algorithms and firmware. But if we try to pair it with Suunto (UWATEC/ScubaPro I won't even mention here!), for example, I reckon there will be big differences in calculations!