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Oceanic VEO 2.0 is very different from VEO 1.0 dive computer. It received different user interface and many additional functions and features that made it perfect dive equipment for almost any diver – beginner or advanced. Also it can be recommended dive computer for technical guys who will find here something useful as well, for instance, Gauge and Freedive modes, which will allow them to stretch their diving experience to deeper limits!
Veo 2.0 is a step up in development of Veo dive computers line from Oceanic - it has Dual Algorithm, more sophisticated user interface, and 4 dive modes - so, it gives us good opportunity to develop our skills!
Dual Algorithm means that you may choose between liberal and conservative diving, depending on our skills, health, and diving conditions. And you may make this dive computer even more conservative by setting Tissue Loading Bar Graph (TLBG) alarm and Personal Conservative Factor.
Algorithms are listed below:
When you buy Oceanic Veo 2.0 in console configuration – you should definitely buy it with Quick Disconnect (QD). Because this feature will add you flexibility in storage, service, and protection of your dive computer!
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Oceanic VEO 2.0 has 2 buttons on the interactive control panel – Advance and Select. Dive computer user interface is built such a way that you may not only ‘step forward’ to access certain function, but also ‘fast scroll’ – this interface feature will save you time during set up and viewing parameters, that you already set.
Veo 2.0 has 2 bar graphs to assist you on your way down and up:
Some dive computers, like Oceanic Geo and Aeris Manta, have one shared bar graph that represents Nitrogen Tissue Loading and Oxygen accumulation. But Oceanic VEO 2.0 displays O2 accumulation in numerical way with % symbol. It doesn’t have a shared bar graph for these values.
Before diving you will have an access to variety of functions of Oceanic VEO 2.0 dive computer (Time to Fly and Time to Desaturate, Log and History Modes, PC interface and Plan Mode) and may set variety of parameters, which divided to the certain groups. Some customizable parameters listed below, as an example:
Oceanic VEO 2.0: Diving With Air & Nitrox
VEO 2.0 displays your Dive Time Remaining (DTR) by monitoring No-Decompression (NDC) dive time remaining in accordance with the nitrogen absorption and O2 accumulation and shows you the least amount of time available as DTR with corresponding icon – either NDC or O2SAT.
It shows you not only your DTR at certain depth in minutes, but also displays status of TLBG by adding or taking away segments and %O2 saturation in numerical way (if set for Nitrox dive).
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If you set Deep and Safety Stops to ON - Oceanic VEO 2.0 will trigger them after reaching certain conditions during dive with all related information, like for instance, Stop Depth and Time, Dive Time Remaining, TLBG, applicable icons, etc.
You may exceed No-Decompression time and depth limits while diving. In this case dive computer will activate Decompression mode – audio alarm will come up and 5 segments on TLBG and UP Arrow icon will flash.
After having this – you need to ascend safely to the required depth, shown on the display, or a bit deeper, and stay at that depth required time that is shown as well. When you complete required Decompression time, next shallower Stop Depth will be displayed and you may ascend to that level to continue decompression process, and so on.
Decompression display has main and alternative screens, so to access alternatives – you need to press shortly Advance button. Below is a summary of display layout for Decompression Mode from main and alternative screens:
Also you may have a violations during Decompression Mode, like Conditional violation and Delayed violations. That means that you ascended shallower than required Stop Depth and stayed at that level for some time. At this case you won’t be given an off-gassing credit, but instead you will get penalty time and you must work it off before earning off-gassing credit.
To guide you through this situation Oceanic Veo 2.0 has specific displays with information listed below:
When you descend to required Decompression Stop Depth and stay within stop zone – you will get full solid Stop icon (Stop Bar and Down/Up Arrows).
Oceanic VEO 2.0: Diving In GAUGE Mode
If Oceanic Veo 2.0 dive computer was set for Gauge Mode, it will work as a depth gauge and timer and won’t calculate nitrogen and oxygen accumulation.
Oceanic VEO 2.0: FREEdiving
You may use Oceanic VEO 2.0 for freediving. In this case you need to set it up in Freedive Mode and access and customize special functions available for freediving activities, like Countdown Timer (CDT), Freedive Elapsed Dive Time (EDT) Alarm and Freedive Depths Alarms.
Countdown Timer (CDT) is accessible from Free Surface Menu and you may set it and toggle between ON/OFF. During freedive you may easily view CDT status on the alternative display and then Start it or Stop it.
Freedive Elapsed Dive Time (EDT) Alarm is different thing from Elapsed Dive Time (EDT) Alarm as you set it previously for Air and Nitrox. Freedive Elapsed Dive Time Alarm is available from Free Surface Menu. It is factory preset for 30 seconds and you may toggle it ON/OFF. This means that every 30 seconds of your time underwater you will hear audio comes up to remind you that another 30 seconds of freedive have been elapsed.
Also you may set 3 Free Depth Alarms each at progressively deeper depths. Set points are in a range from 10 meters to 100 meters (30 ft – 330 ft).
Typical display layout during freedive as follows:
When you press Advance button for less than 2 seconds – you may see another set of information on alternative displays, like:
Also each alarm you set for freediving will give you its type of display with corresponding information.
As I said above Oceanic VEO 2.0 dive computer calculate residual nitrogen between dives (if you had any). And you may get into the condition during freedive when level of nitrogen will increase to caution or to Decompression level.
If you get Decompression condition during freedive – you will see VIO displayed and your No-Decompression Time (NDC) will be displayed as 0 (zero).
When you resurface - VEO 2.0 will lock itself to Violation Gauge Mode (VGM) for 24 hours, meaning that you need to stay out of any sort of diving, because dive computer doesn’t do any calculations related either to nitrogen or oxygen during VGM condition.
After the Transition Period you will have access to following modes of Oceanic VEO 2.0:
Oceanic VEO 2.0: What Divers Say
While testing this dive computer from Oceanic we didn’t find any problems or inconveniences at all! It was really easy to set up and use (of course, after playing with it a bit while reading manuals).
Audio alarms were loud and clear heard and display was easy to read at about 70 ft depth. Buttons were easy to press even with gloves and buttons on VEO 2.0 look and feel more solid than buttons of Oceanic Pro Plus 2.0.
If you are a beginner – you will start with easy stuff, and Oceanic VEO 2.0 has everything to assist you; if you advanced diver and want to discover freediving – dive computer has all possible functions to make you new experience enjoyable.
If you get Oceanic VEO 2.0 – you do not need to do any upgrade for more sophisticated dive computer, because this one has it all and in a small package! And all of those functions for such a price – isn’t it great!