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Puck Air is another hose air-integrated dive computer along with Nemo Air made by Mares. It is suitable for divers with any levels of experience, thanks to an easy access, intuitive programming and retrieving information, and it may be used as a single unit or you may attach a compass to make more versatile console.
This dive computer comes with 2 years warranty and following optional features - PC interface and Lens protector.
As a hose air-integrated dive computer, Puck Air has functions that will help you to be aware of you real bottom time by calculating Air Time Remaining (ATR) and tank pressure.
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Mares Puck Air has only 1 control button for an easy access and programming, and 1 bar graph that represents our Ascent rate.
On surface or underwater you will get main and alternative displays with loads of information, and to swap between them - press button, of course.
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For diving in Gauge mode there are no specific parameters to set, because in this mode scuba dive computer works as a depth gauge and timer only and do not perform calculations for decompression conditions.
Mares Puck Air: Diving With Air & Nitrox
During diving with Air and in No-Decompression mode Puck Air will show you 3 displays – main and 2 alternative.
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When diving with Nitrox in No-Decompression mode, displays look very similar, except you will get FO2, %CNS level and type of dive - EAN (Nitrox) displayed.
When you reach certain conditions, dive computer may give you Safety Stop prompt or series of 1 minute Deep stops if you are in Decompression dive mode, or if you are close to No-Decompression limits.
After you started ascending, dive computer starts monitoring your ascent rate and notify you if the rate of ascent is more than 12m/min (39ft/min) – it shows full bar with all segments and gives you message SLOW, and audible alarm goes on.
When you dive with Nitrox, Puck Air calculates oxygen toxicity according to your dive time, depth, and manages safety limits for oxygen exposure according to PPO2 that you set before diving.
Dive computer manages diving with Nitrox the same way it does with diving with Air. The only difference is about calculation and displaying few more crucial parameters, which are typical for Nitrox dives. Those parameters are:
If you exceed our No-Decompression Limits (NDLs) - Puck Air will beep on us and turn Decompression mode, and all calculations will be for this mode only.
It manages Decompression stops by graphically displaying two triangles (arrows). And you must follow the prompts of this dive computer to stay at the certain depth to avoid the danger of the Decompression Sickness (DCS).
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If we exceed Decompression Stop for 1 meter and stay at shallower depth for more than 3 minutes - computer activates Omitted Stop mode and will show errors if you want to do repetitive dive. During that time it will function as a depth gauge and timer only.
Mares Puck Air: Diving In GAUGE Mode
Gauge is the next dive mode of Puck Air. As it was mentioned above, when Gauge mode set – Puck Air works as a timer and depth gauge only and doesn’t perform computations for No-Decompression Limits and Decompression Stop times.
And again in this mode you will have an access to 3 displays – main and 2 alternatives with information listed below:
When on the surface, we are able to access following functions in Mares Puck Air:
Mares Puck Air: What Divers Say
As you saw from our review - Mares Puck Air is a standard hose air-integrated dive computer with all functions we may expect from such a model of scuba diving equipment. You may have it as a single computer or attach compass to make a Navigation Console - very convenient option!
It has very easy procedure of setting up parameters - no strange buttons combos and easy readable display. We found just couple inconveniences, but very minor!
First - its menu doesn't have STEP BACK function, as one of our reviewers wrote. But with 1-button dive computers it is a common feature - no STEP BACK option and you should not expect anything more than parameters that follow one after another!
If you are a beginner or pro and you need an easy to use, reliable, solid, and packed with features hose air-integrated dive computer that will assist you all the way down and up, and you are limited with your funds or saving money for your other piece of scuba dive gear – Mares Puck Air dive computer is definitely for you!