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You may use and enjoy Suunto Stinger whether you are a beginner or experienced recreational diver – it suits both very well!
Use it for diving with Air, Nitrox, or go freediving - this computer perfectly manages all diving conditions!
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Suunto Stinger has 4 control buttons on user interface panel and to become the master of using them – you need to set some time to learn sequences and combinations of them to know what to expect on surface and underwater. It won’t take you long, though, because Stinger is a friendly dive computer with great manuals.
Dive computer has 2 Bar Graphs that are shared between functions.
Left side Bar Graph is shared between Mode Indicator, Battery power indicator (when all 4 segments are displayed battery is OK, less number of them means that battery needs your attention or replacement), and Ascent Rate functions.
Right side Bar Graph is shared between Mode Indicator and Oxygen Limit Fraction (OLF). OLF is a function that represents oxygen toxicity when diving with Nitrox.
After we learnt how to use buttons to call up and set functions we want – it is time to customize parameters of Suunto Stinger dive computer.
Firstly, we start with adjusting our time and dual time, date, setting alarm for Time functions. These functions are accessible from Set mode. There is another useful function that you may use in Time mode – Stopwatch.
After we set everything regarding to Time mode, our next task – set all appropriate parameters for Dive modes – Air, Nitrox, and Freedive/Gauge. All adjustable settings can be programmed from Set mode and I made a list of them below:
If you want to plan your dives ahead – Suunto Stinger has Dive Planner for you. This function can be called up during the Surface mode by pressing Select button, and it calculates your No-Decompression limits at range 9 - 45 meters with 3 meters increments, accordingly to your current nitrogen and oxygen intake.
When you activate Suunto Stinger – it performs all necessary pre-checks and at this time it is possible to preset display of how you want it to show data – whether maximum depth or temperature from the lower left side; and whether Elapsed Dive Time (EDT) or current time from the lower right side of display. It is all easy done – just use PLUS and MINUS control buttons.
Suunto Stinger: Diving With Air & Nitrox
Deeper than 1.2 meters dive computer will start showing dive data.
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Stinger, as well as other dive computers from Suunto, has Bookmark function. You may use it if you need to store profile data in the unit memory for further downloading to PC.
During No-Decompression dive Suunto Stinger may give you Safety Stop prompt. Dive computer displays two types of Safety Stops:
You may miss first one without any penalties, but the latter must be completed, because it is activated if we ascend faster than allowable maximum rate.
When I ascended faster then allowed – Ascent Rate Bar Graph (left side of display) gave me full set of segments, message SLOW and audio alarm. I slowed down and upon reaching certain depth range, Stinger gave me a Mandatory Safety Stop remainder with STOP and ceiling depth notations. In this case we need to stop and stay at that depth for some time until warning will disappear.
If you miss Mandatory Safety Stop – dive computer will decrease No-Decompression times for the next dive, and in this case it is a good idea to stay longer on surface before the next dive as well.
When we set Stinger for Nitrox dive – we must enter exact numbers of FO2 and PO2. After we did that – dive computer would calculate maximum operational depth (MOD) according to FO2 and PO2.
Stinger allows us to set only 1 Nitrox mix with FO2 - Air, 22% - 50% and PO2 within the range 1.2 – 1.6 bar.
Dive computer allows us to preset desirable values that will be displayed, as we did when preset display for Air dive. Operation is the same – press MINUS button to change FO2/max depth/temperature on the lower left side and press PLUS button to change current PO2/Elapsed Dive Time/current time from the lower right side of the display.
Display looks very similar as for Air mode, but with few differences that are related only to diving with Nitrox, like those listed below:
If you exceed No-Decompression Limits (NDLs) and your No-Decompression time becomes ‘zero’ – Suunto Stinger will activate Decompression mode. All data that you will get after that is related to this mode. During decompression you will be prompted to complete one or few decompression stops at a range of depths.
Suunto Stinger (as other dive computers from this brand) has Continuous Decompression feature that allows us to perform decompression within the certain range of depths. It starts from the ‘floor’ (deepest depth where deco stop time won’t increase) to the ‘ceiling’ (shallowest depth) and decompression is done between them.
In Decompression mode dive computer will display following data related to decompression stops:
If you missed correct decompression ceiling and ascended above it by any reason, Stinger would give you an audio alarm with corresponding icons, your current depth and ceiling depth, and Error notation. It means that you have only 3 minutes to correct you position and descend to ceiling depth displayed or a bit below.
If you continue to violate decompression – dive computer will activate permanent Error Mode and will work as a depth gauge and timer only. You must not dive for at least 48 hours then!
Suunto Stinger: Diving In FREEdive/GAUGE Mode
Last Dive mode available in Suunto Stinger is Freedive/Gauge mode. In this mode dive computer doesn’t provide you with information about nitrogen and oxygen loadings and it will work as a depth gauge and timer, and you may use it for tech-diving as well.
In Freedive/Gauge mode display looks as follows:
Also in this mode if you press Select button – this will make a bookmark of your diving profile.
This Suunto computer has Freediving Day History function, which means that we may access our freediving day history in the Free Surface mode to view total amount of freedives, longest dive in minutes and seconds and the deepest freedive during a single day.
When dive time becomes more than 5 minutes for a single dive – Freedive mode changes automatically to Gauge mode. And other functions, like Bookmark and Stopwatch are available.
After dive was completed you may be interested to have a look at diving logs, check out dive history, plan next dive, or maybe download dive data to PC if you got optional PC data cable and software.
All those functions are available at our disposal and below I gave brief description each of them:
Suunto Stinger: What Divers Say
By this time we know everything about Suunto Stinger! For dive watch computer it performs perfectly in any condition whether you wear it onshore or underwater.
Solid and elegant built, has all functions that we need to enjoy diving and resurface safely.
I didn’t find any troubles while using it, only three wishes – would be nice to have PC data cable and software included in price and even Suunto Stinger has mineral glass display – it easy to get scratched, so it is a good idea to buy display protector, it costs about 10 bucks; and the last one – user battery replacement option, of course. Everything else – nice and smooth!
So, if you need a dive instrument that looks great in office or restaurant and performs great underwater – have a close look at Suunto Stinger dive computer!
Even it is pretty basic and quite few years old, and we have new models came to our market – Suunto Stinger still stands out against a background of its fellows because of Suunto quality, performance and user-friendliness!