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Suunto Vytec DS is dive computer that may be welcomed by advanced recreational and technical divers because of its multigas capabilities and optional wireless air-integration. But even if you are a beginner and thinking about fast growing in scubadiving career – you may consider this dive computer as a reliable ‘buddy’ for your diving adventures!
It has plenty of features, which beginners won’t need right away, but at the same time, this dive equipment is user friendly and has well written manuals, so if you are a beginner with great plans for the future – do not be afraid to invest in this advanced diving instrument!
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Suunto Vytec DS dive computer has 3 buttons on user interface: MODE, PLAN, TIME. And to learn how to use them and what to expect should not be very difficult task even for newbie, not saying about mature diver here!
Likewise Suunto Cobra, this Suunto computer has 2 Bar Graphs and they are shared between functions and modes (actually whole display layout is very similar to Suunto Cobra and locations of the control buttons are the same).
Left side Bar Graph is shared between Consumed Bottom Time (similar meaning to Nitrogen Tissue Loading Bar Graphs in Aeris and Oceanic dive computers), Oxygen Limit Fraction (OLF), and Mode Definition displays:
Right side Bar Graph is shared between Ascent Rate, Battery Status, and Logbook Page Numbering:
Before diving we need to adjust our time, preferences, and parameters for diving. Settings of Suunto Vytec DS and Cobra are similar to each other, but still have few differences. Vytec DS has 3 nitrox gas mixes to set, Deep Stops, different FO2 and PO2 adjustments, and, of course, wireless integration.
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This Suunto dive computer has very useful feature – On-Unit Dive Simulator. This function is a great help for you to get familiar with dive computer! You may have a ‘virtual’ dive and watch how Suunto Vytec DS works in different dive scenarios and how your dive profile will look like with all displays, warnings and alarms.
If you want to plan your dives ahead – just use Dive Planner and Dive Planning Simulator. First one can be called up during the Surface mode by pressing Plan button, and it calculates your No-Decompression limits at range 9 – 45 meters; the latter may be accessed from Simulation mode and it shows the present No-Decompression limits and has possibility to add surface time between future dives.
After we did all of that, and before actual dive, we need to activate desired dive mode, Vytec DS will do pre-checks, and then – nothing will stop us from jumping into water!
Suunto Vytec DS has very easy to read display – all digits are clearly seen and intuitive. If you have display protector – you may have minor difficulties to see the numbers that are located at the bottom of the screen, because edge of the display protector sits very close to them and to resolve this – just change an angle of view.
Suunto Vytec DS: Diving With Air & Nitrox
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Vytec DS, as well as other Suunto dive computers, has Bookmark function. You may use it if you need to store profile data in the unit memory for further downloading to PC.
It has two types of Safety Stops – Recommended and Mandatory. You will get Recommended Safety Stop prompt for every dive deeper than 10 meters. And if you miss it – no penalty time applied.
Suunto Vytec DS has option to set Deep Stop to ON or OFF. If we enable Deep Stops function – we won’t get Recommended Safety Stop prompts, but Mandatory Safety Stops will be prompted anyway along with Deep Stops on your way up.
For each stop, whether it is Safety Stop or Deep Stop, Vytec DS has certain displays with all appropriate parameters and notations. And no worries there – this Suunto dive computer manages all those conditions perfectly!
Diving with Nitrox has its own particular features and settings. When you set Vytec DS for Nitrox – you need to enable desirable gas mixes, set theirs FO2s and PO2s. Dive computer will calculate and show you maximum operational depth according to those adjustments.
Also, as Nitrox has higher percentage of oxygen than normal air, there is a risk of oxygen gassing. So, Suunto Vytec DS calculates oxygen toxicity level and displays it in bar graph as Oxygen Limit Fraction (OLF).
During Nitrox dive, displays – main and alternative, look similar to displays when diving with Air, except few different values related to Nitrox dives. Here they are:
Dive computer may give you alarms if maximum operational depth for preset PO2 value was exceeded and if oxygen toxicity level reached 80%.
If you set dive computer for 2 or 3 Nitrox gas mixes – Suunto Vytec DS would allow swapping gas mixes during a dive, if preset PO2 values weren’t exceeded.
You may exceed your No-Decompression limits – time and depth during a dive. If it happened – Vytec DS would activate Decompression dive mode and all calculations would be related to that particular mode.
Suunto Vytec DS has Continuous Decompression feature that allows us to perform decompression within the certain range of depths - Decompression range. 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 this Suunto computer will display following data related to decompression stops:
I listed here only data related to Decompression, but, of course, other information regarding to current condition is available, like current depth, tank pressure, temperature, etc.
If you missed correct decompression ceiling and ascended above it, Vytec DS would give you an audio alarm with corresponding icons, your current depth and ceiling depth values, and Error notation. It means that you have only 3 minutes to correct you position and return to ceiling depth displayed or a bit below.
Suunto Vytec DS: Diving In GAUGE Mode
Gauge mode is the next dive mode of Suunto Vytec DS dive computer. If set for Gauge mode – this Suunto dive computer won’t calculate nitrogen and oxygen loadings and it will work as a depth gauge and timer.
Dive main display has following data (below I made a summary from main and alternative displays):
Also in Gauge mode it is possible to stop, reset, and start Dive Timer and make Bookmarks.
After we dove with Air, Nitrox, and in Gauge mode – it is time to resurface and give a rest to your ‘buddy’ Vytec DS!
But before we let it rest for a while, let’s perform few simple things, like check out our Dive Logbook, History, or download data to PC.
All 3 modes mentioned above are accessible from Memory mode. Below are the brief descriptions each of them:
Suunto Vytec DS: What Divers Say
After comparing all Pros and Cons and reading controversial opinions of our reviewers, we may make a conclusion about Suunto Vytec DS.
Frankly speaking, I have never heard from any user I met something bad about Vytec DS. Only things were told off – optional PC data cable and only 1 transmitter supported for multigas dive computer.
As a whole – Suunto Vytec DS meets the requirements not only recreational, but technical diving too (I’m not saying here using trimix!), it is reliable, friendly, easy to program and easy to understand all data it shows, perfect manuals, steady wireless.
From the specs, features, and price point of view – Suunto Vytec DS is a gem! And if you need multigas dive computer that has wireless air integration – just take whole package, and save some money for your other dive equipment!