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Mini Diving Air Tanks

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Matt Spear, May 1, 2020.

  1. Matt Spear

    Matt Spear Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Hawaii
    Has anyone ever used any of those mini diving air tanks, like the "Mini SMACO" or that famous one from Kickstarter the "SCORKL"?
    Are they just glorified pony bottles? I was thinking on getting one but had one main question. How deep can you free dive before you should take the first breath? Can you dive to 30 feet and then start using it?
  2. saxman242

    saxman242 Manta Ray

    No, because pony bottles at least have a use.

    These devices have no business existing.

    Also, mixing free diving and scuba is a recipe for disaster.
  3. Graeme Fraser

    Graeme Fraser Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Narnia
    In freediving there's only one place you can take your first breath; the surface. No exceptions!

    Any gadget or gimmick that encourages people to do otherwise is dangerous.
  4. Valyngar

    Valyngar Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Finland
    Would this work when pool diving at 3-5 meters?
  5. Skulmoski

    Skulmoski Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Gold Coast, QLD
    How about two Fabers in 5 or 7 litres sizes in a sidemount setup. LOL!
    txgoose and grantctobin like this.
  6. JackOfDiamonds

    JackOfDiamonds Kartoffelsalat ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: The Holy Land
    Taking a pony (of any sort) to a free dive is a quick way to kill yourself.

    Please don't.
    Lostdiver71 and Jim Lapenta like this.
  7. Angelo Farina

    Angelo Farina Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Parma, ITALY
    However, of the many crap Smaco products, there is one which instead I would like to have at home:
    US $424.99 15% OFF|SMACO New Generation Electric Air Pump for Diving Tank|Snorkels| - AliExpress
    A small compressor, it had been perfect for having a supply of compressed air at high pressure, to be used for servicing and tuning my regs during the lockdown.
    My cylinders were both empty, and there was no way to have them filled in a shop here in the past two months, due to general lockdown.
    So during the lockdown I rebuilt all my 6 first old Scubapro first stages (3 of them were really in bad shape), but I had no possibility to test them yet.
    Owning that small compressor had been quite good for my domestic workshop...
    In no way, instead, I had used their hand pump!
  8. Pearlman

    Pearlman Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Bangalore
    I saw a youtube review long back - it gives you a few minutes of air for a 30min pumping effort with that cycle pump. And as the pressure in the tank builds up the work required to fill up air gets back-breaking to the point it will ruin your day with sweat and fatigue and muscle aches....
  9. Addison Snyder

    Addison Snyder Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Daytona Beach, FL
  10. Kharon

    Kharon Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Upstate NY
    Don't see it as much different from "monkey diving" as long as you continue to breathe from the pony on ascent or exhale all the way if you go OOA. I've just ordered a 19 CF to use without BC, etc so I can carry what I need for short shallow dives in places I can't get a full kit to. Basically fins, mask, snorkel, snorkel vest, tank and just enough weight to get down. I'm sure I'm not going to kill myself.
    Bob DBF and lexvil like this.

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