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Pony Bottle setup

Discussion in 'Tanks, Valves and Bands' started by rvojr, Mar 3, 2019.

  1. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Manta Ray

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    Ok thanks...I have to understand if this works out in my case. Anyway you give me hope... that D-Ring on the right shoulder strap perhaps might prove useful, otherwise I would say this kind of BCD doesn't make it possible to carry the pony bottle. I have no experience at all but I would instinctively agree with @tbone1004
    A pony bottle is meant to be used in danger and panic situations, securing them on the tank might work when you are making exercises in the pool but not when you are in danger, that is when you really need it
     
  2. Doby45

    Doby45 Do I have something in my teeth?

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    The whole pony on the left is to keep a long hose from being trapped. If you are strictly in a recreational environment it will not matter which side you hang your pony on. Now if you do go down the technical path it could ingrain a bad habit, but once you are technical you generally do not deal with “ponies”. You normally have redundant gas in the form of sidemount or backmount doubles and will then be learning about stage and deco bottles.
     
  3. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

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    @tbone1004 : any better step by step to rigging this on a standard bp?
     
  4. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    @rhwestfall if I remember tomorrow I'll take a couple pictures. Basically you put the bungee thru two holes on the backplate, tie a figure-8 knot on the end of each, and rig it the same way. I'll try to get @The Chairman to remind me tomorrow before I gear up
     
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  5. CWK

    CWK Manta Ray

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    I have my pony clipped to my left shoulder and waist D-rings the same way that I carry a stage bottle. I once entered the water with the pony valve on and the pony second stage free-flowed resulting in an almost empty pony at the beginning of the dive. I now enter the water with the pony regulator pressurised but valve off, then I repressurise once I am in the water but then turn the valve back off just as I would for a deco bottle descent bubble check. I would have to turn the valve on in the event that the pony is deployed. To me, this is not a problem as I do the same when deploying my deco stages. I could also turn the valve on once I am in the water and leave it on ready for deployment. To me, this is where pony size matters. If I'm using a 6 cu ft pony, I want to avoid accident loss of air, so the valve will be off. If I'm using a 20 cu ft pony or larger, I could conceivably leave the valve on as some accidental loss of air is less critical.

    On my last trip, I was diving with a buddy who had a 6 cu ft pony attached to the back of her BC in a position where she could not reach the valve. At the end of one dive she had 50 bar left in the pony even though it had not been deployed. She had managed to lose most of the air in her pony during the dive. I suspect it was upon entry into the water.

    There is more than one way to set up the pony. You just have to figure out what works for you.
     
  6. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    @rhwestfall I remembered! You can see how the bungee goes through the hole in the backplate, then where it lives while "stowed" on the bottom
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  7. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

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    @tbone1004 : thanks for that. curious to this part:

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  8. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    @rhwestfall like the video, it is a short piece of ~1/8" bungee so it slides up and down
     

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