Oceanic Versa Pro Air/Nitrox Dive Computer Double Gauge Combo

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Oceanic Versa Pro Air/Nitrox Dive Computer Double Gauge Combo
Oceanic Versa Pro Air/Nitrox Dive Computer Double Gauge Combo

Manufacturer: Oceanic
Product Name: Versa Pro Air/Nitrox Dive Computer Double Gauge Combo
Category: gauges
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Versa Pro Air/Nitrox Dive Computer Double Gauge Combo
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One Good Product!
a review of the Oceanic Versa Pro Air/Nitrox Dive Computer Double Gauge Combo by John Wilson
I've logged over 100 dives (boat, shore and reef) with the Oceanic Versa Pro Air/Nitrox Dive Computer Double Gauge Combo. I dive almost every weekend, mostly in adverse field conditions. I've NEVER had a serious problem with the system. It's great for novice through expert divers on a budget.

The console is small enough to tuck away, but both the analog pressure gauge and the digital computer displays are easy to read in even murky conditions. The computer's backlight is sufficient to use for night dives.

The computer menus are easy to read and use as long as you read the instruction book first. The system is easy to learn and dirt simple underwater. I've used the computer for both air and Nitrox diving without trouble (just remember the reset your air mix after each dive or you'll default to a 50% O2 mix...and shorten your next dive). The alarms are helpful and easy to use, but I've turned most of mine off. I've had to use the computer in both Imperial and Metric modes...no problem either way (just remember the date format changes from mm-dd to dd-mm when you switch from Imperial to Metric).

The housing is pretty rugged (but the metal binding is a little flimsy if you're not careful). The back accommodates an Oceanic compass (I purchased one separately). The compass on the back (if you get one) is not so easy to use for precision, underwater navigation with the short hose, but it's enough to keep you from getting lost. A sacrificial window is provided to help prevent the computer display from being damaged. This window is easily removed and replaced as needed. I just wish they'd had one for the pressure gauge as well

I have yet to change the original battery that came with the Versa Pro. But it IS user-replaceable (a must for any diver who doesn't live within 10 minutes of an authorized dealership...I don't understand why ANY diver would buy a non-User Replaceable battery system, but that's just one opinion). I've bought back up batteries from Wal-Mart. I just hope they don't go bad before I have to use them. The procedure provided in the book for replacing the battery appears pretty easy, too.

The Versa Pro comes with handy software to download your logged dives to a personal computer. I've not used this feature as I log my dives into a PADI Dive Log Book soon after each dive. Therefore, I've had little need for it.

About the only thing I seriously dislike is accessing the dive log menus. You have to scroll through several past dives to get to the one you want. If you miss the dive you want to view, you have to scroll all the way through to the very first dive in the computer's memory to the main dive display and start all over again. This can be a pain. Also, the same button that starts the back light opens the dive log to the log details. So, if you did a night dive, you'll need a good external light source to access the dive log information. These are small headaches to contend with.

I do look forward to upgrading to a more expensive dive computer one day, but I don’t think I’ll ever part with my Oceanic Versa Pro Air/Nitrox Dive Computer Double Gauge Combo. It’s just too good a workhorse for the money.

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