Apeks DIN Protective Cap w/O-ring
Apeks DIN Protective Cap w/O-ring
- Genuine Apeks OEM cap for Apeks XTX series DIN (aka G 5/8) first stages
- Seals with the DIN connector to prevent moisture from entering as well as protecting the threads
- Includes spare oxygen compatible small DIN O-ring (size 111)
- Both the Apeks branded cap and oxygen compatible spare O-ring are BLACK color
This threaded dust cap for Apeks DIN (aka G 5/8) regulators is designed to reproduce the sealing surface of a DIN valve. This seals the connector when screwed to the DIN fitting thus debris and moisture is prevented from entering the DIN orifice of the regulator as well as protecting the threads. The cap has a unique method to store an included spare oxygen compatible small DIN O-ring suitable for use with Apeks first stages. This less common size #111 O-ring better fits the slightly smaller o-ring groove of Apeks, Atomic, and Scubapro brand DIN connectors, see the discussion in our TekTip below. Both the Apeks branded cap and oxygen compatible spare O-ring are BLACK color
Best practice when rinsing regulators in fresh water is to do so while the regulator is pressurized. This cap will make a tight seal with the DIN o-ring in the regulator first stage DIN inlet, such that the cap is suitable for sealing the first stage inlet when you wish to gently spray fresh water on the regulator to rinse. Regardless, avoid submerging an entire unpressurized regulator including the second stages in a dunk tank or rinse bucket as in some circumstances that can allow water to enter through the second stages and if not immediately blown out the moisture can travel up the hoses in to the first stage..
SCUBA Regulator DIN Connector O-ring Sizes
The ISO 12209 standard specification for dimensions of the O-ring groove in the nose of the 232 bar and 300 bar DIN connectors for compressed air has an inside dimension of 12 mm and an outside dimension of 17 mm. In 2003, the standard depth for the groove was revised from the original 1.9 mm to a slightly deeper 2 mm (because the o-ring would too easily just fall out.) The specification for the sealing O-ring itself is an inside diameter of 11.2 mm with a cross section of 2.65 mm. From what we have been able to determine, not all SCUBA regulator manufacturers seem to use the current standard groove and O-ring in the universal DIN fittings found on their first stages.
The sealing O-ring in the nose of the DIN connector groove we find on most SCUBA regulator first stages is typically an SAE AS568 and BS ISO 3601 imperial standard 112 size that is equivalent to 12.37 X 2.62 metric dimensions including our DGX Gears, Dive Rite, and Mares XR brands. In the case of Apeks (plus the Atomic and ScubaPro brands) their groove better accepts the next smaller 111 size O-ring that is equivalent to 10.77 X 2.62 metric dimensions. Both the 112 and 111 size O-rings are available in a variety of choices for material and durometer. The groove in the Poseidon (plus the Cressi brand) regulator DIN connectors measures closest to the original standard, best accepting a BS ISO 3601 metric size O-ring with 11.3 X 2.4 dimensions for which there is no imperial standard equivalent. The M2.4X11.3 size O-ring is uncommon in North America, especially in a material suitable for use with Nitrox. (FYI, the O-ring in standard CGA-850 Yoke K-valves is easy, it is always an 014 size. However, there are some very rarely seen older K-valves that pre-date the CGA-850 standard which might use other o-ring sizes. )
Compared to the 111 size, the M2.4X11.3 size is slightly smaller cross section and slightly larger diameter with a good fit for the O-ring groove of the DIN connectors on Cressi and Poseidon regulators. Because of availability, most Nitrox and technical divers make do with a 111 size O-ring for their Cressi and Poseidon regulators, but the 111 is not as good a fit for the connector of those two brands. However, Dive Gear Express does stock a generic Viton M2.4X11.3 O-ring and also the OEM Poseidon DIN connector O-Ring as well as the OEM Apeks DIN connector O-Ring.
In the European Union nations, the EN 144-3:2003 standard requires a valve outlet known as M26x2 to be used on dive cylinders containing oxygen or Nitrox mixtures with greater than 22% oxygen. The M26x2 outlet is similar in appearance but slightly larger than the standard DIN outlet, and thus incompatible with the standard DIN connector found on SCUBA regulators. The purpose of this incompatible valve outlet is to force the dedication of cylinders, regulators and fill stations to Nitrox use. The sealing O-ring in the nose of the M26x2 connector is 13.9 X 2.6 metric dimensions, equivalent to the 113 size. The M26x2 outlet and connector for Nitrox and oxygen is very rarely seen outside the EU.