Parts and Components

Most single tank air cells come standard with a low-pressure hose, oral/power inflator, corrugated hose, and depending on the model either a remote exhaust elbow dump valve or plain elbow. With a remote exhaust elbow, a cable runs from the inflator inside the corrugated hose up to the remote exhaust dump valve. To exhaust gas from the air cell, you need only tug gently on the inflator. Most double tank air cells come standard with a low-pressure hose, oral/power inflator, corrugated hose, and a plain non-exhaust elbow. Various length hoses are available to fine tune the location of the power inflator to the divers' preference. Every wing also includes a combination overpressure relief and pull-to-dump valve.

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Will it work with my BCD?

We often get questions asking if our generic or 'brand X' parts will fit their 'brand Y' equipment. With a few exceptions, most often our answer has to be "we don't know" if we are not an authorized dealer for your brand. There is very little standardization of molded parts within the recreational diving market and NO standardization of buoyancy control device (BCD) parts between brands. In general, among brands that do much of their design in-house (for example Apeks, Aqualung, Mares, Oceanic and ScubaPro) there is virtually NO cross brand compatibility. This also applies to older BCD products from virtually all brands, as advancements in materials and manufacturing processes almost always introduce compatibility issues with previous generations.

The most common type of failure in bladders is a puncture, but we have specific reasons why we don't recommend these be patched. Most punctures are of a 'longitudinal' nature caused by a pinch, and longitudinal cuts in the material of the bladder are very difficult to repair with a patch. The pressure stress of a fully inflated bladder may cause a longitudinal puncture to gradually extend, eventually out from under a patch, and the bladder will again leak.

Aging bladders often first begin to leak around the inflator or OPV attachment flanges or ultrasonic welds at seams. What has actually happened is the material of the bladder has begun to lose its elasticity as a result of age and/or exposure to UV & Ozone. While the flange could be replaced or the leak patched, similar age related bladder failures are certain to follow.

We don't offer replacement bladders and there is a good reason. Manufacturers frequently make changes to the bladders in wings, and there is no way to be sure that current bladders will fit existing wings. We recommend that you contact the service department for the manufacturer of your wing and arrange to return the wing to them for repair.

We do not recommend 'do-it-yourself' repairs to bladders because they are life support equipment, a BC failure can have serious consequences. Statistics from DAN suggest that a failure of buoyancy control can be one of the most life threatening types of dive accidents. For this reason, we caution against DIY bladder repairs.

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Most authorized dealers are able to perform warranty, repair and service work on your equipment. Availability of sub-assemblies and components, repair parts, specialized tools and maintenance manuals does not imply qualification to assemble and/or service scuba equipment. Service by other than an authorized dealer voids the warranty on all products we sell. Improper service of dive equipment can lead to serious injury or death.

We are authorized dealers for technical diving BCD's from Dive Rite and OMS. Because improper service of your BCD can have life-threatening consequences, we recommend you return your BCD to an authorized service center for any repairs. The repair parts on this page are sold with special terms of: NO warranty, NO support and no exceptions. Your complete satisfaction is our goal, so please consider carefully before ordering BCD component parts.

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