AirBuddy is a compact a tankless diving system that was first introduced in 2016. The AirBuddy offers 45 minutes of diving time at a depth of up to 12 meters (40 ft) and eliminates the need for a traditional scuba tank.
How does it work? AirBuddy consists of three main components: a battery-powered air compressor, a supply hose and a regulator. The air compressor pressurizes surface air that is then delivered to the diver through the supply hose with a regulator.
While AirBuddy does not replace traditional scuba diving, the AirBuddy is a convenient portable solution for shallow water exploration. The AirBuddy has a 12V battery which take 3.5 hrs to fully charge via standard electrical socket and is small enough to fit in your carry-on.
We can see bringing the AirBuddy to remote location with little or no access to a traditional dive compressor. If AirBuddy had a solar charging adaptor this gadget would be our go to for off the beaten path diving.
Safety is a top priority while breathing compressed air underwater. While we don’t recommend breathing compressed air underwater without proper training, anyone who has taken a discover scuba diving class or completed an open water certificate should have no problems learning to use the AirBuddy.
AirBuddy has integrated some passive and active safety features into the design. Some of the safety features are:
- Removable magnetic switch to ensure that only the diver can switch AirBuddy off
- Low battery alarm to inform you of depleting battery
- Large air reservoir to provide emergency air for safe return to the surface
- Visible float and diving flag to mark your position to boats, fishermen, etc.
- Descend depth limited by the length of the air supply hose
There are also instructional videos covering important diving principles, safety rules and tips for choosing the right amount of weights and how to clear the mask. And always remember the most important rule of scuba diving! Never hold your breath.
AirBuddy will be launching a new KickStarter campaign this year with lessons learned from their first campaign. If you would like to learn more about the AirBuddy, or signup to their mailing list to be notified when then campaign is live, visit www.airbuddy.net and submit your email address.