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Frequently Asked Questions

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What makes this product so unique?
  2. How about air travel?
  3. How do you set it?
  4. Is it easy to re-arm?
  5. What about routine service?
  6. What is the battery life?
  7. Sometimes I might need to delay the programmed inflation, for example, ditching a sinking aircraft or escaping from an over turned boat. Is this possible?
  8. Is the inflator air safe—will it ever accidentally inflate in an aircraft, on the ground or in the air?
  9. How deep will the unit operate?
  10. How much lift can the unit provide?
  11. How does the remote button/light work?
  12. How do I set the inflator?
  13. How big is the inflator, and how much does it weigh?
  14. Can the inflator be adapted to fit other commercial vests?

Answer 1:

The only patented programmable inflator immune to all environmental water, such as rain and waves. Users may program in the exact time and/or depth for inflation.

Answer 2:

In the United States the TSA allows travel with the inflator installed into a life vest. Basically, you may travel, hand-carry onboard or checked one cylinder installed and two extra. This is a direct quote from TSA's brochure, PREPARE FOR TAKEOFF:

Answer 3:

You set the unit with the single rotating button, which selects the per-set mode, or allows you to make exact time (in seconds), or depth (in meters) settings.

Answer 4:

Yes, Simply replace the cylinder, repack the bladders into the vest and you are set—takes 5 minutes. There are no expensive pills or pyrotechnical elements to purchase or change.

Answer 5:

In normal use, we recommend testing the unit every 6 months. The normal return-for-service interval is 5 years.

Answer 6:

Battery life is 50, 24-hour days, or 150, 8-hour days. Uses standard 123a batteries.

Answer 7:

Yes, this is possible. In applicable modes, pressing the remote button will pause the programed inflation by one minute. This may be repeated indefinitely.

Answer 8:

NO! Because the inflator uses a patented two-confirmation validation process, it cannot activate in the air. First, the water proves need to detect immersion, and next the pressure sensor must confirm submersion—a situation simply not possible in the air.

Answer 9:

60 meters, or nearly 200 feet.

Answer 10:

At the surface, this depends on the size of the CO2 cylinder, one made by Leland will cause 770 pounds of inflation on the surface.

Answer 11:

Four, quick button presses causes the inflator to fire. In various configurations it:

1.Causes the inflator to pause, 2. Switches modes, 3. Identifies the mode (blinking or steady).


Answer 12:

A single rotating dial sets the inflator. Turning one way selects the mode, for example, " time an depth inflation." Rotating the dial the other direction sets the exact time (0 seconds to 10 minutes), and the exact depth (1 to 60 meters.). Each model, military, freediver, surfer, and kayak comes with the appropriate menu items for that specific use. Custom menus can be provided upon user request.

Answer 13:

The inflator weighs just 12 ounces (without cylinder or remote button.) Its dimensions are 4.8" long X 2.6" wide X 2.2" deep.

Answer 14:

While OSS vests are built specifically to house the inflator, it may be incorporated into virtually any life vest provided it has standard fittings. Since the primary purpose of our inflator/vest systems is to protect disabled or incapacitated users, the inflator should only be installed into vests that reliably maintain users in a face-up, rescue-ready position above the water.