How to Choose the Best Regulator

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There is a lot to consider when choosing new regulators such as diaphragm or piston first stages, balanced or unbalanced, environmentally sealed and Coldwater rated, DIN or A-Clamp (Yoke).

Making an educated decision the first time can really help reduce the need to upgrade or replace expensive equipment at a later date.

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22 Comments
  1. Larry Bouma says

    both regs he has up are balanced, and all regs compensate for depth

  2. vix633 says

    Still a great, informative video. Thanks Mark.

  3. ParaglidingManiac says

    "The first breath is as easy as your last breath….. breath during the dive" :D:D:D

  4. KlixTrio says

    This video is aimed at recreational diving, if you we're doing technical diving (past 130 feet, trimix..etc) then you would have much further training and know what you need. In the recreational limits, you would not be able to tell the difference between a piston or diaphragm, that only comes into play when you are really…really deep. Contrary to what you said, my LDS charges less to service a diaphragm than a piston. Yes there is more parts, however they are much smaller and require less disassembly. Happy diving

  5. Rotci Vixam says

    Hats off to SimplyScuba for giving awesome and informative videos. May I ask here if my Mares MR12 DFC first stage is a Balanced first stage since it has been described to have a Balanced Diaphragm Design? Does balanced diaphragm immediately mean that I am using a balanced regulator? Thanks ahead for any input.

  6. Hardcorediver44 says

    I still use a Mark 10 with a R109 as my Octo and a Polar 2nd as my main.

  7. Garwanen says

    Apeks: cold water proof (can be used also in tropics), robust build, lifetime warranty (if annually maintaned), easily maintained – one maintenance kit fits all models (ie. insides are almost 1:1 same), maintenance available anywhere and Apeks is in most places even cheaper than the other regs. Has never let me down during my 10 year career – currently have 6 Apeks regs personally (OC, CCR and stages).

  8. iVlogBuzz says

    Apeks xtx200, British and bulletproof – I wouldn't trust my life to anything less.

  9. Peter Tersteeg says

    I'd avoid combining the secondary air with the infiltrator. Whilst it does make diving more streamlined, it is also more difficult to use practically. Imagine trying to manage a stressed diver, performing a controlled ascent (releasing air from your BCD) and trying to breath from it all at the same time. An independent octopus is far simpler to manage when in a dangerous situation.

  10. Christopher Heavren says

    what do you mean by balanced and unbalanced

  11. Seth Amazing says

    You were so much help thanks

  12. cjl1 says

    Very informative and helpful.

  13. itsBlaine says

    I am purchasing my first dive kit and I'm thinking of using the Cressi Ellipse Titanium MC9 (without the sensitivity adjustment knob). http://www.leisurepro.com/p-csbre9t/cressi-ellipse-titanium-mc9-regulator Do you think this is a good starting point? Also going with Cressi Travelight BC, Cressi XS Octopus and a Genesis 2 gauge compact console with Suunto D4i. Any recommendations?

  14. Robert Arthur says

    what watch are you wearing

  15. 71sagittarius says

    Yes. Always trust the Germans. DIN!

  16. stuckintraffic?getabike! says

    a clamp = dinosaur diving
    din=good.
    much easier to buy a din reg and bolt on the converter than go for antiquated a clampery.

  17. WeaselSW says

    Very informative, thanks!

  18. Caribbean Diving says

    Yoke or A valve just feels less ideal when securing. For my Caribbean dives I never screw more than finger tight (I have yet to find din tanks)- so many people overtighten and this over time distorts the clamp. You don't need it too tight as the pressure seals things.

  19. TheDiverdonb says

    Felipe the xtx200 and Atomic are both exceptional regs and you would do great with either one. The apeks is a little more cost effective maintenance wise but as long as you take care of your reg you should not have any of that to worry about. They cost the same to do your yearly service so really it's a matter of what fits and feels best for you. Go look at the two of then at a dive shop and compare them side by side.

  20. TheDiverdonb says

    Junko the din and yolk only refers to the first stage of the regulator, it is just the fitting for how it connects to the tank.

  21. junko yamazaki says

    what is difference between DIN and Yoke Regulators?

  22. John B says

    Love that adapter for DIN

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