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Aquascan Aquapulse
« on: October 26, 2012, 19:29 »
I am not sure yet if I picked up a bargain or a lemon, but I recently won an ebay auction for an old Aquascan aq1b diving PI http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/251164426818. The positives are:
1. good, quality unit
2. water proof to deeper than I am
3. can detect large targets (think cannons) to 10' (yep feet)
4. can detect large rings, coins, and usual targets (not fine things)
5. I got a 15" coil, 8" hand held dive coil and small probe with it.
6. nice hard case, instructions
7. headphones
8. bonephone
9. I tested it yesterday for 1 minute and it worked brilliantly

negatives:
1. well, lets start with it doesn't work for longer than a minute- battery pack is dead- replacement $180
2. older than I thought (probably over 20yrs old) so might have age related issues
3. one coil has a loose connector
4. second coil needs a new ikelite connector ($25ish) as the threads slip so not water proof.
5. the whole thing stinks of cigarette smoke
6. It is old enough that I don't trust the seals

I bought it with the intent of using it above water (probe for jewellery in hedges, finding large steel items like bore covers and standard PI work) and also for diving use (previously my main hobby). So, it will be an awesome tool if I invest some money into it.

At this stage I am not sure if I should say put another $400 into it to get it right, or if I should use paypal buyer protection and put in a complaint ("works well" my arse) OR if I should just keep all the coils/ bonephone, etc and buy a new control unit.

Also for the DIY folk, what do you think would be the chance of me taking it apart, repacking the batteries, and putting it back together with a good seal? Possible? or best left to the pros with the testing gear?

any thoughts?

cheers

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« Reply #1 on: October 26, 2012, 20:20 »
dtekt 10 feet? cant go wrong.
otherwise you could get an AT pro new with warranty for around the same $, or if you are patient a ML xcal 2nd hand, but i dont think they can find much at 10 feet.

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Re: Aquascan Aquapulse
« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2012, 20:21 »
Batteries should be an easy fix.Are the seals just round 'O' rings or a square section ?
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Re: Aquascan Aquapulse
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2012, 21:21 »
The electronics are in a cylinder so I imagine it is just an o ring. There are 6 stainless bolts that hold the cap on so access looks easy. The quote of $180 for a service tech to do it all is tempting, but spending $50 on batteries and doing it myself is also attractive.

The deepest I dive is around 60' and this thing is designed to go to 100m. It certainly looks over engineered and simple- hopefully it is fool proof as well :)
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2012, 21:32 »
If u want to use it for anything water related get it checked out and serviced , for the same price you could have got a new cheaper brand with a warranty , but it doesn't mean this machine won't work for u.
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Re: Aquascan Aquapulse
« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2012, 12:59 »
I am feeling a bit better about this machine now. The service tech I have been talking to offered me more than I paid for it so the confidence is up again.

Also, after a visit to a local repacker who does diving gear, replacing the batteries is on the cards. Eventually, I should have a professional level diving detector for less than a grand ($355 so far). I had to turn away some dive jobs last summer due to lack of gear- not this time :)
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Re: Aquascan Aquapulse
« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2012, 19:44 »
Sounds like it's all good parsec, take full advantage of your good luck....cheeers Colin.
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