Some divers like to rent their regulators when they get to the dive centre they are diving with, however some do not enjoy using used regulators and if you are diving in places where the standards may not be so great, then the best advice is to go out and get a regulator of your own. This way, you will know that it is being properly cared for and that no one has had his or her mouths round the mouthpiece. Regulators can be quite expensive, so if you are going to spend money, you might as well know which regulators are the best. If you are looking for the best scuba regulators for 2016, this is the best place to find them…
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Scubapro MK2 EVO/R 195 Regulator
The first stage of the MK2 was released in 1963 and with many improvements and changes, the new EVO version has ‘bulletproof reliability and is a trouble-free, minimum maintenance regulator’. This regulator has been selected as one of the best regulators used, in dive centres and rental facilities based all over the world. Known for its safety and reliability, this regulator is definitely one of the best of 2016. With a smaller body, which holds a larger, more sensitive response piston, this regulator is best for cold-water dives. The second stage is the new and improved version of the R190, which first came out over 20 years ago. Divers, who have used this regulator, have said that it is an extremely easy breather, with no resistance at all. For this price, the Scubapro MK2 EVO/R195 is on our list as this year’s best buy.
Mares Prestige 15X
This regulator has no dive/predive switch, however, like the majority of modern regulators, it uses the Venturi effect (The Venturi effect is the reduction in fluid pressure that results when a fluid flows through a constricted section (or choke) of a pipe), which reduces the effort required to keep the diaphragm open when inhaling. The Mares Prestige has a simple design, however is very effective. Its design provides the essential protection from sand, salt, chlorine, contaminants and pool acid, which means that this reg needs little to no maintenance. The second stage is mid-sized and can be used by all divers and has a stylish appeal. It provides effortless breathing and does not have a tendency to free-flow at the surface. The braided hose and purge cover design makes it easy to use and handle when diving with gloves. The mouthpiece has been designed specifically to reduce jaw fatigue. All in all this reg is certainly a great addition to your diving equipment.
Aqua Lung Core Supreme Regulator
The Aqua Lung Core Supreme Regulator hosts a number of excellent features for a cold water regulator without a ridiculous price tag. It is an extremely lightweight reg, which is perfect for all those travelling scuba divers out there, who also enjoy cold water diving. Both stage 1 and stage 2 of this regulator are balanced and deliver a consistent amount of air, regardless of depth. The first stage has an auto closure device, which seals the internal mechanism as soon as the pressure is released. This ensures that the first stage remains moisture free as well as free from sand, salt and all other contaminants. Within this price range, this has to be one of the best regulators available.
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Cressi T10-SC Master Balanced
The weight of the Cressi T10-SC Master Balanced regulator falls just shy of 1kg and is perfect for travelling scuba divers. This is an excellent cold-water regulator where the secondary diaphragm contains a special seal chamber which isolates the spring chamber from water. This is the perfect piece of equipment for professionals as well as researchers. With its excessive metal design, this reg does look a little bulky, however divers who have tried out this model find it surprisingly lightweight and easy on the jaw. Users of this regulator also found that it did not free-flow, even in the strongest of currents. With its easy breathing at all depths and breathing rates, this reg has certainly earned its place as one of the best regulators of 2016.
Poseidon Cyklon 5000
The side-exhaust Cyklon was originally released in the 1950’s and set a new standard for diving regulators. It has had numerous overhauls since then. The Poseidon Cyklon 500 is the first regulator ever created in the world to only use one hose. Designed for AIR use, the 1st stage regulator has a balance diaphragm design and requires less maintenance than piston designs. The 2nd stage regulator has an extremely reliable downward stream demand valve and can be used either way up. The second stage also has a durable plastic housing with a brass and stainless steel mechanism as well as having parts that are rubber, which provides a slightly vintage look. The use of all these materials makes the second stage look slightly bulky, however is surprisingly lightweight, easy to use and comfortable. This reg is the perfect addition to any scuba divers equipment.