The Air Buddy gives you up to 20% more breathing time

The Air Buddy is the smallest 2nd stage regulator that can replace the old fashioned 2nd stage regulators now being used for pony bottles, "octopus rigs" and breathing ports on BCD power inflators. Not only is it the smallest 2nd stage it gives you the biggest advantage of increasing  your breathing time on whatever is your remaining air supply by up to 20%.

It's time to switch from the old fashioned second stage octopus to the modern Air Buddy.
First introduced to the market in 1997, this was the single most popular new piece of gear at the 1998 DEMA (Diving Equipment Marketing Association) Convention.
It was also featured at other diving shows such as the prestigious "Beneath The Sea" show in New Jersey and "Ocean Fest" in Florida.
The video shows:
1. The Air Buddy being disconnected from the power inflator hose. 2. Breathing from the Air Buddy  3. Re-connecting the Air Buddy to the power inflator hose.   The Air Buddy does not need to be disconnected from the hose.  It can be used on or off of the hose.
Now you will find it being used throughout the U.S.A., Japan, Palau, Canada, Mexico, Truk, South Africa, Egypt, Iceland, Germany, Italy, Korea, Okinawa, Great Britain, The West Indies, United Arab Emirates, Sweden, Israel, Brazil, Columbia, Australia and many more dive sites.
 PADI magazine As advertised in the PADI "Undersea Journal" and "Sport Diver Magazine"
 Sport Diver Magazine
AIR BUDDY alternate air source octopusThe Air Buddy is a miniature regulator second stage from which all the complicated and delicate parts have been removed, leaving only one moving part, the tilt valve. In a normal second stage, inhaling causes the diaphragm to move inward, pressing a lever which opens the needle valve allowing air from the low pressure hose to flow into your mouth. We replaced the needle valve with a heavy duty tilt valve in the Air Buddy. To open the tilt valve in the Air Buddy, you simply squeeze the mouthpiece with a biting movement of your mouth.
     That releases the air from the low pressure hose, giving you PPAS. Positive Pressure Air Source means that your mouth will be flooded with air at a higher pressure than that of the water around you, no matter what your depth may be, gently forcing the water out of your mouth and allowing you to breathe. The air comes to you as slightly above ambient pressure no matter what your depth. You stop the air by relaxing your pressure on the mouthpiece.

The Air Buddy comes in three convenient configurations with either the AB911 or the AB2000.
AIR BUDDY alternate air source octopus

The Air Buddy Octo

It comes mounted on a low pressure Octopus Hose to be mounted on your regulator first stage, replacing the old fashioned "second stage" model octopus. That's the Air Buddy on the yellow hose, just about the same diameter as the hose.




AIR BUDDY alternate air source on bcd


 It comes mounted on a quick connect mechanism that snaps onto the power inflator of your BCD, as shown in use in the picture.  It does not change the function of your BCD in any way. 

 AIR BUDDY alternate air source for pony bottle It comes with a swivel adapter ( at left) to mount directly onto a standard regulator 1st stage to make it a super pony bottle. 
At right  is what a 6 cu.ft. pony bottle looks like with the Air Buddy installed on a AIR BUDDY alternate air source on pony bottleregulator first stage. 


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The use of the Air Buddy as an alternate air source will increase the breathing time you will have on any given air source by 20%