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Atomic Aquatics Cobalt Dive Computer Review

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The Cobalt from Atomic Aquatics is an almost unique dive computer in many respects, with features that make it a sturdy, flexible platform for anything from a three-dive day at recreational depths to a 300-foot tec dive. It’s view screen is in full-color, but instead of using an LCD display (like the Mares ICON), it uses the organic light-emitting diode (OLED) format. The output is adjustable, from a dull, energy-saving glow to a bright illumination.  The dive computer is controlled through four big buttons on a console below the screen, sidestepping any problems with manipulating the computer while wearing thick gloves. Information is presented in an easy-to-read format, with a typical screen showing a top color-coded bar indicating nitrogen absorption with read-outs for dive time and time to the no-decompression limit, followed by a digital compass, elapsed dive time, depth and maximum depth, and finally an air-integrated read-out with data on tank pressure and a time-remaining prediction. The Cobalt’s power supply comes from a lithium ion battery, similar in size and capacity to a cell phone’s battery. That battery should therefore provide between 40 and 60 hours of use on a full charge, last for several years under reasonable conditions, and is chargeable using either an AC adapter or a USB port. The number cruncher can compute up to 99% oxygen with three pre-programmed gas mixtures, and works with three different algorithms. The Atomic Aquatics Cobalt can store up to 600 hours worth of diving in it onboard log, supports pre-planning, and has a depth rating of 100 m (330 feet). This standout computer was the Scuba Diving magazine 2010  Tester’s Choice for a console dive computer.

Average Price: $1,200