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Oceanic B.U.D. Dive Computer Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic B.U.D. Dive Computer Review Posted in: Between $101-$250, Dive Computers

The B.U.D. from Oceanic is sport diving’s first dedicated back-up dive computer. You clip the B.U.D. onto one of the rings on your BCD, where it collects data just like your primary dive computer and tracks your status. There the B.U.D. remains, hanging unobtrusively on your BCD, until you need it due to a primary dive computer failure.

The B.U.D. uses Oceanic’s Dual Algorithm, allowing a diver to choose between a liberal algorithm and a conservative algorithm, and comes with adjustable safety settings. This is the same technology used in Oceanic’s VT 4.0 and OC1 computers. The computer is capable of computing for nitrox mixtures of up to 50%, and both deco and no-deco dives. Oceanic says that through careful and studied manipulation of these settings, the B.U.D. can be programmed to match the dive profile of any computer a diver chooses to use as a primary. The display is straightforward and easy to understand, all controls filter through one button, and Diverwire reported that B.U.D. was easy to use.

Dive Gear Reviews thinks the B.U.D. is one of those gadgets that has a limited customer base. For most recreational divers, a dive computer failure in mid-dive is an irritant. Such incidents are rarely life threatening if handled properly, and just as rarely result in bringing an entire dive trip screeching to a halt. For sport diving, the B.U.D. will prove an expensive and little-used trinket.

For tec divers and cave divers, however, a dedicated back-up like the B.U.D. is highly functional. These risk takers frequently use back-up computers anyway, and in the B.U.D. they have a back-up that is easily tucked away until needed, neither becoming a “danglie” or taking up space on the forearm.

Average Price: $200