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Oceanic Alpha 9 Regulator Review

Written by Dive Gear Reviews Editor. Comments Off on Oceanic Alpha 9 Regulator Review Posted in: Between $251-$500, Scuba Regulators

The Alpha 9 is the latest in Oceanic’s “standard” regulator. It’s predecessor, the Alpha 8, was basically a no-frills, medium-performance reg aimed at divers with a only a moderate budget. The Alpha 9 keeps many of the same ideas, but while delivering a high-end air flow.

Oceanic uses an unbalanced piston for the first stage, plus an unbalanced second stage. In tests, the regulator scored “Class A” by U.S. Navy standards for performance down to 198 feet. Scuba Gear Reports gave it high marks in ANTSI machine and field testing, and described it as a dry breathing reg with good air delivery. Departing from the no-frills reputation of the Alpha line, Oceanic put a braided hose and an orthodontic mouthpiece as standard on the Alpha 9. The regulator is compatible with 40% Nitrox. Dry Valve Technology (DVT) is available, but an optional add-on.

Overall, this is a solid, dependable, and inexpensive regulator, albeit one with only a couple of wind-dings. Another nice touch is the warranty: if you keep up with the annual servicing and maintain good records, parts are free. Even the upkeep is cheap on this reg!

Average Price: The Alpha 9 scuba regulator was originally listed at $375, but now widely marked down to under $300. The model quoted through Amazon on this review includes the optional DVT.