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posted : May 22, 2006 Post subject: DIN vs. A-Clamp
Hi all,

Looking to purchase the kit soon, and I'm a bit confused over the advantages/strengths of these two systems.

Everytime I've dived before I used A-clamp, whereas my instructor has always had DIN.

Which system would I be better off using? Everything I've read on the subject suggests DIN is more reliable..


ps I will be using the kit in the UK, in case international standards are a factor here.

posted : May 23, 2006 Post subject: DIN vs. A-Clamp
Hi I,v been using din for the last 15 years never had a problem in other contries, they are a moor reliable fitting and moor secure Paul BSAC Advanst instructor

posted : July 13, 2006 Post subject: DIN vs. A-Clamp
DIN.DIN.DIN.DIN.DIN.DIN.DIN.DIN...Think I've mad my point :-)

posted : June 3, 2007 Post subject: DIN vs. A-Clamp
I use a Poseidon Cyklon with a DIN normally and have never had any leaks or problems. When I go somewhere that may not have DIN cylinders I take an A-Clamp adaptor just in case, but I only use it as a last resort. DIN gives you an extra feeling of security from an O-ring blowing.

ADM Diving
posted : June 4, 2007 Post subject: DIN vs. A-Clamp
Hi there,

I think everyone has done you proud and given you the best and most reliable answer... yep its DIN as the o rings are captive and hence if they do go (which is rare) then they are burried inside the valve at the end of a long thread.. whereas an a clamp o ring gets subjected to a fair bit of wear and tear (from pinching action) and hence is more prone to leaking and then failure.

Go with DIN. Most regs can be converted with about a 30 quid upgrade kit from A Clamp to DIN.

When you go on holiday and the school has mostly A clamp valves ask the dive school to swap the cylinder for a valve which the insert can be taken out (hence converting it to accept DIN regs) or for an adapter.

You can buy a DIN to A Clamp adapter also for around 30 quid. (take care not to buy the cheaper 200 BAR ones - go for a good one that is 250 BAR - eg Sub Aqua Products)

Have fun diving the UK, cheers Andrew

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