Our pick for the best value in the Shearwater dive computer product line, the Shearwater Perdix, features a sleek design with functionality that suits new divers and more experienced technical divers. The high-resolution color enhanced display makes the screen easy to read while diving, and the bungee mount-strap fits comfortably on the user’s wrist. The Shearwater Perdix’s Bluetooth capability allows divers to transfer their dive log information wirelessly, and this computer stores up to 1,000 hours of dive information. This dive computer model has a rugged, durable case and a low profile design.
- Bungee mount
- 1,000-hours of dive log storage
- HIgh-resolution color-enhanced display
- Air, Nitrox, and Trimix modes
- Bulky on wrist
- Expensive unit
The Shearwater Petrel 2 boasts a full-color high-resolution display that is easy to read in different diving conditions. This wrist dive computer features Bluetooth integration and the memory to store up to 1,000 hours of dive log details. The digital compass assists in dive navigation, and Petrel 2 can be switched between Air, Nitrox, and Trimix modes. The AA user-changeable batteries can be standard AA or rechargeable. This dive computer is not Air integrated but is a good option for advanced or technical divers.
MODEL: Petrel 2 OC/CC
BATTERY: Replaceable AA battery
MEASUREMENTS: 3.2” x 1.5” x 2.9”
SCREEN SIZE : 2.4”
BEST FOR : Advanced Recreational Divers/Technical Divers
WEIGHT: Advanced Recreational Divers/Technical Divers
- Air, Nitrox, Trimix modes
- Bluetooth integration
- Full-color display
- Digital Compass
- Standard or Rechargeable AA batteries
- 1,000 hours of dive log storage
- Not Air integrated
- Buckles difficult to snap
The Shearwater Teric is a top-rated air integrated dive computer in the Shearwater product line. For divers looking to streamline their gear, this dive computer is an excellent choice as well as featuring a hoseless air transmitter to keep track of air consumption. The bungee wrist strap is flexible enough to fit over any wetsuit or drysuit, and the settings include Air, Nitrox, or Trimix modes. The display is high-resolution, and the dive log can store up to 1,000 hours.
- Air, Nitrox, and Trimix mode
- Bungee strap for wrist
- Color, High-resolution display
- Dive log storage up to 1,000 hours
- No console option
- Screen glare in the sun
The Shearwater Petrel 2 Fischer features a robust list of modes and settings. This dive computer has the ability to be easily switched between Air, Nitrox, and Trimix modes for advanced and technical divers. The Fischer port allows for the connection of a rebreather, and the high-resolution display is easy to read in all diving conditions. The Shearwater Petrel 2 Fischer has a built-in digital compass for navigating during dives, and the log book stores up to 1,000 hours. This dive computer is both reliable and rugged, built to last.
- 1,000-hour dive log
- High-resolution display
- Multiple Diving Modes
- Digital Compass
- Fischer connector for rebreathers
- Bluetooth integration
- Easily Scratches
- Confusing settings for new divers
The Shearwater NERD 2 resides in a class of its own when it comes to dive computers. This dive computer uses a universal regulator mount to fit any rebreather or regulator style giving the user a direct line of sight to their dive information on the display screen. The two-button interface is user-friendly, and the NERD 2 offers Bluetooth connectivity for downloading dive log details. For divers interested in air integration, this dive computer allows users the option to connect a wireless transmitter to keep track of the cylinder pressure. The built-in digital compass is easy to operate to stay on course underwater.
- Universal regulator mount
- Line of sight information
- Two-button interface
- Digital compass
- Optional Air integrated functionality
- Bluetooth integration
- Air integrated transmitter not included
In 2004, in a spare bedroom of his home in Canada, Bruce Partridge founded Shearwater Research. The Shearwater Research Headquarters is located in Richmond, British Columbia, and manufactures dive computers and rebreather electronics for scuba divers. This corporation was founded on the principle of developing products that are simple and easy to read underwater.
From the start, Bruce Partridge produced these products in his home. By 2014, Shearwater was operating as a corporation in a manufacturing facility with twenty employees, manufacturing thousands of dive computers each year. By 2017, Shearwater more than doubled its number of employees and strives to go above and beyond in customer service for their products.
Shearwater research got its start by building controller boards for Megladon rebreathers for Innerspace Systems Corp (ISC). In 2006, with the implementation of the Bühlmann decompression algorithm, Shearwater produced its first decompressions computers.
The Shearwater Predator was one of the original dive computer designs using an LED display and user-replaceable batteries, with Bluetooth data transfer capabilities. Since then, Shearwater has been making a name as one of the top dive computer manufacturers for technical divers and more recently recreational divers.
Shearwater does not offer nearly as many dive computer options as other popular manufacturers, but they do offer a line of high-quality, easy-to-use computers for scuba diving. The Shearwater Teric and Perdix are both highly-rated wrist dive computers and the most reviewed in the product line, where you will find little complaints or issues that are not resolved by free updates or customer service response.
The Shearwater NERD 2 is one of the most unique offerings in the product line giving divers a direct line of sight to their dive details by mounting the unit to their regulator or rebreather. This dive computer is often used by technical divers, for public safety diving, but can also be used for hands-free recreational scuba diving.
Except for the NERD 2 and the Teric, which can also be used as a freediving computer, all of the Shearwater dive computers can be outfitted with adjustable bungee wrist straps for improved comfort when wearing thick wetsuits or dry suits.
Another stand-out feature of Shearwater Research is the Cloud app. The Shearwater Cloud app allows divers to connect their dive computers using Bluetooth technology to download dive log information and save it in the cloud as a backup for the local dive logs. The Shearwater Cloud is compatible with Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS.
1. Why are Shearwater Research Dive Computers held in such high regard?
Shearwater research dive computers are simple, reliable, and powerful tools used by technical divers and some recreational sport divers. The products are designed, tested, and manufactured by practical scuba divers for scuba divers – beginners and veterans alike. The customer service is among the best in the scuba diving product industry, and the company is one of the most innovative when it comes to research and development.
2. What’s the difference between the Perdix and the Perdix AI?
The design of the Shearwater Perdix and the Perdix AI are almost identical. The size and display features are the same, with the exception of the air integration functions on the Perdix AI. The Perdix AI has the ability to connect to a wireless transmitter to track the air integration information. The Bluetooth capability also differs slightly but allows divers to transfer their dive log details wirelessly. The Perdix AI displays tanks pressure throughout the dive, SAC (surface air consumption) rate, and gas time remaining information.
3. What maintenance is required for the Perdix AI?
Extending the life of any dive computer essentially involves performing regular maintenance on the tech. Shearwater Research recommends rinsing the Perdix AI after each use with freshwater, also to store it in a clean, cool, and dry place. Never use detergents or chemicals to clean the Perdix AI as it may damage the dive computer and always remove the batteries when not in use. It is essential not to leave the computer in direct sunlight or a high-heat environment. Using a high-pressure torrent of water to clean the computer could damage the depth sensor, so only soak or hand wash.
4. How do I export my dive log info out of the Shearwater Dive Computer Scuba Diving App?
The Shearwater Cloud app allows users to download their dive profiles onto a mobile device. This app also allows users to use cloud storage for dive information and update dive computer firmware. The app works with Bluetooth technology to transfer data, and the data can be analyzed and compared on the user’s device after the completion of dives. The Shearwater Cloud app is compatible with all Shearwater dive computers.
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