Weighing the Alternatives...
- I appreciate the suggestions for using a generator but that idea just isn't catching on with me. Yet another piece of equipment to haul. I'm wanting to either convert my RIX to gas powered or just leave it electric and use it here at home. So (for me anyway), the generator idea is out.
- Truth be told, I have so many scuba tanks right now that I probably only run the compressor 4-6 times a summer for marathon tank filling sessions. Once they're all full, I can make 4 twin 38 dives before running out of those favorites. After that, I can re-fill my little twin 38s a few more times by cascading from the many other filled singles tanks.
- This stored air capacity plays into my need (or lack there of) for gas powered portability... I can just Bring More Tanks. It keeps coming back to that easy solution. If we're already hauling a trailer, we can just bring the tanks we need. A side benefit to that is that I don't have to fill tanks between dives. I can relax and visit with my buddies, eat good food, and soak up the sun!
- Indoor Use? I have a 220v outlet wired downstairs so I can fill tanks in the winter. But this was really just installed so I could test the compressor when I was re-building it last winter. I filled all of my tanks last Fall before bringing the compressor downstairs, and I have enough to last all winter... The lakes are frozen and I only use air for an occasional pool dive. So, I really don't need to operate the compressor indoors.
- It Comes Down to a Matter of NEED: I can see no down-side to converting the RIX to gas power. But I don't really NEED it to be gas powered thanks to my stored air capacity. Whether its gas or electric powered, I would probably use it the same way I do now. So I'm deciding against doing the conversion.
The Freedom and Simplicity of Vintage Equipment and
Vintage Diving Technique are Why I Got Back Into Diving.