Bladefish 5000 Powerfull Underwater Scooter
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The BladeFish SeaJet underwater scooter 5000 is perfect for scuba diving, snorkeling and swimming. The innovative, compact design of the Blade Fish sea scooter 5000 allows for high power and long run time while only weighing about 10lbs with dimensions of about 15"x15"x6". But don't let it's small size fool you! The BladeFish can get up to 3.75 mph and has a run time up to 2 hours. Also, because the BladeFish underwater scooter uses state of the art Lithium Ion batteries, a discharged Blade Fish can be charged and ready to go in about 2 hours minimizing any down time. Also, due to the BladeFish 5000's extraordinary portability, carrying it to your favorite dive spot is a breeze and packing it in your luggage has never been easier. The BladeFish 5000 DPV(Dive Propulsion Vehicle) comes equipped with computer controlled circuitry, double seals and battery life meter. Speed Rating: 3.75 MPH, Depth rating: 130 ft., Run Time 70-20 min., Weight: 10.2 lbs., Charge Time 2-4 hours. The BladeFish 5000 sea scooter also includes durable
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2) anything that pulls you at 3mph would make kicking irrelevant - and more of a nuissance.
3) the only scooter I know that gets close to as fast as they claim (3.75mph)for as long as they claim - costs $6750.
Truth: This is a great snorkeling scooter. It is light... the battery life is awesome as the advertisement claims but notice the star next to the run time. That run time is not continuous 120 minutes - it is 2 hours under "normal use". This means stop and go. With that said - I have run the thing in the ground to near dead and it goes way over an hour so thumbs way up on battery performance! (FYI I weigh 200-210llbs) For a snorkeler/rapid diver with an extra $700 - this is your dream device!
False: I've seem some interesting blogs and advertisements - even people tethering this device to their scuba gear. I've used it on a 100' dive and I can say with absolute truth it will pull you - at a slow swimming pace. You will find yourself wanting to kick - thus negating many of the air saving features of a scooter. This is marketed as a scuba scooter to scuba divers. It CAN work in this fashion but don't expect it to replace the normal torpedo scooter. The technology is not there and I promise if you run it along side any normal torpedo - you will be dissappointed.
Even my Sea Doo Explorer X is MUCH more powerful - MUCH faster - and is actually easier to drive and use. (i.e. one handed operation and proper shape for tethering.) If you are looking for this to replace a torpedo style or be an alternative first scooter.... I wasn't that impressed. The whole floaties thing isn't the greatest either.
If you are looking for a portable addition to your torpedo style scooter that you can use for light dives, snorkeling, and can fit in your luggage - or a scooter you can finally pass to your friend one handed - this is great. As for a scooter replacement - it's just not ready for showtime. Big thumbs up to Bladefish for pushing the industry towards lithium ION in rec scooters - I hear sea doo is also making one. (although Sea Doo has a questionable reliability record - their Explorer X for $500 on amazon is very tempting!)
Cons: Noisier than the Seadoo, scares off some species of fish, not as fast as advertised, to reach 3 miles you need a to pump in your fins, not as easy to drive as it seems.
The unit was sent back to me and I tried to take apart the Bladefish but after an hour can not take it apart.
I am one very unhappy Bladefish 5000 user! I would NOT advise anybody to purchase this! It is trash now!
These things cost Me over £600 each and are little more than scrap, the importers do not answer e-mails and there is no aftermarket support!
There is a new model coming out soon but I will not be buying them, indeed I would seriously urge people to spend perhaps more money on something else not necessarily better but with Backup and support!