Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Vintage Scuba Equipment, a Suunto EON

Vintage Scuba Equipment, a Suunto EON

My last post about Vintage scuba equipment was about an old Suunto dive computer model, the SM1 and a Solution. When writing that post, I remembered having had an older Suunto computer myself and it turned out to be an EON.

Suunto EON air integrated computer

This Suunto EON is an air integrated computer and the console is designed to give both cylinder pressure and decompression-related information. They can track multi-level air dives but are not Nitrox-capable. I purchased my copy around 1995 and it's no wonder that this computer model is no longer in production. Unfortunately I managed to drown my computer when changing a battery too many.

With the older style computers by Suunto one big draw back I always found that for changing the batteries the computer had to be sent away to an authorized dealer, so they could do this for you, which in Thailand could be quite an essential amount of time. I changed my own battery frequently but one time the seal wasn't 100% in place and that was the end of my model.

The infamous battery for the EON

My EON made me very happy, one of the main things it did was due it's air integration, it taught me how to manage my air consumption better! I will never forget that!

My Suunto family

From left to right; the EON, a Vyper, a Gekko and my current Zoop which replaced the Gekko

My Suunto family is soon to grow by the addition of a metallic braced D6i, courtesy of Suunto itself. I'll keep you posted for more updates on my newest addition to the family soon and here's a small piece on my Zoop.


Camille

9 comments:

Patrik said...

Vintage? I am still diving with my Suunto EON (assuming I can find a new battery).

Camille said...

Excellent Patrik!

Pierre said...

Hi

We are in 2013 at the end of Augsut.
I will dive the next week with my Eon Suunto at the Frioul Island near Marseille (fr) :-)

I would like to obtain all the datas inside my Eon with Subsurface software but i do not have the electronic interface :-(

Camille said...

Hi Pierre,

Interesting to hear that you're still diving with an EON. Unfortunately I don't know how to help you here, maybe check with Suunot in Finland or with a Suunto dealer in France if they can help you.

Pierre said...

Hi Camille

Thanks a lot for your answer: a begining of answer for the PC Interface for the Eon Suunto :
http://www.dcordes.freeuk.com/suunto.htm

Problem: is not easy to build :-D

And this interface works with a serial port !!!

And sorry for my "poor" english :)

Camille said...

Thanks for the link Pierre, that's a very interesting link indeed but rather technical! That will indeed be a challenge to build!

No need to excuse to apologise for your English, I appreciate it very much that you get in touch!

Anonymous said...

Got news for y'all... I am still diving with my Suunto Eon... Ole Faithful had the battery changed not so long ago and still going strong as my back dive to my UWATEC Aladin Smart Z which is a youngster at 10 years... LOL

Anonymous said...

I haven't been able to dive in about 10 years but am hoping to soon. Im dusting off my EON and hoping it still works. Anyone have a lead on a battery? Preferably in North America. I don't have it opened yet but I doubt mine looks anything like the one in the photo above. It's much flatter.

Camille said...

Hi,

First fo all, check the seals, if they're still ok. As far as I know, this is the only battery that goes along with the EON, but I may be wrong, maybe you have en even older model. A good source to find information about batteries for the EON, especially in North America is scubaboard dot com. Register and check out the equipment forum, a wealth of information can be found and / or gathered on this chat forum about scuba.
Good luck with your dives!