Summer has just about arrived, and that means we’re all planning our vacations and water activities. That being said, now is a great opportunity to check out what new tech is out there to give us the best summer yet.
Scorkl is an ultra portable oxygen tank that was launched just a few hours ago, and is now funded more than double of its goal on Kickstarter. This scuba device isn’t shipping until later this year, but it’s certainly worth looking into for next summer. Not only is it portable in the regular sense of the word, but it is even super portable underwater. Let’s go ahead and dive into what that actually means. Pun absolutely intended.
For those who may recall, about a month ago I posted about AirBuddy, which was supposedly the “smallest and lightest” diving gear on the market. Let’s just say that if it was, it definitely isn’t anymore. Scorkl is lightweight and requires no floating base to limit the distance you can go. The catch is, however, the tank being as small as it is only provides 10 minutes of oxygen underwater.
The good news is, you can probably keep an extra Scorkl or two with you in some kind of underwater, mermaid style belt. That’ll get you up to 30 minutes of underwater play-time, which is really awesome. You can swim with all the fish.
Scorkl also requires no battery, so all you need to do is use the air pump to fill it up with oxygen before taking it for a spin. If you have a scuba tank, it can be filled from there as well. All said and done, Scorkl appears to be cheaper and simpler to use than AirBuddy.
At the size of a tall water bottle, there’s no question that Scorkl could change the scuba diving market for good. Each cylinder is manufactured to the same specs and standards as a normal scuba cylinder you’d normally use. You basically use the attached mouth piece to hold it for the duration of your dive, and breathe whenever you feel the need. Each Scorkl comes with a pressure gauge which tells you how much air is remaining at any time.
Scorkl is available for pre-order at Kickstarter from $199 with expected delivery this October. Starter Pack A includes 1 Scorkl and 1 scuba tank refill adapter. If you want the pump as well, you can choose Starter Pack B which starts at $398. Each Scorkl also comes with a free scuba tank refill adapter which enables you to refill the Scorkl from a scuba tank in seconds.
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