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Cool Underwater Pencil! get yours today!!

Postby Nay » Sat May 30, 2009 10:15 pm

If you get this before leaving for the scuba show on Sunday, there's a pencil you have to check out.
The company is XIT404 and they've designed a pencil for use underwater. I bought one and a lanyard and can't wait to use it at the recert. I figured I can't be the only Reef Checker looking for the better pencil for surveys.

You can see it and buy it here.
http://reefcheck.org/store/detail.php?pid=225&cid=7
-Renee

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u/w pencil

Postby seasalt » Sun May 31, 2009 8:24 am

...you are so right...i hope to have one in time to use it at the nor-cal coral street survey on the 20th. now if you run across the perfect slate... thanks for the post,

greg

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cool pencil

Postby Colleen Wisniewski » Sun May 31, 2009 11:18 am

Hey Guys,
I also just recently got one from that company, but I forgot to use it yesterday. Will test drive it this week. Good news - we will start selling them on our website (in the Sea Store section) very soon. This company has partnered with us - keep your eyes on our website!

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Postby Gerald » Sun May 31, 2009 2:28 pm

I used it yesterday during the La Jolla Cove survey and it worked like a charm; even better than the Pilot Croquis pencil I've been using. I also got the tether for the Aqua Pencil which makes it very convenient to attach to the slate.

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Postby Gisele » Sun May 31, 2009 11:08 pm

Greg, stop by and you can borrow mine 8) (just will need to figure out a good way to tether it)
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Postby Gisele » Sun May 31, 2009 11:09 pm

btw, the owners are part of my dive club and they are pretty neat people in my book. :)
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Postby Kevin and Liz » Mon Jun 01, 2009 10:15 pm

Didn't see this post before the Scuba Show but I managed to find out about them and bring a few home! No more sharpening of wet pencils!! :shock: I'm glad to hear they work good.

-Liz

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Now available on the RC website!!!!

Postby Colleen Wisniewski » Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:50 am

Hi folks,
As I mentioned, this awesome new pencil is now available in the Sea Store on our website. If you missed it at the Scuba Show, order yours today: http://reefcheck.org/store/detail.php?pid=225&cid=7

Big thanks to the folks at Xit 404 for offering this on our website. I'm already thankful for this innovative product!

I've got the yellow one and I'm excited to use it this season!

~~~~

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Postby pterantula » Wed Jun 10, 2009 1:18 pm

Xit404 are indeed good folks, and also make very, very handy camera gears! I've got them working on another one for my rig right now.... Highly recommended.
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Postby Oren » Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:30 pm

My official Reef Check Aqua Pencil arrived today. It doesn't come with the special tether, though. (Nor is it offered in our Sea Store.)

How have you folks tethered yours to your slates?

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tether

Postby Colleen Wisniewski » Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:34 pm

I used the old tubing already on my slate, removed the golf pencil and made a small loop with tiny zip ties. Then, I used a larger zip tie through the tubing loop and through the pencil loop. Hope the photos help!

The pencil rocks!!!

Colleen
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Postby Oren » Thu Jul 30, 2009 11:20 pm

Zipties!

Brilliant. Thanks.

I'm headed out to my garage to rig mine very similar.

Edit: The solution was right there in my dive box: four zipties and a diagonal cutter. I ran my original latex tubing through the hole in the slate and through the hole in the Aqua Pencil. Then, I turned the ends back up themselves, about 3/4 of an inch and used two zipties on each foldback to secure the ends so they couldn't pull back out.

Looks great and I hope to be able to try it out this weekend.

Thanks again for the great idea.

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Postby Oren » Sun Aug 02, 2009 6:11 pm

The tether and the AquaPencil both worked great during today's survey. Neither the surge nor the kelp (Bull and Pterygophora) could mess with either and my data sheet looked very presentable. (MUCH better than the old-school golf pencils I used during training.)

I had no trouble at all extending or retracting the graphite, even with my 5 mm HyperFlex gloves.

BL

Postby BL » Mon Aug 03, 2009 7:32 am

Zip ties are like Duct Tape. There are sooooo many uses.

I bought the whole kit at the Dive Show and have attached the pencil to my slate with their lanyard. I also left the original tube and golf pencils attached and have been trying both out in the pool to see if the Aqua Pencil lanyard is robust enough. So far, so good.


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