Dive Xtras X-Scooter Series Owner`s Manual

Dive Xtras X-Scooter Series Owner`s Manual
Dive Xtras X-Scooter Series
Owner’s Manual
PIRANHA P-1, P-2, & P-3
Cautions & Warnings3
Modular Design5
X-Scooter Set Up6
Weighting 7
Strap Closure9
P-2 & P-311
Diver Position12
On/Off Switch & Speed Control13
Go Pro Ready14
Dive Planning Consideration15
Flood Recovery16
RoHS & WEEE Compliance 17
Warranty & Returns18
Cautions & Warnings
Never ascend using the x-scooter to pull you towards Be careful not to entangle hair, equipment, line and/ Always allow batteries to cool before charging
the surface.
or seaweed etc, in the propeller.
or using.
This will cause a rapid ascent, as explained in basic diver
training, and should be avoided at all times. A rapid ascent
can cause serious injuries such as, but not limited to, lung
over expansion injuries, decompression illness, rupture of
the ear drum, and in extreme cases, even death.
Never allow the X-Scooter to put you at risk.
This may cause the X-Scooter propeller to slow or even The batteries may heat up during use or charging. Overstop. Ensure you stop, releasing the trigger, and untangle heating reduces the efficiency, capacity and may even
whatever has caused the entanglement.
damage the battery pack.
Always ensure, whenever connecting any electric A low voltage cutoff protects the batteries from
connectors, to connect like colors.
over discharge.
Always connect red to red, black to black and white to
If at any time during your diving activity with an X-Scooter white. Failure to do so will result in damage to your
you feel you are at risk, immediately unclip the X-Scooter X-Scooter, battery, or charger.
tow cord and release the X-Scooter.
The X-Scooter will shut down once the batteries have
reached a minimum (low) voltage. This protects the batteries
from being over discharged which may cause permanent
damage to the battery. During use in the final few minutes
Always ensure correct operation of the on/off trigger before the battery reaches its minimum voltage, the cutoff
Placing your hands in the way of the propeller
prior to use.
will activate intermittently, with increasing frequency until
blades can cause damage and/or injury.
Always ensure you check the trigger action prior to use of complete cutoff at low voltage. At this point the X-Scooter
Inadvertently getting your hands or other objects caught the X-Scooter to ensure correct operation.
will not function until the batteries have been recharged.
in the spinning propeller blades can cause damage to your
X-Scooter as well as to you. The X-Scooter has a built in Never charge the batteries in a sealed environment. An X-Scooter is considered a heavy object. Use
safety feature to minimize this danger, but some damage/ This can cause a buildup of heat and flammable gases caution when lifting.
leading to the possibility of an explosion. Batteries should Always use safe lifting practices when lifting X-Scooter.
injury may still occur.
be charged in a cool and well ventilated area.
Bend from your knees keeping your back straight.
When transporting with your x-scooter, on a boat, car
or airplane, always ensure the X-Scooter is safe and
restrained from movement.
The X-Scooter is a heavy object, always safely restrain
your X-Scooter when transporting to avoid damage to the
X-Scooter or bystanders.
Always check the strap is fastened correctly and
nothing has gotten pinched in the seals between the nose
and battery and between the battery and tail.
When assembling the scooter, it is important to ensure that
nothing is caught in the seals and none of the o-rings are
protruding to minimize the risk of flooding.
600ft; 180m
24.6lbs; 11kg
600ft; 180m
34lbs; 15.5kg
600ft; 180m
41.4lbs; 18.7kg
Max Thrust
Max Speed
63lbs; 29kg
1.5 miles;
63lbs; 29kg
3 miles;
63lbs; 29kg
4.5 miles;
45 min
92 min
113 min
3.4 miles;
120 min
6.8 miles;
240 min
10.2 miles;
360 min
6 hours
2 x 6 hours
3 x 6 hours
Depth Rating
Range at
Max Speed
Run Time at
Max Speed
Cruise Range
Duration at
Cruise Speed
Battery Chemistry
Battery Voltage
Charge Time
Modular Design
The Piranha brings back the original idea we had when
we first developed the Sierra Scooter, a modular platform that lends itself to multiple batteries for a variety of
different dives.
The majority of divers will use the Piranha P1, the single
battery unit producing 120 minutes of run time and weighing 24.6lb/11kg. However, if you’re diving in a strong current, with lots of extra bottles, or in a cave, you might want
the security of having double or triple the amount of burn
time. Luckily, that’s simple. To add a second or third battery,
simply remove the nose, attach the top connectors to the
new battery, like the motor, and place the new section on
the scooter.
1 battery
2 batteries
3 batteries
Set Up
1) Ensure all O-Ring sealing surfaces are installed properly,
are well lubricated, and do not have any cracks or gouges.
Pre Diving
Post Diving
2) Ensure the proper weight is installed for the type of wa- Before diving your X-Scooter for the first time the following The following should be followed after each dive:
ter you are diving in. Battery and nose with and without procedure should be followed. Details of the task can be 1) Rinse or spray down Piranha with fresh water for about
found later in the manual.
saltwater plates.
1 minute.
3) Ensure secondary battery terminal is secured.
Ensure you have a suitable attachment point for the tow 2) Run Piranha briefly to dry propeller area.
cord on your regular diving equipment. This attachment 3) Q
4) Ensure the motor is connected to the battery.
uickly move trigger up and down multiple times to
point is ideally a D-ring in the crotch area. If not, see your
push water out of trigger area.
5) Pull trigger quickly to test connection.
equipment supplier or Dive-Xtras.
4) Detach nose from battery section.
6) A
ttach battery section to tail, ensuring arrow is pointed 1) Charge battery.
toward the 6 o’clock position.
5) Plug in battery charger to battery and recharge.
2) Install battery.
7) Attach nose section to battery making sure down arrow
6) Store Piranha in a cool dry place.
batis pointed towards the 6 o’clock position.
tery connectors.
8) Slide attachment strap through the strap locating tabs.
4) Test trigger and motor are working correctly. Adjust
9) T
hread cam buckle and secure.
reed switch if needed.
10) Your Piranha is now ready to dive.
5) Attach body and tail as described above ensuring nothing is caught in the O-Rings.
6) Tighten trigger locking screw to avoid accidental activation. (Release just prior to use).
7) Connect tow cord bolt snap to your tow cord attachment point.
8) Adjust tow cord length using slip knot provided to obtain
optimum riding position.
9) Go diving following your conventional practice, using
the scooter for propulsion as required.
The Piranha comes weighted and balanced from the factory
for neutral buoyancy in fresh water. For salt water install the
provided weight plates. The weight plates come weighted for the brackish water in Pacific Northwest. For use in
saltier water such as the Red Sea or Mediterranean add
the black weight tabs supplied in your spares kit to ensure
proper buoyancy
Without Saltwater Plate
With Saltwater Plate
1) Check O-Rings for dirt and excessive grease.
2) Remove, clean, and lightly lubricate O-rings if needed.
3) Feed motor connectors through battery tube.
4) Place battery section, with motor connectors fed through
tube, onto scooter. Ensure the down arrow is pointing
towards the 6 o’clock position.
5) Attach nose section to battery ensuring the down arrow
is pointing towards the 6 o’clock position.
6) Slide strap through the strap locating tabs on the nose.
7) Route lower closure strap through cam band ( See pg 9).
1) Stand scooter on the tail.
2) Release the cam band.
3) Remove nose using the strap for leverage.
4) Pull battery and motor connectors from battery tube
and disconnect.
5) Attach charger to battery terminals and plug in.
Strap Closure
1) Place strap through nose tabs to ensure proper alignment
of battery and nose
2) Bring lower strap through top of cam between u-bracket
and cam.
3) Bring lower strap through bottom hole in cam.
4) Bring lower strap through top hole in cam.
5) Feed strap down towards tail. Remember to keep the
strap relatively loose as the cam will tighten the strap.
6) Snap the cam closed.
The Dive Xtras Piranha uses Lithium Ion batteries. The batteries are extremely safe, but also extremely powerful. As
with any battery, keep these away from sources of heat and
keep watch on them while they are charging. There are no
serviceable parts inside the battery pack. In the event of a
problem, contact Dive Xtras.
The batteries are manufactured by and warrantied for 1
year through All Cell Technology. For any warranty claims,
contact Dive Xtras.
Each Piranha battery comes in a separate body tube which
is ready to install onto the scooter. There is never a need
to access the battery. In the event of a battery malfunction,
contact Dive Xtras.
Check O-Rings
Connect Motor Cables
1a) Ensure O-rings are in place, well lubricated, and do not
have any cracks or gouges.
2a) Feed motor connectors through battery tube, connect to battery, place joined connectors back into the
battery tube.
3a) Set battery tube onto the tail section ensuring the
down arrow is pointed to the 6 o’clock position.
Pull Nylon Strap
1b) Disconnect battery connectors from motor connectors.
2b) Use pull tab to remove battery from tail section.
Line Up Pull Tab & Handle
P-2 & P-3
To install batteries of the P-2 and P-3 models follow the same
instructions as installing one battery on to the motor section.
Charge batteries with approved charger only. Simply plug
batteries into charger, the charger will start automatically
and shut off when charging is complete. With the Piranha,
you do not need to disconnect the battery from the motor or
other batteries (if using P-2 or P-3), however it is suggested.
1) Remove the nose section.
2) Disconnect battery and motor connectors if using P-1.
This is not necessary with the P-2 or P-3.
3) Plug the charger into the battery connector. LED 2 will
turn RED to indicate charging.
4) When charging is complete, LED 2 will turn GREEN.
*When multiple batteries are connected, charging will take
significantly longer.
*The battery charger will automatically select the proper wall
voltage, either 110v or 240v.
Diver Position
The X-Scooter should tow the diver via the tow cord which
is attached via the bolt snap to the diver’s tow cord attachment point. The diver should always endeavor to maintain
a horizontal body position.
Only one hand (normally at 1 o’clock position) is used to
activate the X-Scooter trigger and steer via the T-Handle.
Two hands on the X-Scooter are not needed and the diver
should not be pulled via the arms. Adjust length of tow cord
to match drawing. If the diver is pulled by the arms and not
the tow cord, fatigue will occur.
On/Off Switch & Speed Control
Basic Operation
so the X-Scooter does not stop running but not fast that it
does not recognize the command. Once you have reached
the top or bottom speed, further attempts to increase
Pulling and holding the trigger will start the scooter proor decrease speeds respectively will be ignored by the
peller. Releasing the spring loaded trigger will allow the
scooter controls.
trigger to return and stop the scooter.
Speed Control
Reed Switch
Correct trigger operation is dependent on the position of
To control the speed of the scooter, use the Trigger Shift
the reed switch.
on the Fly method to accelerate or decelerate through
The position is set in the factory but it may require adthe gears.
justment over the life of the X-Scooter due to accidental
movement. The reed switch position may be adjusted up
or down on it’s mounting for correct operation. The reed
switch should be adjusted so that the X-Scooter motor turns
Dive Xtras has designed this trigger to have two position
on at 50% of full trigger pull distance, and remains on while
options, up or down. Usually, larger handed individuals
you continue to pull to 100% full trigger pull.
prefer the trigger to be in the down position and smaller
handed individuals prefer the trigger to be in the up position. To change the position of the trigger, use a 2.5mm
Hex/Allen key on the screw on the face of the trigger.
On Off
Trigger in Up Position
Trigger Shift on the Fly
Your scooter has several motor speeds. When you initially
pull the trigger the X-Scooter will always start in speed 3.
To adjust motor speeds up or down simply release and pull
the trigger quickly (There should be no pause between
the release and pull action). Performing this release and
pull action twice (like double clicking a computer mouse)
will make the X-Scooter motor go faster. Performing this
release and pull action once will make the X-Scooter motor
go slower. The speed of this action should be fast enough
Reed Switch
Trigger in Down Position
Go Pro Ready
GoPro® Hero cameras are the most popular action sports
camera on the market. We have developed a mount
that lets you flawlessly integrate your GoPro® Hero with
your Piranha.
Simply slide your GoPro® Hero camera into the mount on
the left hand side of the handle. You now have a steady,
secure place to film your dives.
In addition to integrating the GoPro® Hero cameras, the
new mount system allows us to develop a neutrally buoyant
gauge mounting system. Simply slide your compass or gauge
mount onto the handle, and your all set! With the ability to
quickly change from a gauge to GoPro® Hero, you’ll never
be far from a great video or a safe compass heading
*Works with GoPro® Hero [2, 3, 3+, or 4] camera.
*GoPro, Hero, the GoPro logo, and the GoPro Be a Hero
logo are a trademark or registered trademarks of GoPro Inc.
Dive Planning Considerations
Scooter Failure
The X-Scooter travels much faster than normal swimming
speeds. If the user is diving in a buddy pair, they should be
more vigilant of their buddy to avoid losing track of them at The X-Scooter is extremely reliable; however divers should
the increased speeds. These speeds may also increase the always be prepared to deal with failures.
risk of collisions with objects and/or other divers especially
in limited visibility situations. Always pay close attention to
your buddy, where you are traveling, and to your speed to
If the scooter floods on the dive, it may become significantly
reduce the risk of these incidents occurring.
negative and become a risk to the user. The best option
is to unclip the X-Scooter via the tow cord bolt snap and
release it. This will eliminate the risk and you can safely exit.
Distance & Run Time
Scooter Won’t Turn Off
A runaway X-Scooter can be hazardous as it is a powerful
vehicle. If improperly managed, a continuously running
X-Scooter might initiate an uncontrolled ascent or decent.
It is important to reduce the possibility of a runaway scooter
by properly maintaining your X-Scooter and performing
the pre dive checks as discussed.
If your X-Scooter were to fail during the dive, you can do
the following:
1) Grabbing the Propeller
The X-Scooter is capable of traveling great distances. ThereThe X-Scooter is equipped with an electronic clutch that
fore, if it is required that you have to return to the same point X-Scooter No Longer Runs
allows you to simply grab the propeller without suffering
as you started the dive (the exit), and swimming out or as- If your X-Scooter were to fail and stop running during the
injury. This will stop the propeller, allowing you to gain
cending to the surface is not an option, then one should pay dive, you have several options:
control of the scooter.
close attention to run times of the X-Scooter. Users should 1) Swim the X-Scooter
empirically calculate their max run times from actual dives
If the X-Scooter is not flooded you can simply stow the 2) Release the X-Scooter
and plan accordingly using adequate safety margins.
If the above techniques are unsuitable or increase risk
X-Scooter by locking down the trigger and clipping it
to the user, the best option is to unclip the x-scooter via
onto your person (in a low drag area if possible such as
the tow cord bolt snap and release it.
a chest d-ring) and then swimming it back.
2) Getting a tow from your buddy
If the X-Scooter is not flooded your buddy can tow you
and your failed scooter. The X-Scooter is capable of propelling 2 people but for distances and speeds.
3) Release the X-Scooter
If the above techniques are unsuitable or increase risk
to the user, the best option is to unclip the X-Scooter via
the tow cord bolt snap and release it.
Maintenance Flood Recovery
After Each Dive
1) Rinse X-Scooter in fresh water after all salt-water dives.
2) Clean and lubricate o-ring seals with silicone lube.
3) Lubricate the trigger.
The X-Scooter is designed to be highly resistant to water Fresh Water in Body Compartment
ingress of any kind, however as life is unpredictable, these Drain and leave in a warm dry place until 100% dry. Wipe
instructions have been provided to help you minmize the body and battery dry, clean fuse holder and electrical condamage done in the unlikely event a flood occurs.
nectors. Damage will be negligible.
2) Apply silicone to trigger mechanism and locking screw.
In any flooding event, time is of the essence so if you do
inadvertently flood your X-Scooter, be sure to find and fix
the problem ASAP and certainly before attempting to dive
with it again. The faster you can get everything rinsed and
dry, the less damage will be done. Keep in mind that these
instructions are intended for dealing with real flooding only,
not for condensation or drops from wet dive gear!
3) Check tightness all fasteners, most importantly, propeller, handle and motor.
Salt Water in Body Compartment
4) Store scooter in a cool dry location in a broken with nose
off scooter.
1) Check o-ring sealing surfaces for damage.
4) Check electrical connectors for corrosion and clean
if necessary.
Service your scooter at a Premiere Partner or approved
service center
Salt Water in Battery Compartment
Dunk entire battery in fresh water and agitate well for 5
minutes. Drain and leave in a warm dry place until 100%
dry. Damage will be severe. Most likely the pack will be
unusable. At best it will still function, but with a dramatically
reduced cycle life.
Fresh Water in Battery Compartment
Dunk entire tail in fresh water and agitate well for 5 minutes. Drain and leave in a warm dry place until 100% dry. Damage
Drain and leave in a warm dry place until 100% dry. Wipe will be severe. Most likely the pack will be unusable. At best
body and battery dry, clean fuse holder and electrical it will still function, but with a dramatically reduced cycle life.
connectors. Damage will be minimal. (Motor bearings may
become noisy and require changing)
Standard Spare Kit
Dive Xtras recommends all users carry a basic spares kit.
Spares kits are available from Dive Xtras. Minimum spares
kit should contain:
Prop Seal
Trigger Locking screw
RoHS & WEEE Compliance
RoHS Statement (Restriction of Hazardous Substances)
Dive Xtras Inc. is committed to complying with all applicable laws and regulations, including the European Union Restriction of hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive that restricts the use of hazardous materials in electronics products.
The company continues to work toward the reduction of RoHS materials in our products which are subject to the RoHS
Directive, expect where it is widely recognized that there is no technically feasible alternative.
WEEE Compliance (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment)
On January 27, 2003 the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union authorized Directive 2002/96/EC
or WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment). The aim of the directive is to halt the growing volume of electric
and electronic (EEE) waste disposed of in landfill sites.
Dive Xtras Inc has evaluated its product lines against the criteria set forth in the WEEE directive. As required by the
legislation, any Dive Xtras product covered by the directive and sold in the EU after August 13, 2005 is marked with the
Wheeled Bin symbol, inserted in the owner’s manual or on the packaging. Dive Xtras Inc. uses the symbol based on
the EN 50419:2005 CENELEC standard.
Disposal of Electrical & Electronic Waste
At the end of the products life, customers should return their electrical and electronic waste in Dive Xtras Inc. products
back to the appropriate company. The appropriate company will be marked on the label. (Example below: Li-Ion battery
from All Cell Technologies.) Where it can be recycled and treated appropriately. Alternatively a local disposal option
may be used if appropriate. Any EEE replaced during a factory repair will be handled appropriately by the company.
Warranty & Returns
Standard Warranty
Dive Xtras provides a limited warranty to the original purchaser against all defects in original workmanship and material
under normal use and service as outlined in the owners manual for 3 years from the date of purchase, with the following
ny flood or damage, for any reason, that is caused from flooding an O-ring sealed or water tight area will not be
covered under warranty. All O-ring sealed products undergo extensive factory pressure testing before being shipped
and delivered and are therefore guaranteed to be sealed and functioning when shipped from factory.
All batteries and chargers are warranted by All Cell Technology or the original battery manufacturer.
ive Xtras will not be liable for any further loss, damages, or expenses including incidental or consequential damages
directly or indirectly arising from the sale or use of the product.
ll paint finishing, powder anodizing coating, material stitching that is chipped, damaged, or unthreaded through
customer use in not covered under warranty.
ive Xtras does not warranty any product for aesthetic finishes. Issues with surface finish that do not affect function
of the product are not covered under warranty.
A 1 year warranty on all electronics.
Return & Replacement Policy
A Return Authorization Number from our Customer Service Department must be obtained before returning goods.
Items returned without an RA will be subject to inventory charges and fully inspected.
All returns will undergo evaluation. Dive Xtras reserves the right to determine if work falls under warranty. If we determine your return is not covered under warranty, we will contact you regarding any repair charges. All shipping charges,
along with non-warranty repair work, are paid for by the equipment’s owner.
Returned merchandise will be repaired or replaced at our discretion.
Unauthorized returns or refused shipments of sellable merchandise will be subject to a 15% restocking fee.
Orders of customized product (custom logo merchandise) are generally not returnable. If an RA is issued for a customized product, the order is subject to a 40 - 60% restocking fee, depending on product.
All returns must be freight prepaid.
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