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Atomic Aquatics Cobalt 2 Dive Computer?
markingrassia - 3/21/2016 2:52 PM
Category: Equipment
Replies: 1

I want to know what peoples’ experience has been with the Atomic Aquatics
Cobalt 2 Dive Computer.................I have read that the console is unreliable and the service for Atomic for this product is unreliable. Any truth?

Thanks!
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RonR - 3/24/2016 10:47 PM
I’m one of the original developers (independent, I don’t work for Atomic) of the Cobalt’s electronics and firmware, and can give some background.

Yes, the Cobalt 2 had some very serious problems with defective depth sensors when it was first introduced. This was caused by what amounted to contaminated packaging from the sensor manufacturer. The same sensor is used in many other dive computers, Atomic just got the bad batch right as the Cobalt 2 came on the market. The nature of the problem was such that it sometimes did not turn up until after a number of dives, not in factory testing, and affected only a small (but completely unacceptable) percentage of units. That made it a real nightmare for everyone involved. Atomic halted production until the problem was identified and solved. What I can tell you is that this problem no longer exists, and that Atomic has reworked much of the case design over the last year to basically fix all known issues. Current Cobalt 2’s are extensively tested before shipping, and based on data I have seen are proving to be very reliable in use.

As far as Atomic’s service, I have heard consistent rave reviews for Atomic going above and beyond for their customers. They have a manufacturer’s forum page on ScubaBoard that provides plenty of customer feedback, including from those with Cobalt 2 issues. scubaboard.com/community/forums/atomic-aquatics.967/
Those pages, which many manufacturers maintain, are good places to look for feedback on many products, understanding that most people post when there is a problem, not when things work great.

I’m happy to answer any specific questions about the Cobalt.

-Ron