UTD Solar Drysuit Heating System

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Introducing the all new UTD Signature Series Solar Drysuit Heating System!

After several years of continuous research and development, Unified Team Diving (UTD) has completely redesigned their drysuit  heating system.  By starting with a clean slate and working closely with EXO2, the all new Solar Drysuit Heating System was created. Read more below for additional details.

UTD Solar Drysuit Heating System

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The Solar Drysuit Heating System (Solar) reduces bulk, introduces an external temperature controller, and is "one-size-fits-all" arrangement. The Solar is heated by FabRoc™ Heat Technology by EXO2 which is carefully positioned in the critical area around the diver’s core.  As we all know, if the core is warm, the rest of the body responds accordingly. Solar generates safe, consistent, and controlled heat and will operate in damp and wet environments.

Although not designed for total submersion, the Solar will continue to safely operate in a damp or flooded dry suit. The FabRoc™ heating element is contained within an insulated and bonded, but breathable garment shell. The neoprene outer layer provides insulation, increasing warmth and promoting  passive heat retention inside the drysuit. The inner layer is a soft, thin and flexible lining. The Solar is designed to be worn over a base layer but under the primary drysuit undergarments so as to retain as much heat as possible close to the body.

The Solar is driven by an external battery canister fitted with a wet-pluggable E/O cord. The battery can do double-duty, running both the Solar Heating System and a primary dive light, or separate canisters can be worn. A standard, external 11 to 12 volt battery source provides a consistent "surface of the heating unit" temperature of approximately 130ºF/54ºC. When combined with a UTD dual voltage battery pack, the Solar’s temperature can be controlled through the magnetic switch on the canister. The “high” setting on the battery pushes the surface of the heating unit temperature to 145ºF/62ºC. UTD’s 8.5amp canister battery will run Solar for about four hours on the standard setting and about three hours on High. The external battery requires a “through-port” on the dry suit. This can be a temporary port in a spacer ring attached to the drysuit inflation valve, or a permanent port bonded into the suit, (much like the installation of a p-valve.) The E/O cord on the canister is wet-pluggable. To combine heating and lighting from one battery, a “y” connector is added to the E/O power cord.

Benefits of the Solar Drysuit Heating System

Safety - Recent research by the Navy Experimental Diving Unit has shown that diving a strategy of staying cool on the bottom portion of the dive and increasing warmth during the decompression portion of the dive dramatically reduces the risk of DCS.

Weight Reduction - Increased active heating allows you to reduce bulky undergarments, which reduces some of the positive buoyancy of the drysuit, which in turn allows you to carry less weight.

Repetitive Dives - Cold is cumulative, so staying warm on dive one will make you feel MUCH warmer on dives two and three.

Comfort During the Dive - It’s nice to be warm when you dive.

Comfort Between Dives - A small, pocket-sized “boat battery” that will run the Solar Drysuit Heating System on the surface for approximately two hours is also available. This allows you to stay warm between dives and saves the canister battery for in-water use.

AND... The Solar is not just for diving. If you're a trout fisherman, duck hunter, etc. and need a remedy for cold, wet environments, ask us how we can help you power your Solar for use while you pursue your sport or passion.

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