Beware counterfeits and Knock-offs
"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery" was first printed back in 1824 by Charles Caleb Colton. We understand that Spare Air is a great way to save your own life in an out-of-air emergency, and it is natural for others to try and make a similar product at a cheaper price.
Submersible Systems has spent 40 years perfecting a product we are extremely proud of. It is difficult to copy what we have learned, and reverse engineering a Spare Air does not supply anyone with the knowledge gained from years of experience. Spare Air is made in the USA by Submersible Systems. Many of the components are produced in our Huntington Beach factory to very tight specifications. Utilizing proper test equipment to maintain rigorous standards, Submersible Systems only produces high quality life support equipment designed to save your life in an out-of-air emergency. Trust your life to professionals!
Submersible Systems, LLC specializes in making "The Original" Spare Air for Scuba Divers (read why Larry Williamson invented the Spare Air) and HEED (Helicopter Emergency Egress Device) for military applications regarding waterborne emergencies. We don't make anything else that would distract us from our commitment to making the most reliable redundant emergency SCUBA device.
But recently we have discovered some obvious examples of knock-offs that we worry can result in injury or death - they just don't measure up. One actually copies our marketing message, and we don't want you to be confused about the difference between products.
As of October 7, 2019
Over 20 years ago, Spare Air used the term "A diver's reserve parachute" to emphasize that when an emergency happens at 2,000 feet up or 80 feet underwater, your life depends upon your backup systems. Used mainly in magazine advertisements over the years and is currently part of our marketing message, SMACO uses the phrase running down the side of the bottle.
Also over 20 years ago, we started to place the message "THERE WHEN YOU NEED IT" on the label we use on all our SPARE AIR bottles. SMACO places this same phrase in the same position on their label.
Again, we don't want you to confuse their product with ours. It also looks remarkably like the next product...
As of October 7, 2019
Introduced on Kickstarter in 2017, the SKORKL raised over $800,000 USD as of September 25, 2019. Still taking pre-orders, we have not yet seen this product brought to market. But many other websites have pronounced this product as dangerous because, much like the SMACO, any compressed gas cylinder is dangerous to use underwater without proper training. It also claims "We recommend that scuba-trained users not use the Scorkel below 10m" well above the standard limits of recreational diving.
Yes, it has a hand pump that can refill your unit anywhere, but it is very difficult to use and takes a great deal of effort. We offer a hand pump on our website to users who don't have access to electricity to operate a breathing air compressor, but recommend using the other methods of refilling whenever possible.
We will revisit this product when/if it ever comes to market.