VISTA, Calif., February 6, 2012 — Renowned for its cutting-edge diver communicators, Amron International has released its latest versions of the Amcom I Communicator, featuring various performance improvements and the addition of MP3 connectors that allows divers to listen to their favorite music while they work under water.
Inspired by stories heard directly from commercial divers, Amron set out to develop a safe entertainment solution that would help break up the monotony of spending long working hours under water. After learning that divers had been attempting to modify communicators with their own music systems, sometimes resulting in safety hazards, Amron was determined to create a communicator integrated with MP3 compatibility that was both functional and safe.
Amron engineers redesigned the electronics to provide improved sound clarity with the tender using either the panel speaker or headset. Diver safety was of the utmost importance during product development. As a result, the MP3 player is only active in 4-wire mode to ensure the diver can always communicate with the tender. In addition, music will cut off immediately once the push-to-talk button is pressed, and the supervisor can unplug the MP3 player at any time if the need arises. The Tape Record Jack has been separated from the MP3 player, so no music will ever be heard on playback.
“Amron wants to not only provide the best diving communicators in the industry, but also the safest,” said Scott Ritchie, VP Manufacturing, Amron International. “And when we hear from divers about a problem they are having, we want to be the company that solves their problem. We know clear and reliable communications are critical to the safety of the diver and helps put minds at ease on the tender. Adding the MP3 player is a new feature many divers are going to love, and it’s satisfying to know it doesn’t compromise communications in any way.”
The redesigned PC card allowed Amron engineers the opportunity to incorporate a high-efficiency digital power amplifier that significantly improved battery life. The rechargeable Amcom I Communicator can now run for up to 85 hours, and the non-rechargeable Amcom I Communicator uses 6V lantern batteries with a life cycle of up to 120 hours. The rechargeable batteries utilize gel-cell technology and are powered up with Amron’s external charger, which can be plugged in where AC power is available. The unit also can be left charging for long periods without causing any damage to either the batteries or the communicator. The increased power provides 20 watts per channel and allows for the stacking of two divers.
The signature yellow hard case is extremely durable and waterproof. During inclement weather, the external jacks allow the lid to be closed to protect the unit while still providing complete communications functionality with the diver. Operating instructions were added to the inside of the lid for ease of use, and printed in white-on-black for improved visibility in dim lighting.
Both the rechargeable and non-rechargeable models of the Amcom I Communicator are currently available for purchase at http://www.amronintl.com/amron-products.html.The rechargeable version has an MSRP of $824 and the non-rechargeable version has an MSRP of $594.
About Amron International
Driven by its customer-first mentality, Amron engineers and distributes a diverse and comprehensive line of products and services for commercial and recreational diving, tactical and outdoor equipment, and hyperbaric chambers. Founded in 1978, Amron has grown into an international industry leader with sales in more than 50 countries. For more information, please visit www.amronintl.com.