The term 'scooter' has come to represent a broad range of quite different products. The first thing to be actually designated as a scooter was the simple push device that, now electrified, has enjoyed such a marketing resurgence. To scoot, one stood upon a platform supported by two wheels, with an upright stem and handlebars to grip, and pushed with a foot. Pretty basic stuff. Now scooters come with 2 or 3 or 4 wheels, can be ridden while standing, seated, and even laying on your belly, and use batteries and motors for that push. But not everybody scoots on land, and for those who enjoy water when it comes time to scoot, there are DPVs to help reduce all the kicking.
Some of these devices are fairly hefty in physical mass and expense. The Seabob Cayago F7 is a fast one that can propel a diver on the surface as well as beneath the water. But weighing 143.3 lbs., it’s not something one carries down to the water on their back. Significantly lighter, the Hollis H-160 tips the scales at 48 lbs. and will drag one under for about an hour at depths beyond 600 feet. The Sea Doo GTI weighs in at 18 lbs. and will run for nearly 3 hours at depths of 100 feet.
At 15 lbs., the Bonex Subgravity Aquaprop is superlight and very portable. One of the numerous spawn of the Bonex/Subgravity pairing, the Aquaprop seems significantly more accessible than the majority of the tugpedo-style DPVs. The spare black torpedo look is attractive to professional divers who pay for it in more than cash outlay. Many of this style actually provide less functional utility than some of the recreational scooters, which diminishes their appeal. The Aquaprop is depth rated for 90 meters and offers 2-step speed settings, with the run time in setting 1 at 200 minutes and 120 minutes in setting 2. It will move up to 50 meters a minute while pulling a laden diver. It has a LiMn battery that needs 6 hours of charging time and it comes with the charger. The Aquaprop is weighted for fresh water but also includes salt-water weights, a small O-ring set, and a user manual.
Fit to travel due to flight length and weight...equipped with a nickel metal hydride battery. This battery has no problems as they may arise in lithium ions.
A beautiful object! Its compactness and low weight make it a very desirable object.
The battery is attached to the bottom and does not withdraw, even when charging. The engine is really pokey. The propeller does not seem super strong.