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    On the swagelok website you can read that the gasflow should go from the female QC to the male QC. But on switchblocks used with most pscr it's the other way around. Why is that?

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    Because it works very well without issue, and the males are much smaller, lighter, and cheaper than the females, and more of them required on some dives. When carrying multiple stages/drives the males are easier to tuck away in a more streamlined way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AzTek Diver  View Original Post
    Because it works very well without issue, and the males are much smaller, lighter, and cheaper than the females, and more of them required on some dives. When carrying multiple stages/drives the males are easier to tuck away in a more streamlined way.
    I don't disagree, but I went the other direction because 1.) Swagelock said so, and 2.) - and most important - I personally feel that the female fittings are much more robust and protected than the male ends. So, all of my BO bottles, for example, have female ends; I feel better when they're rolling around a pitching metal boat deck, for example. FWIW, I also dive with the plastic covers that Swagelock sells for the female (a plug) and the male (a condom).
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    Re: Swagelok

    Quote Originally Posted by w ripley  View Original Post
    I don't disagree, but I went the other direction because 1.) Swagelock said so, and 2.) - and most important - I personally feel that the female fittings are much more robust and protected than the male ends. So, all of my BO bottles, for example, have female ends; I feel better when they're rolling around a pitching metal boat deck, for example. FWIW, I also dive with the plastic covers that Swagelock sells for the female (a plug) and the male (a condom).
    I use my RB80 only in caves and the female end being exposed can get silt/sand/mud in them without a good way to clean them out, the male ends you can pop a couple times and blow clean. Anything caught in the female side will be shoved into the system upon connection, just doesn't work for me. I don't use any protectors.

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    Didn't know if you have seen these. I tie them to my hoses, etc., and they're dirt cheap, so if you lose one it's no big deal + they really work.
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    Re: Swagelok

    Quote Originally Posted by w ripley  View Original Post
    Didn't know if you have seen these. I tie them to my hoses, etc., and they're dirt cheap, so if you lose one it's no big deal + they really work.
    I am surprised they don't offer proper blanks. I guess it will be dead easy to come up with a plastic mould of the actual fittings to fit the female end or over the male end.
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    Re: Swagelok

    Quote Originally Posted by Pawel Szopinski  View Original Post
    I am surprised they don't offer proper blanks. I guess it will be dead easy to come up with a plastic mould of the actual fittings to fit the female end or over the male end.
    They do offer them, I have a few in SS but don't use them.

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