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SUUNTO VYPER NOVO
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  • Page 1 SUUNTO VYPER NOVO USER GUIDE...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    1 Safety ....................5 2 Getting started ................11 2.1 Display states and views ............11 2.2 Icons ..................11 2.3 Set up ..................13 3 Features ..................14 3.1 Activation and pre-checks ............14 3.1.1 Wireless Transmitter pre-check ........16 3.1.2 Battery indicators ............
  • Page 3 3.21 Sample rate ................53 3.22 Software version ..............54 3.23 Stopwatch ................54 3.24 Surface and no-fly time ............55 3.25 Suunto RGBM ............... 57 3.25.1 Diver Safety ..............58 3.25.2 Altitude diving ............. 59 3.25.3 Oxygen exposure ............60 3.26 Tank pressure ...............
  • Page 4 4 Care and support ................69 4.1 Handling guidelines ............... 69 4.2 Battery replacement .............. 70 4.3 Changing strap to bungee ............. 71 5 Reference ..................72 5.1 Technical specifications ............72 5.2 Compliance ................74 5.2.1 CE ..................74 5.2.2 EN 13319 .................
  • Page 5: Safety

    Make sure that you fully understand the use, displays and limitations of your dive instruments. If you have any questions about this manual or the dive computer, contact your Suunto dealer before diving with the dive computer. Always remember that YOU...
  • Page 6: Safety Precautions

    Safety precautions WARNING: ONLY TRAINED DIVERS SHOULD USE A DIVE COMPUTER! Insufficient training for any kind of diving, including freediving, may cause a diver to commit errors, such as incorrect use of gas mixtures or improper decompression, that may lead to serious injury or death.
  • Page 7 (DCS). Therefore, Suunto strongly recommends that the device not be used for any commercial or professional diving activities. WARNING: USE BACKUP INSTRUMENTS! Ensure that you use...
  • Page 8 WARNING: PERFORM PRE-CHECKS! Always check that your dive computer is functioning properly and has the correct settings before diving. Check that the display is working, the battery level is OK, tank pressure is correct, and so forth. WARNING: Check your dive computer regularly during a dive. If there is any apparent malfunction, abort the dive immediately and safely return to the surface.
  • Page 9 WARNING: Do not disassemble or remodel Suunto USB Cable in any way. Doing so may cause an electric shock or fire. WARNING: Do not use Suunto USB cable if cable or parts are damaged. CAUTION: DO NOT allow the connector pins of the USB cable to touch any conductive surface.
  • Page 10: Emergency Ascents

    Emergency ascents In the unlikely event that the dive computer malfunctions during a dive, follow the emergency procedures provided by your certified dive training agency to immediately and safely ascend.
  • Page 11: Getting Started

    2 GETTING STARTED 2.1 Display states and views Suunto Vyper Novo has four main modes: TIME, DIVE, PLANNING and MEMORY. Change modes by pressing [MODE]. Unless DIVE mode is turned off, Suunto Vyper Novo automatically switches to DIVE mode if you are more than 1.2 m (4 ft) under water.
  • Page 12 Icon Description Daily alarm Dive alarm No-fly Safety stop...
  • Page 13: Set Up

    Ascent rate 2.3 Set up To get the most out of your Suunto Vyper Novo, take some time to read this manual and familiarize yourself with the modes and settings. Make absolutely sure you have it set up as you want before getting into the water.
  • Page 14: Features

    Each time your Suunto Vyper Novo enters dive mode, a series of automatic checks are performed. All graphical display elements are turned ON, and the backlight and the beep are activated. After this, your altitude and personal settings are displayed along with the maximum operating depth (MOD), gas content, and PO 2 values.
  • Page 15 12:00 DIVE 1. 1 2 TH 66. 2 Batttery 1. 6 Between consecutive dives, the automatic checks also show current tissue saturation. 66. 2 1. 6 Before leaving on a dive trip, it is highly recommended that you switch to dive mode to make sure everything is functioning properly.
  • Page 16: Wireless Transmitter Pre-check

    6. There is enough air for your planned dive. Check the pressure reading against your back-up pressure gauge. 3.1.2 Battery indicators Temperature or internal oxidation can affect the battery voltage. If you store your Suunto Vyper Novo for a long period or use it in cold...
  • Page 17: Air Time

    temperatures, the low battery warning may appear even though the battery has enough capacity. In these cases, re-enter dive mode and check the battery power. If the battery is low, the Low Battery warning comes on. 12:00 Battery Replace Battery 1.
  • Page 18: Alarms, Warnings And Notifications

    5. Press [MODE] to exit. 3.3 Alarms, warnings and notifications Suunto Vyper Novo has audible and visual alarms designed to let you know when important limits or presets are being reached. The two audible alarm types indicating high or low priority:...
  • Page 19 High priority alarms: Alarm Explanation High priority alarm followed by 'Start PO 2 value greater than the adjusted ascending' beep, value. Current depth is too deep for repeated for maximum the gas in use. You should immediately three minutes ascend or change to a lower O 2 % gas. PO 2 value blinks High priority alarm followed by 'Start...
  • Page 20 Alarm type Alarm reason ascending' beep, below the decompression floor level. sounded two times. You should ascend to, or above, the ASC TIME blinks and an floor. arrow points upwards. Low priority alarm followed by 'Start Mandatory deepstop violated. You descending' beep.
  • Page 21 Alarm type Alarm reason Tank pressure value pressure, 50 bar (700 psi). blinks. Acknowledge the alarm by pressing any button. Low priority alarm, OLF value at 80% or 100% (Nitrox dive repeated twice. mode only). Acknowledge the alarm by pressing any button. OLF% value blinks if PO 2 value is greater than 0.5 bar.
  • Page 22: Apnea Timer

    Visual alarms Symbol on display Indication Attention - extend surface interval Violated decompression ceiling or bottom time is too long Do not fly 3.4 Apnea timer You can use the apnea timer for interval training when freediving. You can adjust the following settings: Vent.: ventilation time;...
  • Page 23 START 12:00 TIMER 1:00 Apena 1. 1 2 TH 15: 0 0 TIME 2. Keep [DOWN] pressed to enter apnea timer settings. 3. Adjust the ventilation time with [UP] or [DOWN] and confirm with [SELECT]. 4. Adjust the increment time with [UP] or [DOWN] and confirm with [SELECT].
  • Page 24: Ascent Rate

    The apnea timer supports up to 20 intervals, but this is dependent on the ventilation and increment times. The last ventilation cycle cannot be shorter than 0:05 seconds or longer than 20:00 minutes. WARNING: Anyone who engages in any form of breath hold diving is in danger of shallow-water blackout (SWB), the sudden loss of consciousness caused by oxygen starvation.
  • Page 25: Backlight

    Continuous ascent rate violations result in mandatory safety stops. 3.20 Safety stops and deepstops . WARNING: DO NOT EXCEED THE MAXIMUM ASCENT RATE! Rapid ascents increase the risk of injury. You should always make the mandatory and recommended safety stops if you have exceeded the maximum recommended ascent rate.
  • Page 26: Bookmarks

    (if the compass is enabled), and tank pressure (if available). 3.8 Calendar clock The calendar clock is the default mode of Suunto Vyper Novo . 3.8.1 Time In the time settings, you can set the hours, minutes, seconds, and format (12 or 24-hour).
  • Page 27: Units

    1. While in time mode, keep [DOWN] pressed. 2. Press [UP] to scroll to Date and press [SELECT]. 3. Set year with [DOWN] or [UP] and accept with [SELECT]. 4. Repeat for month and day. 5. Press [MODE] to exit. 3.8.3 Units In the units setting, choose whether the units are displayed in the metric or Imperial system.
  • Page 28: Alarm Clock

    3.8.5 Alarm clock Suunto Vyper Novo has a daily alarm which can be set to activate once, on weekdays or every day. When the daily alarm activates, the screen blinks and the alarm sounds for 60 seconds. Press any button to stop the alarm.
  • Page 29: Calibrating Compass

    2. Press [UP] to scroll through the bottom right views. (dive time, temperature, bearing) 3.9.1 Calibrating compass When you first start using Suunto Vyper Novo, the compass needs to be calibrated. Suunto Vyper Novo displays the calibration icon when you enter the compass.
  • Page 30: Setting Declination

    You should always adjust your compass declination for the area where you are diving to get accurate heading readings. Check the local declination from a trusted source and set the value in Suunto Vyper Novo. 1. While in the compass view, keep [DOWN] pressed.
  • Page 31: Setting Compass Timeout

    You can define how long the compass stays on after you have activated it. Reset the timeout with any button press while using the compass. After the timeout, the Suunto Vyper Novo returns to time or dive mode. To set the timeout: 1.
  • Page 32 If, at any point, your bearing moves outside the compass display, right or left arrows appear to show turn direction. Suunto Vyper Novo provides help for navigating square and triangular patterns, as well as navigating a return heading with the following symbols.
  • Page 33: Display Contrast

    Symbol Explanation You are 180 degrees from the locked bearing. You are 120 (or 240) degrees from the locked bearing. 3.10 Display contrast You can adjust the contrast of the display according to your preference or, for example, to suite changing dive conditions. 1.
  • Page 34: Dive History

    Acknowledge the alarm by pressing any button. 3.12 Dive history Suunto Vyper Novo has a detailed logbook and dive history available in memory mode. The logbook contains a sophisticated dive profile for each recorded dive. The time between each data point saved in the log is based on 3.21 Sample rate ).
  • Page 35 The scuba dive history records a maximum of 999 dives and 999 diving hours. When these limits are reached, the counters reset to zero. Free dive history shows the following: the deepest and the longest dives of all free dives •...
  • Page 36: Maximum Depth

    date of dive • type of dive (indicated by first letter of dive mode, such as G • for Gauge mode) dive start time • dive number – from oldest to newest • gas percentage(s) of the first used gas mix •...
  • Page 37: Dive Modes

    NOTE: Several repetitive dives are considered to belong to the same repetitive dive series if the no-fly time has not ended. 3.13 Dive modes Suunto Vyper Novo has the following dive modes: Air: for diving with regular air • Nitrox: for diving using oxygen-enriched gas mixtures •...
  • Page 38 Off: turns dive mode off completely; the dive computer does not • automatically switch the dive mode when submerged and dive planning mode is hidden By default, Air mode is activated when you enter dive mode. You can change which mode is activated or turn dive mode off under the general settings.
  • Page 39: Air Mode

    However, when the gas mix is altered or depth increased, the oxygen partial pressure is generally increased. Suunto Vyper Novo provides you with information to adjust your dive and stay within safe limits. NITROX mode has the following settings Nitrox (gas mixture): define up to three mixes •...
  • Page 40 Air time (see • In NITROX mode, both the percentage of oxygen in your tank and the oxygen partial pressure limit must be entered into Suunto Vyper Novo. This ensures correct nitrogen and oxygen calculations and the correct maximum operating depth (MOD), which is based on your entered values.
  • Page 41 6. Adjust the blinking PO 2 (oxygen partial pressure) value with [DOWN] or [Up] and confirm with [SELECT]. 7. Adjust other mix settings as needed. 8. Press [MODE] to exit. NOTE: If the oxygen content of a mix is set to 22% or above, the setting value remains until changed.
  • Page 42: Gauge Mode

    NOTE: It is only possible to change to another gas mix if the gas is within the set maximum oxygen partial pressure limit. 3.13.3 Gauge mode With Gauge mode, you can use Suunto Vyper Novo as a bottom timer. The timer in the center of the display shows dive time in minutes and seconds and activates at the start of the dive.
  • Page 43: Free Mode

    Gauge mode is a bottom timer only and thus includes no decompression information or calculations. 3.13.4 Free mode With Free mode, Suunto Vyper Novo can be used as a freediving instrument. The dive time is indicated in minutes and seconds in the center of the display.
  • Page 44 3.13.4.2 Surface countdown timer While freediving, you can use the surface countdown timer to help you prepare yourself for you next dive. Suunto Vyper Novo starts the countdown as soon as you reach 1.2 m (4 ft). To set the surface countdown timer: 1.
  • Page 45: Dive Numbering

    5. Press [MODE] to exit. 3.14 Dive numbering If the Suunto Vyper Novo has not counted the no-fly time down to zero, then repetitive dives belong to the same dive series. Within each series, the dives are given numbers. The first dive of the series is DIVE 1, the second DIVE 2, and so on.
  • Page 46: Dive Time Alarm

    150 ft). The no-decompression time limit for the selected depth is shown in the center of the display. If you have dived at least once with Suunto Vyper Novo, the SURFTIME + field appears. You can adjust the surface time with [UP].
  • Page 47: Error State (algorithm Lock)

    5. Press [MODE] to exit. 3.17 Error state (algorithm lock) Suunto Vyper Novo has warning indicators that alert you to react to certain situations that would significantly increase the risk of DCI. If you do not respond to these warnings, Suunto Vyper Novo enters an error state and shows Er on the display.
  • Page 48: Personal And Altitude Adjustments

    In such a condition, you should descend back below the ceiling level to continue the decompression. If you fail to do so within three (3) minutes, Suunto Vyper Novo locks the algorithm calculation and displays ER instead, as shown below. Note that the ceiling value is no longer present.
  • Page 49 Conservative. Some risk factors or conditions exist. More conservative. Several risk factors or conditions exist. In addition to the personal setting, Suunto Vyper Novo can be adjusted for diving at different altitudes. This adjusts the decompression calculation according to the selected altitude adjustment.
  • Page 50: Power Save Mode

    With every dive over 10 meters (30 feet), there is a three-minute countdown for the recommended safety stop. This stop is taken in the 3-6 m (10-20 ft) range. Suunto Vyper Novo shows a STOP icon and a three-minute countdown.
  • Page 51 In this situation, Suunto Vyper Novo adds a mandatory safety stop to the dive. The time of this stop depends on the speed violation of the ascent rate.
  • Page 52 After deepstop is over, the user can change between deepstop and the timer by long pressing the MODE button. Deepstops are presented the same way as safety stops. Suunto Vyper Novo notifies you that you are in the deepstop area by displaying: CEILING in the top •...
  • Page 53: Sample Rate

    Deepstop is on by default in Air and Nitrox modes. To turn deepstop off: 1. While in a dive mode, keep [DOWN] pressed. 2. Press [DOWN] to scroll to Deepstop and enter with [Select]. 3. Press [UP] to toggle on/off. 4.
  • Page 54: Software Version

    3.22 Software version You can check the software version and battery status of Suunto Vyper Novo under the general settings. 1. While in time mode, keep [DOWN] pressed. 2. Press [UP] to scroll to Version and press [SELECT]. 3. The software version is displayed along with the battery voltage.
  • Page 55: Surface And No-fly Time

    To access further information about your surface and no-fly times, enter dive mode. Suunto Vyper Novo shows the time since you surfaced in the Surf t. field. The airplane symbol indicates that you should not fly. The countdown until you will be safe to fly is shown in the No Fly field.
  • Page 56 12 hours. For desaturation times shorter than 70 minutes, the no-fly time is not displayed. If decompression is omitted during a dive so that Suunto Vyper 3.17 Error state (algorithm lock) ), the Novo enters error state (see no-fly time is always 48 hours.
  • Page 57: Suunto Rgbm

    • should be delayed for at least 24 hours, and if possible, for 48 hours. Suunto recommends that flying is avoided until all the DAN and UHMS guidelines, as well as the dive computer’s no-fly conditions, are satisfied. 3.25 Suunto RGBM Suunto's decompression model development originates from the 1980s when Suunto implemented Bühlmann's model based on M-...
  • Page 58: Diver Safety

    Incorporating consistency with real physical laws for gas kinetics • The Suunto RGBM predicts both dissolved and free gas in the blood and tissues of divers. It is a significant advancement on the classic Haldane models, which do not predict free gas. The Suunto RGBM provides additional safety through its ability to adapt to a variety of situations and dive profiles.
  • Page 59: Altitude Diving

    are available for divers who dive constantly and are ready to accept greater personal risk. CAUTION: Always use the same personal and altitude adjustment settings for the actual dive and for the planning. Increasing the personal adjustment setting from the planned setting as well as increasing the altitude adjustment setting can lead to longer decompression times deeper and thus to larger required gas volume.
  • Page 60: Oxygen Exposure

    Both fractions are scaled so that the diver’s maximum tolerated exposure for each is 100%. Suunto Vyper Novo does not display CNS% or OTU% but instead displays the larger of the two in the OLF% field. OLF% value is the Oxygen limit fraction or Oxygen Toxicity Exposure.
  • Page 61: Tank Pressure

    3.26 Tank pressure When using the optional Suunto Wireless Transmitter, the pressure of your tank is shown in the lower left of the display. Whenever you start a dive, the remaining air time calculation begins.
  • Page 62: Wireless Transmission

    (700 psi). Two (2) double beeps sound when the tank pressure reaches the defined alarm pressure and when the remaining time reaches zero. 3.26.1 Wireless transmission To enable wireless transmission of tank pressure data to Suunto Vyper Novo requires:...
  • Page 63: Installing And Pairing Transmitter

    15 bar (300 psi). The transmitter then starts sending pressure data together with a code number. When your Suunto Vyper Novo is within 0.3 m (1 ft) of the transmitter, it receives and stores that code. The transmitter and Suunto Vyper Novo are now paired. Suunto Vyper Novo will then...
  • Page 64 6. Press [MODE] to exit. With the system pressurized to above 15 bar (300 psi), bring your Suunto Vyper Novo close to the transmitter. When pairing is completed, the dive computer displays the new code number and the transmitted tank pressure.
  • Page 65: Transmitted Data

    3.26.3 Transmitted data After pairing, your Suunto Vyper Novo receives tank pressure data from the transmitter. Any time the Suunto Vyper Novo receives a signal, one of the following symbols is shown in the lower left corner of the display. Display...
  • Page 66: Tank Pressure Alarm

    Display Indication 1. Transmitter being out of range (>1.2 m (4 ft)) 2. Transmitter is in power saving mode 3. Transmitter is on another channel. To correct this: batt Pressure transmitter battery voltage is low. Change the transmitter battery! 3.26.4 Tank pressure alarm There are two tank pressure alarms.
  • Page 67: Water Contact

    The water contact is located on the side of the case. When submerged, the water contact poles are connected by the conductivity of the water. Suunto Vyper Novo switches to dive state when water is detected and the depth gauge senses water pressure at 1.2 m (4 ft).
  • Page 68 NOTE: Moisture build-up around the water contact may cause the dive mode to activate. This can happen, for example, when washing your hands or sweating. To save battery power, deactivate the water contact by cleaning it and/or drying it with a soft towel.
  • Page 69: Care And Support

    Never try to open the case of the dive computer. Have your Suunto Vyper Novo serviced every two years or after 200 dives (whichever comes first) by an authorized Suunto service center.
  • Page 70: Battery Replacement

    Should moisture appear inside the case or battery compartment, immediately have the instrument checked by your Suunto service center. The optional scratch guard for Suunto Vyper Novo is designed to help prevent the display from getting scratched. Scratch guards can be purchased separately from your authorized Suunto dealer.
  • Page 71: Changing Strap To Bungee

    All history and logbook data, as well as the altitude, personal and alarm settings, remain in the dive computer memory after the battery change. Other settings revert back to default values. 4.3 Changing strap to bungee Use the optional bungee adapter to change between wrist strap and bungee cord as needed.
  • Page 72: Reference

    5 REFERENCE 5.1 Technical specifications Dimensions and weight (with boot and display shield) Length: 71.2 mm (2.8 in) • Width: 71.2 mm (2.8 in) • Height: 31.3 mm (1.2 in) • Weight: 133.9 g (4.7 oz) • Operating conditions Water resistance: 80 m (262 ft) (complying with EN 13319) •...
  • Page 73 Accuracy: ± 2 °C (± 3.6 °F) within 20 minutes of temperature • change Nitrox mode Oxygen: 21–50% • Partial pressure of oxygen (pO2): 0.2 – 3.0 • Oxygen Limit Factor: 0–200% with 1% resolution • Gas mixtures: up to 3 •...
  • Page 74: Compliance

    Maximum depth of operation: 120 m (393 ft) • 5.2 Compliance 5.2.1 CE Suunto Oy hereby declares that this product is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directive 1999/5/EC. 5.2.2 EN 13319 EN 13319 is a European diving depth gauge standard. Suunto dive computers are designed to comply with this standard.
  • Page 75: Trademark

    FIOH, notified body no.0430, has EC type-examined this type of personal protective equipment. 5.3 Trademark Suunto Vyper Novo, its logos, and other Suunto brand trademarks and made names are registered or unregistered trademarks of Suunto Oy. All rights are reserved.
  • Page 76 Suunto; 4. non-rechargeable batteries. Suunto does not warrant that the operation of the Product or accessory will be uninterrupted or error free, or that the Product or accessory will work with any hardware or software provided by a third party.
  • Page 77: Copyright

    To the maximum extent permitted by applicable mandatory laws, this Limited Warranty is your sole and exclusive remedy and is in lieu of all other warranties, expressed or implied. Suunto shall not be liable for special, incidental, punitive or consequential damages,...
  • Page 78: Terms

    Suunto Oy. While we have taken great care to ensure that information contained in this documentation is both comprehensive and accurate, no warranty of accuracy is expressed or implied.
  • Page 79 CNS% Central nervous system toxicity limit fraction. Compartment See "Tissue group". Suunto DM5 with Movescount, a software for managing your dives. Time spent at a decompression stop, or range, Decompression before surfacing, to allow absorbed nitrogen to escape naturally from tissues.
  • Page 80 Term What it means Elapsed time between leaving the surface to Dive time descend, and returning to the surface at the end of a dive. The deepest depth during a decompression stop Floor dive at which decompression takes place. Helium percentage or helium fraction in the breathing gas.
  • Page 81 Term What it means Oxygen limit fraction. The diver’s current oxygen OLF% toxicity exposure. Oxygen percentage or oxygen fraction in the O 2 % breathing gas. Standard air has 21% oxygen. Limits the maximum depth to which the nitrox mixture can be safely used. The maximum partial Partial pressure pressure limit for enriched air diving is 1.4 bar (20 of oxygen (O2)
  • Page 82 Term What it means Theoretical concept used to model bodily tissues Tissue group for the construction of decompression tables or calculations. A breathing gas mix of helium, oxygen and Trimix nitrogen.
  • Page 83: Index

    INDEX Date, 26 decompression, 57, 59 Activation Decompression pre-checks, 14 Safety, 58 Air mode, 39 deepstop Alarm, 28 safety stop, 50 Alarms, 18 Depth alarm, 33 Altitude adjustment, 48 display, 11 Apnea timer, 22 Display Ascent rate, 24 contrast, 33 Dive history Backlight, 25 Memory mode, 34...
  • Page 84 Error State Notifications, 18 Er, 47 Oxygen toxicity, 60 Free mode, 43 Depth notifications, 44 Personal adjustment, 48 surface countdown timer, 44 RGBM, 57 Gauge mode, 42 Glossary, 78 safety stop, 24 Sample rate, 53 handling save battery, 50 care, 69 Set up, 13 high-altitude diving, 59 software version, 54...
  • Page 85 Warnings, 18 Water contact AC symbol, 67 Wireless transmitter installing, 63 pairing, 63 transmitted data, 65 Wireless Transmitter, 16...
  • Page 86 SPAIN +34 91 11 43 175 SWEDEN +46 8 5250 0730 SWITZERLAND +41 44 580 9988 +44 20 3608 0534 +1 855 258 0900 © Suunto Oy 12/2015, 6/2016 Suunto is a registered trademark of Suunto Oy. All Rights reserved.

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  • John Schultz Jul 28, 2018 06:47:
    My transmitte​r was sent back to Suunto under warranty to be fixed as I have a dive trip coming up August 9th for two weeks of wreck deep dives.

    I need some informatio​n about getting it back ASAP. Can you give me an update. It was shipped from "The Dive Shop" Richmond Virginia.
    ​I can be reached at 804 200 2418, or the dive shop, 804 270 0700. Anyone there can help you Jim McNeal is the owner.
    Thank you
    John Fritz Schultz