At the Digital Shootout, the Backscatter dive team tested the exciting new hands-free, tank mounted scooters from Pegasus Thruster
with great results. Unlike the many scooter options on the market, our Pegasus Thruster
Pro Package is airline friendly and travels complete in a Pelican case at a featherweight of 41 pounds. It's minimal 13 pounds air weight (take 5 pounds off of your weight belt underwater) is hardly noticeable when attached to your tank for both beach and boat diving, but it delivers the speed and burntime of most technical scooters on the market.
About this Video - New Gates Lights!
This video was shot by Berkley White (owner of Backscatter) with a Canon 5D Mark II
camera, Aquatica 5D Mark II
underwater housing and prototype Gates VL24
LED Lights. White balance was manually set by pointing the lights on the sandy bottom or a gray card. We were very impressed with the 6000 lumen brightness and wide smooth beam on these new Gates lights. With care in positioning, the Gates VL24
LED effectively cover a 170 degree fisheye lens and their neutral buoyancy kept the camera perfectly balanced. Burn times were as advertised and easily lasted for two dives with typical intermittent use. We just found our favorite lights for DSLR video!
Custom Backscatter Pegasus Thruster Pro Scooter Package
This Pegasus Thruster
Pro dive package is a custom configuration selected by the dive team at Backscatter. It includes the Pro version of the Pegasus Thruster
, two battery packs, smart charger, and custom Pelican travel case. Our test divers agreed this package is the ultimate balance between performance and cost.
Air travel friendly
With a dry weight of 13 pounds and negative 5 pounds in water, this unit has the highest thrust to weight ratio in its class. A complete package with Thruster, two batteries, charger, packed in a Pelican case has airline check-on weight of just 41 pounds (18.5 kg).
Don't let it's small size fool you
The Thruster can achieve speeds up to 170 ft per minute, a run time of 45 minutes in continuous use, and will easily last for a 70 minute photo dive with typical intermittent use.
Magnetically actuated hand switch
The magnetically actuated switch is easily gripped with a camera housing handle and allows smooth actuation while shooting a video or photo camera.
Great for hands free photo and video, the Pegasus Thruster
's tank-mounted design is out of your way, allowing you to keep your hands on your camera controls.
Easy body position steering
Steering the Pegasus Thruster
is surprising natural. You basically point your head and shoulders in the direction you want to go. Your dives fins will also naturally act as rudders.
Room for two
With Pegasus Thruster
's patented design divers are able to attach two thrusters at once giving them supreme speed underwater. If you're planning to mount two Thrusters at once, we will special order the second Thruster with a counter-rotating prop for ideal balance.
Anodized aluminum construction
The Thruster motor and battery are constricted of tough anodized aluminum. The propeller and shroud are made of high impact resistant plastic to prevent wear and tear on the unit.
O-ring free - underwater changeable batteries
Practically the entire Pegasus Thruster
can be safely dismantled underwater. Thereby allowing you to change your battery during your dive with it's unique underwater pluggable (o-ring free) battery connectors. The only o-ring you'll need to maintain is the battery charging plug, thus with a few charged batteries, you can swap batteries easily on multi-tank dives with minimal hassle.