Can I carry on or check my inflatable PFD when I travel on an Airline?
Although the FAA allows a passenger to carry an inflatable PFD on aircraft, the decision is left to the airline. TSA officials at the airports will often remove inflatable lifejackets or the compressed gas cylinder. TSA has been informed of this being an issue.
We recommend that you purchase additional rearming kits in advance on our website and we can ship them to a location at your destination in advance.
Why are shipping charges so high?
Over the past 5 years shipping cost have increased considerably since fuel costs have risen. Our shipping costs are calculated directly with Federal Express and from cost calculators for US Postal Service. When shipping to Canada, buyers are responsible for paying any VAT, Sales Taxes, or Import Taxes. These are NOT collected during checkout and you may be responsible for paying them upon delivery of your order.
The date stamped on my yellow bobbin is past due?
Before determining whether your bobbin is expired, keep in mind that the date mark on the bobbin is the Manufacturing Date. Most kits come with a bobbin expiration date on the packaging. If your bobbin has been installed in your life jacket, it is good for 3-4 years past the manufacturing date.
My Auto Inflatable has a Red Bobbin, will the Yellow Bobbin work in it's place?
Yes, the yellow bobbin is the replacement for older red bobbins. Remember, that the bobbins are slotted to specifically fit into the bottom of Halkey-Roberts inflators in one direction. When installing, the white face of the bobbin should be pointed towards the inside of the removable clear/auto cap.
I can't find the Arming Kit for my device?
We know that identifying your correct kit can be difficult. Also finding the kit can be a cause of frustration. On this site, identifying your kit is driven by the manufacturer or "Type" of inflator. Once you've identified the correct inflator, you simply need to choose which gram size canister you have.
If you know your life jacket model number, you can look on this table to see if you can identify your kit. If you can not find your model number, don't give up yet! Generally somewhere near the inflation mechanism of the device or in the owner's manual, the required kit components are listed. Inflator Type and CO2 size are usually indicated with an outlined tag.
When I removed the automatic cap to replace the bobbin, the bobbin is stuck on the inside the cap, how do I get it off?
This often happens when a inflatable prematurely inflates. Simply take the cap and run it under or immerse it in water. The tablet will fully dissolve and it should come off more easily. If not, take a needle nose pliers and simply pull it off. This will not damage the cap.
How do you recommend storing an inflatable life vest
Almost every time we hear someone's life vest went off prematurely we give them the same advice.
1) Never store your inflatable in a floor cubby on your boat. Water likes to get in these areas and it gets humid.
2) Don't leave your inflatable in your car. Cars can get very hot and humid, causing the vests to inflate.
3) If you can, bring your inflatable inside the home with you.
4) As a precaution, when storing your inflatable for the off season, remove the CO2 canister. That way if the bobbin goes bad, you don't waste the canister.
Besides rearming my device from time to time, how do I service my inflatable life vest?
This is a great question. Manufacturers recommend that life vest be serviced anywhere from 1 to 5 years. Usually your owners manual or vest labeling gives recommend service intervals for different use levels. A heavy commercial user or fisherman may have to service 1-2 years while a light recreational user may only need to 3 to 5 years.
Currently there is no standard service programs. Various marine outfits often service commercial vessels and have done servicing for inflatables.
Generally though an operator can do some tests to determine if their inflatable needs to be serviced.
1) Conduct a visual inspection. Look for tears, wear spots, cuts, punctures, etc. Inspect all parts of the inflatable for damage (webbing, bladder, fabric, inflation parts, etc.)
2) Do a functional test. If you have a manual life jacket do a live test. First inflate the device orally and make sure the oral tube is functioning correctly. Deflate the device and then inflate it using the CO2 Canister. The inflatable should fully inflate.
3) Leaving the inflatable inflated, let it sit overnight. It should maintain its inflated state. If there seems to be a significant loss of pressure the device needs servicing.