View Full Version : Gas inflated PFDs

07-05-2015, 09:23 AM
I have had a Cabela's brand for 2 or 3 years. Usually keep in toolbox of truck because i only use it in kayak not boat. It deployed in the toolbox in the last couple weeks sometime. Don't know when but it deflated. Anyone else have this trouble?I am in Alabama. It has been hot but not as hot as this PFD has seen over its time in my toolbox. and the fact that it was deflated concerns me too. Any thoughts or experience with this?

vic n
07-05-2015, 10:15 AM
I've never seen it, or heard of it. It raises a LOT of questions, tho. Did humidity cause inflation? Did it get wet? Or was there something wrong with it from the start? Did it fully inflate, or only partially open/partially inflate (which would maybe explain it deflating)? Those of us who use these trust them to do what they promise, and our lives may depend on one someday. Hope if you find any answers you will follow up here and let us know.

I'm curious whether this is an automatic, or manual inflater? I think before I could trust it, I would buy a couple of cartridges and test it. Good luck.

07-05-2015, 10:26 AM
With it stored within the tool box, did it get perforated with some tool or sharp object when it inflated??????

07-05-2015, 10:58 AM
First thing, it should have a manual inflator tube. Find that and blow it up to check for leaks. Like fly aster said it could have gotten punctured when it inflated. Assuming it was automatic and if it has been real humid the combination of heat and humidity could have set it off.

07-05-2015, 11:43 AM
I had three go off in a dry box in my boat sitting in my garage, except when I'm using the boat, in about a year and a half. On the first one, I thought I had pulled the cord while moving stuff around. After the other two inflated shortly after that, I knew what the problem was. Humidity will do it over time. The automatics are the safest but at 30.00s a recharge (for that model at BPS) I went to manual.

07-05-2015, 04:44 PM
Go with the hydrostatic auto inflate, they trigger with water pressure. The dissolvable pill type will trigger with high humidity in a locker or in rain. Either type needs new air cartridge every so often (2 years I believe).

07-05-2015, 05:18 PM
Don't trust it. Just buy a new one. Your life may depend on it.

lowe rider
07-05-2015, 08:38 PM
Over time the bladder can lose the CO2 out of it. If you blow it up manually and it holds air it is probably okay. The instructions with mine said some loss of bouancy over time is normal. It even stated if you are in the water for an extended time that you may have to add air with the manual inflation tube.

07-05-2015, 08:47 PM
I blew it up and t stayed inflated all day. I will rearm it and take it inside from now on I guess.

07-05-2015, 08:59 PM
Yeah ... you don't want to leave an armed Co2 cartridge PFD out in the weather/humidity any longer than necessary.

Had a friend leave his in his boat, in one of the storage compartments. While the PFD stayed dry in there, the humidity set it off, and the PFD busted his compartment lid (fiberglass).

Mine hangs in the fishing closet (walk-in hall closet), in my air conditioned apt, and is still armed & dangerous :biggrin

... cp :kewl