How to service your Ultra Inflatable Lifejackets

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Your inflatable lifejacket needs to be serviced every year or after every activation.

There's a convenient form by ULTRA available online that you can use as a check list and proof of service. Firstly you want to visually inspect the lifejacket.

This will show us if it is damaged in any way.

Check the bladder for abrasion or wear.

Check the reflective tape is not missing or peeling off.

Check all the stitching, webbing and buckles. [buckles clicks]

The cover should also be intact with the Velcro or zipper operational.

Check the inflator ... oral tube ... and whistle for any damage.

Have a look at the cylinder to see that it is not corroded or damaged.

Next do a functional test.

Just blow into the oral tube to inflate it until it is nice and firm.

Then leave it overnight.

This was inflated yesterday and it's still firm so it’s okay.

This one was also inflated yesterday, but has lost some air.

If your lifejacket fails any of the parts of the visual inspection or functional test you will need to send it away for repair or simply dispose of it and buy a new lifejacket.

Don’t try and fix it yourself.

Deflate the good one and move onto the next step.

Deflation is easily done using the cap in the reverse position.

You need to inspect the firing mechanism, so remove the cylinder and auto cartridge.

Pull the cord to operate the firing mechanism.

Once it is operating the movement should be smooth.

Observe that the indicators stay red at this time, then push the lever back into place with a click.

Again, if there is a problem, don’t try and fix it yourself!

The cylinder needs to be checked and weighed as well.

So firstly make sure it is not used or corroded.

A corroded cylinder can wear a hole in the bladder.

If it is corroded, just swap it out for a new one.

If it has been used, you will see a small hole in the top like this one.

So any used cylinder will need to be replaced.

This one is good so check the gross weight stamped on the side.

Here it says minimum 145 grams.

Using a set of digital scales accurate to 1 gram, weigh the cylinder to make sure it is not below the minimum weight. If your cylinder is stamped with "gross weight" make sure it is not less the 2 grams under. Check the O ring is in place, if it is missing or damaged you will need to get a replacement O ring.

This one is okay.

Screw the cylinder back in place and hand-tighten.

The indicator should go from red to green.

Now, if your lifejacket is automatic make sure you check the auto cartridge is clean, dry and and not past the expiry date. If it is expired, swap it out for a new one.

If it’s okay, screw it back into place and the indicator should go from red back to green.

That completes the servicing, if the lifejacket has passed all the tests we need to record the service on the service grid.

Get a permanent marker and put SI for self-inspection then the date.

You can sign and date the form if you want to keep a record of the self service. You're now ready to repack your lifejacket.

We will pack according to the model of lifejacket on our next clip.

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Repacking your Ultra Inflatable Waist Belt Lifejacket

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Today I'm going to show you how to repack your ultra inflatable waist belt and we first start with the bladder lying flat. We fold from the top down.

We fold the inflator side around keeping the inflator on the outside

We fold the oral tube side down one more fold and then we also roll that one up towards the centre and what we end up with is a neat little package like this.

We have to make sure the lever is facing down, the strap is not twisted. We place it inside and we'll just hold it in place with the Velcro in the middle.

Once it's closed in the middle, we can neaten it up.

And okay. We're done. The indicator is visible, the pull cord is visible.

It says active, we're ready to go.

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Repacking your Ultra Inflatable Lifejacket with zip closure

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Today I'm going to show you how to repack your Ultra Inflatable Lifejacket for the zippered closure.

First of all, if this is being activated, you will need first to reset your zip and you can do this just by zipping the thing closed against the flow of the zip.

Be patient

It helps if you get the zip in position first and folding any bladder so it's going to fit inside rather than just trying to force it.

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Now we've got the zip all the way back to where the pull cord comes out.

It won't go any further and that's where it'll be while we're repacking it.

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So again just slide it backwards and then it's ready to go.

Now we can take the bladder out, knowing that the valise is ready to close once we have the bladder ready.

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So we can start folding the bladder.

First thing we do is fold folds one and two down and under the inflator.

Then we can just neatly push that down in behind the zip so the indicators are visible in the window.

And we can close the zip a little bit as we go.

Now we can just make sure everything is in its right place.

And we'll start folding folds 3 and 4 which we will let us fold the top down.

And then we can fold folds 5 and 6 over.

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We need to hold that while we get the corner set folding that in.

Hold it in place and get that zip up.

So that's all pretty neat.

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Just close the last side now.

So we can tidy up this side now and fold back to folds 3 and 4.

Fold them in nice and neat.

And put them in position.

And wrap the cover around and close the zip.

At this stage you can make sure you get their service grid in the right place.

So now the service grid is visible

The inflator is visible ...

so you can manipulate it all around so it's a nice shape.

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All ready to go.

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Repacking your Ultra Inflatable Lifejacket with velcro closure

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Hi, today I'm going to show you how to repack your ultra life jacket with Velcro closure.

Firstly you need to get rid of all of the air that's inside the bladder.

And you do this by rolling the bladder up tightly.

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And invert the cap on the old chute to open the valve.

Now that we've got all the air we can lay the bladder flat on the table and arrange the valise behind it.

So firstly, fold folds one and two behind the inflator

Then we wrap the valise around and lightly close one section of Velcro.

Don't worry about it being too neat now. We'll get back to that later.

Now we can fold folds 3 and 4 on the other side and do the same thing.

At this point we want to make sure that the lifting loop and the bottom is tucked in nice and nice and we can start to close the velcro more fully.

So we've got both sides flat, folded and now we can do the top, folds five and six ...

And again close it off at the top just to hold the folds in place ....

We do the corners, folding them underneath ...

And again, capture the corners with the velcro

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Now that we've got it all inside we can make it a little bit neater.

Now we can adjust the Velcro on the back strap so the Velcro is in the middle.

I'm lining up with the seams on the front and the back so it's nice and even.

Now the collar is done I've just got to get the sides sitting neatly

You can start by pulling the velcro apart with one hand and putting it back together with the other, all the way to the bottom.

The pull cord needs to be visible ...

so we'll put that outside the Velcro

and the inflator needs to be visible in the window so we'll just pull the bladder down a little bit with the Velcro closing and finishing up next to the webbing.

So that's that side done. We'll do the remaining side

Same procedure.

Keep the folding neat.

And pull the bladder down so the service grid is visible.

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Completed packing.

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Pre-wear inspection of your Ultra Inflatable Lifejacket

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Every time you want to use your lifejacket carry out a pre-wear check.

Is the lifejacket damaged?

Broken buckles? Torn or frayed webbing or fabric?

Check the CO2 cylinder is screwed in hand tight.

Check the auto cartridge is also hand tight.

Check that both indicators show green and ready.

Make sure that the pull cord is accessible.

If your lifejacket shows red in any indicators ensure the cartridge is screwed in hand tight.

If the indicator remains red, insert a new cartridge and the indicators should return to their green status. If the indicators remain red or the jacket is damaged, pack it away and don’t use it until it has been serviced.

Do not attempt to repair a damaged lifejacket yourself.

After use, you can wash the lifejacket but please remove the auto cartridge first and keep it dry.

Wash it in warm soapy water, rinse and dry thoroughly.

Once dry, re-fit the auto cartridge and store in a dry ventilated position.

Don’t store auto-inflatable lifejackets in the boat where heat and humidity can set off the inflation system.

Remember to have it serviced every 12 months or when the manufacturer specifies.

And please note the next service date in the service grid.

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