If Nitrox or Trimix dive mode is selected, you need to define the gas(es) for the decompression algorithm to work properly. You define the gases under Gas(es). In Nitrox mode, gas will have only oxygen (O2%). Trimix mode has helium (He%) available, and there is also the possibility to choose multiple gases.
When you have analyzed your gas, you should round the result down when entering it for EON Steel. For example, if the analyzed gas is 31.8% oxygen, then define the gas as 31%. This makes the decompression calculations safer. Oxygen calculations (pO2, OTU, CNS%) are also kept conservative, since the oxygen percent used for those are O2% + 1.
THE DIVE COMPUTER WILL NOT ACCEPT FRACTIONAL PERCENTAGE VALUES OF OXYGEN CONCENTRATION. DO NOT ROUND UP FRACTIONAL PERCENTAGES! Rounding up will cause nitrogen percentages to be understated and will affect decompression calculations.
You can customize what you see in the Gas(es) menu. See Customize dive modes with DM5.
It is important to understand how the Gas(es) menu works on Trimix mode, where you can make use of multiple gases. In the example below, the menu has three gases and tx18/45 is selected as the active gas. Even though only one gas is active, the decompression algorithm calculates ascent time (during dive) using all these three gases.
To select another active gas:
- While in the Gas(es) menu, press the middle button to see gas options.
- Scroll with upper or lower buttons to highlight Select.
- Press the middle button again to confirm.
If you are diving with only one gas, ensure you have only that one gas in the Gas(es) menu. Otherwise, Suunto EON Steel expects you to use all gases in the list and notifies you to change gases during the dive.
When you select CCR mode, gas mixtures are divided to open-circuit and closed-circuit gases. See Rebreather diving.