Frequently Asked Questions
What is Deep Trekker?
Deep Trekker was incorporated in 2010.
There are two Deep Trekker offices. The main headquarters is in Kitchener-Waterloo Ontario, Canada - the heart of the Great Lakes. The second sales and service office is in Puerto Montt, Chile.
Yes, the internal pitch system which allows Deep Trekker to be fully capable using only 2 thrusters for full forward, reverse, left, right, ascending and descending is patented in the United States, with international patents pending.
Our ROVs are completely and meticulously assembled and tested in Ontario, Canada by our team of skilled engineers and technologists. Every submersible undergoes a rigorous product delivery inspection and in-water pressure testing before we ship it out to our customers. Covered under NAFTA, we proudly produce a Canadian product.
About the ROVs
The DTG3 remotely operated vehicle is tested to reach depths of 200M (656 FT). The larger REVOLUTION ROV is capable of diving to 300M (1000 FT).
The DTG3 is made out of die-cast aluminum anodized and powder coated for extreme durability in salt and fresh water. The REVOLUTION ROV is a combination of stainless steel and high-quality carbon fiber.
If you are diving in salt water, it’s always good to give it a fresh water rinse afterwards.
What is the Deep Trekker Patented Pitching System? There is a reason our ROVs are spherical, we use an internal semi-circle frame to mount the batteries and electronics for the ROV, which is connected to the outer shell. When the ROV is in water, gravity holds down the internal semi-circle weighted frame, we active a servo motor, and the outer shell with our main thrusters can rotate a complete 180 degrees. This is what our patented pitching system does, and provides unmatched maneuverability to pilot the ROV into confined spaces. The camera is mounted independently, so you are able to rotate 270 degrees no matter what direction the ROV is going.
We have designed a completely portable system, by putting lithium ion batteries inside the ROV and controller. With batteries on-board, there is no power going down the tether, reducing the diameter and potential drag or need to bring along a generator to your dive site.
Our DTG3 models, will operate up to 8 hours on a 1.5 hour battery charge. For a typical inspection, you will likely get a full day’s work out of one battery charge. The REVOLUTION ROV will operate up to 8 hours on a 3 hour charge. With lithium ion batteries, there is no harm in giving your ROV a quick charge before your dive, you do not need to drain the batteries completely and then recharge completely.
Deep Trekker ROVs are constructed with a built-in 4k UHD camera, designed for low light with 0.001 lux. The camera rotates around the entire body of the ROV 270 degrees. Allowing you to look up, down, behind as you drive the ROV.
The camera is a low light 0.001 lux camera with a LED flood light. So it does just as well as a diver would in the water. You would be surprised how well you can see once the ROV is down there. Options for sonar systems will expand your abilities in murky waters.
Deep Trekker ROVs are come standard with built-in lighting that track with the internal camera.The DTG3 has two sets of internal lights and has the option for external auxiliary lighting. The REVOLUTION is fitted with 4 tracking lights and two flood-lights fixed to the bottom of the ROV.
The Deep Trekker weather-proof controller has various ports on the back. One is for a micro SD card. Record all of your dives directly on the controller. The other ports are mini HDMI, ethernet and two USBs.
There are multiple ports on the back of the controller. You can use either the mini HDMI or the ethernet ports to stream footage to a larger display.
Simply give the ROV a fresh water rise after a dive in salt water, and keep the batteries charged. Since we have no dynamic seals to grease or parts to replace regularly, there is very little maintenance at all.
Our ROVs will work in higher currents than is safe for divers. The DTG3 line have a forward speed of about 2.5 knots. Any more current than that and the ROV will have trouble swimming against it. We recommend about 1 – 1.5 knots to operate in. The REVOLUTION ROV use vectored and vertical thrusters, so will have more stability when working in current, the forward speed is over 3 knots.
The tether has a 90KG (200LBS) break strength, so there is no problem lifting the ROVs by the tether. You can lower and raise the ROV by the tether and retrieve object with the grabber arm by pulling up on the tether.
If you would like to grab something and then swim with it to another location, the DTG3 can swim with about 2 pounds. while the REVOLUTION can swim with 8 pounds. To retrieve anything heavier, you can simply lock onto the object and pull both the ROV and object back to you using the tether. The tether has a 90KG (200LBS) breaking strength.
Sensors give you an on-screen display of heading, depth, water temperature, pitch, roll, camera angle, and battery levels. Additional water quality sensors are available.
Yes, as long as the accessory is within 40 grams of neutral buoyancy it will not affect the ability of the ROV to maneuver throughout the waters.