Lifejacket Inflator – FAQ

The Hammar Inflator activates automatically when lowered into the water and 10 cm pressure difference is reached. The inflator will reach full buoyancy within seconds and it is designed to ensure fast and reliable activation even in the most extreme weather conditions. It is important that you strap on the lifejacket according to the manufacturer’s instructions in order to secure the function of the lifejacket and the automatic inflation.
No, because it requires pressure on the hydrostatic valve to allow water ingress to activate. It can withstand spray, wave splash and high humidity without causing accidental inflation. Accidental inflation can cause accidents. – Both pressure and water needs to activate the Hammar Inflator.
The gas cylinder is carried inside the inflatable bladder and therefore protected from the atmosphere and corrosive effects of salt water.
Due to the cylinder being housed inside the inflatable bladder, the bladder will start to inflate if the cylinder leaks.
Extreme cold conditions will not affect the hydrostatic system. The cylinder is inside the bladder and moisture cannot get in to form ice. Furthermore the CO2 does not have to enter through a valve to inflate the lifejacket.
The lifejacket will reach full buoyancy within seconds and it is designed to ensure fast and reliable activation even in the most extreme weather conditions. It is important that you don the lifejacket according to the manufacturer’s instructions in order to secure the function of the lifejacket and for automatic inflation.
The Hammar Inflator need no service or maintenance, therefore the cost is zero. Just ensure that the inflator is replaced after the five years expiry date, having been activated, or when the single point indicator is red. Important! The lifejacket itself has to be serviced annually according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Please follow our simple step-by-step instructions to rearm your Hammar Inflator.
The Hammar lifejacket Inflator needs no service and has a 5 years expiry date, so it is very cost efficient. These advantages will cost you a bit more from the start, but it will save you money in the long run. Please contact your dealer for more information.
The Hammar Manual/Automatic Inflator is not activated by pressure cabins in aircrafts, but you must check with your airline company if they allow inflatable lifejackets onboard. Inflatable lifejackets are generally allowed onboard aircrafts according to the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulation, but each airline company may have their own rules.

Service FAQ

Please contact the lifejacket manufacturer for advice. See our distributors.
Make sure to always carry a Hammar Inflator rearming kit onboard and follow the step by step rearming instruction.
Self-service once a year and using an authorized service station every second year, is a reasonable compromise.
All inflatable lifejackets must be serviced annually regardless of use.
Please contact the nearest authorized service station or the lifejacket manufacturer directly.