Ahh... last I checked Buoyancy Compensators were all manually inflated... which is not so useful if you're knocked unconscious or stunned as you go overboard... you end up dead...
I have used and tested auto-inflate PFDs—specifically a Spinlock Deckware Pro and a Mustang MD200 "LIFT" series one... they can be a bit startling if you never used one. However, most do work, if properly maintained. The Mustang "LIFT" series of PFDs has its buoyancy pretty low, for much the same reasons that CCP cites...
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