What Kind Of Hand Pump Should I Buy For Inflatables?
While most inflatable paddleboards, kayaks, and boats come with a hand pump they often are only single action or just plain old cheap. They can take quite a while to fill your inflatable with air and that’s the last thing you want to be doing when next to a beautiful body of water on a hot summer day. Although they can be on the spendy side, purchasing a triple action or dual action pump can shorten the time it takes to inflate whatever it is you are going to use. Basically, less work and more play.
Triple action hand pumps are 30% faster than dual action and while there aren’t a ton out there, the ones that are available are high quality and will be the fastest choice for inflating anything. Now that doesn’t mean dual action pumps won’t work either. They are smaller and lighter than triple action and still get the job done much faster than single action pumps.
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Not many paddleboards are sold with a triple action pump, so this one is most likely going to be better than the one you got with your board. This pump has two 3.5 L chambers that you pump at the same time, doubling the air output compared to the classic dual action pump which only has one chamber.
A cool feature they added is a switch so you can choose between single, dual, and triple action. The idea is that you pump with the triple action first and when it starts to get to difficult you switch to the dual action, and finally go to single when getting it up to the right psi.
This pumps max psi is 26 and it has a built-in pressure gauge. It comes with a hose with an air valve adapter that fits Halkey-Roberts air valves. It also comes with a mesh bag.
- The Fastest Hand Pump Design on the Market
- High-Quality Materials
- Single, Dual and Triple Action Switch
- Comes with Bag
This is a dual action pump and it has some cool features. You can switch from dual to single action making pumping up the board easier when you get to a higher pressure. Its max pressure is slightly higher than the other options, at 29 psi. It has inflation as well as deflation options so you can pull all the air out of whatever you may be deflating.
This pump is lighter than the triple action pump, so if you are hiking in your board, boat, or kayak to a far location you may want to take this pump with you instead of a larger one. This pump has a built-in pressure gauge and comes with an air hose with a Halkey-Roberts adapter that fits most paddleboards, kayaks, and boats.
- Deflation Chamber
- Single and Dual Action Switch
- High Psi Gauge
This is a dual action pump with a built-in pressure gauge that can go up to 20 psi. It comes with a high-pressure air hose with a Halkey-Robers adapter and a low-pressure hose for smaller inflatables.
If you got a single action pump with your inflatable and want something a little faster, that won’t be too expensive, this is going to be the perfect pump.
- Comes with 2 Air Hoses
Best Pump: JLF Triple Action Pump – This pump is my favorite, the idea to add an extra air chamber was a good one and it can pump up inflatables so fast. A friend of mine bought this triple action pump to replace their electric pump and it has proved to be more durable, quick, and easy to use. All the connection points feel sturdy and high quality. An excellent pump that I highly recommend.
What To Consider
Air Valve Type – Most inflatables use the Halkey-Roberts (HR or H3) valve, therefore most pumps are sold with an HR adapter. If your inflatable does not have an HR valve you may need to buy an additional adapter.
Location – Some people prefer electric pumps over hand pumps because it’s much less work, but you’re not always going to be around a power source or have the ability to haul an electric pump around with you. That is the beauty of the hand pump, you can use it no matter where you are, and if you buy one like the triple action pump, it may even be faster than an electric pump.
Weight – Inflatables are so portable, that’s why so many people prefer them over traditional solid vessels. You can hike to beaches or mountain lakes with your inflatable and have an amazing experience that was unheard of before. If you are going to be taking a lot of gear with you choosing a lighter more portable pump could be something to consider.