Why Buy An Electric Air Pump For An Inflatable Paddle Board?
One of the significant downsides to owning an ISUP is having to inflate it. It can take 20 to 30 minutes of hard work before you can even get out on the water. You can buy a small electric air pump like the ones used for air mattresses to help out, but if you want all the work to be done by a machine, it’s going to take something heavy-duty.
There aren’t a ton of options out there but we have done the research about the ones available so you don’t have to. Here is a list of electric pumps for every budget and every inflatable paddle board, kayak, or raft owner.
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A Closer Look At Each Pump
The Nalanda is a two-stage air pump that uses a 12V DC plug (cigarette lighter connection) that plugs into your car. It has a range of 0.5-20 psi, so it’s going to be able to inflate any standard paddle board. It also has an auto-stop, which will turn off the pump when it reaches the chosen psi on the LCD screen.
It’s a reasonably quick pump that can inflate a 12-foot ISUP in 10 minutes. There is a deflation option as well. The unit weighs 4 lbs with an easy carry handle built-in and an air intake filter. There is a Halkey-Roberts nozzle on the hose which is compatible with most paddle boards.
The Nalanda SUP Electric Air Pump is a good budget pump for people who don’t paddle board every day but still don’t want the hassle of using a hand pump. It’s accurate, efficient, and portable.
- Deflation mode
- Only Halkey-Roberts nozzle
- No bag included
The Sea Eagle Bravo BP12 is a portable single-stage high-pressure electric air pump. It goes up to 14.5 psi, has an auto-stop, and weighs only 2.6 lbs. It plugs directly to any 12V battery with alligator clips on a cable that is 8 feet 6 inches long. The inflation hose is 6 feet long and comes with a Halkey-Roberts nozzle and seven other common adapters. The unit fits into a convenient carry bag with a shoulder strap.
Because this is a single-stage air pump it’s going to be loud, which can be a deal-breaker for some people. It’s very portable, and the alligator clips make it so you don’t have to use it right next to your vehicle.
It does not have a deflation setting like some of the other pumps. The Sea Eagle Bravo BP12 a good option for people wanting an electric air pump that is easy to store and light to carry around. Because it’s just small and simple, I would not recommend this one if you are going to be needing it every day, it’s a good little pump, but it may wear out quicker than others.
- Carry bag included
- Has eight adapters
- Not as heavy-duty as alternatives
- No deflation mode
The Seamax is a two-stage electric air pump with a 12V DC plug (cigarette lighter connector) that has a nine-foot cable. It has a max pressure of 20 psi with an LCD screen that gives real-time psi readings and has an automatic shut off. It’s a quick pump that can fill a standard paddle board in 10 minutes.
The air hose is 3.5 feet long with a free-turning main connection, so you won’t have to worry about bending and twisting to get the hose in the right position. The air pump weighs 4 lbs with an easy carry handle built into the unit. There is a sand filter on the air intake valve and cooling system, and a built-in outtake chamber for noise reduction.
Along with the standard Halkey-Roberts nozzle they included five other common adapters as well as three different sized O-rings to ensure a tight fit on any paddle board or inflatable.
The Seamax Intelligent SUP20D is well-built, and reportedly reasonably quiet compared to other electric pumps. It’s designed for use in tropical climates such as Florida, so it’s going to hold up well against moisture and the parts inside won’t get rusty if it gets wet. As far as mid-range pumps go this one is going to hold up better than others and get the job done fast enough to make it worth it.
- Five adapters included
- Real-time PSI readings
- Deflation mode
- No bag included
The Tower Premium electric air pump comes with a 12V DC plug (cigarette lighter connection) or alligator clips to connect directly to a 12-volt battery. Much like the other pumps, this has an auto stop when it reaches the desired pressure, it inflates at around one psi per minute, so a standard board will take 10-15 minutes to inflate, maximum 20 PSI.
It weighs 3 lbs and has a carry handle built into it. The pressure gauge is analog with a turn knob to adjust the psi selection. The hose is non-kinking and has a Halkey-Roberts nozzle. There is also a deflation option.
Including a 12V DC plug along with alligator clips is a great idea, more power options are always better since you don’t always know what kind of vehicle you will have or even if you will have one at all. Tower Paddle Boards is a known paddle board company that stands behind their products. You can be sure that this pump is going to be a good choice.
- Two power plug in options
- Deflation mode
- No extra adapters
- No bag included
First and foremost this air pump is made in Italy with quality parts and has more features than any other SUP electric pump. It’s got a lot of bang for your buck. The thing that makes this stand out the most is it comes with a built-in, rechargeable 12V battery. You can also bypass the battery and plug it into your car’s cigarette lighter or directly to a battery with alligator clips.
The included battery is charged with a wall charger so that you can prepare for your outing at home first. The battery is advertised to last for up to 3 paddle board inflations, and the whole unit weighs 14 lbs.
The Bravo is a two-step electric air pump, so it’s relatively quiet, more efficient, and faster than other electric pumps. It can inflate up to 22 psi and has an auto-stop as well as an auto-thermal cut off switch, so there’s no risk for overheating and damaging the unit.
It comes with the standard Halkey-Roberts nozzle, adapters for other inflatables and has a deflation option. It also comes with a bag, which is not only convenient, but it’s an excellent way to protect the pump and battery when not in use.
The Bravo Electric Pump is a high-quality product. If you paddle board almost every day and want an electric air pump that will not only last but continues to be fast and efficient then this is by far the best choice. The built-in battery makes it easy to bring along so you can inflate your board right on the beach instead of having to be by your vehicle. Bravo has done an excellent job, and I’d recommend this pump to anyone.
- Built-in battery
- Carry bag included
- Common adapters included
- 12V DC plug and alligator clips
- Deflation mode
- Heavy (15 lbs)
The Seamax only has a 12 DC volt connector, so if you’re not always going to have a vehicle or a battery with a 12 V DC plug-in (cigarette lighter outlet), then this isn’t the pump for you.
The cool feature with this electric air pump is it focuses on tropical climates, which is essential for the longevity of the parts in the pump if you are in humidity or get the pump wet a lot. It has everything you need for not only ISUP’s but other inflatables as well.
Tower Paddle Boards is a SUP company that has a focus on quality products that make paddle boarding easy and fun for everyone. They love this electric air pump so much they put their name on it.
The slight downside is it only comes with an H3 (Halkey-Roberts) adapter, so it’s a little limited unless you purchase some adapters separately. It does come with a 12V DC volt plug, as well as alligator clips so that you can use your vehicle or just a portable 12V battery. There are a lot of pumps like this one out there, but when you choose Tower products, you get their excellent customer service and quality.
The Bravo electric air pump is by far the highest quality high-pressure pump on the market. Unlike any of the other pumps, it has a built-in rechargeable battery.
On top of that, it also comes with everything else the other pumps have. I’ve heard people say that they’ve been through a couple of electric pumps since getting a paddle board. The initial price can seem like a lot but you will only need to buy it once, and you will get a pump that will last even if used every day.
What To Consider
Number of Stages – I’ve been talking a lot about pumps being a single or double stage in this article. Single-stage means the pump only has one speed, and they are often noisier than the two-stage because they have to work harder to reach high pressures at high volumes.
The two-stage pumps release more liters of air per minute during the first stage and then slow down during the second stage to reach the higher pressure. The lower stage means is quieter. Then the second stage slows down, so the pump doesn’t have to work quite as hard when the pressure starts to get higher
Tips For Using An Electric Air Pump
Keep your car running – When using an electric pump that is plugged into your car or directly to its battery make sure to have the engine running. This increases the power supply to the pump to speed it up and also makes sure your battery won’t go dead.
Hold the connection between the hose and the board when inflating – A lot of companies recommend this with their pumps. When in use they vibrate a lot and sometimes the Halkey-Roberts connection between the hose and the boards’ valve can shake loose. This is very common with electric pumps. All you have to do is hold it with your hand to make sure it stays secure.
Let it rest – If you are inflating more than one board be sure to let your pump run for a minute while not connected to a board to help it cool or even turn it off for up to 30 minutes. It’s especially important if you are in the sun and the high temperatures. Doing this will not only keep the pump from burning out it will also help make it last longer and keep it working at full capacity. Be sure to read the instructions that come with your pumps, so you know the recommended procedure.
Don’t Like What You See?
If you don’t want to spend a lot of money or don’t think an electric pump sounds right for you there are high-quality hand air pumps you can buy. Normally and inflatable stand up paddle board comes with a hand pump and a lot of times it’s a slow single-action one. You can buy much faster, better hand pumps to make the inflation process of your paddle board easier that require no electricity and don’t break the bank.
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