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I'm not happy with our air pump  - anyone suggest a good fast air pump?   Along with that question,  am I basically limiting myself to pumps that connect directly to the battery with clips if I want to inflate the tube quickly and to full capacity?

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Overtons has a good line of pumps.  I have a 120v model that is very fast, but I also have an inverter on my boat for the 120.  Usually, the 12v models were a little underperforming compared to the 120v.  You can also plug into the 12v power port.

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I purchased one that is used to inflate rubber boats. I think I spent about $75 on it but it does draw about 30 amps which required a special connector and hook-up to my battery to make it easy. It inflates a large two person raft in about a minute or so. Looks kind of like this one but a little better built. 

 

https://www.wholesalemarine.com/obrien-high-pressure-12-volt-inflator/?gclid=CNHLn9CL_NMCFZeEaQodBH8CKA

 

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We live on the water, so a bit different approach, but I use a small shop vac in blow mode to get it inflated and deflated quickly to ~90-95% on land, then use the 12v Overton's type on the boat to top it off and tight as needed.

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I have one that looks like a mini hair dryer that I have had for years. May have gotten it from target. Less than $20. Plugs into the accessory plug but came with an adapter that clipped to the battery. 

Pumps pretty fast, at least better than a reciprocating compressor. 

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53 minutes ago, TomS said:

We live on the water, so a bit different approach, but I use a small shop vac in blow mode to get it inflated and deflated quickly to ~90-95% on land, then use the 12v Overton's type on the boat to top it off and tight as needed.

I also use  a shop vac ,since we have close access to electricity at our marina . 2 gallon works fine ,never been used for anything but inflatables 

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I don't have a pic but we use a Coleman w/ 12v cigarette lighter plug. It came with my Bayliner package and it's fantastic! I'll try get a model number off it this weekend. Edit: Here's the one I have, plenty of pressure

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-12V-QuickPump-Electric-Air-Pump/9870593

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Thanks for the responses.  Never thought a pump could be so hit or miss depending on what you buy.  The one we have now is 12v but seems to take about 20 min to pump the tube.  

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We have a super slice tube and it takes about a minute or two to blow up, swap around the ends and it sucks it flat, fold it up and chuck it in the center storage. 

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For as much as we use our pump, it would be nice to permanently install one under a seat, then have one of those whole house vacuum setups where you just plug in the hose. It would be much quieter.

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Inverter from harbor freight that's been on the boat for 4 years and a 120 pump from Amazon,  I like its ability to deflate. 

 

I use a lot of 3 person plus big heavy inflatables. 

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