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Inflator for Tube

Discussion in 'Dock Talk' started by Dev75, May 19, 2017.

  1. Dev75

    Dev75 Well-Known Member

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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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    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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    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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    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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