Comparing The Best Air Pump For Inflatables

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Here’s a fact: Once you’ve tried an electric pump chances are you’ll never leave for the beach without it again. Many inflatable products come with hand pumps, but why waste time when there’s a better option?

Pumping up inflatables is something many people dread. But now technology in the form of air pumps can ensure you waste less energy on getting ready and be able to enjoy the activity itself even more.

They’re compact, so they’re portable, but don’t think that means they’re weak. Air pumps like the ones below are designed to use on SUPs (Stand Up Paddle Boards), so you don’t have to overexert yourself by pumping by hand anymore.

Is it essential to invest in an air pump though? Yes. Do you realize how much more you can do with the right air pump in your bag? You can spend your time and energy on enjoying the sport instead of the preparations.

If you want to get ready for your summer activities you simply have to pick your air pump from our list below. We tested them thoroughly during our weekly paddleboarding. They had to perform in circumstances the average paddleboarder experience and here’s what we found.

  NameWeightSizeRating 
Best Overall
Tower Paddle Boards Pump4lb7” x 12” x 4.5”5.0/5Check Price
Best Budget
Sevylor SUP Pump1.98lb7.7” x 7.4” x 7.2”4.2/5Check Price
iSUPs
SEAMAX Intelligent Pump2.86lbHose of 4.5ft + power cord of 9ft4.2/5Check Price
Best Quality
SereneLife Premium Pump3lb9.1” x 5.5” x 4.7”4.0/5Check Price

Best Pump

Best Overall!

Tower Paddle Boards Pump

tower pump

Recommendation

Choose this if you’re after an easy, reliable, fast, and functioning pumping solution. This gauge is built in and can be adjusted to the required psi setting. When this level is reached the unit will power down automatically. Because it’s designed explicitly for stand up paddle boards, it’s the best option to try for your board.

Our Rating: 5.0/5

TECH SPECS

Weight
4lb
Size
7” x 12” x 4.5”
Cord length
54” (Plug in cord is 10’ long)
Maximum pressure
20psi
Deflation
Yes (4 minutes on a PSU)
Pump speed
Slow at 1psi/minute
Number of valves
1
Multi-use
No unless you purchase adapters to match other toys’ fittings
Extra features
Has both a cigarette lighter and car battery connection

Who Should Buy

This is ideal for inflatable SUP users since it can handle the pressure you’re after. It connected perfectly to iSUPs with the adapter provided. Of course, it will also help with other large inflatables such as Kayaks, etc. The auto shut off feature means your inflatable SUP or the pump won’t get damaged.Click here for the Tower Paddle Boards Pump

Review

This pump works great. It’s our best pick on the market and it’s designed to blow up an iSUP. Where most pumps can only be powered by a car battery this one can accommodate a cigarette lighter too. The pumps features make it clear that TOWER, one of the best-known paddle board brands is the manufacturer of this inflatable pump:

  • Quality 12V battery cables
  • Non kinking hose
  • Set and forget gauge
  • Deflation in 4 minutes

The exterior design is also favorable since it has a handle for easy carrying. The square design makes for easy packing. Its weight means most people—even your kids—can help carry it from the car. It has an H3 nozzle, so it’s appropriate for SUPs and units that have the same fitting.
While you can use the unit’s battery as a power source, try running it from your car whenever possible so you don’t drain the battery. It’s noteworthy that it will work faster if your vehicle is actually running. This is important since it doesn’t pump exceptionally fast.
Most paddleboards have a MAX PSI of 25. I pump my tower to 10-15 PSI. See what your board recommends.
Another major bonus is the inflate and deflate option. Inflation of our boards is about half the time with a hand pump. Expect about 5 min. Deflate mode will allow you to quickly remove the air from your board so you can roll it up much more compact at the end of the day!

Pros
  • Auto shut off
  • Multiple charging options
  • Can adjust psi
  • Non-kinking hose
Cons
  • Not the fastest pump in this review
  • Stiff hose can disconnect if not used at exactly the right angle
tower pump
tower pump carpet
tower pump outside
Best Budget!

Sevylor SUP Pump

sevylor water sport

Recommendation

While this unit was designed for SUPs it’s not quite up to standard. While the pump is strong the hose and its connection require some revision. This has a huge impact on how rigid your board will be in the end.

Our Rating: 4.2/5

TECH SPECS

Weight
1.98lb
Size
7.7” x 7.4” x 7.2”
Cord length
10ft (power cord)
Maximum pressure
15psi
Deflation
No
Number of valves
3
Multi use
It can accommodate different valves making it easy to use for many inflatables
Extra features
Pick what unit you want to see on the display

Who Should Buy

You can use this with your SUP but be prepared to make some modifications to ensure it doesn’t start leaking. For other inflatables that require less pressure this will work well. You can get this if your activities involve going out on a boat because it can either connect to that or your car.Click here for the Sevylor SUP Pump

Review

You get a sleek design and a functional tool in this pump. The bright blue makes it quite visible. Because you have a long power cord as well as a hose you’ll easily find a comfortable space to do inflation as you can move around quite a lot.

The unit is versatile in its applications thanks to these features:

  • A variety of nozzles and adaptors that make it possible to work with:
  • Double Lock
  • Mini Double Lock
  • Boston valves
  • Pinch valves
  • You get both a low pressure and heavy duty extension hose

Unfortunately the high pressure valve fitting is not as reliable as noted by the brand. This tends to let air escape. You can use tape to limit this and after that it works adequately well even at high pressure above 7psi.
You power it via the boat or car’s ignition and on the LCD screen you can pick which unit you want the pressure measured in (psi, KPA or mbar). You can pick a maximum pressure and the unit will switch off when it reaches that stage.

Pros
  • Long power cord
  • Both low and high pressure hoses
  • Compatible with multiple fitting
  • Affordable
Cons
  • No deflation feature
  • Hose is short
  • Not durable—wears out quick and lets air escape
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sevylor water sports pumping
iSUPs!

SEAMAX Intelligent Pump

seamax

Recommendation

This pump makes sense if water sports are your main reason for purchasing this type of equipment. All the components are made of durable plastic so there is very little chance of it getting damaged. No rust will appear so you should be able to use this for a long time. Just remember plastic is less durable so you need to take good care of this.

The one down side is that this doesn’t have a deflation features. We rate this as a high priority feature since packing up should go quick, right?

Our Rating: 4.2/5

TECH SPECS

Weight
2.86lb
Cord length
Hose of 4.5ft + power cord of 9ft
Maximum pressure
20psi
Deflation
No
Number of valves
5
Multi use
Yes
Extra features
Hose has 360° turning feature; Handle for easy carrying

Who Should Buy

It’s designed for water sports and inflatables such as SUPs so it’s ideal for that niche. However, it does come with fittings for standard valves, Bravo air valves, Naru air valves and more so it can help families that love camping or other outdoor activities that require inflatables.Click here for the SEAMAX Intelligent Pump

Review

This model even looks great and sporty so if you want to impress others with your equipment this is a good way to start. But it’s definitely practical too.

Where many other pumps limit your movement and positioning this unit provides a 360° turning feature with its hose. You can use the hose in any position without it disconnecting or getting damaged.

All the connectors screw in instead of simply clicking in. This ensures airtight connections which will improve pressure and shorten pumping time since no air will escape.

As with most high end pumps this one will stop when the desired pressure level is reached. You still get this top feature at a very reasonable price so this is a good buy.

You can view details on the LCD screen on the exterior. You can switch between viewing it in psi or Bar units, depending on your preferences.

Because it doesn’t deflate it may not be ideal for many sportsmen but if you’re shopping on a budget this could be your answer.

Pros
  • Manoeuvrability thanks to long cord and hose
  • 5 different fittings
  • 360° turning of hose
  • High pressure
  • Affordable
Cons
  • No deflation feature
  • Plastic parts can break
seamax
seamax 2
seamax pumping
seamax inflatable pump
Best Quality!

SereneLife Premium Pump

serenlife

Recommendation

Here is a good looking and quality working pump to use as an air pump for inflatable pool accessories or your SUP. Its compact design makes it easy to take anywhere, but just note the hose is a bit stiff. Don’t press on it too hard as it may break.
Also note that it’s pressure rating is lower than the pump mentioned first on our list. At a maximum 16psi level it won’t easily pump your SUP to full capacity.

Our Rating: 4.0/5

TECH SPECS

Weight
3lb
Size
9.1” x 5.5” x 4.7”
Cord length
3.3’
Maximum pressure
16psi
Deflation
Yes
Number of valves
1
Multi use
Yes. You can use on pool toys and more.
Extra features
Digital display and you can decide to view in psi, KPA or mbar units.

Who Should Buy

This is an all rounder because it’s appropriate for SUPs but other inflatables too. That will make it ideal for the sportsmen who have families who may want a beach ball inflated after you’re done with your SUP. However it only has an H3 nozzle included so you’ll have to invest in other adaptors first if your other inflatables have unique fittings.Click here for the SereneLife Premium Pump

Review

If aesthetics is important to you you’ll love the sleek, modern design. The LCD screen will also appeal to you but remember these don’t add to the efficacy of the pump itself. The display does help if the manufacturer stated your SUP’s desired pressure in a different unit. You can view it in either psi, mbar or KPA which some brands tend to use.

You can power it with your cigarette lighter of your vehicle but this is the only charging option.

You manage it with the one touch button features. Even deflation is easy thanks to the air release valve you can use.

Pros
  • You can preset desired pressure
  • Auto shut off
  • Sleek design
Cons
  • Hose is stiff so it can damage easily
  • Only one power source option
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serenelife top
serenelife blocks
serenelife description

Airhead Air Pump

airhead

Recommendation

It’s a handy pump since it comes with all the nozzles you’ll need to inflate a variety of objects. But that’s about all it’s good for: Other inflatables apart from SUPs. It’s not powerful enough to inflate a waterboard.
This unit is powered by an AC power cord. Note that it will get quite hot when it works and you’ll have to allow cool down times every twenty minutes.

Our Rating: 2.5/5

TECH SPECS

Weight
1lb
Size
8” x 8” x 6”
Cord length
Power cord measures at 10’
Maximum pressure
.92psi
Deflation
Yes
Pump speed
300 liter/minute
Number of valves
3
Multi use
Yes; necessary fittings/nozzles are included
Extra features
Three different nozzles

Who Should Buy

This pumps is for your family’s inflatables and not for your SUP. It’s handy to keep around the house for items that don’t require much power to blow up.Click here for the Airhead Air Pump

Review

Made from high quality materials this is your long term investment so you can enjoy your SUP to its fullest without your pump giving out in the middle of a session.

It’s bright yellow which actually makes it safer to use. It’s unlikely someone will accidentally trip over this as it’s highly visible. The three nozzles that are included with your purchase mean you can inflate just about any toy or sports object your family needs but unfortunately not your SUP.

Pros
  • Variety of fittings
  • Works fast
  • Durable product
  • Plugs into AC power
Cons
  • Very loud
  • Runs hot
  • Doesn’t have required power for SUPs
  • Low quality hose
airhead
airhead real life

World of Watersports, 16-4010

wow

Recommendation

This is only for home use as it requires your home’s AC power outlet as power source. If you don’t have a generator where you want to inflate your SUP or toys you’ll need to ready them at home already. It doesn’t come with fittings to draw power from your car battery or cigarette lighter.

It’s also not very resilient as it can get hot quite quickly so it may take a while to blow up large objects. Make sure you have loads of time if you use this unit.

This is more appropriate for general inflatables than an SUP that requires excessive power.

Our Rating: 3.0/5

TECH SPECS

Weight
3lb
Size
8” x 6” x 6”
Cord length
Power cord
Maximum pressure
2.5psi
Deflation
Yes
Pump speed
600 liter/minute
Number of valves
5
Multi use
Yes
Extra features
The hose is reinforced for added strength and durability

Who Should Buy

The five different nozzles empower you to handle almost any fitting you find on inflatables that you’ll use at home. It’s ideal if you know you’ll be inflating a whole range of items in future such as plastic balls and a pool mattress.Click here for the World of Watersports, 16-4010

Review

IThe design is sturdy and the color makes it easy to notice. That makes this a practical and safe option for your home or camping site. With a total of five fittings, you can inflate most toys, mattresses and your SUP with one pump.

Just keep in mind it only has one power option: You need a wall outlet or an adaptor that accommodates the power cord.

With both a long power cord and a hose attachment you’re given a lot of manoeuvrability in terms of where you want to work with the pump. It’s quite powerful and fast so even your SUP will be inflated within minutes. This unit caters for your entire leisure time since deflation before storage can also be a quick process.

Pros
  • Variety of valves
  • Powerful pump for general inflatables
  • Bright exterior makes it visible
Cons
  • Can’t be powered by your car
  • Kinks in the hose
  • Not practical for SUPs

World of Watersports, 13-4020

wow 2

Recommendation

However it’s not ideal for SUPs, only other inflatables that require less power. You’ll only fill it up to 1psi which is only helpful for certain rafts, definitely not waterboards. So for our purpose this one was quite disappointing.

Our Rating: 3.0/5

TECH SPECS

Weight
1.12lb
Size
5.1” x 5” x 5.4”
Cord length
5ft
Maximum pressure
1.0 psi
Deflation
Yes
Pump speed
700l/minute
Number of valves
3
Multi-use
You can use this for multiple inflatables
Extra features
DC adapter makes charging easier

Who Should Buy

It’s ideal for the outdoorsman because it’s designed to plug in and draw power from boats, cars or RV vehicles. You can inflate your toys, mattresses or sports paraphernalia no matter where you pursue your hobby.
For all its power and options it’s still compact & light enough to easily carry with you. If you need something to take on a boat or place in your car this won’t increase the load much.Click here for the World of Watersports, 13-4020

Review

Your hobbies are made effortless by the fact that this pump’s purchase includes three different valves. It covers most of the popular fittings inflatable objects have these days. It’s just not designed for SUPs.
Note the difference between this and the brand’s 16-4010 model. Here you don’t have the benefit of an air hose. You only have the power cord and you fit the unit directly onto the inflatable, connected by the selected nozzle. This limits your manoeuvrability and could mean you have to work in cramped spaces. Consider how and where you want to use your pump before settling on this model.

Pros
  • Multiple charging options
  • Light and compact
  • Long cord
  • High pump speed
  • Three different nozzles
Cons
  • No hose
  • Not powerful enough for SUP

BTP Mano Pump

btp

Recommendation

This ranks high on our list of favorites because it has a reliable battery feature. You can charge it and carry it wherever you need it. With this you don’t need to stay near a power outlet, car or boat to enjoy your sports outside.
However it does require some DIY work to make it a perfect companion for waterboarders. The fitting doesn’t work on all paddleboards.

Our Rating: 3.5/5

TECH SPECS

Weight
5.5lb
Size
12” x 4” x 6”
Cord length
6ft hose + 102”cable
Maximum pressure
14.5psi
Deflation
Yes
Number of valves
7
Multi use
Yes
Extra features
Carry case; 12V battery can be recharged

Who Should Buy

This is powerful enough to suit serious sportsmen who need the SUPs or other inflatables pumped to perfection. It’s also practical with a chargeable battery so it makes sense to use this when you don’t want to be limited in where you can go to enjoy your inflatables or how long you plan on staying in the outdoors. Portability makes it one of the best 12V air pump for inflatables options.Click here for the BTP Mano Pump

Review

Your SUP and other inflatables will be at their firmest because this inflatable SUP electric pump actually goes through two separate stages during inflation. First a high volume turbine blower will inflate the unit. After that, in stage 2, a high pressure piston is used to ensure high psi is reached.

It’s quite fast as your inflatable can reach almost 15psi within minutes. This is one of the best 12V compressors because the battery can hold enough power to inflate large items a few times. It won’t run flat in the middle of your outing.

The design of this electric air pump for inflatables is user friendly since the long 6ft hose gives you ample space to find an ideal position for inflation. You’re also given a number of valve adaptors so it can do even more than inflate your SUP. This makes it a practical tool for a family getaway to also tend to beach balls or mattresses.

When it’s time to charge the 12V battery, note that it can’t plug into a wall socket or cigarette lighter but needs to be linked to your car battery with the provided alligator clips. Also know the battery is not part of the purchase so consider this when planning your budget.

Be prepared to look for adapters depending on the paddleboard you own. It doesn’t come with an instruction manual so it may take some figuring out first.

Pros
  • Handy case makes it portable
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Long cord and hose
  • Multiple valve fittings provided
  • Two stage process ensures rigid SUP
Cons
  • Battery not included
  • Can’t power with wall socket
  • Hose isn’t of high quality
  • May require nozzle adapters
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btp front
btp mano side

Sea Eagle Bravo Pump

bravo

Recommendation

This is such a handy tool since it’s rechargeable and comes in a bag. It’s simply unfortunate it doesn’t help you deflate your SUP or other inflatables too. Also note that it’s wise to let the pump cool down for a few minutes between uses. This will make it last longer.

Our Rating: 3.5/5

TECH SPECS

Weight
2.6lb
Size
8” x 4” x 5”
Cord length
Hose of 72” + Cable of 102”
Maximum pressure
14.5psi
Deflation
Yes
Pump speed
160l/minute
Number of valves
7
Multi use
Yes
Extra features
Bag included; High pressure piston pump

Who Should Buy

It’s more affordable than similar models making it one of the best inflatable SUP electric pump options when you’re shopping on a budget. If the absence of a deflation feature doesn’t bother you this is ideal if you need to inflate items far from your home or vehicle. It’s also a sensible option if your space is limited since it’s smaller than other models that provide similar inflation features.Click here for the Sea Eagle Bravo Pump

Review

Here’s a small design that showcases a lot of power. It only weighs 2.6lb so you can carry it wherever you’ll need it. Its compact nature makes it very portable.

Make sure the 12V battery is fully charged and you’ll get a whole day’s outdoor fun since it can charge your SUP anywhere. You also receive a set of valve fittings so you can inflate other toys and inflatables too. You can pick a certain pressure setting and the pump will stop automatically when the inflatable reaches that pressure level.

It all comes in a handy carry case that makes it portable but also protects the unit.

Users prefer to top off inflation with a hand pump for inflatables. This is often the case with these smaller pumps that can’t quite reach 15psi (which is usually necessary for SUPs). If this one does perform well enough for your preferences you’ll love the speed too since it inflates most water boards within minutes.

While the fittings will match most inflatables, note that they aren’t of the best quality. This may cause them to disconnect so you need to keep an eye on the unit during the inflation process.

This pump can also get quite hot so plan ahead for cool down times.

Pros
  • Affordable price range
  • Light weight and carry bag makes it portable
  • Can get multiple SUPs inflated on a single charge
Cons
  • Rechargeable battery not included in purchase
  • Can’t charge via wall power outlet
  • Can get hot
  • Loud when in use
  • Low quality fittings
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bravo side

How To Choose The Best Electric Air Pump for Inflatables

The Definitive Buyer’s Guide

air pump buyers guide

Features To Look For

When you’re out shopping there are a few basic features you should compare. An air pump’s value relates to how well it serves—not what it looks like—so focus on these aspects:

  • Nozzle: Will the air pump’s nozzle fit the inflatable you want to use it on? Remember an SUP has a unique fitting. If a pump isn’t designed for SUPs it probably won’t have that nozzle provided. Make sure what the requirements of your inflatable is before you start shopping.
  • Weight: Where will you use your air pump? If you’ll only use it at home you can purchase a heavier unit and keep it in one place in your garage. However, if you need to inflate that SUP on the beach you don’t want to lug a heavy item. Can you carry it or will you need assistance? Make sure your air pump is a sensible, practical solution no matter the circumstances.
  • Type: You can pick a manual or electric pump and there is probably no right option here; only a right option for you. Electric pumps are fast, user friendly and they minimize the effort you put in. However, some individuals may enjoy the process of pumping their inflatables manually. Or perhaps you want a back up plan for when you don’t have access to a power source at all. Often you do need to top up the inflatable after using an electric version so getting both types is a smart idea. An SUP uses 10-15psi (please read up on your board’s requirements) so your pump must be able to handle this pressure. Here’s a warning: Your waterboard can get damaged if it’s pumped too much. If you don’t keep an eye on the process a 25psi pump may be too much. Rather opt for a maximum of 20psi to play it safe. Automatic features are handy but you never know when that component fails and that could push your board past its limits.
  • Power: Will you always have an external power source available or should your pump rather run off batteries? Also consider the power capacity since an air pump for inflatable boat or large mattress require more pressure than beach balls. On average a 12V pump will suffice.
  • 2 in 1 functionality: Deflating an inflatable can be as cumbersome as blowing it up. If you want a quick solution so packing up after a day at the beach goes smoothly, make sure your air pump for inflatable toys can deflate the object too.
  • Timelines, strength and size: A pump’s specs should tell you how long it will take to inflate something. When your pump is bigger and can put out more air with each stroke, your SUP will be ready to use quicker than when using a low end, small unit. An acceptable timeline is 15 minutes—that’s a trademark of high end models.

Handy Tips

Don’t go for the Fancy Ones
Don’t get carried away because a salesman or packaging tells you how amazing a certain new design is. Chances are you won’t use some of the intricate features manufacturers add to pumps these days.
You need an air pump for one basic reason. Anything outside those guidelines could result in the pump breaking easier or you’re paying for features you’ll never use. This is also the reason why you shouldn’t let aesthetics govern your decision making. Make sure the pump you pick can do the job.
Keep an Eye While It’s Pumping
Many of the units listed above can pump your SUP wh

Handy Tips

Don’t go for the Fancy Ones
Don’t get carried away because a salesman or packaging tells you how amazing a certain new design is. Chances are you won’t use some of the intricate features manufacturers add to pumps these days.
You need an air pump for one basic reason. Anything outside those guidelines could result in the pump breaking easier or you’re paying for features you’ll never use. This is also the reason why you shouldn’t let aesthetics govern your decision making. Make sure the pump you pick can do the job.

Keep an Eye While It’s Pumping
Many of the units listed above can pump your SUP while you tend to other things. However, it’s wise to keep an eye throughout the process. Vibrations occur while you pump and these can cause the hose to become loose or the fitting to disconnect. So check it every minute or so and tighten if necessary. This will ensure pumping happens in the shortest time possible because no air will escape.

Faq

Q: Can these air pumps be used on bicycle tyres or basketballs?
A: No. A bicycle tyre requires higher psi such as 40psi or even 120psi, which most air pumps for inflatables can’t produce. The fittings also differ.

Q: Can these air pumps be used to clean items such as the inside of a computer:
A: It can work but the pressure may be too high and can damage some components. Canned air is a safer option.

Q: Is it safe to use these compact pumps for long periods?
A: You should use your pump for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time to prevent overheating. Let it cool off and then you can continue.

The Bottom Line

These pumps will make your life so much easier so your next off day can be even more relaxed. They’re worth the investment, but take care in finding the right one and take good care of it so you can use it for a long time. Now go enjoy!

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