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Inflatable SUP Electric Pump Review

I admit, I’m a slacker. I should be manually blowing up my inflatable sups, but I’d rather be maxing my time out by surfing and paddling vs pumping away in a hot parking lot.

So I use the Bravo High Pressure12v pump.  I’ve been using this pump regularly for several years and love it!

It’s priced at $189 which is worth it given the many days you won’t be manually pumping away.

How to Use

  • Keep car off
  • Attach gator clips to your car battery
  • Place inflatable SUP near your car battery (front is best in lots)
  • Most board valve are similar. Usually you push down and turn, or push down and it holds. The Down position is best for letting in the most air.
  • With the hose, over twist, then allow it to untwist onto your valve
  • Place your vest life jacket over the pump to reduce noise.
  • Adjust the pump PSI to your board’s specs. Note I don’t always use the max psi. I like 13-15 psi for most of my boards.
  • Hit the ‘on’ button.
  • Drink your coffee, water or enjoy the view.
  • The pump will go into a ‘second stage’ and get louder in a bit. No worries, keep chilling.
  • When completed, untwist the valve tube and quickly close your valve (if older school valve)
  • Top off if needed by not pushing down the board valve, but adding air to ‘upper valve’ position.
  • Check PSI for desired level.

Pump Stages:

Reduce pump noise

In my first year with my Bravo, I didn’t know the noisier second stage finished filling it up. It started out with the standard noise, then jacked up to another level of noise which finished it. But we thought the pump was going to blow up, so stopped and it topped it off with a hand pump.  Glad we figured that one out. 🙂

Reduce Pump Noise:
To reduce pump noise in public areas, stack lifejackets and/or towels over the pump.  Both will break the silence in a peaceful park or beach.

Pump Tips:
-Get a few of the pump adaptors that connect to the board. They attach to your hose but can be easily lost.

-Blow up board till it’s rock hard. If your board is still super bouncy at full PSI then you’ll have balance issues (get a better board).  Most board PSI’s range from 15-25. Check for yours.

Pump hose adaptors

Removing the pump adaptor: The inflation valve will either need to be pushed and turn turned to lock, or just pushed in. So Push in to inflate most of the board with the electric pump. Then when fully inflated, you have to remove the pump tube (twist to release), then if you loose some air, release the valve tab so it prevents air from coming out. Leaving it released (or ‘up’) use your pump to top it off.

Deflation – Just push in and/or turn (depends on brand) the inflation tab to release the air. Stand back and it’ll deflate very quickly.  Then fold the board towards the valve end.

Clean your valve with water and Q-Tips to keep clean of dirt, salt and sand. Watch this video from NRS For keeping your valve clean.

More Inflatable SUP Tips

Fin Details to Look for in Inflatable SUPs

How to Find Leaks in your Inflatable SUP

Use the Stirrup for Getting on a Thick Inflatable SUP


 

About Rob Casey – Named a pioneer in the SUP industry by Stand Up Journal, Rob is the author of “Stand Up Paddling Flat Water to Surf and Rivers” and “Kayaking Puget Sound and the San Juans, 60 Trips.” Rob owns SUP school Salmon Bay Paddle in Seattle. He also runs several paddling races throughout the year.
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