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Everything You Need to Know About Inflatable SUP Pumps

August 4, 2023

If you’re new to the world of stand-up paddle boarding (SUP-ing), then you probably have a surplus of questions. First up, what is the best advice for new stand-up paddle boarders? Next, which is better, a hard board or an inflatable one? Then, if you choose an inflatable SUP (iSUP), you will probably wonder, “What are the different types of pumps for iSUPs?” As always, our team at Atoll Boards has got you covered. We have everything you need to know about inflatable SUP pumps, so keep on reading below!

Read more: The Best Way to Inflate a Paddle Board (Follow These Simple Steps!)

Different Types of Pumps for iSUPs

In short, there are four different types of pumps for iSUPs: 12V electric pumps, BP20 electric pumps, single chamber, dual-action manual pumps, and, last but not least, double chamber, triple-action manual pumps. That said, your first decision will be between electric and manual pumps. While electric products will save you time and energy, the manual models will save you money. Either way, you can’t go wrong; it simply comes down to personal preferences, priorities, etc. With all of that in mind, let’s take a closer look at the different types of pumps.

Differences Between the 12V and BP20 Electric Pumps

While both of them are great options, there are some significant differences between the 12V and BP20 electric pumps. First, the 12V is the cheaper of the two, as it requires a connection to a power source in order to operate. In other words, you will need to connect it to your cigarette lighter, car battery, or another appropriate power source. From there, you can select your desired PSI, set the pump to fill it up, and sit back as you watch your 12V electric pump automatically turn off once your board is at the designated PSI. Needless to say, this is an invaluable feature, especially when you factor in the fact that it is impossible to overinflate your board like this. As for time estimates, a 12V variant can inflate your paddle board to 20 psi in approximately five minutes. To learn more about 12V electric pumps, check out the Outdoor Master Shark 2 SUP Electric Air Pump – available now in our online store. 

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The BP20 electric pump, on the other hand, is supposedly worth the higher price tag because of one crucial feature: a rechargeable battery. Because of it, one doesn’t need a power source in order to operate the BP20. Furthermore, with a full charge, the BP20 can inflate your iSUP in approximately 10 to 15 minutes; not once, not twice, but three different times. What’s more, charging can be accomplished via a standard wall switch, your car’s cigarette lighter, or any other appropriate power source. In short, in the minds of many SUP-ers, this next-level convenience is well worth a small upcharge. If you think a BP20 is the pump for you, then take a peek at our available Outdoor Master Cordless Electric SUP Air Pump With Rechargeable Battery.

Reasons to Consider a Manual Pump

While the electric models are undeniably appealing, there are still many reasons to consider a manual pump. First up, it is by far the most affordable. Our single chamber, dual-action manual pump, for example, is just $49.99 in our online shop! The 12V and BP20 electric pumps, on the other hand, are normally priced at $139.99 and $199.99, respectively. Aside from savings, a traditional hand pump can prove to be a nice little workout before you begin your SUP session. Also, with a more powerful unit—namely a double chamber, triple-action variant—you can fill your iSUP with 30% less pumps than a typical single chamber, dual-action manual model. The trade-off, however, is the more powerful pumps are bigger, less convenient to travel with, and, as one would expect, a little bit more expensive. 

Conclusion

In summary, regardless of which pump is most appealing to you, every single type has its own distinct advantages and disadvantages. As we said at the beginning of this blog, it all comes down to personal preferences, priorities, etc. As long as you pick the perfect pump for you, your board, and your budget, then everything else will fall into place.

Read more: How to Stand Up Paddle Board | Beginner’s Guide to SUP

Contact Our Team at Atoll Boards

In any case, now that you’ve learned everything you need to know about inflatable SUP pumps, what’s next on your to-do list? For more information about any of the pumps listed above, our signature Atoll Boards, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. To contact our team at Atoll Boards, all are welcome to give us a call at 877-698-8581, send an email to customerservice@atollboards.com, or click here for more options. Whatever your preference may be, we look forward to serving you soon. Until then!

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