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Old 08-11-2019, 04:52 PM
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Default Rechargable air pump for inflatables - any tips?

Found a new inflatable at Costco that is going to require an air pump to get it filled up at the sandbar. The air pump I've got is pretty bulky and would require I use the cigarette lighter on the boat. I replaced that with two USB outlets so I'd rather not plug one into the boat's 12V power. However I found these rechargeable units for pretty cheap (under $30) on Amazon. Anyone try these out with any success?

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Trying to pump something up like this:


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I had a friend recommend this one. Uses it all the time with no problems and its rechargeable. I got mine today. I just took it off its initial charge. Seems powerful enough. Time will tell.

https://www.amazon.com/OlarHike-Rechargeable-Inflatables-Portable-Quick-Fill/dp/B07H2B8K2W/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=rechargable+air+pump+for+inflatables&qid=1565568397&s=gateway&sr=8-3 https://www.amazon.com/OlarHike-Rechargeable-Inflatables-Portable-Quick-Fill/dp/B07H2B8K2W/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=rechargable+air+pump+for+inflatables&qid=1565568397&s=gateway&sr=8-3
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Cool! Thanks for your link. I ended up just ordering one that said it has 3600 mAH, was looking closely at the one you linked, showed 1000 mAH... figured more is better right. Going to try to inflate this gigantic Costco inflatable thing this week in the pool and see how large it really is... looks gigantic.
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I use an inverter and plug in what ever I want including a blender and air pump , just won’t grill above my cutting board again
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Take a look at the DeWalt DCCO201B. $109.00 at Lowes. Comes with 12v plug or can be powered with a 20V DeWalt battery. Actually pumps faster with battery than 12v plug. Comes with hose to inflate tires and a larger hose to inflate and deflate inflatables.

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Ryobi makes a 14V cordless pump that can be found at HD. It inflates well and can also be used to vacuum the air out. I find the vacuum to be as valuable as it will pull the inflatable down much better than you can by trying to press air out.
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I have a Ryobi 18V battery pump which works great. Home Depot sells them along with dozens of other tools that run off the same battery. You will need the large capacity battery.
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Originally Posted by qec View Post
I have a Ryobi 18V battery pump which works great. Home Depot sells them along with dozens of other tools that run off the same battery. You will need the large capacity battery.
same here, love it!
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IME, the inexpensive rechargable air pumps tend to run down when the float is about half inflated and they don't recharge quickly. I use a 12v pump that is connected to the boat electrical system. I have also found that electric pumps do not inflate with enough pressure to make the float firm enough. I always have to use a manual pump to get the float firm.
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Thank you guys for the tips! Portable charger gets here Thursday. Will try to inflate and deflate. Will update thread accordingly with results.
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I bought some of those huge (like a small boat) floats for the lake. The electric pumps made for regular floats take like an hour to fill the things, I then tried my portable air compressor and it was even worse. My final solution which works the best is an electric leaf blower that I attach to the big air fill port, now down to minutes! You need something that can move a big VOLUME of air, not pressure.

Something like this.

https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-DECKER-LSW221-Lithium-Cordless/dp/B01BNMP6CU/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=battery+blower&qid=1565622397&s=gateway&sr=8-4 https://www.amazon.com/BLACK-DECKER-LSW221-Lithium-Cordless/dp/B01BNMP6CU/ref=sr_1_4?keywords=battery+blower&qid=1565622397&s=gateway&sr=8-4

And to deflate I use a shop vac

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Hmmm I've got an cordless leaf blower here, good call on the volume of air. It's a heck of a lot bulkier than these portable air pumps look to be but you make a really good point.
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For a 9 1/2 foot inflatable boat, I also use the Ryobi inflator, but have a high pressure pump to finish off the floor and tubes. I use the Ryobi battery in a spot light, portable fan (used every night), and vacuum. Charge either from 12 volt charger or when running the generator from 110 V Ryobi charger.
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Originally Posted by qec View Post
I have a Ryobi 18V battery pump which works great. Home Depot sells them along with dozens of other tools that run off the same battery. You will need the large capacity battery.
I have the Ryobi that also does tires. Very handy, as you can just set the pressure and flip it on.

I need to get one of the bigger batteries for it for inflatable duty. It can fill up a big mable, once. Then may or may not have power left to deflate it.
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Originally Posted by awb2541 View Post
Take a look at the DeWalt DCCO201B. $109.00 at Lowes. Comes with 12v plug or can be powered with a 20V DeWalt battery. Actually pumps faster with battery than 12v plug. Comes with hose to inflate tires and a larger hose to inflate and deflate inflatables.
Now you tell me. Love all my 29v Dewalt tools
Just got the 18in fan. It's does a great job. Well off to Amazon to place an order.
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Probably overkill but I just got one of these. Great for quick nail gun jobs and a lot stronger than the little handheld Ryobi. It runs off the 18v drill battery. Weighs around 12 pounds. Goes up to 120psi with a 1 gallon tank.

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Well, I tried the small one from Amazon... it started off great, but just isn't pushing the volume needed to blow this giant float up. Dang float is 15 feet by 8 feet. So, going to try the electric leaf blower next... just have to find the darn fitting to turn it into a pump.
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I have a Dewalt 20V battery one, but I also have a few other Dewalt 20V tools on the boat (lights, shop vac, leaf blower, fan, and drill). It is also able to be powered by 12VDC and 120VAC
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Ok. Electric leaf blower blew it up in a few minutes. Thanks!
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Originally Posted by awb2541 View Post
Take a look at the DeWalt DCCO201B. $109.00 at Lowes. Comes with 12v plug or can be powered with a 20V DeWalt battery. Actually pumps faster with battery than 12v plug. Comes with hose to inflate tires and a larger hose to inflate and deflate inflatables.
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I have a Dewalt 20V battery one, but I also have a few other Dewalt 20V tools on the boat (lights, shop vac, leaf blower, fan, and drill). It is also able to be powered by 12VDC and 120VAC
Looking at grabbing one of these Dewalts. Did you guys use these on inflatable boats and if so how are they standing up? Looking for an easy portable way to speed up set up of a 13' boat in remote locations. Already have several 20v tools.

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