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FLOAT TUBE FISHING FORUM » Float Tubes, Pontoons and Related Equipment Discussions » Float Tube, Pontoon, and Equipment Related Discussions » Air pump suggestions

Air pump suggestions

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1 Air pump suggestions on Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:03 pm

tjflyfisher


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Just wondering what everyone uses for an air pump for thier float tubes
My creek company hand pump broke the handle off on the last outing so I'm in the market for a new one

I'm thinking I might try a 12 v or battery powered pump this time as I have a spare handpump I always carry with me

The tubes I need to inflate are the ODc 420 and my sons new caddis premier plus.

Thanks for any info on what to buy and where I might buy it

Tjflyfisher

2 Re: Air pump suggestions on Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:34 pm

Mo2vation


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Hi buddy

I've never, personally, understood hand pumps for float tubes.

I don't pack a flat tube to my destinations. I have never seen anyone who has. If you can drive up, you can plug in a 12v inflator.

Or there is likely a gas station down the street, and for a buck its full in a minute or two.

Or the Marina where you're launching has a pump.

When there is absolutely nothing, I have a scuba tank (I'm a diver) and I can fill a float tube in 90 seconds.

Locally, I fill with a compressor I have in the garage.

I've been tubing over three decades. I have never, not once ever hand pumped a tube. If you're not backpacking your tube in, there is no reason to ever hand pump.

If you have been, you're going to love a 12v pump. There are many. Most are loud and slow.... which is why I don't use them. I'll go to a gas station or drive it there full.

- Ken

3 Re: Air pump suggestions on Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:17 am

mthaubs

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I have a Tacoma with a 110 volt plugin in the bed. I only use a elec. pump. I do have a backup  hand pump for when I am in Bridgeport, just as a back up back up.



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4 Re: Air pump suggestions on Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:03 pm

Ornery Bob

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I simply have no way to store or transport my fully inflated Super Fat Cat, so I inflate and deflate my tube every time. When it's not in the water, it's folded flat in a closet.

I ordered a hand pump with pressure gauge at the same time I ordered my tube and after one time of doing that, I bought a $20 Airhead 12V pump that plugs into the cigarette lighter.

I wouldn't be without the electric pump, even though it has one drawback. It's not strong enough to push down the valve, so you have to leave the valve in the open position while inflating and then quickly close it when you remove the pump. Usually it's not an issue, but occasionally I will have to use one or two hand pumps to top it off if too much air escapes.

So I say go for the 12V pump, like I said, I wouldn't be without it.

5 Re: Air pump suggestions on Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:16 pm

Jerdon

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I have an air compressor in my garage and can fit my tube fully inflated in the back of my old dusty Suburban. I travel with it inflated 2/3 or maybe 3/4 full depending on how hot it is. I have a tube from a broken hand pump I keep behind the seat. It usually takes less than 6 puffs from my lungs to fully inflate the tube from that point.

I have seen a tuber with a leaking tube keep air in the tube with just a few puffs every so often. My thoughts are if you have a hole big enough to require a hand pump to stay afloat you’re better off heading for shore.


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6 Re: Air pump suggestions on Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:43 pm

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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:I have an air compressor in my garage and can fit my tube fully inflated in the back of my old dusty Suburban. I travel with it inflated 2/3 or maybe 3/4 full depending on how hot it is. I have a tube from a broken hand pump I keep behind the seat. It usually takes less than 6 puffs from my lungs to fully inflate the tube from that point.

I have seen a tuber with a leaking tube keep air in the tube with just a few puffs every so often.
My thoughts are if you have a hole big enough to require a hand pump to stay afloat you’re better off heading for shore.

Werd....

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7 Re: Air pump suggestions on Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:17 pm

kin


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I had a Coleman rechargeable pump. One thing to keep in mind, the electric pumps are only as strong as their power source.  I never went overboard in inflating my tube because I usually stop after a few seconds of hearing the motor strain. Oh, and they are loud as hell when you want to be quiet.
I’m opting to go for a hand pump to keep things simple now, my rechargeable has lasted me many years though...

8 Re: Air pump suggestions on Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:10 pm

chipmcd


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K-Pump 200. (0.8G/3L volume, up to 8PSI)

I have a back that doesn't always cooperate all the time, so hunching over for a foot pump was out of the question.  Considered an electric pump at one point but fishing Newport Harbor, 6 in the morning, with an electric pump blaring away is one way not to be endeared by the neighborhood (just trying to be respectful - if I were not fishing and had to go to work, I'd like an extra hour or so of sleep without the buzz of an electric pump outside.)  With the K-pump, I could inflate a dead flat 8' pontoon boat in about 5 minutes and my float tube is a little less than that. Most of the times, usually have the tube inflated to 50% (not enough room in a Tahoe for 2 fully inflated tubes and gear.) My buddies have done short hikes with their tubes (between 5-10 mi) and it was a benefit to pack the tubes (lighter tubes for hiking, of course) and inflate waterside: electric pump of no use then.

If you're considering an inflatable SUP later, you could get one of their 2 stage pumps (up to 25PSI).


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