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I understand this sounds like an elementary question however, we were hoping to get your opinions on the best, lightest, and most practical pump for a 14' inflatable? (i.e. barrel pump, foot, etc.)

With all the options and INTEX. on the market, we were hoping to narrow down the field before making a purchase.

Thank guy's for your time!

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36 minutes ago, Chap243 said:

We just use a portable 12v Coleman brand pump. We`ve had it for years and it dos well. I do wish it had a reverseable mode as deflating can sometimes be more of a headache than inflating.

Is this the Coleman you have? We have one of these and they will deflate. You just hook the hose to the front round opening on the center of it right above the Coleman logo. Oh, and it comes in red to match your boat. Hope Futzin doesn't see this.  :rolleyes:

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19 hours ago, tomnjo said:

Is this the Coleman you have? We have one of these and they will deflate. You just hook the hose to the front round opening on the center of it right above the Coleman logo. Oh, and it comes in red to match your boat. Hope Futzin doesn't see this.  :rolleyes:

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That looks very similar to mine, except mine is black. I think mine is an earlier model as I have had it for seven years now. I don`t think mine has the same side port as that red model. It may be time to look into upgrading as the vacuum feature would sure be nice.

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On 10/23/2018 at 2:51 PM, Iggy said:

I bought a double action hand pump. So with every stroke i am putting air into it. 

But a good inflatable should not need that much air though the season. 

 

We have same thing.  It also has a suction feature to speed up the deflating process.  Its about 6" in diameter and about 18" long, so takes up a bit more space than some of the electric driven ones.

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I've had very good results with this Airhead unit (it appears to now be white-labeled by many, including Overtons) on two different boats:

https://www.leisurepro.com/p-ahdhp12p/airhead-ahp-12hp-12-volt-hi-pressure-air-pump?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIx5-wkoik3gIVStbACh2SkABkEAQYAiABEgKYJPD_BwE

It does a good job on anything from regular towables to 12x12 islands.  It does require more amperage than a standard 12v outlet can support, so you either have to connect it directly to a battery, or, as I did, install a 30A trolling motor outlet and plug on a dedicated circuit/breaker.

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2 hours ago, sburke91 said:

I've had very good results with this Airhead unit (it appears to now be white-labeled by many, including Overtons) on two different boats:

https://www.leisurepro.com/p-ahdhp12p/airhead-ahp-12hp-12-volt-hi-pressure-air-pump?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIx5-wkoik3gIVStbACh2SkABkEAQYAiABEgKYJPD_BwE

It does a good job on anything from regular towables to 12x12 islands.  It does require more amperage than a standard 12v outlet can support, so you either have to connect it directly to a battery, or, as I did, install a 30A trolling motor outlet and plug on a dedicated circuit/breaker.

Still the peak PSI is only 2.5.  Our dingy inflatable needs 3.6 in the tubes, keel is 5.8 psi and the air floor is 8.7.  I have been trying to find one that gets good reviews but it doesn't seem to exist that can handle high pressure inflatable.  #$^% our SUP needs 15 PSI.

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Looks like you have a cruiser, do you have an inverter on it?  On our cruiser, we use the 120V Airhead:

https://www.amazon.com/Airhead-AHP-120S-Super-Pump-Inflatables/dp/B00BAFBUMG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1540586055&sr=8-3&keywords=airhead+pump

Granted, you will only get 3psi out of it, but it's the bulk inflation that takes all the time.  Getting the high pressure could be done by hand or you could carry a small air tank to get the pressure you need.  Our dinghy needs about 2.5psi in the tubes so it works for us...I'm surprised you need 3.6 in the tubes, that's really high for tubes on an inflatable dinghy.  I don't know of any pump made for boating and inflatables that will get those kinds of pressures.  Air tank or manual pump is probably the only way to get there.

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10 minutes ago, Johnfrmcal said:

Looks like you have a cruiser, do you have an inverter on it?  On our cruiser, we use the 120V Airhead:

https://www.amazon.com/Airhead-AHP-120S-Super-Pump-Inflatables/dp/B00BAFBUMG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1540586055&sr=8-3&keywords=airhead+pump

Granted, you will only get 3psi out of it, but it's the bulk inflation that takes all the time.  Getting the high pressure could be done by hand or you could carry a small air tank to get the pressure you need.  Our dinghy needs about 2.5psi in the tubes so it works for us...I'm surprised you need 3.6 in the tubes, that's really high for tubes on an inflatable dinghy.  I don't know of any pump made for boating and inflatables that will get those kinds of pressures.  Air tank or manual pump is probably the only way to get there.

Ours came with a manual pump that does up to 18psi but it requires a lot of work as you know.  The company I purchased it from has one that can get to the recommended psi.  I might take a gamble with it but it’s $189 with no reviews.

 

https://www.boatstogo.com/digital-electric-pump.asp

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Wow, $189 bucks for a gamble on an item with a 90 day warranty and no reviews????  Scary in my opinion.  It looks pretty similar to this unit on Amazon (maybe a different generation?) that doesn't get very good reviews:

https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Electric-Pressure-Inflatable-Included/dp/B079PR9N3S/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1540587470&sr=8-15&keywords=digital+high+pressure+pump

 

This one gets a mix of good and bad reviews.  However, the bad reviews are basically about having to step on your inflatable to momentarily raise the air pressure to coax the unit into the second stage (high pressure stage):

https://www.amazon.com/Seamax-Intelligent-Inflatable-Inflation-Deflation/dp/B07C5K7HFM/ref=sr_1_12_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1540587470&sr=8-12-spons&keywords=digital+high+pressure+pump&psc=1

 

Here's another unit that's similar to the one above but without the deflate feature and gets maybe slightly less favorable reviews:

https://www.amazon.com/Seamax-Intelligent-Electric-Designed-Inflatable/dp/B0747639TR/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1540587470&sr=8-8&keywords=digital+high+pressure+pump

 

If it were me, I'd call Seamax and ask about their warranty.  If it is at least 90 days I'd probably gamble on the middle unit (the $99 dollar one) and then use the heck out of it as soon as I got it to see what happens.

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3 minutes ago, Johnfrmcal said:

Wow, $189 bucks for a gamble on an item with a 90 day warranty and no reviews????  Scary in my opinion.  It looks pretty similar to this unit on Amazon (maybe a different generation?) that doesn't get very good reviews:

https://www.amazon.com/Portable-Electric-Pressure-Inflatable-Included/dp/B079PR9N3S/ref=sr_1_15?ie=UTF8&qid=1540587470&sr=8-15&keywords=digital+high+pressure+pump

 

This one gets a mix of good and bad reviews.  However, the bad reviews are basically about having to step on your inflatable to momentarily raise the air pressure to coax the unit into the second stage (high pressure stage):

https://www.amazon.com/Seamax-Intelligent-Inflatable-Inflation-Deflation/dp/B07C5K7HFM/ref=sr_1_12_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1540587470&sr=8-12-spons&keywords=digital+high+pressure+pump&psc=1

 

Here's another unit that's similar to the one above but without the deflate feature and gets maybe slightly less favorable reviews:

https://www.amazon.com/Seamax-Intelligent-Electric-Designed-Inflatable/dp/B0747639TR/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1540587470&sr=8-8&keywords=digital+high+pressure+pump

 

If it were me, I'd call Seamax and ask about their warranty.  If it is at least 90 days I'd probably gamble on the middle unit (the $99 dollar one) and then use the heck out of it as soon as I got it to see what happens.

Thanks, you came up with the same ones I found.  Might be time to make a better product since there is a need with dinghys and SUP.

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I've been through a number of pumps including a few airheads, clamps, cig lighter et cetera. I did a lot of research to find something really fast and very portable. 

Currently using this: https://www.amazon.com/DEWALT-DCE100B-Compact-Jobsite-Blower/dp/B016NZGL9O/ref=sr_1_1?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1543856007&sr=1-1&keywords=dewalt+jobsite+blower

Not pictured in that link but it comes with little adapters that fit rafts. Check out the DeWalt site for more info/ to see the adapters.

It is nothing short of amazing. Note, this link is for the tool only. I have a both 4ah battery and a 6ah battery. The 4ah will inflate AND deflate a 6 person AND 4 person raft in an insanely short amount of time but the 6ah provides a good buffer. They make even bigger batteries as well. 100 CFM is a lot of air flow. 

HIGHLY recommend. People who see this in action are amazed. 

 

EDIT *** Misread OP*** Not sure this gets you the final PSI needed for the raft you are discussing but this thing is amazing for inflatables like lounging rafts. You may need to finish off with a high pressure, not high volume pump. Would need more specs on your raft. 

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