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Old 05 August 2011, 19:05   #1
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Bravo BTP12 Review

I've headed this up as new thread so it's easy to find for someone thinking about buying one of these.

As posted in previous thread been thinking of a Bravo pump since I went over to an air floor Zodiac. I was drawn to this one as it has a pressure gauge rather than the BST type where you dial in a pressure and trust that's what it stops at.

Bought the BTP12 for a few pence over 102 from the Rib Shop Ltd, helpful advice and despite the delivery being free it arrived next day.

The pump feels weighty and good quality, the carry bag is well organised into pump/hose/power lead compartments.



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The 12v power lead is only 3m long which is only enough if your car is parked very close to where you set up the boat. I've already made up a heavy duty 5m extension cable (pump is a max 20a draw, I used 25a cable).

Pressure selection on the digital gauge is accurate and clear. I noted the Bravo unit gave exactly the same pressure reading as the dial gauge that came with my Zodiac.... so I'll assume they're both accurate. You see both the set pressure and the actual pressure as it rises.



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From the packed away vacuumed out state it took 12-15 mins for the Bravo to inflate my Zodiac 360 Fastroller fully (three tube sections plus floor). That includes me going round the three tube valves in turn and inflating in gradual steps to protect the baffles.

The efficient way the pump starts with a turbine and then auto-switches to the piston for final pressure is impressive. Most of all it's effortless and gives an air of calm to the setup/launch procedure.

For me a very worthwhile buy.



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Old 05 August 2011, 23:29   #2
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I have the old style, but pump each section to the point where the piston cycle starts, and move to the the next section. Once all are up to that point, I fill to operating pressure a section at a time.

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Old 06 August 2011, 04:27   #3
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Yes it's always been my habit to stage the inflation as Zodiac advise. I do a first fill in the tubes so they take shape without pressure. Then my air floor needs to go straight to max. Then I do the tubes to half pressure and finally full pressure. Perhaps a bit over the top.

This is quite a good video of a Bravo 2-stage pump in operation. Happens to be a BST model but the operation is the same. Only takes 7 mins to do the whole boat... mainly because he wrongly does each tube straight to full pressure.

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Old 06 August 2011, 08:39   #4
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i was told by marine shop quickest way with bombards is to blow floor to full pressure stright off, then you can go straight to 2psi in side tubes and use the front one then to balance by pumping striaght 3.4 and it puts the baffles in the right position and wont damage anything
but i like the cautious approach of the gardual pump up even all round approach
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Old 06 August 2011, 14:06   #5
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Just a small update. I said in the first post..... **I've already made up a heavy duty 5m extension cable (pump is a max 20a draw, I used 25a cable)**

Well I had made it up but not tried it. Turns out the guys who sold me the cable thought they were doing me a favour supplying 8m of cable. This was just too long re voltage drop despite being 25a cable. It was dropping under 9v at the pump making it stutter on the final bit of the air floor.

Cut the extension lead in half to still give a useful extra 4m and it now stays above 11v, and the pump runs far better.
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Old 30 August 2011, 05:44   #6
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Second update after a week of daily inflating the boat on holiday... the Bravo has made a massive difference to using an inflatable from packed in the car each time. If you're thinking about getting one don't delay... one of the best boating 100 outlays I've made.
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I want to buy one of these but the best price I can find is 150
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Old 06 January 2012, 15:03   #8
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what about this one?
BRAVO Inflatable Boat Rib 12v HP Air Pump Inflator BP12 | eBay

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We do them for 112.96 with free standard delivery.
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That's great, I've ordered one from you online.

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