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Old 20 June 2011, 12:17   #11
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Channel Ribs do you mean finishing off with manual foot pump or an actual hand pump like this one??

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Old 20 June 2011, 12:21   #12
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Channel Ribs do you mean finishing off with manual foot pump or an actual hand pump like this one??
Yep, that is almost the exact one. Certainly my favoured type, so long as it has a good quality pressure gauge.

Edit: Having done the volume of air with the rechargeable it is usually only a couple of strokes with one of them. As an aside we have inflated SIBs as big as 5.3m with that rechargeable.
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Old 20 June 2011, 13:24   #13
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That's interesting as I prefer to use the "stirrup pump" style rather than a footpump. I seem to fall off footpumps unless on dead level ground and the girls are too light to make any useful progress.
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Old 21 June 2011, 03:03   #14
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Just looking round the net again last night. Is this the cheapest Bravo pump that will give both high flow and reach air deck pressure?

Bravo BTP12 12V Pump - Manometer - Only 99.95 - Force 4 Chandlery

The BTP12 at 99-95.

I'm not making a final decision though until after the first trip with our new Zodiac and the pumps we already have. The ultimate test is always to see if you can manage a full inflate without a red face or dead leg... while answering random questions from non-boating public.
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We are just about to bring in the new BTP range, what would you guys prefer the analogue gauge and setting or the digital one for around 10 more?
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Just to update this - for the limited use I cannot justify the 125 on a Bravo so went to our local camping superstore and bought these (Gelert Hurricane 3 12v and 240v electric pump (13.99), generic DA 4 litre stirrup pump (6.99) and the best bit - 2 metres of really heavy duty convuluted waste pipe).



The stirrup pump is surprisingly well made inside (exactly the same as the marine branded ones I reckon but at 1/3 the cost) - opened it up to fully grease it. I wanted an electric pump that did 12v and 240v for all the times it is inflated in the garage/back for cleaning etc. This one:

GELERT HURRICANE 3 240V/12V ELECTRIC AIRBED PUMP CAMP: Amazon.co.uk: Sports & Leisure

Weak point on these things is the fittings and hose - replacing with the HD hose makes a big difference to ease of use and durability.

With a combination of odd pieces of thick PVC pipe and adaptors both pumps are usable at the same time and fit either valve on the Zodiac.



How does it work? For the money, fantastic. The electric pump will inflate each of the chambers to low pressure in around 1 min each. A further minute or so of hard effort with the stirrup pump finishes each of them off including the floor to high pressure - while the electric pump does one you can stirrup pump another. Not quite as easy or quick as the Bravo but half the time it took me with a foot pump.
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Yes stirrup pump works well - if you add the optional children to do the work you don't need 12V or 240v and it keeps em quiet for a bit :-)
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Useful ideas Max. By chance I was out at the big local camping/caravan centre* and picked up one of those Gelert pumps because it will be handy for me to be able to fill the tubes when doing cleaning/maintenance in the workshop with easier access to 230v than fiddling about getting the car in position for my old 12v pump.


* I was looking for some of that blue rubber over-flooring to put in the new Zodiac... I'll do a seperate thread.
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electric pump (13.99), generic stirrup pump (6.99)
I reckon you have optimum puff for your pound there Max
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Yes, and instead of being able to walk the next day because my calves are knackered it's now my back that's fooked!!
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