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Old 20 June 2011, 06:07   #1
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Bravo BTP12 vs BST12 pump - what's the difference?

BST 12 HP at 126:

http://www.rib-shop.com/product.asp?...D=228&P_ID=494

Or BP12 at 81:

Ron Hale Marine Ltd - Bravo BP12 12V Inflator

Both HP but I've seen conflicting stats for the flow rate...

And do they come with the correct adaptors for Zodiac SIB's?
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I think the main difference is that the BST has a much higher flow rate and is possibly more durable overall.
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Been looking into just the same thing this morning Max!

As far as I can see the BST can give 3x the flow rate of the cheaper one while you are doing the initial fill. I'm guessing once the tubes/floor are full both pumps will top up to pressure quite quickly??

As I mentioned elsewhere I already have a 12v low pressure unit with a greater flow than any of the Bravo units so I could save 45 and get the cheaper Bravo unit just for the final top up... but that does mean two bits of kit to carry about.

One thing I'd noticed... some/all Bravo pumps say not to use a cigar lighter outlet but to run off the battery direct... bit of a pain.
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The 20A draw will blow a fuse at least, if not melt your cigar lighter socket or wiring if it's not properly fused.
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Thanks chaps - got easy access to the Landy battery so that's not an issue luckily. There have been quite a few reports of problems with the Bravo HP pumps though - how reliable do people on here find them? It's not exactly a cheap pump...

Found these Genovo pumps too?

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Perhaps not helpful, but.

I have been using a small hand-held rechargeable inflator from Halfords (Gelert also do the same thing), the tubes still need finishing off with a hand pump but this is no bad thing as it allows for proper pressure.

They are self contained, so no leads to worry about.

Erin may recognise it from it's other use - BBQ lighting.

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Erin may recognise it from it's other use - BBQ lighting.

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If you knew how to light a barbecue properly you wouldn't need one! It's like admitting failure as a man really
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If you knew how to light a barbecue properly you wouldn't need one! It's like admitting failure as a man really
All very valid points, and yes I do like the traditional technique of foraging for tinder and rubbing a jetskier and a yachty together to get a spark.

BUT The sheer satisfaction of forcing air into hot coals and hearing the roar, seeing the white heat flare in all directions and knowing that any stray aluminum just got vaporized is well past my willpower threshold.

I also use sulphur sometimes too!
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I also use sulphur sometimes too!
But only in conjunction with a bit of Saltpetre I hope?

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But only in conjunction with a bit of Saltpetre I hope?
I do not kno3 what you are talking about.
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