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Old 01 July 2010, 10:57   #1
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electric pump recommendations

Hi,

I am looking for a 12V pump with a pressure setting to automatically turn off once the correct pressure is reached. I have a futura mark 3 and would like a quicker way of inflating it.

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Old 01 July 2010, 16:44   #2
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Bravo 12BST has an auto shutoff. Depending on the model will inflate to a max of either 4-ish or 11-ish psi. And, depending on model, will be either 12V clip-on, or with a rechargeable battery (no idea how long the battery lasts.)

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Old 01 July 2010, 19:32   #3
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Shameless pea-roast from this thread, which is still on the front page today:-

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=36539

I would thoroughly recommend the Bravo Superturbo - and also a cheapo airbed inflator from Lidl or one of the camping shops.

Our start-up procedure involves putting the Bravo onto the side of the boat that has slightly more than 50% of the chamber volume (this might be a Zodiac thing) and the cheapo pump on the other side. That way, although the Bravo is a million times faster than the cheapo pump, you don't end up with one side at full pressure and the other at nothing (which I understand is bad in the long run) plus, your inflation time is slightly reduced.

When the Bravo has got one side up to pressure, we swap it to the other side, pop the cheapo pump in to the keel, and then finally the Bravo onto full wack into the airdeck.

Hope that helps - I intend to do an inflation video some day, if only because I looked for such when we were thinking of getting a SIB.
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I would thoroughly recommend the Bravo Superturbo - and also a cheapo airbed inflator from Lidl or one of the camping shops.
I now use a BST 12 HP Battery - that's the high pressure version, with its own battery. It's expensive, but a superb piece of kit. I can get a Bombard 3.8 Aerotec fully inflated and rigged single handed in 15 minutes.

If you don't need the high pressure option for an air floor, then I reckon that the LVM inflator is a much better deal. It's about half the price and slightly faster. It doesn't have the suto shutoff, but I reckon that's an over rated feature anyway.
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I can get a Bombard 3.8 Aerotec fully inflated and rigged single handed in 15 minutes.
I'll second that - we use an external car battery for our BST pump, and it is about 15 minutes from parking up to being ready to roll. It really is quite impressive. The one 'con' we had before we bought our SIB was the faff of inflation/deflation - well, with the right pump, it's no faff at all!

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It doesn't have the auto shutoff, but I reckon that's an over rated feature anyway.
I'll slightly agree with you there, John, however it does allow you to be doing other things without worrying about over-inflating. But once you get more experienced, you do develop a feel for it, so you end up anticipating the cut-off anyway!
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yep Bravo BST is the business - if you have got the integral battery this is a good option!

http://www.blackanddecker.co.uk/auto...ierarchy/1743/
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But once you get more experienced, you do develop a feel for it, so you end up anticipating the cut-off anyway!
The pitch of the piston inflation section telegraphs the nearness of the shutoff. The pump drops in frequency and sounds like it's laboring a bit just before it cuts out. Impresses people when you reach for the hose just as the thing turns off...


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The pitch of the piston inflation section telegraphs the nearness of the shutoff.
I'm going to see if I can get a t-shirt made with that saying on it! Fantastic!

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I'm going to see if I can get a t-shirt made with that saying on it! Fantastic!

Ummm.... Okay.... It's not copyrighted or anything...


[i.e. Huh? ]

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