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Old 25 June 2019, 20:19   #1
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12V high pressure air pump recommendation

Hello everyone,
I'm in the market for a 12V 11psi or higher high pressure air pump to inflate my Saturn 15' dinghy. Inflating that boat with the hand pump is quite a lot of work. So far I was looking at this pump, which Boatstogo.com website sells, and it seems can be found at Amazon under different branding names..
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...=AVG1OG8NA8VS5
Just wondering if I'm in the right track or you all think there's something out there better for the price. Your recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 25 June 2019, 20:31   #2
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A friend of mine has that same one. It works great. When the pump starts it will be on a HIGH VOLUME (Turbine) pump until the pressure reaches 2-3 PSI. Then the pump will automatically switch over to the HIGH PRESSURE (Piston) pump and inflate the boat to its set pressure. Once reaching the set pressure the pump will automatically turn itself off.

Only problem I don't like with this model is how the pressure dial is used. it reads in a way that I had to look up the formula. The measurement is kpa. I had to figure out the 20 kpa is 2.9psi. I didn't like that. So, I bought this one.
You can the read and set the dial in PSI or BAR.

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Old 25 June 2019, 22:29   #3
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Don’t get the Bravo get the Itiwit electric pump from Decathlon 39.99

I have both Bravo in the pic above and also 2 of the Itiwit. The Itiwit is far far superior and less than half the price.
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Old 25 June 2019, 23:39   #4
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Don’t get the Bravo get the Itiwit electric pump from Decathlon 39.99

I have both Bravo in the pic above and also 2 of the Itiwit. The Itiwit is far far superior and less than half the price.
I got my Bravo 12 new on Amazon for $95 US delivered. Do you have Amazon in the UK?

The Itiwit electric pump is a little over $100 US on Ebay and takes a month to get here. You guys get it a lot cheaper over there. Looks like a nice unit
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I agree with Bigplumbs. Have had bravo pumps and they break (frequently) and customer service from Bravo is SH1t. The decathlon is just as good and half the price.

PS neither pump likes being run over by a 40 tonne forklift
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Is there a Decathlon in the US? The OP is i Florida...
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Old 26 June 2019, 03:39   #7
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>>>had bravo pumps and they break (frequently)

In the past I've sometimes called the Bravo a bit flaky because of what others have said and mine seemed to be erratic a couple of years ago.

However I discovered it was the portable battery I was using slowly failing and it seems Bravo pumps with the electronic display in particular don't like low voltages.

Also with lower voltages... poor portable batteries, extending the leads or using without the car running... the second stage HP pump seems less happy as it will run slowly and struggle rather than spinning over nicely.

But mine is now 8yrs old and works as well as new... never needed to take it apart.

The advantage of the Bravo is its output on the initial turbine fill stage which is 6x greater than the Itiwit meaning it's working far less hard to get the tubes to shape and even in HP mode it has 3x the output of the Itiwit.

I've also know folks using valve adaptors that don't properly open the valve which causes the Bravo to go straight to the high pressure pump mode which makes it so slow to inflate a SIB and burns out the HP pump fairly quickly.

I think RIB owners who have used Bravo pumps (Willk?) to inflate massive tubes might have actually worn or burnt them out but in my experience for leisure use sibbing given mine has reached 8yrs I'd just buy another if it failed.

On Itiwit's own site almost 20% of the review are poor/very poor usually because of failure, slow operation, inability to make pressure or overheating so they are not without their problems. But they are very good value and probably would be my choice for a second carry aboard 12v pump for on the water top ups.
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I have a bravo pump for my sib, after a year when it stopped running I had it apart only to find its own vibration had caused the male/female internal elec tabs had set free, it was an arms distance away from the bin
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I am tempted to take mine apart to extend its life as I think I remember Willk saying his failed on a ball and socket that melted or failed which might be prevented by a blob of grease.
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Thank you all for the replies
That first eBay link for the Bravo pump states a price of $189! Pretty hefty price for an air pump.. I was looking to stay around $100 as I have many other things I need to buy for the boat yet, so we’ll see.. not sure if some of the pumps you guys mentioned are only sold in Europe as my search returned other results.. I don’t want to wait a month either fir it.
I found some videos on YouTube with the one I originally posted, it seems like a pretty good pump for the price. I’m not liking the Bravo’s 20% failure rate. Once I get it, I’ll follow up with my thoughts and short review of it. Thanks
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