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Old 29 April 2009, 16:14   #1
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Waterproof electric pump

Anyone tried one of these:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...00YEMQLI347209

Looks too good to be true for the price, although it is made by Coleman.
I can't find any details on flow rate, but Coleman specify 500 l/min for their non-waterproof one.

I'm thinking of using it powered off the RIB batteries for the Smaller Nashers SIB when we anchor.

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Old 29 April 2009, 16:21   #2
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Hi Nasher I have neaver heard of them but like you it looks to good to be true!! if you buy one let us know your thoughts.

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Old 29 April 2009, 16:27   #3
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Anyone tried one of these:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...00YEMQLI347209

Looks too good to be true for the price, although it is made by Coleman.
I can't find any details on flow rate, but Coleman specify 500 l/min for their non-waterproof one.

I'm thinking of using it powered off the RIB batteries for the Smaller Nashers SIB when we anchor.

Nasher.
I've tried the cheapy turbo type pumps (which this looks like) for inflating sibs and the only sib it worked on was the old zodiac valves where you could unscrew the valve centre-but I had to top off with a footpump after screwing the centre in rather fast. Neither of the cheapies had enough power to overcome the spring on an Avon valve.

500l/min is just a volume of air shifted at ambient pressure.
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Old 29 April 2009, 16:35   #4
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I wouldn't expect too much at that price.

What are my other options up to @£50?

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Old 29 April 2009, 16:52   #5
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I wouldn't expect too much at that price.

What are my other options up to @£50?

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Get the cheapy and make an adapter to hold the valve open while it's on there. You'll still have to put a few pumps in to top it off, but the only other option is a 2nd hand expensive jobbie.
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Old 29 April 2009, 17:29   #6
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I have a cheap turbine style pump from Tesco - cost about £8 - does a great job but won't put in much pressure.

I use a stirrup type pump afterwards - they are double action and shift a large amount of air.
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Old 29 April 2009, 17:56   #7
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Need to find one of these:-
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=360112626007
a bit cheaper.

The more expensive version:-
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=180309539526
As touted around on here a while back by somebody, would be a bit of overkill I think.

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Old 30 April 2009, 03:03   #8
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Nasher - I've got the cheaper one of the two - it does my Quicksilver 380 perfectly from the car. Need to use the stirrup pump on the keel though.

The only issue is: - When just using the battery on my 535d it doesn't operate properly, needs the engine running too. Tried it on a Disco 3 and the same result.
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Nasher - I've got the cheaper one of the two - it does my Quicksilver 380 perfectly from the car. Need to use the stirrup pump on the keel though.

The only issue is: - When just using the battery on my 535d it doesn't operate properly, needs the engine running too. Tried it on a Disco 3 and the same result.

Thanks Black, thats good to know.
Looks like I'll need to leave the engine running on the RIB whilst its in use.

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nasher the best pump is the lvm high speed inflator cost abouy £70 i think
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Old 30 April 2009, 04:34   #11
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Thanks Paul.

The LVM unit looks good having done a quick Google search.
The Rule high speed inflator looks to be a badge-engineered version of the same thing.

I've now got some options for my search, its just a shame I can't get anywhere near ebay on my machine at work

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I had (well, still have, actually) the Bravo 12; worked fine, but it's fairly slow if you have really soft tubes. Early (or earlier) models, I hear, also had the rather disturbing habit of catching fire. This pump worked fine on my Achilles 14 and was adequate on my Polaris 18.

I recently purchased the Bravo 12 BST (the box looking one); it is a marked improvement from the pancake style 12. The turbine section quickly takes the sagging and softness from the tubes, then the piston section kicks in and shuts off at whatever pressure you selected. It works well enough that I have mounted it in the console (though I had to plumb in a length of garden hose to replace the cheapie plastic hose they supply - it was too short and too bulky.)

The only mod (beyond the hose) was to install a cross-piece of SS wire in the valve adaptor: the turbine section will not supply enough pressure to open a Halkey-Roberts valve, so the wire does that.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with it. Not jumping for joy happy, but happy nonetheless.

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Old 02 May 2009, 12:13   #13
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By the power of Ribnet I received a LVM pump in the post today that hadn't ever been used for a very good price.
Many thanks Millermob

I connected it up to the Smaller Nashers 2.8M SIB with Airdeck, and was amazed to have it up to pressure in both main tubes, and the airdeck, within 1 minute. It usually takes at least 10mins of pumping with the footpump to get it to that stage.

It will be great running of the RIB batteries when we get to the beach as pumping the SIB up with the footpump has always been very awkward as well as hard work due to it being drapped over the RIB tubes.

And to make it even better, I used the pump to suck the air out of the SIB afterwards, and for the first time ever managed to get it back in its bag easily and with no help.

Having read Blacks comment I was surprised to read in the instructions that the vehicle engine should NOT be run whilst the pump was in use, as giving it more than 12V could damage it.
It ran perfectly off my Shogun's battery without the engine running, and made the same noise when I tried it on one of the boat batteries later.

Well pleased with my new toy

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