The Dreamboats Guide to Pumps:
Pumps are required equipment for expert floaters. Nobody needs a headrush when they're trying to float. Floating is a great cure for a hangover, but if you try to blow up your boat with your lungs, you're in for a bad time. So, you're going to want a pump, but what type? There are many different types, each with their ups and downs. This is our attempt to sift through the BS and help you find the right one for you and your crew.
This is the most versatile pump and typically the cheapest. That's why we decided to go with this type for our first pump design - The Superpump. It will be a slightly slower than a powered pump, but it will never run out of batteries and can go anywhere that you're floating. It's also waterproof, so no worries with cannonball splashback on the dock. Another consideration is that it's bigger than the electric pumps, so less packable for hikes etc. Overall, a great starter pump to move you away from lung power.
Wall Plug (AC)
These are the most powerful pumps. They're going to blow up whatever you've got the fastest and the firmest. Weak pumps will leave your floatie soft and less comfortable cause the shape will cave in from your weight. If you live close to where you're going to float, this is the way to go. They're also relatively cheap.
D Cell Batteries
The main advantage here is that they're ultra portable. Take your pump right down to the river/lake and blow up there instead of by your car or at home. That being said, these are probably our least favorite pumps. The D cell batteries don't last very long and they don't have the juice to fully inflate tubes, especially larger ones. That means you're going to have to finish them off with your mouth. But maybe you like that? These pumps are pretty cheap as well, but the D cell batteries sure aren't. They typically take 4 batteries at a time, so it adds up real quick
Car Plug (DC)
If you're going floating, chances are you're going to drive there. That means you've got a pretty much limitless power source for one of these. Pro tip - many car plugs will run when the car isn't on, but if it's running the pumps will work much faster (plus there's no risk of killing your car battery). This type of pump is highly recommended and tough to beat. They're about the same price as a wall pug pump or a D cell battery pump.
Rechargeable Battery Pump
This is our favorite pump. It can go anywhere, saves you money compared to D batteries, and has enough power to do inflate any floatie. These are the most expensive pumps, typically priced around $50-70, compared to $30-40 for other electric pumps and $20-30 for a hand pump. Keep one of these charged up and you're good to go for a weekend away. One thing to watch out for is that the battery will slowly lose charge capacity/power over time, so after 2-3 Summers you'll need to reinvest - if not, you should be floating more!
We like to keep a well rounded pump arsenal (except those junky D battery ones), but we're a little obsessive about this stuff. Long story short, go for a hand pump like our Superpump, or a rechargeable one for those big spenders out there.
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