Whether you are a pro at stand-up paddle boarding, or a novice looking to learn what all the hype is about, SUP paddle boarding is a great way to have some fun out on the water. However, to get the best experience out of your inflatable paddle board, you will need to make sure you have an inflatable paddle board pump that is up to the challenge.
In many cases, the hand pumps that your new SUP paddle board will come equipped with are fairly high quality. These require you to inflate your board manually, and this normally takes around five minutes. Keep in mind that timeframe, however, depends strongly on the particular pump you are using. Some hand pumps work a lot better than others. In general, however, they get the job done if you’re willing to spend a few minutes and a bit of elbow grease on getting your paddleboard fully inflated.
However, if you have several boards to inflate, want to get the job done quickly, or don’t like the idea of breaking a sweat before you even hit the water, then there is a solution for you: electric pumps.
For many people, using a hand pump is quite tiresome. That’s Especially if you’re paddleboarding with a friend and have more than one board to inflate. In the beginning, it’s easy to pump the paddle board. But once the air pressure builds and it gets closer to being fully inflated, you can count on being out of breath before you even reach the water. By using an electric pump, you can save your energy for paddling and enjoy yourself on the water!
Convinced a SUP electric pump is for you? If so, your next step is to find the right one for you. Here are some of our favorite options:
Tower Paddle Boards Electric Pump
This is one of our top picks for an inflatable paddle board pump! A high-pressure, portable electric pump, this allows you to inflate stand up paddle boards in minutes without breaking a sweat. It comes with a non-kinking, flexible hose featuring an H3 nozzle. In addition, it comes with a 12-V plug-in to a cigarette lighter or the option for a 12-V battery cable. It works with any Tower paddleboards, as well as a wide range of other inflatable stand-up paddle boards available on the market.
This inflatable paddle board pump also comes with a pump case featuring inflate/deflate options. It has a built-in gauge that allows you to set the PSI level you desire – up to 20 PSI. Weighing just 3 pounds, it’s easy to bring with you to the beach and inflate your paddle board after plugging it into your vehicle. This pump works in two stages, with the second stage kicking in to allow it to reach higher PSIs.
Pro tip: Inflate your paddle board while your engine is running if you want to speed up the process!
- Inflates paddle board quickly and to sufficient PSI
- Turns itself off after reaching desired PSI
- Saves you the energy from pumping by hand
- Easy to use
- Gets loud towards the end as the pump climbs to higher PSIs.
Seamax Intelligent Digital Air Pump
This is an extremely high-quality inflatable SUP electric pump. Made in large part using marine grade engineered nylon and ABS materials for ultimate durability, this pump is built to last. It can offer a great range of working temperatures. Whether you use it daily or just a few times a year, this pump is up for the challenge.
Everything about this pump is designed to last. With a reinforced 4.5ft air hose, durable materials, free turning, a 360-degree main air hose connector, and more, this air pump will last for years to come. The free turning air pump allows for flexibility in pumping positions, while the screw-in adaptors make the pump airtight. This prevents any leaky pump issues.
This Seamax model also features a digital pressure LCD screen. It can reach pressures of up to 20 PSI in around 15 minutes on your inflatable SUP. The built-in digital pressure gauge monitors the air pressure and shuts off automatically when reaching the set pressure. It even reaches the desired pressure in a single stage!
At only 3lbs, it’s easy to bring this electric pump along with you to the site of your SUP adventures, and inflate your paddle board in no time at all. You can easily use it by simply plugging it into your car!
- Can reach up to 20PSI
- Made from high-quality, durable materials
- Easy and energy-saving
- Affordable price
- Can take a while to inflate – but worth the wait
Bravo Single Stage Electric Pump
This inflatable SUP pump can inflate up to 14.5 PSI. It’s a well-built model that gets the job done well, hitting all the most important points. Portable, compact, and lightweight, this high-pressure pump can fully inflate your inflatable SUP in just minutes. Like the other models we have reviewed here, it automatically turns off when it reaches the selected pressure.
This model comes equipped with a 102” cable, alligator clips, a 72” inflation hose, and common valve adaptors. It weighs in at 9.6 pounds, which is admittedly a bit heavier than other models we have reviewed. The weight is nothing that should break the camel’s back. The model includes a 12-V battery and a charger for the battery. The included battery makes the heavier weight a reasonable payoff since you won’t need to power the pump with your vehicle’s battery!
- Quick inflation time
- Includes battery; doesn’t need to plug into vehicle
- Easy to bring with you to paddle boarding destination
- Inflates only
- Heavier than other models available
As you can see, you have a lot of great options to choose from when it comes to choosing the right inflatable SUP pump for you. By prioritizing the factors of your new pump that are most important to you, you should be able to pinpoint your ideal model in no time at all.
Now, all that’s left to do is choose the right electric pump for you, and enjoy the water!