One of the worst things about an inflatable standup paddleboard is having to pump it up every time you want to use it. Usually, that involves vigorously pumping away on a hand pump for about 15-20 mins… and getting that last few pounds of pressure is the worst part. Typically you want to fill your iSUP to maximum pressure to get the best performance out of it. If you don’t, it’ll bow in the water, and become incredibly annoying. But with proper inflation…. you’ll happily paddle off into the sunset.
So sure, you can use a hand-powered pump to fill your iSUP. But why not save your energy for the paddle? That’s why you need an electric pump for your SUP. An electric pump will save you time and energy so you can enjoy your paddle board without the hand pump hassle.
To help you find the best electric pump for your buck, I’ve put together the following electric SUP pump reviews and buyer’s guide.
A Buyer’s Guide to the Best SUP Electric Pumps
Okay, so read this buyer’s guide carefully. The following are five things you want to look out for…
- Budget – Budget is usually one of the first things to consider when you decide to buy any SUP gear, and it applies here too. To set a budget, simply find the average price of at least 5 products within the same price range (2) and add an extra $25 or $50 to it. It should conveniently buy you your choice of pump.
- Valve Compatibility – Owing to the fact that the electric pump was not manufactured by the same company that produced your SUP board, there’s a chance the valve of the electric pump won’t match your SUP. The solution to this is to purchase an electric pump that supports multiple valves. The valves should support various attachment options that will suit your SUP board. You can also get a valve adapter if the need arises.
- Portability – If you don’t want to easily get tired of carrying your SUP pump, you should purchase a pump that is not only portable but also lightweight. The lighter, the better.
- Stages and Functionality – Some pumps function in stages, blowing in a specific amount of air at a time and then increasing subsequently. Additionally, some pump models can inflate an iSUP up to 15 psi in a matter of minutes. Moreover, some other pumps can be automated to shut off itself when it reaches a particular PSI. While automation feature and functionality may not be very important, it’s pertinent to note these features in the pump you intend to buy.
- Power source: You can power most pumps using either your car battery (via alligator clips) or using a battery pack. It is recommended that you opt for a pump that can be powered using either source. This would save you the stress of running helter-skelter when you forget to buy an extra battery. Additionally, interchanging power sources ensure that your car battery isn’t drained.
That’s all you need to know before making your first purchase.
Here are the best SUP electric pumps we will review in detail.
|Image||Name of Pump||Stages||Weight (lbs)|
|Tower Paddle Boards Electric SUP Pump||1||3|
|Bravo BTP Mano Two Stage Electric Turbo Pump||2||5.5|
|Newport Vessels 12V Electric Pump||1||4|
|airSUP Electric High Speed SUP Pump||2||4|
Read the review below.
First on our list of the best SUP electric pumps is the Tower Paddle Board Electric SUP pump. It’s made by the same company that makes the Tower Paddle SUP Boards. The portable device weighs less than 4 lbs, making it a logical choice for anyone who’s concerned about portability.
It sports a simple ergonomic design. There’s a pressure gauge situated at the top of the handle which keeps you informed about your PSI level. The knob right above the base allows you to adjust the pressure.
Moreover, the Tower Paddle Board Electric pump is no bother when you want power. It comes with a 12V cigarette lighter cable, so you can just plug it into your car’s dashboard. This saves you the pain of having to connect and disconnect your wires from your car’s battery all the time. However, it also comes with an optional 12V battery cable as well as a non-kinking H3 nozzle hose.
Unfortunately, the Tower Paddle Electric pump can only be used with boards made by its parent company. It makes up for this with its auto inflate/deflate feature which works well.
- Automated inflate and deflate feature helps pump your board while you do something else, thus saving you time.
- The board is lightweight and portable.
- It comes with a built in pressure gauge.
- Fancy design and easy to use.
- 12V power cables for easy power supply.
- Works with only SUP boards made by Tower Paddle
- One stage functionality limit
Conclusion: If you own any Tower Paddle SUP board, then this pump is for you.
Bravo! That’s a title given to any man that overcomes a seemingly impossible situation. Well, the Bravo BTP Mano pump didn’t do anything extraordinary, however, it does better than most other SUP pumps. Little wonder it made it to our list of the best SUP electric pumps.
Unlike the Tower Paddle electric SUP pump, the Bravo BTP pump has a two-stage functionality. Stage 1 blows with low pressure and takes longer to inflate. Stage 2 on the other hand, blows with high pressure and takes less time to inflate. It can inflate up to 15 psi in a matter of minutes.
The Bravo BTP pump weighs circa 5.5 lbs and can easily be said to be lightweight. It comes with an alligator clip cable, an inflation hose as well as a valve adapter. Using the valve adapter, you can pump any model of SUP board.
The Bravo BTP pump has a few downsides and it includes the fact that it cannot be powered via a 12V cigarette lighter nor can it be powered via an electric wall outlet. It accounts for this by drawing its power from 12V batteries. Additionally, it supports automation of functions like inflation and deflation.
- Two-stage pump for allows you to choose which pressure you like for your SUP board.
- Durable and long lasting alligator clip cable
- Battery powered although it doesn’t ship with any battery
- Automation feature for inflation and deflation
- No car cigarette lighter support
- Cannot be powered via wall outlets
- It doesn’t ship with the 12V battery and thus you spend another extra money to buy the battery.
Conclusion: The Bravo BTP Mano Two-Stage Electric Turbo Pump is a great pump for any model of SUP board you are using.
Weighing 4 lbs and sporting a unique ergonomic design, the Newport Vessels 12 Electric SUP pump is a must-have SUP pump. The pump which is powered by a 12V battery can produce a maximum pressure of 14.5 psi in a matter of minutes.
It comes with a 6 ft. hose that is compatible with only Halkey Robert’s valve fittings. So if you don’t have any Halkey Robert’s valve fitting, this pump is for you. The carrying bag that comes with the Newport Vessels pump also accommodates its hose and the 9 ft. battery cable.
The analog gauge on the body of the Newport Vessel electric SUP pump makes it easy to know the current PSI of the device. Additionally, it has the automated function for inflating your board.
- The inflate function can be automated while you get yourself ready to have fun.
- Produces 14.5 psi in minutes
- Extensive hose length with extensive battery cable
- Battery powered
- Hose only supports Halkey Robert’s valve fittings. Therefore, it cannot be used for all SUP board types.
- Not powered via the cigarette car lighter port.
Conclusion: The Newport Vessels 12 Electric SUP pump is arguably the best board for people whose SUP boards have the Halkey Roberts valve fittings. It pumps the SUP board pretty well.
Last but definitely not the least on our list of the best SUP electric pumps is the airSUP electric high-speed SUP pump. In terms of PSI levels, the airSUP pump supersedes the other pumps reviewed above. Surprisingly it reaches 20 psi in just about ten minutes.
The airSUP pump works using the two-stage functionality. The pump is easily controlled via a knob while the PSI is read from the pressure gauge just above the control knob.
It draws power from the car’s cigarette lighter port saving you the stress of opening the car bonnet. Additionally, the automated inflate feature turns the device off when the set PSI level is reached. You can also deflate the SUP board easily without any hassles.
- Automated inflate and deflate function
- Produces about 20 psi in minutes
- Select your desired pump option from either of the two stages
- Cigarette lighter powered ensures you don’t mess with cables under your bonnet
- None! It has no visible flaws.
Conclusion: The airSUP Electric High-Speed SUP Pump is the recommended SUP electric pump. Get it, get satisfaction.
The key to having a great time in the water is dependent on how well your SUP board is pumped. Save yourself the stress of using hand pumps – that’s hard work. Soft and smart work is what you’ll get when you use any of these best SUP electric pumps.