When you buy an inflatable stand-up paddle board (SUP), you’ll also need to invest in a pump – either electric or manual – to help inflate your SUP quickly and easily. But are inflatable SUP pumps universal? Let’s take a closer look at the different types of pumps available and how they work.
Inflatable SUP pumps come in two main varieties: electric and manual. Electric pumps are usually more powerful and can be plugged into mains power, so they require access to a power source such as an AC outlet. They are great for quickly inflating your board with minimal effort but due to their larger size and weight, they’re not necessarily suitable for everyone. Manual pumps, on the other hand, don’t need any external power source so they are smaller, lighter and more convenient for travelling light. These types of pumps use a simple up-and-down motion to manually create air pressure that is then released into your SUP – just bear in mind that these will take longer to inflate than their electric counterparts.
So what about compatibility? In short, yes – most inflatable SUP pumps should be compatible with multiple brands of boards. Most manufacturers adhere to certain valve designs which means their pumps will fit all their boards regardless of make or model – however this isn’t always the case so it pays off to double check first before buying one. Different brands may also use various nozzle sizes which can cause incompatibility issues too, but again this shouldn’t be a problem if you do your research beforehand.
Inflatable SUPs are growing increasingly popular thanks to the convenience they offer compared to rigid boards, so having an efficient pump is essential for making sure you get the most out of your time on the water. By understanding what type of pump is best suited for you and investing in one that is compatible with multiple brands of boards you can ensure that it won’t let you down when you need to quickly get back on the water.