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When it comes to pumping up an inflatable SUP who really enjoys it?! Yes its good fitness but being honest, no one really likes turning into a sweaty mess before their relaxing SUP session on the water! So you have two options… paddle with a friend and persuade them to pump up your board as well! (unlikely to happen!) Or buy yourself an electric SUP pump.

In this weeks video we look at 2 of Bravo’s electric SUP pumps – the GE20-2 and the GE21-1. Both pumps will inflate an average iSUP in 6-8 mins and your bigger touring boards in 9-12mins. We talk about the differences between the pumps, how to look after and get the most out of your Bravo electric SUP pumps.

We’ve been using Bravo electric SUP pumps for a few years for inflating many of the iSUPs we have on test. And its one of those things you don’t realise how much you need it until you don’t have it!

GE20-2 Features

– Portable high efficiency, low noise electric inflator.
– Twin cylinder, no relays and microswitches
– Wide pressure range selectable by easy of use dial indicator with automatic shut-off
– Easy standard connection to cigarette plug
– LED indicators for diagnostics
– Integrated 12V DC battery, rechargeable through cigarette plug or standard 110-240 AC/DC adaptor
– Equipped with alligator clips for direct connection to external 12V batteries
– Rubber base for maximum stability
– Protective filtration system
– Inflation fittings available for all most common valves
– Carry-bag included

GE21-1 Features

– New robust and fast inflator for high pressure applications.
– Easy setting of desired pressure with automatic stop
– Standard connection to cigarette plug for operation and recharge
– Integrated 12V DC battery, rechargeable through cigarette plug or standard 110-240 AC/DC adaptor
– Carry-bag included

Bravo 20 Electric pump / RRP €250

We all love an electric SUP pump… but there are electric SUP pumps and then there’s the Bravo 20 Electric SUP pump! We have been very impressed how the pump works and looks. Loads of charging adaptors for 110v – 230v and the ability to run it off and charge it from a car as well. The battery life is long, allowing us to pump almost 8 x 200L surf iSUP boards on one charge.

Bravo 20 Electric pump

  • Capacity             125L a min
  • Max psi              22psi
  • Weight               3.5kg
  • Time                  3:30sec

Note from Bravo about about the cigarette lighter charger:
This is not just to recharge the battery, when the battery is full or half (and you see it from the colour led on the gauge, green or orange), you can also use the pump directly connected to the car lighter (pump will take part of the energy from the internal battery and part from the car)
When the battery is down (red) then you can charge with the 12v cigarette lighter plug

Check out the Scoprega / Bravo website www.scoprega.it for more information and where to get hold of this electric pump. 

SUPboarder takes a look at the big iSUP pump on the market, the GRI HP5 triple action hand pump. GRI are already inflating many boards around the world with their current high pressure pump. But this new GRI is set to take on the big inflators like the Red Paddle Co Titan. We put it through our 2017 pump challenge to see which pump comes out on top.

Pumps details:

GRI HP5 Triple Action Pump 

  • Capacity             2 x 3.5L
  • Max psi              26psi
  • Time                  1:46sec
  • Max bpm           143bpm
  • Muscle fatigue   Low

All times and heart rates are when pumping a 200L board up to 15psi.

Find out more about the GRI Pump company here : www.j-quan.com

The GRI HP5 is available from Fanatic : http://www.fanatic.com/product/fanatic-power-pump-hp5/

Bravo hand pumps 100, 101 and 110 / RRP £50 / $70

Bravo pumps have been pumping up iSUPs longer than any other pump company in the world. In 2017 they released 3 new pumps to their pump range. SUPboarder gave the pumps a good going over and put them to the test… including how long it takes, and the effort required to inflate a 200L board to 15psi.

Pumping time, heart rate and amount of effort required varied between each pump. And a lower heart rate (bpm) didn’t necessarily mean easier to pump, especially during the final stages of pumping.

Pump details:

Bravo 100 (bigger silver pump)

  • Capacity             2 x 2L (using double action)
  • Max psi              27.5psi
  • Time                  1:55sec
  • Max bpm           149bpm
  • Muscle fatigue   Low

Bravo 101 (smaller sliver pump)

  • Capacity             2 x 1.5L (using double action)
  • Max psi              27.5psi
  • Time                  1:51sec
  • Max bpm           150bpm
  • Muscle fatigue   Low

Bravo 110 (Red pump)

  • Capacity             2 x 2.5L (using double action)
  • Max psi              14.5psi
  • Time                  2:02sec
  • Max bpm           138bpm
  • Muscle fatigue   High

Tester

  • 5’10”
  • 77kg

Check out the Scoprega / Bravo website www.scoprega.it for more information and where to get hold of these pumps. No doubt we’re going to see these pumps in board packages next year. Looks like iSUP pumping is about to get even easier!

Pumping up an iSUP doesn’t have to be a tedious task leaving you feeling exhausted and too tired to paddle. With the right pump and the right technique every paddler should be able to get on the water quickly and get their board to the correct pressure stress free.
Here are SUPboarders top tips to pumping up your iSUP…

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Keep the pump stable using your feet
Position your pump on firm & level ground

It’s worth taking the time to find a good pumping spot otherwise you’ll regret it later! If your pump is on uneven ground, your pump will be unstable and it will be difficult to apply more pressure when the pumping starts to get harder.

Check the pump connections

Before you start pumping check that the hose and valve on your pump are firmly screwed on to ensure no air is escaping, and that your hard pumping is not going to waste.

Check the board valve is in the up position before you connect the pump hose

There’s nothing worse than finishing pumping up your board and then disconnecting the pump to find all the air shoots out because you forgot to check the valve position! So always check the board value is in the up (inflation) position before you start pumping.

Place both feet on the foot plate either side of the pump

This will ensure the pump remains steady and your body is in a good pumping position.

Use the full cylinder when you start pumping

To start off with it should be fairly easy to pump air into your board, allowing you to use your arms and the full cylinder height to pump air into your board. If you don’t use the full cylinder you’re wasting energy and it will take twice as long to pump up your board.

Change your body position when the pumping starts to get harder

When the pumping starts to get harder you’ll need to change your body position. Straighten your arms, get your body weight over the pump & use your legs when it gets more difficult. By getting your body positioned over the pump when you push down, you can use all of your body weight instead of just your arms to do the pumping. This makes it a lot less tiring and will allow you to keep pumping for longer.

Do short sharp pumps when it gets more difficult

When it gets harder don’t try and pump using the full cylinder height. Change your pumping technique from big (full cylinder) pumps to shorter sharper pumps.

Understand your pump

Many pumps have different pumping settings which you can alter to make pumping easier. So make sure you understand how your pump works before you start pumping. Does it have the ability to change from a big to a small cylinder when the pumping gets more difficult? Does it have the ability to pump on both the up and down pump not just the down pump?

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Get to know your pump… they’re not all the same!
Look after your pump

If you want your pump to do the job well then you ned to look after it. It’s always best to store your pump safely in your board bag along with your board. And don’t bury it under a pile of heavy stuff in the back of your van or with sand on the beach… it won’t like it!

How hard is hard enough?

Every iSUP will come with its recommended psi. But how much air you need to put in your iSUP also depends on your weight. If you’re a lighter rider you can probably get away with putting a bit less pressure in your board, and if you’re a heavier rider you may want to add that little bit extra to ensure your board performs as well as it should. If it bends in the middle and looks like a banana when you hit the water then you’ll know you’ll need a bit more air next time!

So with a bit of preparation and practice, pumping up your iSUP should be a good pre paddle warm up rather than a chore. Just remember that extra few minutes spent pumping on the land will be worth it when you get on the water!

Check out the SUPboarder pump test here.

The SUP pump can make the start of your inflatable SUP session easy or it can break you into a big sweat and leave you exhausted before you even get on the water.  iSUP pumps are not all the same and they really can make or break your SUP session. SUPboarder put 5 main branded iSUP pumps to the test, each of which are easily available on the market around the world. The pumps were used to inflate a 150 litre board from the same rolled deflated state to 15psi.  Inflation speed and the pumpers heart rate were recorded each time.

Things to note

One or two way
The big things that make pumps different from each other in the current SUP pump market is… one way or two way? Some pumps only inflate using the downward push on the handle and some inflate also using the upward pull of the handle too. Two way pumps will generally get more air in the board in one up and down movement but sometimes this can require a lot more effort.

Pump technique
It is important to note that as well as being fit and physically able to pump up an iSUP, technique plays a massive part in inflating any SUP.

Brands and manufacturers
Some SUP companies will have the same pump but call it a different name. The pumps we have picked for the test may be available on other branded boards too. But it’s important to remember that the finish, graphics and quality of the pump bags and other pump accessories may vary massively.

Heart rate
By looking at the average and maximum heart rate it gives you an idea of how much effort it takes to use each pump.  Small chamber pumps are generally easier to push down but due to the smaller volume of air being pumped into the board with each pump, they may take longer and require more overall effort. Something to think about?

Bravo – High volume pump £29.95

Time : 1:25sec
Heart rate
Avg : 126 bpm
Max : 156 bpm

Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 09.07.20The Bravo High Volume pump is one of the oldest and most commonly used SUP pumps on the market. Available with many different SUP brands, it is a fast pump at getting a large amount of air in your board. It works when you push down on the handle.
One or two way? – One way
Manufacture – Bravo
Pros – A solid and trusty pump that with a good technique is still a favourite with many more experienced iSUP pumpers.
Cons – Your pumping technique needs to be better to get the higher pressures in you board. Better for 15-20psi. 

Red Paddle Co – Titan £54

Time : 1:33sec
Heart rate
Avg : 120 bpm
Max : 156 bpm

Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 09.03.32The Red Paddle Co Titan is their newest pump and is only available from Red Paddle Co. It uses two chambers that can work together when you push the handle down. Then when the downward push gets too hard you can switch to using the smaller chamber only to finish the inflation.
One or two way? – One way
Availability – Only from Red Paddle Co
Pros – A well finished pump that works well. Easy to use for all abilities. Good for all pressures and works  to higher psi levels (15-25psi) easily.
Cons – Bigger and more bulky than other pumps on the market, and a bit more expensive.

Fanatic – Power pump £39.95

Time : 1:45sec
Heart rate
Avg : 126 bpm
Max : 153 bpm

Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 09.04.20The Fanatic power pump is one of the newest pumps on test. It uses a smaller chamber but pumps air in using both the upward and downward push of the handle. It can then be switched to inflate using just the downward push when pumping gets hard. This pump is available with other board brands too.
One or two way? – Two way
Manufacturer – GRI
Pros – A very well finished and comfortable pump that is easy to use and is a favourite for those wanting a smaller and more compact efficient pump. Happy pumping 15-23psi.
Cons – Not quite as fast as the bigger pumps on test.

Red Paddle – HP pump £34.95

Time : 1:57sec
Heart rate
Avg : 133 bpm
Max : 154 bpm

Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 09.05.55The Red Paddle Co HP (high pressure) has been around on the SUP market for many years. Using the same size chamber as the GRI pump, but it only uses the downward push to put air in the board. It is also available with other branded boards.
One or two way? – One way
Manufacturer – Bravo
Pros – A pump that has great top end performance and is happy at the high pressures 15-25psi
Cons – Can take a long time to get a larger volume board to the required pressure. 

ION – Electric pump £219

Time : 2:43sec
Heart rate
Avg : 90 bpm
Max : 103 bpm

Screen Shot 2016-07-04 at 09.04.47The ION E pump is a rechargeable battery packed pump that will inflate up 7 – 10 boards on one charge to 15psi. It also has car battery connectors to allow you to use it without the battery pack charged.
One or two way? – N/A
Manufacture – Bravo
Pros – This a great pump and battery kit that comes in a nice bag with all you need to get even the bigger boards pumped up in under 5mins. 
Cons – Takes longer than pumping by hand. Can’t pump any higher than 15psi.

All of these pumps will suit different paddlers for different reasons. And therefore it is not possible to say which is best. But we hope that with this information and video it will help you understand more about the different iSUP pumps available and find out what pump will work best for you. Apart from the ION E pump all of the other pumps will require a basic good pumping technique. And like the saying goes… ‘ Practice makes perfect!’ So get pumping!