Best Air Pumps for Inflatable SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboards)

Inflatable SUPs (Stand-Up Paddleboards) are very popular. They are easy to store and easy to transport. Their construction makes them suitable not just for beginners but also to intermediate or advanced “supers”. The only bothering thing is that you have to inflate them before paddleboarding itself. Usually, you will get your first air pump in the package when buying paddleboard. That is definitely a good thing, but do not expect the air pump “for free” to be the best possible pump available. Therefore, we looked deeper and tried to find out the best air pumps for inflatable paddleboards. The best in terms of the effort you have to invest in inflating and also in terms of price and quality.

At first, we need to define what we want from the best air pump for inflating and deflating of our paddleboard. Our criteria are: how much effort we need to invest in inflating/deflating, price, size of the air pump (ability to transport and store) and other useful features that make our life (and paddleboarding) easier. There are three basic categories of air pumps: Hand Air Pumps, Electric Air Pumps, Battery Air Pumps.

 

Hand Air Pumps

Hand or Manual Air pump is the usual sweetener from shops when you buy inflatable paddleboard. They are not very expensive ($20 – $40) and almost unbreakable. The price is the biggest advantage of hand air pumps. They are not very storage or transport friendly due to their shape and size. Moreover, you need to put an extra manual effort to inflate your large paddleboard and it will delay your water experience for long minutes. Almost all models offer dual-action mode, so the pump will help also in deflating the paddleboard. Manual air pumps at the higher end of the price range are equipped with the pressure gauge on top of the handle. Generally, hand air pumps are a good choice when you need to save money or you will inflate your paddleboard far from the electricity plug (or your car).

AIRHEAD Double Action Hand PumpSBBC - Inflatable Paddle Board PumpTHURSO SURF Manual Pump
Manual Dual Action (inflate/deflate)
14 Psi Maximum Pressure
Manual Dual Action (inflate/deflate)
Pressure Gauge Pre-Installed
Manual Dual Action (inflate/deflate)
Pressure Gauge Pre-Installed
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Electric Air Pumps

The step in the right direction is investing in Electric Air Pump. The biggest advantage is that you will save your muscles for paddleboarding. All the inflating and deflating work will be done for you by the pump. Moreover, the electric pump will do the work much quicker than you with the hand air pump. Your only job will be to connect the hose and push the button. The second advantage lies in the size of electric air pumps. They are smaller than hand pumps and they are much easier to store or transport. Usually, they come in some prefabricated boxes or bags.

The downside of electric air pumps is the price. The cheaper models come around $40+ and the most expensive models with a lot of additional features cost more than $100.

Electric Air Pumps are powered through cable from the Car Power Outlet with standard DC 12V. Therefore you will be fully depending on your car or another source of 12V power. Keep that in mind when you go paddleboarding to secret spots with no parking spot.

SereneLife Premium Compact Digital Air PumpSeamax SUP Electric Air PumpOutdoorMaster SUP Air Pump
Adjustable PSI air pressure setting showing preset pressure selection
Auto shut off when desired pressure is reached
3.3 feet air hose
12 Volts DC car vehicle connection.
Pressure range 0-16 PSI
Multi-unit digital LCD display (psi/KPA/bar)
Digital pressure LCD screen
Max pressure 20 PSI (1.378 Bar /138 Kilo-Pascal)
The range of pressure value from 0.5 to 20PSI
Pump maximum continued working time is 20 minutes with auto-off
Built-in a digital pressure gauge for real-time monitoring
Auto-stop when set pressure value reached
12V DC Car connector
Pressure Range: 0.5-20 PSI (0.034-1.378 Bar)
Able to inflate 3 SUP in a row
Inflation Auto-Off Function
DC Power Cord Length: 9ft (2.75m)
4.5ft Hose
12V DC Car Connector
Built-in carrying handle for easy transportation
Digital display with real-time pressure monitoring
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Battery Air Pumps

Battery Air Pumps are the best possible solution for inflating your inflatable SUP. You are not dependent on a car or other DC outlets. Battery air pumps have rechargeable batteries built-in so you can use them wherever you need. They can be also powered via an integrated car plug power cable. They are very handy and easy to store or transport.

Unfortunately, the freedom battery air pump offers is balanced by its price, which is north of $100. Another disadvantages are the weight and need to recharge the battery before you will leave for your trip. Also, the maximum pressure is usually lower than pumps directly powered by cable. The battery life depends on the pressure you will use for inflating.

SereneLife Electric SUP Air Pump Compressor
3.3 ft air hose
A built-in 12V LI-ION, 6000mAh rechargeable battery
Recharging time approx. 6 hours
Alternatively can be powered via integrated car plug power cable
Battery life depends on the way of use
Digital LCD screen and touch button control panel
Pressure range: 0 - 16 PSI
Adjustable PSI air pressure settings
Space-saving compact design, convenient carry handle for easy travel
Price: $$$$
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