Electric SUP Pump – How to Inflate Your Paddleboard Fast

Inflatable SUPs have a big advantage on hard boards in that you can deflate them and easily carry them on airplanes, camping trips and more. However, inflating them with a manual air pump takes work.

Electric SUP Pump - The Easy Wao to Pump Up an Inflatable SUP

The Pros and Cons of Using an Electric SUP Pump:

Some people don’t mind the extra “workout” that pumping up an inflatable paddleboard provides. That said, an electric SUP pump lets you get the job done faster and with less effort.

That said, electric air pumps cost more money. On average, You can spend between $100 and $200 on a device.

Therefore, I would not suggest investing in one unless you plan on using it on a regular basis. You can also use an electric pump to inflate pools, kayaks, air mattresses and inflatable furniture.

I’ve found 2 good electric air pumps for blowing up inflatable paddleboards.

1. Bravo BP12 Single Stage Electric Air Pump

This compact pump weighs less than 3 lbs, so you can easily carry it with you. It inflates up to 14.5 PSI, the standard inflation pressure for an SUP.

In the following video, Dominic from Boardworks demonstrates how to use this electric pump to inflate your SUP. Plus, he provides some helpful tips to make the device more effective and easier to use.

The Bravo inflates quickly and stops automatically when it reaches the selected pressure. Simply select the inflation pressure you want and press the ON button.

Note: This machine does not deflate. In addition, you can not plug it into a wall outlet or the cigarette lighter/12V outlet in your vehicle.

BP12 High-Pressure Electric SUP PumpThe package includes alligator clips, which you use to connect the pump to your car battery.

Package Includes:

  • High Pressure Air Pump
  • 102″ (8’6″) Cable with Alligator Clips
  • 72″ (6′) Inflation Hose
  • Common Valve Adapters
  • Get it Here

2. BTP Mano Two Stage Electric Turbo Pump

Similar to the Bravo electric pump above, the BTP Mano can inflate your SUP to 14.5 PSI quickly, and stops automatically when finished. It also features alligator clips, which you connect to your vehicle battery. See how it works:

The main difference is that this device has a 2-stage pump. Stage one fills faster at low pressure and then kicks into stage two, which has a high pressure piston. It’s designed for rapid inflation as well as reaching high pressure capacities.

BTP Mano 2-Stage Electric SUP PumpPackage Includes:

  • High Air Pressure Pump
  • 102″ (8’6″) Cable with Alligator Clips
  • 72″ (6′) Inflation Hose
  • Common Valve Adapters
  • Get it Here

By the way, both electric sup pumps are made by Sea Eagle, the well-known maker of inflatable kayaks, boats and SUPs since 1968. They make high-quality gear and equipment that are designed to last.

 

SUP Deck Rigging Kit: Bring Everything You Need

Paddle Board Deck Rigging
SUP Deck Rigging… Where’s the Kitchen Sink?

A really nice feature of paddleboards is that they can carry your gear for you – whether it’s a drink cooler, fishing tackle, snorkling gear, camping equipment, food or an extra set of clothes. You don’t have to strap on a backpack, and you can have your hands free for paddling, swimming, etc..

SUP Deck Rig KitNow, some SUPs may come with D-rings and attached bungee cords for attaching cargo to your board. However, if your SUP doesn’t come with long enough straps – or any attachment system at all – you can simply get your own.

The cool thing about this is that you can buy exactly what you want, attach it where you want on the board and some kits even are detachable so that you can move them or take them off altogether when you are done.

SUP Things offers both large and small deck rigging kits. The one shown in the pictures is the “smaller” version with 6 super strong small suction cups, a tough and sturdy bungee cord and an adjustable cord lock. It’s removable, so it won’t damage your board either (just make sure that you attach them directly to the SUP rather than the traction pad, because they won’t stick to the foam,.. obviously).

Deck Rigging with PFDI might not even call it small, since it apparently can handle fins, a cooler and tackle box all at once. What’s also great about these stretchy bungee cords is that they can carry lots of gear – or not. If you just need to carry a small item, the straps will adjust to fit snugly around it.

So not only can you worry less about your gear, these deck rigging kits enable you to do more things and go more places with your SUP. I mean, why just paddle when you can paddle and picnic or paddle and camp or paddle and fish?

Here’s the large deck rigging kit. As you can see, it’s very similar to the smaller version except that it comes with 4 suction cups instead of 6 (this almost seems backwards, but keep in mind that the suction cups are bigger on the “larger” SUP rigging kit).

Here’s more information on different SUP tie down deck mount kits:


Click here for $25 removable deck rigging kit

Need an SUP Dry Bag?

Mariner 20 Dry Backpack
image from Amazon.com

A great feature of stand up paddleboards is that they are large enough to carry your gear for you. Some people wear a waterproof fanny pack, backpack or nothing at all.

However, if you are paddling from one point to another or are going on a long excursion, it can be nice to have the ability to transport food, water, sunscreen, a phone or even extra clothing.

This is where waterproof bags come in handy. A larger dry sack can hold a significant amount of items and keep them completely dry. It’s great for things like phones, cameras, towels, etc.

They are typically made of waterproof vinyl and have a re-sealable opening at one end that is large enough to add and remove larger items. Then, you can strap the bag to your SUP using the D-rings or straps on your board.

They come in a variety of sizes, so you can choose the right size that fits your need. The size is usually measured in liters (ie. 2L, 8L, 20L, etc..).

If you’re not sure which size to pick or think you might want to have different size dry bags to use on different occasions, this 3-pack (on the left) is ideal.

It’s also ideally priced at about $10 for all 3. However, the set does not include a big sac (2L, 4L and 8L bags are what’s included).

If you want a larger carrier that is also more durable, SealLine makes a 30 Liter Dry-Proof Baja bag with a reinforced base and reliable protection (shown on the right). It also comes in a variety of colors.

Many people also use this bag for camping trips, kayaking, backpacking and more. Hey, as long as you are getting a dry bag, why not get lots of use out of it!

Another popular style is the SealLine See Bag. It’s tinted, but you can see through it, so it’s easier to find your gear, which can be especially convenient if you are transporting lots of small items.

Alternatively, you can get the clear version which does not have the tinted coloring.

4 SUP Deck Bag + Storage Pocket Reviews

Bic Deck Bag on SUPSure, you may just be going out for a short paddling workout, some paddleboard yoga or a race. However, SUPs are also great for longer excursions. I mean – why not make a day of it?

Day-long or multi-day expeditions open up lots more paddling opportunities where you would need to bring along supplies, food and water or equipment. Some examples include camping trips, picnics, fishing – and even a mode of transportation, especially in remote locations.

For longer trips, it makes sense to have a waterproof bag to carry all of your gear. An SUP is big enough and sturdy enough to carry a bag without getting in the way of paddling. Most models include metal D-rings to secure your cargo (and one even has built-in storage!). Even if you aren’t going out for a long ride, it can be a nice convenience to be able to bring some stuff along with you.

The Bic Deck Bag (photo above) is a good-sized bag that measures 15″ x 15″ on your SUP. It has a 30L capacity, and it has a water resistant exterior.

And yes, there is an internal compartment that is waterproof for items like a phone, camera, keys, dry goods, etc..

I really like the shape of this deckbag, as it is flat on the bottom and has a curved top. This makes it more secure on the board while items on the inside are still easy to access without having to remove the bag.

4 D-Ring ConfigurationIt’s ideal if your SUP has 4 D-rings in a square formation, which makes it super easy to secure the 4 corners of your bag (with the included velcro straps and rope loops). However, you can purchase additional D-rings to attach to your SUP where needed, so if you like this deckbag, it’s simple to make it fit your paddleboard.

The bungee cords across the top of the deckbag are another nice feature because they can hold items like a water bottle, walkie-talkie, hat or PFD that you might want to have nearby without having to unzip a pouch. There is a place for everything!

Plus, this package also comes with a shoulder strap, so that you can comfortably carry your gear when you get off your board. Genius!

Connelly Deck BagAnother option is the Connelly SUP Mesh Deck Bag

Rather than having a water-resistant exterior, it is constructed with mesh. Water can get in it, but it can also easily drain out and dry out quickly. Another benefit to mesh is that you can see through it, so that you can see what you’re grabbing more easily. If you already have smaller dry sacs that you want to be able to secure to your SUP without having them roll around, this is a good choice.

This has a similar attachment system to secure to your board, however, it lacks the external bungee straps. This may or may not be a big deal, depending on what you want to carry.

Taj M'Haul Deck BagNRS also makes a deckbag for kayaks that can work equally as well for paddleboards. It’s cleverly called the Taj M’Haul Deck Bag.

It has pretty much anything you could ever want in a deckbag, including interior dry bag, exterior mesh compartments, a drink holder, extra exterior side compartments, bungee straps and cinch cord. It’s a great way to keep all your gear organized, and you way want to go paddleboarding just so you can use your bag.

In addition to having 4 corner clips that attach to D-rings, this version has 2 larger velcro straps along the bottom that you can wrap around bungee cords on your board (your SUP may include these).

Here’s a video that explains more (the third bag shown is the Taj M’Haul):


Note: Also mentioned in the video are the Big Haul Mesh Deck Bag and OverHaul Deck Bag.

SUP Mesh Storage PocketLastly, if you’re going out for a short ride, but you want a place to stow your gear without having to ear it on your body, the SUP Pocket is pretty cool and easy to use.

It’s a simple mesh bag with suction cups that attach to your board. Because the suction cups require a smooth flat surface to maximize their adhesions, make sure that your SUP has enough smooth and flat surface area to work. These won’t stick to the grippy deck pad. That said, if you want extra security and don’t mind having the bag permanently attached to your SUP, you can glue the suction cups using a waterproof glue like Gorilla Glue

Dimensions: 11.5″ x 9″

Now, even though this pouch is smaller than the other options above, it’s still strong and durable, constructed with 600 Denier Polyester mesh and PVC backing