No need to nearly pass out from blowing up your inflatable air mattress by mouth. Air mattress pumps can fill any size mattress in as quickly as a few short minutes, saving your breath, your energy, and your time.
There are several types different of air mattress pumps, and they vary depending on the style you want, the price you’d like to pay, and the speed of inflating and deflating that you require. Some common types include:
- Hand Pumps
- Foot Pumps
- Battery Powered Pumps
- Electric Pumps
Some blow up mattresses come complete with an attached or detached pump. And some brands require that you purchase your pump separately. Here are some of the pros and cons of each type.
These pumps are usually fairly lightweight and easily transportable. Some are made to be easily transported by, and used for, a bicycle. Others have larger handles for better leverage and easier use. Hand pumps are usually the most economical, but require lots of manual effort and time time to inflate the mattress. As a result, it may be best for twin or toddler air mattresses.
Foot pumps also require manual effort but are pumped by foot, which is usually easier than by hand. They can also be fairly inexpensive, but since they are slow to inflate, should be used with smaller mattresses or when multiple people can help operate the pump.
Battery Powered Pumps
Because they operate using multiple standard “C” or “D” batteries, these pumps are great for use when away from home, such as when using your air mattress while camping or in a truck. They inflate much more quickly than manually operated pumps. They are typically less expensive than an electric pump, but the cost of batteries can add up if used frequently.
These pumps may cost a bit more, but they are the best all around choice, especially for frequent use. Electric pumps are plugged into an outlet in your home. Some that are made for the outdoors are rechargeable through a truck’s cigarette lighter.
Look for a pump that comes with different size nozzles or adapters to fit different diameter valves. Also useful are pumps that aid in not only inflating but also deflating your mattress. Deflating pumps use a vacuum function that quickly and safely draws out the air, leaving a more compact item ready for easy storage.
Just as features and quality varies, prices also vary on pumps, ranging from about $10 – $100. If your mattress is small and you don’t mind a bit of work and time, you can get a good quality manual pump such as the Intex Double Quick Air Pump for as little as $10. This pump comes with 3 different universal valve fittings and is great for inflating all kinds of small recreational items as well, such as rafts and beach balls.
On the other end of the spectrum, you can get an electric Quick-Fill AC/DC 2-Speed Pump for $75. This is great for inflating all sizes from toddler air mattresses to king size inflatable air mattresses. It comes with multiple nozzles, a detachable DC cigarette lighter cord and plug and two different speeds for variable air flow capacities. It also comes with a patch kit for fixing leaks.
Whichever pump you use, be sure to follow the steps that come with your mattress for instructions on how to inflate it.
With all of these options available, you’ll surely find one that is just what you need.