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mr_andyj

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Posted: 07/10/21 12:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I use a hair drier for an air mattress. It has a COLD setting, which you need. There are DC powered hair driers. Unlike the electric pumps, hair driers can run 100% duty cycles and will move a lot of air, but just not at high pressures. For a boat you do not need more that the hair drier can do, but if you do then just top it off with a different pump.
A short internet non-google search for pumps that actual boaters use will turn up a lot of really good options.
Again, there is no one pump for everything outside of a full-blown air compressor.
Did you plan to inflate a big Grand Canyon sized raft or just small things? Those big pumps mentioned will be ideal for non-electric needs. (it is a hand pump you hold with your foot, it has a stirrup, and the can is about the size of a 2 liter bottle. It moves a lot of air.

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Posted: 07/10/21 03:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mr_andyj: How do you attach a hair dryer to the air input?


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frankwp

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Posted: 07/11/21 04:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've been using a Milwaukee M18 toolbox vac (0880-20) for the past few years to inflate our air mattresses & water inflatables. It inflates them fast & firm & just as importantly, will suck them thoroughly flat for storage. The vacuum is quite inexpensive, especially if you're already in the M18 ecosystem.


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