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      30.08.2011 00:20
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      Pump away!

      Argos battery powered portable air pump

      I purchased the Argos battery powered portable air pump a few years ago now because the one i had suddenly stopped working and died. Air pumps are so handy to have for things like blowing up car tyres, bike tyres, paddling pools, air beds whatever but it definitely handy to have one.

      Argos battery powered portable air pump cost only £6.99 from Argos. It comes in a smallish blue box with the argos logo and a picture of the air pump. Inside the box are the air pump a small bag of attachments and an instruction manual, the manual is easy to read and the instructions straight forward.

      This is a portable air pump and requires batteries to work. It takes four D batteries and they have to be good batteries because the pound shop ones don't last two minutes with this. I buy Duracel ultra the alkaline ones for the air pump.

      The size of the air pump is compact making it ideal for carting about in the car or stored in a cupboard or something without taking up room. It measures roughly 17 cm in height and 11 cm wide. There is two nozzles on the air pump, one on the top and one on the side. The top nozzle is for deflating the object and the side one is for inflating, the nuzzles are plastic and round sticking out about 5 cm, these remind my of hairdryer ends because that's what they look like with fans in them as well.
      One switch on the box for turning on and off the pump.

      The three attachments are different sizes are shapes. These are not explained very well so you have to look at the size of the hole on the object you wish to inflate and guess what connection will fit this is actually easier that i thought.
      So the attachment just pushes on and can be pulled off the nuzzle with ease.

      I inflated my sons leather football the first day I bought the pump, this took a matter of seconds to do with the long thin connection, i was surprised how quick the football inflated as i had underestimated the power of the air pump. It takes roughly seven minutes to inflate a double air bed with the pump.

      I like how small and powerful the air pump is and i keep it in my boot because ill be able to use it to pump up my car tyres in an emergency situation, its also ideal for taking camping too. We last used the pump the second week in August before the sun disappeared to blow up a six foot paddling pool. The pump isn't too noisy compared to my old one, it does vibrate when its switched on though.

      I recommend the Argos battery powered portable air pump, a handy thing to have.

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      24.08.2011 10:17
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      A great battery pump!

      Recently I was going on my first camping trip and obviously had to kit myself out with everything I might need. Being a girl who loves her comfort I decided that an air bed was essential for me sleeping outdoors and of course with that came with the decision of how to blow the bed up. I noticed this particular battery pump advertised in Argos reduced from £9.99 to just £1.99! At a bargain like that I couldn't not give it a try.

      The box comes as standard a plain brown box with a simple white label on the front. Inside you are presented with a lightweight black pump that looks like a strange contraption. Alongside are 3 nozzles that you attach to the spout, the other end of the nozzle attaches to your inflatable. This pump has blown up 4 different air beds, a paddling pool and a ball pit so far and I have had no problems with the nozzle not fitting. To use there is a switch at the bottom, underneath the inflate hole that you switch. It's very simple and easy to use without reading the instructions. I found it to be pretty powerful and it blew up all inflatables very quickly and easily with no problems at all. It is rather loud so I would advise you to get all the blowing up done prior to bedtime so as not to disturb everyone. I found that it only took around 2 minutes to blow my mattress up and even less time the next night when I had to reinflate it a little.

      The pump comes minus any batteries and takes four size D batteries which can be expensive however I used the tesco value range and after around a dozen uses they are still as powerful as the day I first used it. This is a definate advantage, if I was having to replace the batteries often at £2 a time for even the cheapest set it wouldn't be as money saving as I had liked. Inserting the batteries is very simple, you basically pull out the flap and add them in, that's all there is too it.

      On the very top of the pump there is another spout that is for deflating. I have only used this part once but yet again it was very effective but a little loud, it took barely a minute for the bed to be flat and completely free of any air.

      I like how small and compact this pump is. I found that it fitted perfectly into my holdall, not taking up much room at all. It squeezed into the smallest of corners and was extremely lightweight minus the batteries, with the batteries in it is a little heavier but not hinderingly so.

      Some battery pumps are not suitable for childrens toys but this definately is which is another added bonus for me. No more mornings spent out of breath blowing up a ball pool. It isn't of course for use on a car, I'm not sure about a bicycle tyre. In my experience I would say that there was enough power for it but then I can't be completely sure.

      Definately a pump I would recommend, especially if you can get it so cheap. This I found was also available in Homebase so a couple of options for purchase. It is cheap, does the job, long lasting batteries and is small and compact. I also like that it comes with the added nozzles and both inflates and deflates. The only disadvantage (if you can call it that) of this is that it is rather noisy and so if camping beds and things ideally have to be set up early to avoid disturbing others but it's not a huge problem at all.

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      05.08.2011 17:19
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      A great new essential for an air bed using camper.

      For a while now, we have been camping with air beds. We think they are so much more comfortable and just much better than any alternative. The only problem we saw with air beds was the inflation, so before we had to go to our first camping trip with air beds, trying to inflate them using lung power, we immediately invested in this electric pump. I believe the pump take 4 AA batteries although I am not sure, I am not the one who inserted the batteries. The pump is obviously very efficient as we have only had to change the batteries once, and we had to put the first lot in as batteries weren't included.

      After we opened the pump, the original nozzle on it didn't fit into our air beds, but it was fine as a range of nozzles are supplied so they can inflate the majority of air beds.

      We have begun to rate this as an essential for a camping trip now. It inflates the air beds very quickly and we can have all 4 inflated in around 30 minutes. The only bad thing is that the nozzle that fits our air bed does not fit snuggly so we actually have to hold it in. It still inflates properly but it just means somebody has to be there to hold it, which means we have less people putting up the tent, but it is still fine because, as I mentioned, it inflates them very quickly.

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      04.06.2011 10:05
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      Great product at a reasonable price

      I decided to buy a portable air pump after spending hours last summer blowing up beds with footpumps til my legs hurt! I also thought it would come in handy for a rather large paddling pool we purchased and the inflatable rings, dolphins and that frequent it.

      This pump is £9.99 from Argos or half price if you buy it along side an airbed. As we already had an aired we just purchased the pump. It has a number of attachments which means it can fit different air outlets depending on the product you wish to inflate. These are great but for our products they all seem to need the standard end so that is the one we leave attached to it.

      This product is quite heavy with the batteries in so I wouldn't recommend taking it abroad with you. It is however great to take camping or have around the house for inflating airbeds for guests or garden items in the summer time.

      Unlike plug in pumps which arnt suitable for things like airbeds and paddling pools this battery operated one has just the right amount of power. You wouldnt however be able to confidently blow up a tyre on a car with this product. It isn't strong enough. It would however pump up a pushbike tyre sufficiently.

      This pump takes 4 D sized batteries and from last year it has not run out of power. I do think though this year we will have to replace them.

      Overall I think Argos has come up with a good product that fits a problem a lot of families have. Much better than a foot pump. Well done Argos!

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        01.04.2011 12:37
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        Highly recommended

        At the moment my lad (cat) has got stitches in his tummy and for the first 4 nights I slept on the floor downstairs with him, however on day 5 I woke up to find his stitches had come undone and he was rushed back in to have a repeat surgery to stitch the incision back up again. I realised I was going to need to stay awake with him at night from that point on and decided to buy an inflatable bed to rest on through the night. I got myself on Argos' website and found an inflatable bed which had an offer of this pump at half price along with it so I ordered the pump for just £5 as well.

        The pump is battery powered so it can be used anywhere, it takes 4 size D batteries which I also bought in Argos at the time of paying for the pump and bed. I had a double inflatable bed which came with a foot pump and remembered how long it took to pump that up so hoped a battery powered pump would do a better job, and with no effort involved too.

        The pump is about 6 inches by 4 inches and unfortunately doesn't really have any instructions with it so I had to figure out how to use it myself. I know it shouldn't be difficult but I'm not very intelligent when it comes to things like this! After a few minutes of staring blankly at the pump I realised the 2 clips either side were for the battery compartment. They are the kind of clips that you pull the top part and then unhook the bottom section. The entire lower section then removes and there are 4 spaces for the batteries. Once the batteries are in you need to squeeze the two sections back together, this does take a bit of effort, and do the clips back up.

        On the side of the pump there is a round tube like area and another on top, the one on the side is for inflating and the other for deflating. The pump also comes with 3 different sized plastic nozzles which are attached to the pump and you just choose the right size one and attach it to either the inflate or deflate tubes. Once on you stick it in the airbed hole and turn on the pump.

        The pump has only one switch so it's just an on and off switch and it's pretty noisy! At times it makes a whirring noise like it's going to break but doesn't so don't be alarmed by all the noises. Surprisingly it inflated the airbed quickly, I expected it to take ages but within 10 minutes I had a fully inflated airbed which I then tried out for comfort. Realising I wasn't going to need the airbed until the next night I decided to deflate it so switched the nozzle to the deflate tube (these are clearly marked with arrows) and inserted it into the airbed then turned it on. Air was being sucked out and blowing out of the inflate area so I waited. And waited. And then decided not to bother deflating as it was taking forever! So deflating isn't as impressive as inflating! It's far better just to remove the entire stopper on the airbed and let the air whoosh out!

        I then decided to drag out the double airbed to see how long it took to inflate that, I didn't want to use that one because it's not only too big for the floor space available but rapidly loses air and within a few hours you feel like you're on a water bed but it was just an experiment. The foot pump used to take me about 2 hours of constant pumping to get it anywhere near fully inflated but this battery pump took just over a quarter of an hour so result!

        I'm also using the pump to top up the single one I'm using as it tends to get slightly softer within a day or two and the pump has shown no signs of running out of battery power yet.

        Overall this is such a time and effort saver compared to the foot pumps they used to come with. It's battery powered so totally portable and you could use it while camping, at the beach or at home like I do. It's easy to understand, well I figured it out so it has to be! The only thing I wouldn't bother using it for is deflating because it takes such a long time but it was really the inflating that I was concerned about. 4 stars from me and highly recommended, with certain airbeds this pump is £5 at Argos right now or to buy on its own it's £9.99.

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