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I love to go camping and although the weather has been a bit unstable this year we have managed to get a few nice weekedns away to north wales and to the beach with our tent and camping equipment. I like to camp as it's a little bit more freedom than staying in a hotel but I do like to be comfortable when I'm camping in my tent and have to have all the assessories that you take with you on the trip, like an inflatable bed as I hate sleeping on the floor so I bought this Bestway Air Hammer Inflation Pump so that I could easily pump up the air bed without too much fuss.
It cost me £5.99 from Amazon and I have used it a few times since I have had it for inflating the airbed and for inflating the grandsons paddling pool and inflatable outdoor car which we put in the garden for him on fine days and fill it with the plastic balls so he can play.
The inflatable pump comes in a cardboard box and has three attachments that fit on the hose of the pump so that you can change these for different inflatable items you are pumping up.
You can inflate the item you want to use as well as deflate it too with this pump. It's size is 14 inches and can be stored easily int he car boot when your going off camping, there is a 12 inch inflatable pump available too but this is the one I bought.
The hose is flexible so it is easy to pump up an airbed as you can move it easily near the valve as the hose isn't ridgid. You can put your feet ont he bottom of the pump and hold it firmly to the ground as you stand on the bottom of the pump and use your hands to lift and plunge the handle of the pump up and down to inflate the item you are blowing up.
The chamber holds quite a bit of air so you aren't standing there for long pumping the handle and I can inflate our airbed when camping in around five minutes or less depending on how energetic your feeling.
It is quite dirable and this has fallen out of the car boot a couple of times when we have been taking things our at the campsites but it hasn't broken, value for money wise it's cheap and cheerful and does the job that it's meant to.
I am happy to recommend it to you, if you go camping or have inflatable outdoor toys for the children in your family.
I have purchased a lot of camping stuff in the past year particular during the winter time when it has been reduced in the sale. We bought a new air bed after our previous internal pump bed gave up on us and were quite limited by choice and ended up buying one which required an additional pump to inflate. This Bestway Air Hammer Inflation Pump was the cheapest in the store at £7.99 in the sale and is why we bought it in all honesty. We go on a couple of camping trips a year and so decided that we didn't need to spend a fortune on an airbed pump.
The pump comes in a cardboard box along with a set of instructions which are very self-explanatory. It comes in three easy to fit parts; the pump area, the hose and the set of valve adapters for ease of storage and transport. These parts simply slot together in a matter of seconds and the product is ready to use. The air section of the equipment is blue and the pump black in colour. It is quite light, weighing less than <2kg which is what you want when you are taking it on camping trips with an already overloaded car!
Once the pump is put together you choose the right fitting valve you need for your inflatable object, attach this to the end of the hose and pump it up! The pump has a wide, heavy duty handle that you use to pump up and down to release the air into your object. At the base of the pump are two outcropping footholds that you can use to hold the pump still and firm on the ground for ease of operation. You are also able to deflate your items with the pump which I have never tried as yet.
We use this on our double sized airbed and it takes about ten minutes of pumping (with some breathers in between) to totally inflate to a firm and full standard of bed. This to me is not a huge effort though it is obviously not as easy as plugging an electric pump into your car and having a bed in under a minute. I do think the simple and tough design of this Bestway pump however provides a good and reliable pump option at a good price.
The spec of the pump is as follows; up to 3000 cc capacity; a Flexible hose; Heavy duty construction; GS approved and Includes adapter valves.
Manual hand pumps have many advantages over electric ones, one main one is price, they are often cheaper to buy and maintain. They are also quieter, more reliable and generally give you a pretty good workout! If we went camping more often or had more need of an air pump I would likely buy an electric one, but as it stands this is great for our casual and sporadic use.
So all in all an easy to use air pump that can be used on a variety of blow up items including chairs, pools, balls etc. In the nine months we have owned this pump we have found it to be reliable and easy to use. Priced at £7.99 in the sale I am very impressed for the money. This is available online from places such as Amazon, in outdoor shops and where we bought ours from, Halfords.
This pump is used for the inflation of airbeds and such inflatables to save the user from the effort of blowing it up.
Constructed of plastic i first thought it would be a flimsy design meaning you couldn't put your back into it for fear of breaking it but as the only option i could find i went for it anyway.
I was pleasantly surprised when first using it at has strong it is. After numerous times it is still as strong as it was out of the packet.
The pump comes in 3 parts, the body which has a capacity of 1500cc and two foot platform so you can really put as much effort as you want (or can manage), the hose which has a surprisingly close fit to the body and a selection of 3 nozzles which fit the mist common valves.
Typical resting breathing in adults is around 500cc per breath so even if you pump once per breath using this pump will triple the inflation speed. It can give you a sore back using it so anyone with back problems should look at a foot or electric pump.
Its quite a bulky item so if you're tight on space on a camping trip then you may prefer a battery powered pump but this will never run out of batteries, cost anything to run and is much less likely to break down. Costing aroun £7.50 this is likely to last you many years so is good value for the effort it saves.
Airbeds certainly add that little bit more comfort to a camping trip. I sound a wimp don't I! When I was a teenager I could sleep anywhere it didn't bother me but now I like a few home comforts but I still really enjoy the whole experience to camping. Having an air bed meant we had to buy a pump to go with it. We have had this current pump for about six months after we the previous one down at my sisters.
It is a Bestways 16" Air Hammer inflation pump, ours is actually black not blue like in the picture. It has a heavy duty construction which was one of the appeals to us as our last one was a lot smaller and flimsy. It has an air volume of two times 1500 cc. It comes with a flexible hose and a 3 valve adaptors which it claims can fit nearly all inflation valve. For us we have only used it on the air bed we have. On the front of the box it does show pictures of a ball, inflatable's, airbed & chair and a paddling pool so I guess these are some of the things you should be able to use it on. The best bit of the pump is that it not only inflates it deflates too. It is easily switched over from inflate to deflate.
Since buying this pump we have used it about a dozen times and have found it good. It is a little hard work but that is what you get with a hand pump rather than an electrical pump but the price shows in that. As well as using the airbed when camping we also use it when staying at my sisters so a volt pump you plug into your car would have been no good to us. This air hammer pump makes good work of putting the double air bed up within five minutes.
It comes in three parts, the actual pump, the hose and the valve adaptors. Putting it together is very simple you attach the adaptor to the end of the hose and chose which one to use. Then you attach the hose to the pump on the handle area by just pushing it on. There are two places to attach it one is the deflate and the other inflate. A little note from me before you start using all your energy make sure you have put it on the right one!!
The pump handle is quite large giving you enough grip to push up and down. I have found on previous pumps I haven't been able to get enough grip. It also two bits stuck out either side of the bottom of the pump and I use these to stand on to also steady the pump when pushing up and down. Yes this pump is on the larger side making it a little difficult to store anywhere but it is worth having a slightly larger one to make it that little bit easier to use.
As for the deflate option on it, it can be a little slow. We do use it but you can't beat kneeling on the airbed and pushing the air out that way. Whatever I do I never managed to get all the air out of them! If you are choosing a pump because of the deflate option I wouldn't say this one would be top of the list.
We paid £10.99 for the pump at our local diy shop it can also be found on Amazon for the same price. It has certainly been worth the extra pennies for us. We have found paying that little extra has given us a sturdier product.