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This product is designed for inflating airbeds. A double airbed can easily take up to half anhour to inflate which is a lot of time and effort and certainly not what you want to be doing when you have just pitched a tent.
The pump comes with a number of attachments and i've only ever once come across a valve it wasn't compatible with, even so a loose fit was enough to do most of the work before switching to manual inflation to get it to the required pressure.
Iflation takes between 5 and 15 minutes depeding on the volume of the bed you are using. The pressure it gets to is generally higher that what you could manage by breath alone.
By connecting the nozzle to the air inlet it can be used to deflate the bed and get as much air out of it as possible to aid in packing things back down to a small size for transport home.
Using a pump like this has the added benefit of prolonging the life of your airbed. The moisture that comes with breath causes airbeds to deteriorate so this will eliminate that issue.
This is a hand held model at around 15cm cubed so wont take up too much space or weight whilst packing.
Usually found around £10 its a cheap way of having a more relaxing time whilst camping however the batteries will quickly become more expensive than the unit itself. A set of mid priced batteries last around 5 trips with a single airbed so it is quite a big consumer although rechargable batteries can be used to decrease to ongoing costs.
There is nothing worse than having to inflate a number of airbeds for different people before you sleep each evening. Many other things are inflatable other than camping airbeds, but they must have compatible valves. The Campingaz 4D Quickpump Airpump is the perfect solution to quickly and efficiently inflating airbeds. The reason I suggest it useful for airbeds is that the nozzles are compatible with double-lock and Boston valves.
The cordless pump is easy to pack away in your car when going to the campsite and with a runtime of around 30 minutes running on 4 D/R20 batteries it can manage a period of time without recharge. Pumping air at 340litres per minute it is also a quick pump, it has the ability to inflate and deflate. The fact that it can deflate airbeds aswell was very appealing to me and certainly a selling point. The reason being that I can get all the air out of the airbed to assist with packing it away.
Unfortunately batteries are not included with the pump, but they can be picked up reasonably easily and they do last quite a while so it isn't something expensive to worry about. On a positive note, the Campingaz Quickpump is extremely cheap indeed. Although it looks upto the job and robust (which it is), the price of just under £6 is very appealing. The battery cover is very simple to operate, it simply has clasps which clip off to access and lock the battery compartment which means you won't have to struggle sliding a cover off or snapping plastic tabs off. Overall the pump is simple to operate with the switch and I would say that if you dread having to manually blow up airbeds whilst on camping trips then this could be very useful for you.
We often have people coming over to visit us and needing to stay the night, but with only one single bed spare, we often have to get the blow-up mattress out. In the past, this has meant bending over the thing with a hand pump bouncing up and down for hours with your back aching, but since we bought this Quickpump, it´s been so much quicker and easier - and takes some of the dread out of the chore!
This is a clever product that can be used to both inflate and deflate mattresses (and I suppose other inflatables, like pool toys). It´s not too large, about the size of your outstretched hand and is easy to store. When you want to blow something up, you just plug it into the mains, attach the nozzle to the airbed and turn on the power. It whirs away and quickly inflates the bed, taking about two minutes or so for a single airbed. One of our concerns when we bought it was whether it would fit our particular bed, but in fact it has a selection of interchangeable heads that allow you to use the Quickpump with just about anything, from things with small openings to much larger ones.
It makes a bit of noise when it´s going, but nothing too much, and does the job quickly and easily. It´s so simple to set up and saves you a lot of time and backache pumping up by hand. Deflating is just as easy (although this is more fun to do manually!) - you switch the setting, attach the nozzle and turn it on and it sucks the air back out of the bed.
I think this is a really useful product to have around the house, and can take batteries for use if you´re going camping, although I think it´d be a little too bulky for this purpose, and would take up a reasonable amount of space in a backpack (although so would a handpump, so maybe it´d be a good idea). Overall, I think this is a great labour-saving idea that´s well worth buying if you often have visitors.
This campingaz quickpump airpump is to be used for inflating or deflating airbeds and as I went camping recently and didn't want to waste three hours trying to blow up my airbed this was really an essential item.
It was purchased for around £8.00 from sports-direct.com (instore not online though) by my Mum's boyfriend and is also available online from Amazon.co.uk for £9.42 with free super saver delivery. This is a fantastic price for an item that is going to save a lot of time for us in the coming months as we are intending on going camping a few times and I will be using the double airbed Tom received for his birthday for staying over at my Mums house a few nights a week.
The pump comes in a box and requires 4 D sized batteries (brought 2 X 2 Kodak ones from Poundland for £1.00) and it will provide around 30 minutes of running time for each four batteries so while it's not very economical it does save a lot of time so it's worth it in my opinion.
The pump is very simple in design and the batteries go in a compartment at the bottom of the pump but standing up rather than laying down as I'd have expected. There is two nozzles on the top of the pump; one to inflate & one to deflate and there is an adaptor provided to put on the inflate or deflate nozzles as per your requirements. It's very simple to use just attach the adaptor to the required nozzle and then press the ON/OFF switch on the side to start the inflation or deflation. I found that it took around 1 1/2 - 2 minutes to inflate or deflate an airbed and we had two beds which we inflated on arrival to the campsite and deflated four days later when we departed and the batteries are still working fine so hopefully we will get another couple of trips out of this lot of batteries first.
The pump is quite noisy when in use and once the bed is fully inflated or deflated you will notice a change in the pitch which indicates that it is ready and then you simply turn off the pump and either quickly seal the airbed to avoid deflation or just fold up the airbed and return home.
As well as the pump & the nozzle in the box we received a drawstring bag which was very handy for using on our travels as we simply discarded the box and put the pump & nozzle in to the drawstring bag and packed this along with our tents, airbeds etc.
It was very easy to use and now that we have used one we will definitely be purchasing one for our next camping trip (early July). I would thoroughly recommend this as any addition to an airbed as although it's not very economical on the batteries it does save an awful lot of time and effort in blowing up the airbed by yourself!
I am rating this pump 4/5 and think that it is very reasonably priced. I have knocked off 1 star because it is very greedy with batteries.
Runtime: 30 minutes (with new alkaline batteries). Airflow: 340 litres per minute. Head pressure: 27 mbar.