Etekcity Electric Air Pump Review

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The Etekcity electric pump is designed to quickly deflate and inflate your SUP, in a matter of minutes. This model is unlike its competitors in that it features a rechargeable design, which adds to the convenience of use and its versatility. While many people primarily use it for their paddle boards, it can also be used to inflate camping air beds, pool toys, kayaks, and other types of high-pressure inflatables. The fact that this model is rechargeable and cordless is one of its biggest selling points since it prevents paddlers from having to haul a fully inflated board down the beach. Instead, this pump can handle the job right at the water’s edge.

Our Verdict: This cordless, rechargeable pump by Etekcity is versatile, beginner-friendly, and allows you to take your pump with you, whether you’re hiking out to a far off water hole, a fishing hotspot, or you need a pump you can take with you during your backcountry camping adventure. This model supports both inflation and deflation via the two air ports, so you can both inflate and deflate your board on the spot and not have to lug your fully inflated board back to your vehicle. This model may not be as powerful as higher-priced models, but it does offer the type of versatility and convenience that many boarders are looking for. Keep in mind, it cannot handle inflating boards and kayaks over a fifteen PSI level, which can be a drawback for some buyers, depending on their board’s inflation needs. If you’re not sure what the required PSI level is for your board, read your user’s manual before you buy.

Overview and Features

A pump that’s cordless and rechargeable can give you the type of freedom you need if you don’t want to wait by the car as your boards are inflated. Instead, you can head out early and inflate your boards once you’ve reached your destination. You’ll need to this of convenience and fast and efficient inflation if you’re on a long trip or paddle boarding with your dog or you’re hauling a lot of other cargo. This will come in handy if you normally hike out to your paddling spot, or if you want a pump you can take with you camping. Since the pump also has a deflation feature, you can deflate your board before you hike back to camp or your vehicle.

This is a low-priced air pump, so you can’t expect it to pack the same type of power as higher-priced models, but it does a great job of efficiently inflating SUPs, although it’s not powerful enough to inflate a couple of boards back to back. In fact, I recommend waiting at least twenty minutes before moving on to another board. However, the highly portable design is what makes this model a must-have for the long-distance tourer, camper, and anyone who doesn’t want to have to rely on using their car to power their pump.

Etekcity Electric Air Pump

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

  • Lightweight
  • Cordless
  • Rechargeable
  • Low price
  • Versatile
  • Fast inflation time

Design

This model is lightweight, compact, and made to easily fit in the side pocket of your paddle board bag. The cordless design makes the pump very portable, while the durable housing ensures the pump can handle plenty of wear and tear and heavy-duty use. Since this is a cordless pump, it doesn’t come with a long hose. Instead, the nozzle will attach directly to one of the two air ports.

Included Nozzles

This model comes with three different nozzle sizes, including:

  • Small-0.27 inches
  • Medium-0.35 inches
  • Large-0.69 inches

The included nozzles offer more versatility in terms of the make and model the pump will work with, not to mention a variety of pool toys, air mattresses, and kayaks.

Inflation

In terms of speed, this is one of the best SUP pumps around. This model offers a faster than average inflation time compared to other models in this price bracket. In just seven to eight minutes the pump can fully inflate a board up to fifteen PSI. On average, a pump of this size in this price bracket can take as long as ten to twelve minutes to inflate a board, so this faster inflation time is definitely a plus. Since this model is able to efficiently and precisely inflate your board, you can expect a board that’s more rigid and stable on the water, which will make it perfect for paddle board yoga, or touring in choppy water conditions.

Deflation

If you don’t want to deal with manually deflating your board or waiting around for the board to deflate on its own, then you can take advantage of the deflation feature which will quickly kick the motor into reverse, sucking out all the air and allowing you to quickly pack up and head home.

Portability

This model is cordless and rechargeable, via a DC adapter. If you’re hiking or camping, you’re not going to want to lug around a fully inflated board, and that’s exactly what you have to do with most SUP pumps since they run off your vehicle’s twelve-volt outlet. Now, this model features a cordless, rechargeable design. This means you can bring along your pump and deflated boards and only inflate them once you’ve hiked to your destination spot. Since the pump also comes with a deflation feature, you can quickly deflate your board on the spot, which will make it much easier to hike back to camp. This versatile model is very convenient to use and is perfect for hikes, camping, and more. This pump runs on Ni-MH batteries and has a one hour charge time.

Noise

This model is very quiet-running. While a loud running pump isn’t exactly a deal-breaker for some potential buyers, the fact that it’s so quiet will allow you to inflate or deflate your board without the fear of disturbing other campers or members of your party.

Air Ports

The pump comes with two air ports. You’ll connect the hose to the first port to inflate your board, or connect the hose to port number two to deflate your board.

Battery Life

Unfortunately, the manufacturer doesn’t offer any information concerning what type of battery life you can expect. This lack of information can make it difficult for buyers to prepare, especially if they need a pump they can use for a long camping trip. Competing models, such as the Missyee Wireless Electric Air Pump can provide a forty-minute battery life and features a similar motor size and power rating, so you can expect a similar performance from this pump by Eteckcity.

Applications

As I mentioned earlier, this pump is primarily used to inflate SUPs, but it can also be used to inflate pool toys, exercise balls, air mattresses, and kayaks. You can also connect the hose to the second port and use the deflation port for vacuum packing deflation. As you can see, this model can be used for so much more than just inflating your board.

Warranty

The manufacturer has included a one-year product warranty and lifetime support, which is surprising considering the low price.

Use

The pump’s best feature is its cordless rechargeable design. This allows you to take the pump with you and hold off on inflating your board until you’re at the water’s edge. Obviously, this prevents you from having to haul a fully inflated board. The battery can be charged via the included AC adapter. Unfortunately, this model doesn’t come with an automatic shutoff feature. This type of safety feature is often found on higher priced models and works by automatically shutting the pump down once it has reached the desired PSI level. Because this model lacks this safety feature, you’ll be required to sit by and closely monitor the inflation progress in order to prevent your SUP from popping. This pump is as basic as it gets and doesn’t come equipped with many of the fancy features you’ll find on higher priced models, however, it does get the job done, although it can be limiting for the buyer who has other inflatables that require a PSI level that’s higher than fifteen.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Rechargeable
  • Cordless
  • Versatile
  • Two air ports
  • Fifteen PSI level

Cons

  • Cannot inflate boards back to back
  • Cannot inflate products over a fifteen PSI level
  • Does not come with an automatic shut off feature

Conclusion and Rating

Our Rating: (4.5/5)

The Etekcity electric pump is rechargeable and cordless. This cordless design allows you to take your pump with you as you hike out to the perfect spot and inflate your board or deflate your board, on the spot. Now, you won’t have to wait by your car, connect the pump to your vehicle’s twelve-volt outlet and carry a large board all the way out to your favorite spot. The pump also comes with a deflation port, so you can deflate your board before you hike back to the car. As you can see, this pump is designed with portability and convenience in mind. Its versatile design will also allow you to use it for more than just your SUP, so you’re sure to get plenty of use out of it. Considering the low price and how powerful this compact pump is, you’ll get a lot of bang for your buck. I gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.