Looking for the ultimate SUP pump? A model that can handle effortlessly inflating your board, kayak, and any other type of high-pressure inflatable? Then look no further. The Outdoor Master The Shark is a tough, versatile pump that’s able to inflate high-pressure models up to twenty PSI, which is nothing short of impressive. While it’s packing some serious power, it features a sleek, lightweight design, which makes it highly portable and a model you’ll find yourself relying on for both low and high-pressure inflatables. Outdoor Master has done it again, by creating a versatile, beginner-friendly pump that comes with all of the features you’ll need to ensure your board is inflated to the precise PSI level, which will improve your board’s performance out on the water.
Our Verdict: The Shark by Outdoor Master comes with all the bells and whistles you’ll need to inflate your SUP, kayak, air mattress and other types of high-pressure inflatables. It offers a higher PSI capacity than many competing models, coming in at twenty PSI. The dual-stage inflation process ensures a faster more efficient inflation time and process, while the automatic shutoff feature will prevent the pump from going over the desired PSI level. The included deflation feature will allow you to quickly deflate and pack your board up, but it doesn’t come with an automatic shutoff feature, which is a big oversight on the manufacturer’s part. The steep price can be a drawback for the SUP user on a budget, especially the casual paddler who doesn’t take their board out often. However, if you’re a serious SUP user, then you’ll find yourself relying on this pump every time you head out for surfing or a day on the river.
Overview and Features
If you’ve ever used a manual pump to inflate your board, then you’ll be blown away at how quickly and efficiently this electric pump can inflate your SUP. On average, you can expect a five minute inflation time.
The manufacturer claims that this pump is so powerful that it can easily inflate up to three SUPs in a row before it needs a short break. The twenty PSI pressure capacity is just one of the reasons this model is such a best-seller. Considering it offers so many features, a large digital display and automatic shut off and a deflation mode, it’s no surprise that it also comes with a higher price tag. But if you’re looking for a model that can handle a higher PSI level, then you’ll find that it’s worth the steep price. If you’re on a tight budget and looking for a model that can handle the standard fifteen PSI level and don’t need a pump that comes with all the bells and whistles, then the Etekcity Electric Air Pump is a better option, although it’s not quite as versatile and does have its limitations.
This model features a dual-stage inflation process. The first inflation stage offers maximum speed, inflating at 350 liters per minute, while the second stage finishes off the board using maximum pressure coming in at seventy liters per minute. Basically, the first stage will quickly inflate the board almost up to the desired PSI level, the second stage goes slower, using a lower flow of air to ensure it precisely inflates the board up to the exact PSI level you’ve chosen. This type of precision and the slower airflow prevents damage to the board while ensuring the board offers the precise level of rigidity.
The automatic shutoff feature allows the pump to quickly and efficiently air up your board, using a total hands-off process. All you have to do is dial in the desired PSI level, connect your board, switch the pump on and it will get to work, airing up your board, then it will shut off automatically once it reaches the correct PSI level. This will free you up to focus on unloading your other gear while the pump does its job.
This model also comes equipped with a deflation function, which involves using reverse suction to quickly deflate your board, so you can pack up your gear quickly and head home. Many competing models lack this feature and it’s a great one to have, especially if you’re short on time and don’t want to spend ten to fifteen minutes focused on manually deflating your board. The pump can easily handle this job while you load up your gear.
You’ll connect the hose to the dedicated deflation port for easy and fast deflation. Once the board is fully deflated you can simply roll it up and toss it in your trunk. Keep in mind that this feature is not automatic, which means you will need to manually switch off the motor once you’ve noticed that your board is fully deflated. The lack of automatic shutoff for this feature seems to be an oversight considering the inflation process offers it, so hopefully, the manufacturer will include this feature with their next model.
This model has undergone extensive testing and has both CE and CA65 certifications.
This is a twelve-volt model that comes with a twelve volt DC connector and three additional nozzle attachments. The pump will connect to a vehicle’s twelve volt DC connector. It comes with a 12A fuse for improved safety. The three nozzle attachments make this model compatible with a wide range of SUPs and other types of high-pressure inflatable products, so you’ll definitely get plenty of use out of this pump.
Display and Controls
The pump’s large digital display allows you to easily view and monitor the pump’s progress and makes it easier to clearly set the desired PSI level. The programmable controls are intuitive, so you can easily adjust the inflation parameters and view the process on the large LCD screen that’s easy to see, even in bright sunlight. The built-in automatic shut off feature combined with the digital display will take all the guesswork out of inflating your board, preventing you from over-inflating it, which can pop the board or cause other types of serious damage.
How much weight your paddle board can handle can be impacted on the board’s PSI level. Boards come with a recommended PSI level for a reason. If you don’t fully inflate the board to the required air pressure level, then your SUP will experience plenty of drag in the water, will be difficult to guide, and will cause you to sit lower in the water, especially if you bring along a lot of cargo. Many competing pumps are not able to handle a PSI above fifteen, which is why this model’s twenty PSI capacity is impressive. This high-pressure dual-motor pump offers accurate pressure ranging from 0.5 up to twenty PSI. Despite its smaller size, it’s impressively powerful. The dual-motor design works to inflate your board at a faster rate, using two different speeds for secure and safe inflation all the way up to twenty PSI.
Choosing the right paddle board size is important since a board that doesn’t have the right max weight limit or length can have an impact on your paddling experience and the board’s performance. But not inflating it to the correct PSI level can have just as much of an impact on your time in the water and how your board handles. Because of this, you need a pump that can handle high-pressure inflatables, easily and efficiently. This dual-stage model is reliable and durable. Its motor is tough enough to handle all of your high-pressure inflation needs ranging from SUPs to kayaks and air mattresses. The pump is made out of tough ABS plastic and is designed to easily withstand heavy-duty use. This lightweight, functional pump is perfect for camping, river, and beach use. Its compact design makes it highly portable, as does its lower weight.
Advantages and Disadvantages
- Can inflate high-pressure inflatables up to twenty PSI
- Large digital display
- Automatic shut off feature
- Does not have an automatic shut off function for deflation
Conclusion and Rating
The Outdoor Master The Shark air pump is compatible with a wide range of high-pressure inflatables including SUPs, kayaks, air mattresses, and pool toys. It’s powerful motor, digital LCD display, and automatic shutoff makes it one of the best SUP pumps on the market. It comes with three attachment nozzles, so it will work with most makes and models of paddle boards and kayaks. The built-in safety features make it very beginner-friendly, allowing you to dial in the desired PSI level and focus on unpacking your gear while the pump is hard at work. I gave this model a rating of four and a half out of five stars.