Originally Posted by Willisbrow
The reason i went with an electic pump over a hand pump was 1, its a lot cheaper and 2: It was my understanding that it inflates a raft faster than a hand pump. I can understand the usefullness for a hand pump when im on the river and have to repair my raft... no battery means no inflation. It looks right now that I will be buying a big hand pump... any one have any recomendations NRS 5in barrel pump $190 Carlson 4in hand pump $225 or a carlson 6in hand pump for $250. which one should i get or is there another one someone would suggest?
If you're using an electric pump to air up your boat, the 5" and 6"will probably be overkill for just topping off the raft. They'll also be really bulky to take on the boat when you go on the river for any length of time. I've used a 5" barrel pump to top off my raft and it does it with about two strokes per chamber.
You could probably get by just fine with a smaller barrel pump (maybe 3" or 4") or something like the Bravo foot pump I mentioned, especially if you're keeping the boat inflated on a trailer.