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Old 02-14-2016   #1
 
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New pump help

I have an electric pump and a K-pump 100. I'm tired of the K-100 requiring so many strokes to top up tubes on 14' & 16', but it's great for IK and SUP.

Looking at K-400, DRE 4", Carlson 4" as well as the smaller models of all three (K-40 and the shorties).

Ideally this pump would travel with me on the boat instead of the K-100 so size is important but I'm not terribly worried about any of these being "too large".

I'd like the pump primarily for topping up tubes but on the rare occasion be capable of inflating a whole boat without too much trouble.

Questions: Are the shorties (K-40, Carlson shorty, DRE shorty) able to handle a whole boat reasonably well? Is the space savings of the shorty more valuable than reduced capacity? Which would you buy in my situation and why?

Thanks and cheers!

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I own a normal 4" Carlson, been a great pump for topping my 14', not terrible for inflating with if I have to, lives in dry box for multi day's. Solid construction.
Get a full size 4" for multi day's when you will actually be using it, keep your K-100 for day trips and your IK, since it's packs down better then probably anything.
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I carry a K-200 on an AIRE 156d and love it. A few more strokes to top off but it sure doesn't take up much space in the gear pile. A buddy carries a K-400 and has had issues. This may be due to the dual option air chamber. My vote goes for the K-200.
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I use a k-200 also for my 15' works well. I also have a $20 12volt inflator for volume when I need it.

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IMHO, the 4" Carlson or DRE are the way to go. AAA makes a good one too. The shorties are kind of a pain , but will get the job done. All are easier to inflate a boat than trying it with a K pump.
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Old 02-15-2016   #6
 
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I use a k-200 also for my 15' works well. I also have a $20 12volt inflator for volume when I need it.

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I love my DRE, it works and has replacement seals in the bottom if you need it and it's not working.

Where'd you get a $20 12v inflator? I need one for the car and garage.
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I love my DRE, it works and has replacement seals in the bottom if you need it and it's not working.

Where'd you get a $20 12v inflator? I need one for the car and garage.
http://www.amazon.com/AIRHEAD-AHP-12.../dp/B000OF92KA

This is the universally recommended 12v pump and is about as cheap as I could imagine one could be sold for. I have no idea what kind of $20 option exists, but would also like to know.

I'll add that the 12v I linked to here does not work well in cold temperatures--snapped the flexible hose in half on a 30F day a few weeks ago.
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Thus is my $20 inflator, it looks and feels cheap but it's a little Rockstar. I've had it for 10 years and used it a BUNCH. it dosent put any pressure in the tubes but if you open the valves I can put shape to my 15 boat in just a few minutes.

http://autoplicity.com/3594968-inter...ngComNOFITMENT

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Old 02-17-2016   #9
 
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I prefer the K-200. We have it on every multiday trip. I would stay away from the NRS Wonder pump. I sold mine after the first trip. I agree with others that the 4" barrel pump is also a good option, but I personally think it is too large to carry on the boat instead if leave in the truck. If you have the option to fill with a vehicle at put in, the NRS Blast pump fills my 15ft pretty quick. Just my opinion.
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Don't run a 12v with the engine running- the alternator output is too high and the pump gets fried prematurely. They last a lot longer if you have a dedicated 12v battery.

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