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      I'd kind of love to know. The battery and bulb shop had no way to test. I fried my multi-meter and haven't replaced it or the odd fuse, but I don't think it was rated to run that much draw. I'm really curious to know how long I could run the pump with a smaller SLA battery before I buy one. Super convenient.

      I ran some tests today

      The NRS Blasts draws 17.5A blowing unimpeded and 14.5A dead headed.

      I also tested an Airhead high pressure blower, retails for $20 (poor boys special!). It draws 20A open ended and 15 dead headed.

      AIRHEAD High Pressure Air Pump, 12v https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000OF92KA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_bCntEbXQ376WJ

      Both of these tests were taken off my truck battery with a resting voltage of 12.4.

      I suspect amp draw while blowing up a boat will move from the open ended figure to the deadheaded. Splitting the difference should get you close to the average draw over a cycle of airing a boat.
       
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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-12HP-High-Pressure-Pump/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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      FWIW I have been using an airhead DC pump and it's been great. I did extend the wire a bit (ok...a lot and increased the gauge as well). Runs out of juice when all the car batteries etc do :)
       
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      FWIW I have been using an airhead DC pump and it's been great. I did extend the wire a bit (ok...a lot and increased the gauge as well). Runs out of juice when all the car batteries etc do :)
      I bought one of those about 10 or 12 years ago at an end of season sale without a box or accessories for $15.00, It was branded Sevelor but I don't remember who made it (made in Germany if I recall). It's a little noisier than it was when new but it still works great and will fill a raft to 2 psi. I replaced the wires and clips on mine as well, They're now long enough to inflate the boat on the trailer while connected at the back of the car/truck.
       
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      I agree with the previous post. Get this one and pick up K-Pump 100 and you'll be set. The 12V Kwick pump is the same as the LVL pump being sold at $100. K100 is great for topping off, but in the worst case senario, it will still inflate your boat. Your arm may fall off though.

      K100 is great for topping off while you are on the water. Light, durable and will last a long time.
       
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      I've been using the Amazon.com: Kwik Tek Airhead High Pressure Air Pump (12-Volt): Sports & Outdoors for the last few seasons - $39.92. The hose was kinda worthless so i bought a few feet of garden hose and installed the adapters on that (friction fit - secured with a zip tie). It works very well.

      AIRE sells a pump that looks suspiciously similar (The case is black but otherwise is identical - I've handled both in person) for a lot more cash ($87.75) - River rafting and kayak accessories oars paddles frames pumps | AIRE. Maybe the AIRE has different internals?
       
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      I think that the Aire Hurricane is a re-branded version of this $39 blower:

      Amazon.com: Kwik Tek Airhead High Pressure Air Pump (12-Volt): Sports & Outdoors

      I recently bought the Kwik Tek one and it is working fine so far. It gets the tubes most of the way, but you need to top them off with a manual pump. The Aire does appear to come with a different set of adapters, otherwise it looks identical.

      Since you live in Boulder I could probably loan you my blower for a day to check it out.
       

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