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#25521 - 06/30/12 08:42 PM air pump
Go Bears Offline


Registered: 01/14/10
Posts: 39
Loc: Placer County, Ca
I have heard somewhere there is a small, light air pump that can be used for inflating air matresses. I looking for something to throw in pack, as long as it is small and light. Anyone have any idea where I might find such a thing?

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#25526 - 06/30/12 11:45 PM Re: air pump [Re: Go Bears]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7590
Loc: Fresno, CA
You're carrying one... your lungs! wink   (Sorry, but I couldn't help it.)

For light-weighters like me, adding an air pump to the load just would not be worth it.


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#25531 - 07/01/12 07:59 AM Re: air pump [Re: Steve C]
wbtravis Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1253
Loc: Corner of Jack Benny and Roche...
You can always buy an Exped mattress where the pump is built-in.

Steve beat me to the lungs thingy.

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#25553 - 07/02/12 10:58 AM Re: air pump [Re: wbtravis]
Brent N Offline


Registered: 01/20/11
Posts: 278
Loc: Orange County, CA
Here's another nifty trick--try it out. It works very well. Take a large trash bag (which you probably already have in your pack protecting your down bag. Fill it with air just by waiving it for a few feet around you. Completely close off the opening with your hand just by gathering the opening together. Insert the opened nozzle of your mattress into the the opening of the full trash bag and hold onto the opening tightly to make sure that no air escapes around the nozzle. Bear hug your trashbag until all of the air goes into the mattress. You are essentially creating a bellows effect. For a Neo air mattress, I have to do this about two and a half times. (Obviously, as you are refilling the trash bag, tighten the nozzle on your air mattress.) It works like a charm, keeps me from getting light headed and earns whispers of "That is so MacGuyver" from onlookers.

Brent N

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#25554 - 07/02/12 12:59 PM Re: air pump [Re: Brent N]
Harvey Lankford Offline


Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 1017
Loc: Richmond, Virginia
Originally Posted By: Brent N
Bear hug your trashbag until all of the air goes into the mattress. You are essentially creating a bellows effect. For a Neo air mattress, I have to do this about two and a half times.
Brent N

Try the INSTAFLATOR !!!
Instaflator

only $ 3.99 + shipping, 1.8 oz with multiple fittings for various models.

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#25555 - 07/02/12 01:27 PM Re: air pump [Re: Harvey Lankford]
BryanB Offline


Registered: 09/15/11
Posts: 49
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Harvey - your link doesn't work, but I managed to find the video by searching on youtube. That's a nifty idea!

It lead me to find this other solution:

http://www.camp-tek.com/index.html

It weighs 2.3 oz with batteries, but does all the work for you :-)

I have to say, my neoair is probably my favorite piece of gear - but I do hate blowing it up. The new x-lite isn't quite as bad to blow up as the original.

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#25562 - 07/02/12 03:12 PM Re: air pump [Re: wbtravis]
Bob West Offline


Registered: 11/13/09
Posts: 828
Loc: Bishop, CA, USA
I use an Exped SL7 pad, with the built-in pump. It takes a little practice, but is better than carrying the extra weight of an external pump. It can also be inflated by mouth.

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#25572 - 07/02/12 05:07 PM Re: air pump [Re: BryanB]
SierraNevada Offline


Registered: 09/05/11
Posts: 1139
Loc: NorCal
Originally Posted By: BryanB
It weighs 2.3 oz with batteries, but does all the work for you :-)

I'm usually packing in the ultralight category and avoid luxury items like this. This one seems worth the weight, especially when I'm with my wife having to blow up 2 NeoAirs. Thanks for the tip, I just ordered one in SAR orange.

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#25573 - 07/02/12 05:23 PM Re: air pump [Re: SierraNevada]
BryanB Offline


Registered: 09/15/11
Posts: 49
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
Originally Posted By: SierraNevada
I just ordered one in SAR orange.


Cool! Be sure to post a review here when you get to try it out - I'd love to hear if it actually works as well as they say!

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#25584 - 07/03/12 12:11 AM Re: air pump [Re: SierraNevada]
Steve C Offline


Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 7590
Loc: Fresno, CA
> especially when I'm with my wife having to blow up 2 NeoAirs

wimp! grin

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#25704 - 07/05/12 12:17 PM Re: air pump [Re: Steve C]
SierraNevada Offline


Registered: 09/05/11
Posts: 1139
Loc: NorCal
Originally Posted By: Steve C
> especially when I'm with my wife having to blow up 2 NeoAirs

wimp! grin


I admit it. I'm full of hot air but I like to save it for the Whitney Zone. And I'd rather my wife save her breath... smile

2.3 oz seems like a bargain.

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