Choosing an Air Mattress Pump

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Because air beds are so popular, it’s only natural that its important accessory also becomes in demand. Air pumps are used to inflate air mattresses and adjust their comfort level, be it firmer or softer. Some air beds come with their own built in pumps, and if that’s the one that you have, then there’s no need to get your own air pump. However, if the air mattress you bought does not come with its own pump, then you will need to know how to choose one from the hundreds available on the market.

This article would first go into the most factors that you have to look at before deciding what model or kind to buy, then there will be a list of the best air pumps that you can choose from. To start, if you’re getting a pump for an air bed you already bought, then you have to make sure that you can use it for that. It comes down to whether the nozzles of the pump fit the valve of your bed or not. This is not often that big of  a problem though because most companies build their pumps to have nozzles that fit most air bed valves.

You also have to decide whether you want an electric or manual pump. The struggle with a manual pump is it takes the breath out of you. You have to pump with your hands and feet and with your own strength, and that could take a while, depending on how big your bed is. Conversely, an electric pump takes a couple of minutes to inflate your bed, and you can walk away the moment you plug it in. You have to remember to charge it though.

It’s important to note that the amount of time a pump takes to inflate or deflate  bed has to do with how powerful it is. The packaging should be able to give you an estimate how long it will usually take. Also, consider how much the pump weighs, especially if you’re planning to use it anywhere other than your house. For example, it’s not smart to lug around a heavy duty pump for camping trips, especially ones that require hikes, because they’re too heavy and are not even necessary. However, you can opt for those if you only intend to use them at home.

Lastly, if you’re getting an electric pump, make sure that you check whether it is battery operated or if you have to plug it to a power source each time it needs charging. Take note as well of how long you have to charge it and how many times you can use it to pump your bed until it needs to be recharged again. That way you can be sure that the charge won’t run out when you need it the most, like when you’re out in the woods, camping.

If you’re looking for electric pumps, here are some of the best ones on the market:

  • Intex 110 – 120 Volt AC Quick-fill Electric Pump, which is portable, powerful, and has a variety of nozzles that can fit almost any air bed.
  • Smart Air Beds A/C Electrical Air Bed Pump, which comes with 3 nozzles, can inflate a twin bed in under 3 minutes, but should not be used anywhere near water.
  • Smart Air Beds AC Electrical Air Bed Pump Black, which charges via plugging, blows air at the speed of 450L per minute and comes with 3 different nozzles.