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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 9:27 am 
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When I purchased my i14t I also thought it would be a great idea to buy the electric air pump that hobie sells. Well I plugged it in and the pump turns on and works just fine but I couldn't get it to inflate the yak for the life of me. I tried all the nozzles that came with the pump even though it seems the largest nozzle would be the best...but what the heck worth a shot. I even thought maybe it didn't work with one of the chambers (even though all the valves are the same) so I tried ever chamber but again no luck. I watched but it didn't even slightly budge as if it was slowly inflating. After a couple of minutes of troubleshooting I gave up and went back to the hand pump which worked just fine. I had the valve stems in the upright position like I would when using the hand pump. Can anyone help me out. I have pictures below of the pump and it's valves. Is this even the correct pump and/or nozzles? Appreciate the help. It'd be great to use from my 12V in the trunk while I'm setting up at boat launches.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 4:07 pm 
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You have to open the valves in the yak. The pump is high volume-very low
pressure. It will fill pretty quick, close the valves, then finish with the hand pump to get enough pressure.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 11, 2011 5:09 pm 
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Thanks for the help! The instructions in the box were non hobie related and I thought about trying that but since the hand pump requires the valves to be closed I assumed the same for the 12V. Hopefully this should free up some time blowing up the yak. Can't wait to give it another try now. Thanks again!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:43 pm 
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How has the pump been for you? Or anyone else who's used it?

I'm worried it might hold a charge for a while, but eventually it will stop working.

Anybody been using this for a year or longer?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:21 pm 
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This may be irrelevant, but I have the same Airhead brand of inflatable SUP that is a bad design with horrible quality. For example the valves can lock open, and they fail to unscrew for replacement. The handpump they included is a fragile toy of a ridiculous and uncomfy design compared to about 4 others I have, where for example the hose won't seal. It really challenges my never-return habit... I just hope to find a use for some of the parts.

On the other hand, I have experience with the bellows action foot pump similar to what Airhead sells on their web site. Mine probably made by someone else, but in principle it is another option for easier if a bit slower way to fill. You can throw your weight on it and it is effortless to get up to 3 psi minimum that Hobie recommends. You can get a little higher, but then the bellows starts to distort and things feel sketchy towards 4 or 5 psi which you may prefer. More ergonomic than the Hobie hand pump which is fast but strains smaller arm muscles.

I am also tempted to try a normal handpump with integrated pressure gauge and hose. Usually I guess close for the pressure, but sometimes the annoying extra step of applying a pressure gauge shows a big goof. A conventional handpump can also be double action, like my garbage Airhead one which can pump on push and pull. Oddly that one may work for my Hobie targeted at 4 psi (but not for extreme SUP psi's) if I swap their worthless hose for one with a gauge and proper seal.

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