Summer is upon us once again which means the kiddos are out of school and the swimming pools are being splashed about in. In my household, that also means lots and lots of pool toys are drug out or bought, and more than half need inflating. A couple of years back, at Target, I came across a hand pump that would make that job a little easier on me. It cost around $10.
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The Intex Quick Hand Air Pump is made to work with any inflatable such as a pool float or beach ball, or even a camping bed. It is a manual pump, however, so while you may not be blacking out by using all your air to inflate a pool toy, you might have tired arms at the end of the activity. Well, I did a few times anyway.
Fully extended, it's a little over two feet in length. The body of the pump is red with it's title written on in white lettering, It's made of plastic and has a red plastic handle as well. The foot pedal (what I call the part that you hold stationary while pumping the red part of the air pump) is black and it too is made of plastic.
Coming out from the body of the pump is a black plastic tube with a coiled exterior. This is, of course, what the air travels through to inflate whatever object. Attached to this tube are two different red caps of different shape and size. The caps are different sizes so that they can work with various inflatables. For instance, I use the smaller cap for inflating a pool raft, and the largest for inflating an inflatable bed. They stay on and seal pretty tight once they're pushed in and do not leak because the caps have a solid exterior except for the very tip, which is open. So, if it will only go in so far, it won't leak air out because the tip is already in the inflatable (and not sticking out, as it would if the caps had slits).
It was inexpensive, so that pretty much let me know that it would be sort of limited, with how long I would get to use it. I used it for all of the pool toys for a couple of seasons (using it maybe 20 times max), and I used it to inflate a queen size inflatable camping bed. It takes about as long to inflate a raft with this as it does with my breath, but with the bed, I used it once and never tried it again (buying an electric one instead). It finally started leaking air where the tube is connected to the body after maybe 2 years (50-60 uses perhaps). Once it did that, it would then take twice or three times as long to inflate something as it would before.
To work it, place a foot on the foot pedal and then grab the handle and work the body up and down. If the inflatable is large, it can be a bit back breaking, so I mostly just held the foot pedal in one hand and worked the pump with the other. It makes a squeaky noise after every push that can get pretty annoying.
You get what you pay for, as the saying goes. It worked well for as long as it held it's seal, but it didn't work as long as I figured it would (I thought I'd get twice as much time with it). If you can catch it somewhere for $5 or so, then yeah...it'd be well worth it. But, since I went with another model after this one broke (an electric one at that), I wouldn't recommend it unless it was on deep clearance. It just didn't last as long as I thought it should.
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