8 Best SUP Electric Pumps [FIELD TEST RESULTS]

best sup electric pumps

Want to inflate your paddle board without lifting a finger? Let a SUP electric pump do the work for you. I have field tested the most popular pumps on the market to help you pick one that’s just right for you.

Read on for the test results, but if you’re short on time, here are the paddle board pumps I recommend:

Top Picks – Best SUP Electric Pumps

Best SUP Pump
Seamax SUP20D Double Stage Pump
4.5
Seamax SUP20D Double Stage Pump
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The Seamax SUP20D is a light-weight, powerful pump. The smart monitoring feature automatically switches the pump to second stage. The Seamax was a little slower in my test than the Bravo and Sevylor pumps but offers the best value for money.

Type
Dual stage
Power
12v
Max. PSI
20psi
TypeDual stage
Power12v
Max. PSI20psi

Pros

  • Automatic switch to second stage for fast inflation
  • Automatic shut-off when PSI reached
  • Overheating protection
  • Long wire and hose make for easy use

Cons

  • In my test, the Seamax was slower than the Bravo 20 and the Sevylor pumps.
  • No case
Pros & Cons
Best Mobile Pump
Bravo 20 SUP Electric Pump
4.3
Bravo 20 SUP Electric Pump
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The Bravo 20 is an absolute beast. It has a heavy-duty feel and can inflate and deflate your SUP in no time. The built-in battery makes the Bravo pump quick & easy to use and very portable.

Type
Single stage
Power
12v, built-in battery
Max. PSI
22psi
TypeSingle stage
Power12v, built-in battery
Max. PSI22psi

Pros

  • Has a built-in battery
  • Automatic shut-off when PSI reached
  • Overheating protection
  • Compatible with almost all common valves
  • Comes with storage case

Cons

  • The built-in battery makes it a heavy pump
  • Hose difficult to connect to pump
  • Pricey
Pros & Cons
Best Budget Pump
Sevylor SUP Pump
3.5
Sevylor SUP Pump
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The Sevylor is the cheapest paddle board pump in my test and – surprisingly – inflated the demo board the fastest. The pump has a cheap feel, but at this price point may still be the right pump for you.

Type
Single stage
Power
12v
Max. PSI
15psi
TypeSingle stage
Power12v
Max. PSI15psi

Pros

  • Cheap & fast pump
  • Automatic shut-off when PSI reached

Cons

  • Pump feels cheap and I question how durable the connection between the hose and the pump will be.
  • Short hose
  • No case
Pros & Cons
Pros & Cons
best sup electric pumps

SUP Electric Pump Field Test Results

For the field test, I used an Atoll 11′ inflatable SUP, and I inflated the board twice with each pump.

The results for each pump were within seconds of each other. In the table below are the best test scores for each SUP pump.

Keep in mind that the Atoll is an all-around paddle board that is 11′ in length, 32″ in width, and 6″ thick. Your board will most likely have different sizes or a different shape and a different volume. So your board may take longer or shorter to inflate correspondingly.

The test results

How long did it take each SUP electric pump to inflate the demo board?

SUP Electric Pump
Time
Bravo 20
Bravo 20
7:27
Seamax SUP20D
Seamax SUP20D
8:55
Sevylor
Sevylor
6:52
Nixy Elite
Nixy Elite
9:19
Seamax SUP20S
Seamax SUP20S
13:00

Preliminary Conclusions

The test results are clear, the Sevylor is the cheapest and fastest pump tested. However, as I’ll discuss further down this page, I have some concerns about the durability of this pump and especially about the connection between the pump and the hose.

The Bravo 20 is the second fastest pump. It feels very sturdy and is also the only pump with a built-in battery. I was surprised how much of a difference this makes in the ease of use and mobility.

My preference goes to the Seamax SUP20D. It’s not the fastest pump in the test, but it got the job done well enough. It feels sturdy and has auto-shutoff, so you can set the required PSI and it will turn off by itself. The overheating protection is also a great feature, that protects you from the number one cause of pump failure… ‘overheating’.

I especially like the Seamax SUP20D in combination with the Seamax Portable Power Supply. For about two thirds of the price of the Bravo, you get a good quality pump that is easy to use and transport.

How Do You Choose A Better SUP Pump?

Read on for my reviews of these SUP electric pumps. But first, how do you choose a better SUP pump?

Most inflatable standup paddleboards come with hand pumps – which are great and convenient. Using a manual hand pump is not that difficult and it will only take you 5-10 minutes before your board is fully inflated.

For someone who goes paddling every once in a while for leisure, the manual pump may be just something to get your heart racing and ready for the water. A dedicated SUPer will find it exhausting to spend time and energy inflating their board when all they want to do is get on the water and SUP away.

So what should you do?

What Is The Best SUP Pump?

If the pump that came with your paddle board doesn’t work for you. You basically have two options:

sup pump k-pump

1. You could get yourself a better manual pump. The K-pump is an excellent SUP hand pump, commonly referred to as a “game changer” by SUPers.

2. Or you could buy a SUP electric pump.

Electric pumps make your work easier as they save you both time and energy. In this review, we’re discussing the most popular and highest rated SUP electric pumps currently available.

SUP Electric Pump Reviews

Read on for my reviews:

1. Seamax SUP20D Double Stage SUP Electric Pump Review

Seamax SUP Intelligent Double Stage Electric Pump

The Seamax SUP20D is the pump I recommend you buy. Although it’s a little slower, the Seamax is a lot cheaper than the Bravo 20 and feels more sturdy than the Sevylor pump.

Valve Compatibility

The Seamax works for inflatables with the Bravo, Halkey Roberts (HR), Naru and similar air valves. Make sure you get the best O ring size for an airtight connection.

Functionality

This powerful pump inflates to a maximum of 20 PSI in two stages. In the first stage, it works at a speed of 350 l/min and 70 l/minute in the second stage. The Seamax inflated my 11′ demo SUP board in a little under 9 minutes.

Automated

Of course, the Seamax Double Stage is automated. It has a backlit LED display so you can set the desired pressure. It stops pumping when the set pressure is reached.

Thermal sensor

Overheating is the major cause of SUP pumps breaking. The internal temperature sensor of the Seamax SUP20D prevents your pump from overheating and turns the pump off when it gets too hot.

Power Details

The Seamax SUP pump connects to a 12V cigarette lighter or car battery. The cigarette lighter connector comes with a built-in 12A fuse.

Specifications

  • Inflates and deflates
  • O ring thickness: 0.3mm, 0.5mm and 0.6 mm
  • Comes with a universal HR air valve adapter
  • DC power cord is 9′ long
  • Air hose is 3.5′ long
  • Weighs 3.6 lbs

Pros & Cons

  • Quiet
  • Valve adapter
  • Light and portable
  • Inflates and deflates
  • A little slower than the Bravo 20 and the Sevylor pumps
  • No case

Customer Feedback

The positive reviews about the Seamax SUP20D Double Stage are way more than the negative ones. The inflatable SUP pump seems to be fantastic, judging from the feedback. One customer says that this pump inflates his iSUP in six minutes and deflates in only two. The Seamax SUP pump is very well made and durable.

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2. Bravo 20 SUP Electric Pump Review

bravo 20 sup electric pump review

Bravo do not play when it comes to quality. They are famous for delivering high quality products and amazing after sale services. The Bravo 20 SUP pump is impressive; from its looks to its performance.

Valve Compatibility

The amazing Bravo 20 pump comes with a heavy-duty hose that has several different types and sizes of adapters. The Bravo 20 adapters are compatible with H3 SUP valves, Boston screw valves (found on most air mattresses and kites) and 9mm kite inflate valves.

So far, I’ve used the Bravo 20 with about nine different paddle board brands and after I took off the green plastic ‘depth’ ring, the adapter connected to the boards without a problem. The SUP air pump comes with three depth rings (yellow, black, and green) allowing you to fine-tune the depth to the valve of your board.

bravo 20 sup pump adapters

This SUP pump is also convenient if you have other inflatables besides your standup paddleboard. Instead of buying several pumps, save yourself those extra dollars by getting this fantastic pump.

Functionality

The Bravo 20 is a single stage pump and produces little noise. Do not be tempted to think that just because it is a single stage it is slow. In fact, this high pressure SUP pump has an airflow of 125 liters per minute, and will inflate your board to 22 PSI (1.5 Bar) in no time. It took me about 7 minutes to inflate a 11′ SUP board to the desired 15 psi. You can set the desired pressure using the pressure dial indicator and the pump will turn off when that PSI is reached.

The Bravo 20 can also be used to deflate a board, unlike the Bravo BP12 Single Stage which is an inflate-only.

Automated

bravo 20 sup electric pump dial

With the easily-selectable pressure dial indicator, you can choose the PSI and leave it to pump. It will shut off when the desired PSI is reached. This “Set it and Forget it” feature is useful because there is no chance of your inflatables being overinflated and damaged.

It also speeds up the process of getting ready, because while the pump is inflating a board, you can roll out the next board, pull on your wetsuit, or simply finish your coffee and enjoy the day.

Another automated feature worth mentioning is the automatic thermal shut off. Overheating is a common problem among pumps and it can cause irreversible damage.

Power Details

The unit has an integrated 12V DC battery. You can recharge it through a standard 110-240 AV/DC power or cigarette plug. The latter can only be used for charging your Bravo 20 since the pump cannot run off of it. It comes with alligator clips for connection to 12V batteries.

This is where the Bravo 20 pump has the greatest advantage over other common pumps. Most of them rely solely on 12V battery and cigarette lighters to inflate. You don’t always have your car (or a battery) with you and in days like those, this pump is your greatest option.

I was also surprised how much this portability adds to ease-of-use. Instead of having to open my hood and connect the alligator clips, I can simply grab the pump from my trunk or even decide to inflate my board on the beach instead of in the parking lot.

You can fully charge it at home and carry it with you to your paddling spot. Just make sure you charge it ahead of time for 10-12 hours.

Specifications

  • Runs of 12v and integrated 12V DC battery
  • Flexible hose with multiple nozzles
  • Inflate and deflate mode
  • Thermal shut-off prevents overheating

Pros & Cons

  • Portable
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Thermal shut off
  • Compatible with almost all common valves
  • Cannot run on cigarette lighter
  • The hose is difficult to attach to the pump
  • Heavy
  • Pricey

Customer Feedback

As you would expect, the customer feedback for the Bravo 20 SUP pump is positive. Users especially love the integrated battery. They are able to carry the pump to places where there is no available power connection like remote SUP spots, which are usually the best and quietest.

Another feature that the users commend is the automatic thermal shut off. When used for some time, the Bravo 20 gets hot (common problem for electronics) and this feature prevents the pump from getting damaged. Other features that made it to the positive reviews include the high quality of the pump, compatibility with many valves and the “Set it and Forget it” feature.

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3. Sevylor SUP and Water Sport Pump Review

The Sevylor 12V Psi Pump is a multipurpose pump that inflates not only your board but also airbeds, boats, towables among other inflatables. Using the pump is straightforward, whether you have used an electric SUP pump before or not.

Valve Compatibility

Like most of the electric pumps that have been reviewed above, the Sevylor 12V 15 psi SUP pump has adapters to make it compatible with as many valves as possible.

Functionality

It inflates up to 15 Psi which makes it perfect for SUPs. It inflates at a high pressure until your iSUP is as rigid as it can be. The Sevylor is the fastest SUP electric pump in the test and inflated my demo board in a little under 7 minutes.

Automated

There is a digital display that lets you choose the Psi limit. After selecting the limit, switch it on and it will automatically shut off when your board is inflated.

Power Details

It works when connected to a 12 Volt DC battery.

Specifications

  • Low-pressure extension hose with adapters for use with Boston, Mini Double Lock, Double Lock and Pinch valves
  • Automatic
  • Heavy-duty extension hose with high-pressure valve
  • Weighs 3.4 pounds

Pros & Cons

  • Affordable
  • Small and portable
  • Long cord
  • Fastest SUP pump in the test
  • No overheating protection
  • Connection between hose and pump does not seem durable
  • Hose is very short and seems cheaply made
  • No case

Customer Feedback

The customers are fine with the Sevylor SUP pump, except for the fact that the hose is cheaply made and some people had to improvise something to hold it together. Silicon tape seems to be working for some users.

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4. Nixy Elite Inflatable SUP Pump Review

nixy elite sup electric pump

The Nixy Elite is one of the highest rated pumps. Which is not a surprise considering its amazing features and functionality.

Valve Compatibility

This pump comes with a non-kinking hose with an H3 nozzle, that fits on all Nixy boards and most other paddle boards on the market.

Functionality

The Nixy Elite electric pump can go up to 20PSI and will inflate your iSUP gradually and quickly. Although it will produce some noise, your inflatable board will be fully inflated in no time. The Nixy Elite took a little over 9 minutes to inflate the 11′ SUP board used in this test.

Automated

This electric paddle board pump has a “set it and forget it” PSI gauge which lets you connect the pump to your inflatable, set the PSI limit, turn it on and forget it. When the limit is attained (many brands recommend 10-15 PSI), the pump turns off automatically.

On the pump I used in this test, the needle of the analog gauge shakes so much that it was impossible to get an accurate reading.

Power Details

The Nixy Elite SUP electric pump for inflatable paddleboards connects to a 12V car battery or cigarette lighter. So in addition to being affordable, you can plug into your cigarette lighter instead of solely relying on the car battery.

Specifications

  • Comes with cables for plugging into car battery/cigarette lighter
  • Flexible hose with H3 nozzle
  • Inflate and deflate mode

Pros & Cons

  • Portable
  • Automatic shut-off
  • Long cord and hose
  • Includes carrying bag
  • Loud
  • Not very fast
  • Needle of analog gauge shakes too much
  • No thermal shut off

Customer Feedback

The general feedback from users is positive. Most comments revolve around the fact that it is easy to use and does exactly what is supposed to do.

The noise is the main feature that has contributed to negative reviews. But again, you use the pump outdoors, so it is not a big deal.

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5. Seamax SUP20S Intelligent SUP Pump Review

Seamax Intelligent SUP electric Pump

The Seamax SUP20S Intelligent pump is a digital pump set to make the process of inflating your iSUP smooth. Besides being small and lightweight, this pump is durable. The manufacturers have used high-quality marine-grade materials to enable it to withstand constant use.

Valve Compatibility

The Seamax Intelligent electric pump is compatible with Halkey-Roberts (HR), Bravo and similar air valves. This means that it is compatible with almost all the iSUPs in the market.

Functionality

This pump can inflate up to 20 PSI within 15 minutes. It inflates your inflatable in a single high-pressure stage to the maximum air pressure. The Seamax inflated my 11′ demo board in 13 minutes.

Automated

The pump has an LCD display. It allows you to set the pressure and go on about your business. The pump will stop pumping when the set pressure is reached.

Power Details

This pump can be connected to a 12V cigarette lighter or car battery.

Specifications

  • O ring thickness: 0.3mm, 05mm, 0.6mm
  • DC power cord is 9′ long
  • Air hose is 3.5′ long
  • Comes with an HR valve adapters
  • Pump working voltage: 11-14V DC
  • Lightweight pump, weighs 2.86 lbs

Pros & Cons

  • Portable
  • Compatible with most valves
  • Lightweight and durable
  • Long wire
  • Automatic
  • Pump is rather slow
  • Does not deflate
  • No case

Customer Feedback

Generally, customers are satisfied with this board. Everything works as advertised and it shuts off automatically at the pressure you set. About over-heating, one customer said that the pump was barely warm after running for 10 minutes straight. It is not completely quiet but it is not annoyingly loud either.

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6. Airhead SUP Velocity Pump Review

Airhead velocity sup electric pump

Whether you own a paddleboard from Airhead or not, the Airhead AHSUP is an accessory you should consider having in your home. It has become very popular, owing to its great build and outstanding performance.

Valve Compatibility

This 12V/20 Psi pump is compatible with every Airhead paddleboard in the market. It also has an interchangeable Boston valve and H-valve to cater for the other iSUP brands.

Functionality

The Airhead pumps up your board with a single stage high pressure and claims to inflate your board 33% faster than any other portable pump.

Automated

Sure, the pump is automated. Set the Psi, plug in it then go and prepare yourself for the water, when you come back, your board will be fully inflated and the pump will have shut itself off.

Power Details

You need a 12V battery to power this pump. It pumps up to 20 Psi which is necessary, especially for the large boards. Connect it to your car battery and you are good to go.

Specifications

  • Single stage inflation
  • Alligator clips and 10′ (3M) cable for direct battery connection
  • Auto shut-off, just dial in the pressure from 1 – 20 PSI
  • Includes mesh storage bag

Pros & Cons

  • Obtains desired Psi
  • Works fast
  • Loud

Customer feedback

The users seem satisfied with this inflatable SUP electric pump. It works well and fast. The few complaints are about the noise that it emits.

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7. Bravo BTP Mano Two-Stage Electric SUP Pump Review

The BTP Two-Stage pump is the one pump you are bound to fall in love with. The engineers that made it knew exactly what they were doing. The BTP 12 is the ultimate choice if you are looking for speed. It inflates in about two minutes and lets you enjoy the water for longer.

Valve Compatibility

This pump is very likely to match your board’s valve because it features a standard valve adapter that has various attachment options. It is not every day that you come across a pump that fits a lot of valves, including inflatable toys’ valves.

Functionality

As the name suggests, the Two-Stage 12V turbo pump works in two stages. In the first stage, a low-pressure/high-volume turbine blower inflates your board very quickly until it gains shape. In the second stage (the high-pressure mode), your board is inflated until it is as rigid as it can be. It inflates up to 15 Psi.

Automated

The Bravo Two-Stage electric pump is automatic. As long as you have the set the psi level, it will shut off when it is done.

Power Details

This pump may come with a battery pack for you to connect it while you are out on the beach. If it does not come with the battery, you can always connect it to your car battery. You cannot connect it to a power outlet—but how often do you see power outlets on the beach?

Specifications

  • Maximum absorption of 20 Amps
  • Cannot be hooked to the cigarette lighter
  • Weighs 5.9 pounds

Pros & Cons

  • Automatic
  • Portable
  • Provided adapters do not fit all models
  • Expensive

Customer Feedback

The overall feedback from users is positive. The pump proves to be efficient and works as advertised. Most Halkey Roberts users are disappointed because the adapters did not fit their valves.

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8. Bravo BP12 Single Stage Inflatable SUP Electric Pump

The BP12 Single Stage is a lightweight and compact electric pump that inflates towables in a single stage.

Valve Compatibility

There is always a user somewhere complaining that they bought a pump that is not compatible with their SUP. Well, that user will not be you if you get yourself this pump. It has a universal valve adapter that will fit your board’s valve and that of other toys around the home.

Functionality

Unlike the Two-Stage, the Bravo Single Stage inflates in just one stage—at high pressure from 1 Psi to 14.5 Psi. Contrary to what you may think, this one stage is more efficient since the process will take a shorter time and make less noise. This paddleboard pump cannot be used for deflation.

Automated

There is no risk of having your SUP or kayak overinflated as this pump is automated. Set the Psi limit and go on about your business.

Power Details

You can use this pump with a separate 12-volt battery that is available but sold separately. Alternatively, you can hook it up to your car battery. You cannot, however, use it with a cigarette lighter; neither can you plug it into a wall outlet.

Specifications

  • Weighs 2.6 lbs
  • Comes with alligator clips, inflation hose, and common valve adapters
  • Come with a bag
  • Inflates 1-14.5 psi

Pros & Cons

  • Works fast
  • Easy to use
  • Compatible with many valves
  • Noisy

Customer Feedback

The users say that the speed is great. One rider, in particular, said that it only took the board five minutes to inflate their board. The only complaint seems to be about the noise—but it is only for a few minutes.

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Best 12v Air Pump For Inflatable Paddle Boards

Getting the best SUP electric pump for your board can be a challenge. Most ordinary air pumps will not reach the 15 psi most inflatable paddle boards require. The above pumps will get you to the right pressure.

Seamax SUP Intelligent Double Stage Electric Pump

I consider the Seamax SUP20D to be the best iSUP electric pump currently available. It can run on 12v, or on the optional Seamax Portable Power Supply . You can set the required psi and let it auto-inflate your board. The thermal shut-off will prevent overheating. And the included adapters should allow you to connect it to your board without any problems.

Another good choice, although more expensive, would be the invalid id. The Bravo has a built-in battery, making it the best SUP pump for mobile use. And if you’re looking for a budget SUP electric pump, many users are also satisfied with the Sevylor pump.

Whatever type of board you own, one of these pumps is bound to be the perfect one for you. Do not run out of breath trying to pump your iSUP manually, get yourself one of these.

3 thoughts on “8 Best SUP Electric Pumps [FIELD TEST RESULTS]

  1. Are there any SUP electric pumps that do not only run off of a cigarette lighter? I’d like to inflate my board at my house and walk it down to the lake. Every pump seems to run only off a cigarette lighter, this is frustrating

    • David De Haan says:

      Hi Josh, that is a good question. I don’t have specific products to recommend, but I’ve seen people use air compressors for this. Hope this helps.

    • Hi Josh,

      Depending on your iSUP manufacturing quality, you can keep it inflated for extended periods of time. You don’t have to deflate it everytime you get out of the water.

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