Want to inflate your paddle board without lifting a finger? Let a SUP electric pump do the hard work for you.
Most paddle boards come with a manual pump. Manual pumps are fine for occasional use, but if you paddle board regularly or you have a family of boards to inflate, you’ll want to invest in an electric pump.
I’ve field tested the most popular pumps on the market to help you pick one that’s just right for you. The OutdoorMaster Shark II came out top, though it wasn’t the fastest pump in my test.
Read on to find out more.
How I Tested These Pumps
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. Check the comparison table below for the 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 a different size or a different shape and a different volume. So your board may take longer or shorter to inflate.
SUP Pumps Comparison Table
Fast, Sturdy Pump With a Unique Cooling System
The Shark II is a well-made pump that can be used with almost any paddle board. It inflates and deflates boards quickly, and its cooling system prevents the pump from overheating.
It can only be charged from a vehicle.
Compact Pump Powered by Battery or Car Charger
A fast, compact pump that can be charged using a 12V battery or a car plug-in charger. Pair it with the iRocker portable battery for remote charging!
May not be compatible with all paddle boards.
Best Budget Pump
Fast Pump At a Budget Price
The Sevylor was the fastest pump in my test and one of the cheapest. It’s not perfect, but it’s a great pump if you’re on a budget.
It’s loud and you can’t use it to deflate.
Average Pump With Good Compatibility
While the Seamax SUP20D didn’t excel in my speed test, it did a decent job of inflating the board. It’s compatible with most SUPs and can be run off a car adapter or battery.
Bulky and slower to inflate than other models.
Portable Pump with a Handy Carry Bag
A well-made pump with plenty of nozzles for inflating different watercraft. It comes in a sturdy carry bag and you can charge it from the Nixy power pack for ultimate portability.
Slower to inflate than other pumps.
Lightweight Pump With Some Durability Concerns
A lightweight, cheap pump that comes with multiple nozzles and O-rings to fit any board.
Very slow to inflate. Quality is a bit hit-or-miss.
Durable Pump With Some Limitations
Sturdy and durable, the Thurso Surf does a decent job of inflating and deflating iSUPs. I love that it comes in a carry case—with a shoulder strap!
It’s expensive and may not work with all boards.
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 Outdoor Master Shark II is the second-fastest pump. Although it is slower than the Sevylor air pump, it is well-made and sturdy. You can tell that it will last a long time. I love its unique cooling system which prevents it from overheating. You can inflate up to three paddle boards in a row.
The iRocker stand up paddle board pump is about as fast as the Shark II. It features a fast inflate and deflate function to save you time and effort. The electric SUP pump has a compartment that houses the power cord, making it more compact.
The iRocker pump is a great option for paddlers who travel a lot with their inflatable paddle boards. It can fit in most iSUP bags. With the optional rechargeable battery, you can even take this electric pump with you on your hiking trips and SUP in remote locations.
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?
If the pump that came with your paddle board doesn’t work for you. You basically have two options:
1. You could get yourself a better manual pump. For instance, have a look at the iRocker Full Throttle. This latest generation dual-chamber triple-action hand pump has an integrated pressure gauge and is 50% easier to use and inflates 100% faster than the average dual-action manual pump.
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, I discuss the most popular and highest rated SUP electric pumps currently available.
SUP Electric Pump Reviews
Read on for my reviews:
1. OutdoorMaster Shark II – Best Electric Paddle Board Pump
The OutdoorMaster Shark II is my top choice when it comes to electric air pumps. With its nice compact design, you can bring it with you wherever you go.
Let’s take a closer look at its features.
The Outdoor Master pump has been succesfully used with boards from the following brands: Advanced Elements, Atoll, Blackfin, Bluefin, Dynamo, Fanatic, Gili, Hero, Hydro-Force, iRocker, Nautical, Nixy, Peak, Redpaddle, ROC, and Thurso.
With the complete set of nozzles and three 0-rings to adjust the depth of the commonly used Halkey Roberts valve, it should be compatible with all the major inflatable paddle board brands.
The Shark II can also be used with your kayaks, boats, and air mattresses as well.
The OutdoorMaster electric air pump inflated my demo board in under 8 minutes. It also deflates in a minute or less.
This electric inflatable paddle board pump can inflate up to 20 psi.
The paddle board pump has a digital display and an auto-off function. All you have to do is set the psi and let the electric pump do the rest.
The OutdoorMaster Shark II plugs into your vehicle’s 12V DC connector.
2. iRocker SUP Electric Pump – Best Portable Pump for SUP
The iRocker SUP pump features a cord storage compartment in its body. This gives it a compact design and the pump will easily fit in your paddle board bag. You should check it out if you love traveling with your SUP board.
The iRocker air pump is compatible with most paddle boards, including all iRocker, Nautical, and Blackfin boards.
The pump comes with two 0-rings to adjust the depth of the valve. This should guarantee a perfect fit with inflatable boards of all the major companies.
This inflatable SUP electric pump will inflate and deflate your paddle board.
It is the third-fastest SUP air pump on this list and does the job in a little under 8 minutes.
During the first stage of inflating your board, this electric pump is very quiet. During the second stage, it’s as loud as most other electric pumps.
Like all the other top electric paddle board pumps, the iRocker portable pump has an auto shut-off function. It will automatically stop once the desired psi level is reached.
The iRocker electric SUP pump connects through a car cigarette lighter or alligator clips direct to a 12V battery.
If you don’t expect to have your car when going paddle boarding, you may want to check out the iRocker electric pump battery. This way, you can power your electric SUP air pump anywhere, anytime.
3. Sevylor SUP and Water Sport Pump Review- Best Budget Electric Pump
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.
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.
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 electric air pump in the test and inflated my demo board in a little under 7 minutes.
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.
It works when connected to a 12V cigarette lighter plug.
4. Seamax SUP20D Double Stage Electric SUP Pump Review
The Seamax SUP20D comes with a number of cool and impressive features. Although it’s a little slower, it is sturdy and long-lasting, thanks to its marine-grade engineered ABS construction.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Seamax SUP pump connects to a 12V cigarette lighter or car battery. The cigarette lighter connector comes with a built-in 12A fuse.
5. Nixy Ventus
Nixy Sports don’t just make amazing paddle boards. They are also known for their quality inflatable paddle board electric pumps. The Nixy Ventus would be great for you if you want an electric air pump that can inflate multiple boards.
The Ventus high-pressure pump comes with seven valve adapters and will work with all types of inflatable boards and even other inflatable products.
This pump inflated my demo board in less than 10 minutes. It inflates to a maximum pressure of 20 psi.
The electric pump has an active cooling system that prevents it from overheating as well as a deflate function.
This Nixy pump has a digital LCD display and an adjustable auto-shutoff function.
You can connect the Ventus electronic pump via a cigarette lighter or alligator clips.
The optional Power Pack allows you to power your Nixy pump when you don’t have access to your car.
6. Seamax SUP20S Intelligent SUP Pump Review
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.
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.
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.
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.
This pump can be connected to a 12V cigarette lighter or car battery.
7. Thurso Surf SUP Electric Pump
This is another great electric pump from a well-known paddle board company. The Thurso Surf electric air pump saves you the time and effort you spend manually pumping your stand up paddle board.
The Thurso SUP pump will work with all Thurso inflatable boards and any iSUP with the Halkey-Roberts valve.
This electric pump was not included in our test, but according to the manufacturer, this inflatable electric air pump fills up a board in about 10 minutes. The Thurso pump can inflate up to 15 psi and also has a deflate function.
The electric air pump will stop once the set psi level is reached.
The Thurso Surf stand up paddle board air pump connects using a cigarette lighter or alligator clips.
Buying Guide: Choosing the Best Electric Paddle Board Pump for Your SUP
Every manufacturer hypes their product and you can easily get confused if you don’t know what to look for.
So here is everything you need to know.
Do You Really Need an Electric Paddle Board Pump?
Well, you wouldn’t be reading this guide if you didn’t think you need one, would you? The manual pumps that come with inflatable paddle boards are okay. Some of them are actually pretty good.
But manually pumping your SUP is still a workout, even with a good hand pump. It is not something you look forward to, especially if you have to inflate multiple boards.
Electric pumps are fast and all you have to do is connect the pump and set a psi level. You can then relax and wait a few minutes to take your fully inflated paddle board to the water. No stress.
What to Look for When Buying an Inflatable Paddle Board Pump
1. SUP Compatibility
For an electric pump to work with your SUP, it has to be compatible with the SUP’s valve.
Manufacturers usually indicate the SUP brands or valve types that the pump is compatible with.
If you have multiple inflatable products, you may want to get a pump that comes with a set of different nozzle attachments.
2. Inflation Stages and Speed
You can either get a dual-stage or a single-stage pump.
A dual-stage electric pump has two inflation stages. It has the first stage which is high-speed and the second stage which is low-speed. The second slow and final stage reduces the risk of overinflating your paddle board.
A single-stage SUP air pump only inflates a SUP in one stage.
A dual-stage pump may, thus, be safer.
Speed is also another important factor. There are slow electric paddle board pumps out there. So while you won’t get tired inflating your SUP, the process may take longer than it would have with a hand pump.
Most of the electric SUP pumps discussed here will fill up your stand up paddle board in 10 minutes or less.
Deflating a SUP paddle board isn’t hard but an electric pump will speed up the process. So you may want to consider an air pump with a deflate function.
Most SUP pumps will do the job so you don’t need to get the most expensive one.
If you still want a fancy model but don’t have the money, wait for end-of-season or holiday sales.
Some manufacturers may also offer a discount if you buy the air pump together with your paddle board. I know iRocker does that and it’s a good deal.
As you may have noticed from the reviews above, most pumps will rely on your car battery for power. This is not a problem if you always travel to the SUP location in your car.
If this is not the case for you, a SUP pump with a rechargeable battery may be the better option.
Alternatively, you can buy a battery for your electric pump separately. The iRocker and Nixy Ventus electric paddle board pumps have that option.
6. Other Features
The length of the inflation hose varies from one pump to another and it is usually indicated along with other specifications. The hose should easily reach your SUP even when using the car cigarette lighter.
Some electric paddle board pumps come with a carrying bag while others don’t. This is another factor you may want to consider if it is important to you.
Important Tips for Electric SUP Pumps
a. Don’t Overinflate Your stand up paddle board
Every paddle board has a recommended psi limit. The more you inflate a SUP, the more rigid it will be. But exceeding the limit may cause damage to your board.
Only inflate up to the indicated psi limit.
b. Use a Landing Mat or Tarp
When using your electric pump, avoid placing it on concrete, sand, and other rough surfaces. Dirt may get in and jam the motor. The pump could also get scratched.
c. Lift the Air Valve First
When the air valve is up, that is the closed position and when it is pressed down, that is the open position. This is the case for most SUPs.
Having it in the up position prevents your paddleboard from losing air when you remove the hose after inflating.
d. Be Careful When Inflating Several Boards
Some electric SUP pumps have a cooling system and you can inflate two or more boards in a row. The OutdoorMaster is one such pump.
With other models, it is best to let them cool first before you go on to the next board. If you notice that your pump feels hot, take a break.
SUP Pump FAQs
What Is a SUP Pump?
A SUP pump is simply a pump for inflating (and deflating) a paddle board. It could be manual or electric.
Can You Use Any Pump for a Paddle Board?
No, you can’t use any pump to inflate a paddle board. Most pumps can’t reach the pressure needed to inflate a SUP. Usually somewhere around 15 psi. And your pump has to be compatible with your paddle board’s valve.
Are All SUP Pumps the Same?
Not really. Stand up paddle board pumps come in different shapes, designs, and sizes.
But many SUP pumps are compatible with most inflatable paddleboard brands
Can You Overinflate a SUP?
Yes, it is possible to overinflate a paddle board and this may damage it. Be careful not to exceed the psi limit recommended by the manufacturer.
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If you want to save all your energy for paddle boarding, then you definitely need an electric air pump.
The OutdoorMaster Shark II is lightweight, yet powerful. It is the second-fastest air pump on the list and it is well made. I love its cooling system and the fact that you can inflate three SUPs in a row.
The iRocker paddle board pump is a great compact option for the paddler who loves to travel. It also came third in the speed test. I like that it has an inflate and deflate function.
If you’re on a tight budget, you may want to check out the Sevylor SUP pump. It is the cheapest and fastest–which is honestly amazing.
Do you have any questions about electric SUP pumps? Feel free to ask us below.