An Electric SUP Pump to inflate your board while playing on your phone
Maybe you have already read my guide on the Best SUP Pumps, where I mentioned my favorite manual SUP pumps to get your paddle board inflated.
Since I like a nice warming up and some exercise I don’t mind a manual pump at all, but there are also people that prefer to just relax and play Candy Crush, Farmville, catch some Pokémon or make some Tinder pictures at the beach while automatically getting their paddle board inflated.
So it can save you some time and effort inflating your board, so if you want to save all your energy for a long paddling trip I can understand that. But for a true workaholic like me this could also be dangerous, because I would continue working and sending emails while I should be relaxing out on the beach instead!
For some people it might even be too hard to inflate the board, and Stand Up Paddling is a sport for everyone. If you feel like it is to hard to inflate your board to the right pressure with a manual pump, just go ahead and make your life a lot easier by using an electric SUP pump.
The great thing about these electric SUP pumps is that they also help with deflating the board, which is very welcome knowing how difficult it can be to get all the air out of the board again.
Just like with manual SUP pumps there are different options you can choose from, that have different pressure, functionalities and more. Does the electric pump need some cooling down after inflating a board, or can you continue straight away with the next board? Do you always need a car, or can you still use an electric pump when going on your bicycle?
Answers to these questions and more below, where I pick my top 3 of beste electric SUP pumps and go into depth about their functionalities and what makes these specific pumps better than other ones that are available on the market.
My top 3 of Best Electric SUP Pumps:
OutdoorMaster Shark SUP Pump
✓ 20 PSI
✓ +- $128
✓ Inflate and deflate, automatic inflation to set pressure, 350L/min at 1st Stage, 70L/min at 2nd stage
✓ Active cooling system integrated
Bluefin Electric SUP Pump
✓ 16 PSI
✓ +- $185
✓ Inflate and deflate, automatic inflation to set pressure, inflates the Bluefin board to 16 PSI in less than 15 minutes
Serenelife Electric SUP Pump
✓ 16 PSI
✓ +- $ 107 ( with built in battery)
✓ Optional 4000 mAh lithium battery which can be charged for 8 hours
The OutdoorMaster Shark II Electric SUP Pump is my favorite electric pump, as it is so small and easy to carry along with a weight of 1.2 kg. This is an upgraded version of the OutdoorMaster Shark pump, which had thousands of positive reviews.
This smart electric pump was made through a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, which got funded very quickly. The pump can inflatable multiple SUP boards one after the other, without overheating in between.
You have to love the sleek design and the clear digital indicator for the air pressure, which you can switch between PSI and bar. You can attach the pump to the 12V DC connector of your car, because of the 12A fuse it is very safe.
It includes a full set of nozzles, so it will not only be used to inflate your paddle board, but also your inflatable docks or islands, sunbeds, air mattresses and more. Below an image of the exact nozzles it includes, as I will not consider myself a nozzle expert.
Set it to the desired PSI and it will stop when the desired value is reached, while you can get your other stuff ready. The automatic deflation function will make sure the board is easy to roll up and pack after use, so you do not need to worry about that either!
OutdoorMaster offers a 1 year warranty on the Shark II pump, so if something might happen to it you can be sure to get a replacement for it.
When testing I found this electric SUP pump inflates a SUP board to 15 PSI in about 10 minutes, so it is quite fast for such a small pump! I also like the secure twist & lock system for the valve, which optimizes the pumping since less air is lost.
So far this is the only electric SUP pump I have seen that has an active cooling system, so you can use it multiple times without it overheating. This special option makes it the best electric SUP pump for me, as I often like to go paddling together with my girlfriend or multiple friends.
On Amazon the OutdoorMaster Electric SUP Pump has 83 reviews as of now, with a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. (As on 17th of June 2020)
OutdoorMaster discount code: I have listed the price as $132, but it lists $160 on their website. This is because if you use the code “TOM20” (without quotation marks) you will get a 20% discount on your purchase. You are welcome ;-)!
The Bluefin Electric SUP Pump is also a high quality electric SUP pump that can easily be carried along. As Bluefin is a very known brand on the Stand Up Paddle board market they know exactly how it should be inflated and what is needed.
It inflates my Bluefin Cruise 10’8″ Paddle Board up to 16 PSI in less than 15 minutes. The weight is the same as for the OutdoorMaster Shark II with 1.2 kg. Another similarity I forgot to mention before is that the 12V cable is 10 ft / 3 meters long, so you don’t have to put your board all the way in the car.
The pump has an easy ergonomic carry handle so you can take it along with you and hold it in place. Just pick the desired pressure and wait while it inflates the board. Stretch a bit while you wait to at least you are warmed up for paddling a bit!
A twist & lock secure connection also applies to this pump, so you have a secure valve connection. Valves included are the 3mm + 5mm O-ring / HR Valve Adapters.
As you have noticed the major difference with the OutdoorMaster Shark II is that the Bluefin Electric SUP Pump doesn’t have the active cooling system, it goes up to 16 instead of 20 PSI and it is more expensive.
So it is clear why I put the OutdoorMaster higher on this list, as it is the cheaper and better pump compared to the Bluefin model.
For a slightly cheaper electric SUP pump you can opt for the SereneLife electric SUP pump. You might recognise the SereneLife brand as it was my number one in the list of Best Cheap Paddle Boards.
So SereneLife doesn’t only create good Stand Up Paddle boards, they have also done a great job on creating this SUP pump. The SereneLife electric SUP pump has the same looks and feel as the Bluefin Electric pump, but there are a few differences.
The main unique selling point of this SereneLife pump is that it has a built in rechargeable battery. The built-in rechargeable 4000 mAh lithium battery can be charged for use up to 8 hours! For people that like to take their inflatable paddle board on their back on a bicycle this is the ideal option.
The weight is the same as the previous two pumps, 1.2 kg only. The SereneLife SUP pump inflates up to 16 PSI and can easily be charged with the supplied USB-C cable.
You can set the pressure and the pump will inflate up to that specific pressure, so no worries about the board getting inflated too much. As you might have seen on the picture above it comes with a few different nozzles, so you should be able to inflate almost anything.
Downside of this pump is that it cannot deflate your board, so you will have to do this yourself by letting some air out and then slowly rolling it up and pushing the air out. But if you don’t want to go by car with your inflatable paddle board this is your only way out!
Safety tips for using electric SUP pumps
There are a few things you should think of when using an electric SUP pump, to make sure everything is safe and the pump will perform at its best for a long time. As these pumps are quite a decent investment you want to treat them as good as you can to make them last for years.
Don’t use your electric SUP pump near the water or on a wet board
Water and electricity do not go well together as you might imagine. So to prevent your pump from breaking do not take it too close to the water. Pump at a safe distance and if you use it for deflation, make sure you properly dry your board with a towel so the device does not get wet.
Do not over inflate your paddle board
Check the pressure that is needed for your specific paddle board and set the pump to that pressure. Do not just set your 20 PSI pump to the max when your board can only handle 15 PSI. This can damage your board and/or the pump. Although I can imagine it would be fun watching a SUP board explode from over inflation I’d rather not be near it.
Cover up the surface where you want to inflate your paddle board
You don’t want to get sand or dirt in your pump, or damaged your paddle board by scraping it over the (possibly hot) concrete. This is why I recommend always taking a tarp or blanket to put underneath, so you can be sure your SUP and pump stay in the best condition. This also helps with wet surfaces as mentioned in the first safety tip.
Make sure your pump does not overheat
While I have mentioned that the OutdoorMaster Shark II can inflate multiple boards in a row, this does not go for all electric SUP pumps. Most need time to cool down in between and can even give a “hot” warning in the screen. When it is really hot outside even be careful with the OutdoorMaster Shark, because the multiple boards in a row has been tested in normal weather conditions.
Make sure the nozzle is connected well before inflating or deflating
Make sure the air valve is locked well with the lock & twist connection. If it is not closed correctly you can lose air and will not be able to fully inflate your Stand Up Paddle board to the desired pressure. So always make sure it is correctly connected for the best performance.
Conclusion Best Electric SUP Pump
Now you have seen my favorite electric SUP pumps and have been able to compare them, what would you pick for your personal situation? If you go by car the OutdoorMaster Shark II pump is the best option in my opinion, especially if you have to inflate multiple paddle boards.
Are you going by bicycle, walking or maybe public transport to get out to the beach? Then the SereneLife rechargeable electric pump is really your only option, as it does not require a car to use it. So this is a very important factor when choosing a pump.
Of course the pump you need also depends on your specific paddle board, but almost every inflatable paddle board will need a pressure of around 15 PSI to function best. On all the electric SUP pumps named above you can easily set the desired pressure and they automatically inflate your board to that pressure.
What I love most about these electric pumps is that they make paddle boarding available for a wider public, even people that are not able to inflate the board manually because of circumstances.
See what you need for your personal situation and pick the electric SUP pump best suitable for this situation.
Do you have any more questions or remarks about SUP pumps? Do you prefer an electric or manual pump and why so? Have you tried any of the electric pumps named above?
I’m looking forward to your comments and to see some different opinions about these SUP pumps and the best ways to inflate your paddle board in general.