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Hey forum,

with summer in full swing, despite the virus, most people are going on vacation. This is true for alot of my friends and colleagues as well.
One of the staples of a summer vacation(especially with kids) is playing games with balls, inflatable rafts, inflatable kid pools etc. etc.
Basically alooot of inflatable things.

I keep hearing complaints about the hand pumps which either come with what you bought or you buy them separately.
It takes too long, my hands get tired and numb, its too small, I sweat each time until I inflate everything, and more like these.

What does the forum think?
Is there a need for a better hand pump which takes less effort to operate?
 

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Hey forum,

with summer in full swing, despite the virus, most people are going on vacation. This is true for alot of my friends and colleagues as well.
One of the staples of a summer vacation(especially with kids) is playing games with balls, inflatable rafts, inflatable kid pools etc. etc.
Basically alooot of inflatable things.

I keep hearing complaints about the hand pumps which either come with what you bought or you buy them separately.
It takes too long, my hands get tired and numb, its too small, I sweat each time until I inflate everything, and more like these.

What does the forum think?
Is there a need for a better hand pump which takes less effort to operate?

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07FS74QTZ/?tag=

Maybe you could make one that you don't need to plugin? (Batteries included) ?
 

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Could you not check on ebay and Amazon what were the best sellers of these products and produce like 10 then sell them?

Ebay, in particular, is great for showing how many of each item has sold.
 

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I recently had to inflate a beach ball for my GFs niece and nephew. After that I had to pump up a slip and slide. My choices were: air compressor or by mouth. Both of those choices clearly have issues. One isn't portable and is expensive. The other takes time and could make you faint.

I think portability and efficiency are clear needs. But another, perhaps less obvious need is different sized valves. The air compressor nozzle didn't fit the beach ball or the slip and slide. I had to wrap paper towels around it to prevent air from escaping. If there was a sort of kit, one valve for balls, another for wider air openings, etc, I think it would definitely fulfill a need.

Love the idea!
 

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Well, my tyre inflator has adaptors for everything, it's dual power, rechargable battery or cigarette lighter plug, it's portable, pistol grip drill-like device, digital read out in psi or bar, auto shut off at variable pressures, comes in a soft carry case, £50 Argos UK.

However, if you develop one like sparechange mentioned & powered by say a smartphone power bank you may have something.

I think portability and efficiency are clear needs
Maybe you could make one that you don't need to plugin? (Batteries included) ?
For larger items it could be powered by car jump pack batteries, which have USB.
 
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Could you not check on ebay and Amazon what were the best sellers of these products and produce like 10 then sell them?

Ebay, in particular, is great for showing how many of each item has sold.
All or the same hand pump variety.
Yes some are smaller, some come with valves, some are futuristic looking, but none of them actually make it easier on your arms or legs.
 
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I recently had to inflate a beach ball for my GFs niece and nephew. After that I had to pump up a slip and slide. My choices were: air compressor or by mouth. Both of those choices clearly have issues. One isn't portable and is expensive. The other takes time and could make you faint.

I think portability and efficiency are clear needs. But another, perhaps less obvious need is different sized valves. The air compressor nozzle didn't fit the beach ball or the slip and slide. I had to wrap paper towels around it to prevent air from escaping. If there was a sort of kit, one valve for balls, another for wider air openings, etc, I think it would definitely fulfill a need.

Love the idea!
A valve kit with each pimp is a really good idea, thank you!
 
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Well, my tyre inflator has adaptors for everything, it's dual power, rechargable battery or cigarette lighter plug, it's portable, pistol grip drill-like device, digital read out in psi or bar, auto shut off at variable pressures, comes in a soft carry case, £50 Argos UK.

However, if you develop one like sparechange mentioned & powered by say a smartphone power bank you may have something.




For larger items it could be powered by car jump pack batteries, which have USB.
I'm wondering if a battery powered pump can be operated manually as well.
For when the battery runs out OR when you need larger preassure.
Something like a crank with a large lever to rotate. Maybe telescopical.
I'll do some digging around to see if such a thing exists.
 
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Couldnt find what I`m looking for.
This thing is the closest I found to what I`m thinking of:

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Its a blower, not an a pump.

Surely, there should be an air pump which works this way, no?
Am I just not searching correctly?
 

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Bruh check the amazon negative reviews of the top products and do the exact opposite with a better product. People are always looking for alternatives
 

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Bruh check the amazon negative reviews of the top products and do the exact opposite with a better product. People are always looking for alternatives
I suppose so.
However I`ll do some more searching before I`m sure that said better product doent already exist.
 
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OK, so its likely that this rotating pump doesnt exist.
At least I cant find it as a product anywhere, yet it seems like a briliant idea to me.

Maybe it cant be done, or it`ll be too bulky if made, who knows.
Or maybe there is something fundamental about it which makes it unviable.

I`m going down the rabbit hole and will try to make one :D
 

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OK, so its likely that this rotating pump doesnt exist.
At least I cant find it as a product anywhere, yet it seems like a briliant idea to me.

Maybe it cant be done, or it`ll be too bulky if made, who knows.
Or maybe there is something fundamental about it which makes it unviable.

I`m going down the rabbit hole and will try to make one :D
I'm interested as a newbie to this forum, how will you go about making a physical product? I've always wondered... Thanks.
 
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I'm interested as a newbie to this forum, how will you go about making a physical product? I've always wondered... Thanks.
Well the idea for now is to buy an electrical pump, gut it, weld a reductor to it and a lever that I can turn.
After that I`ll try and inflate some stuff to see what happens.
Then I`ll go from there.
 

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Just saw this, $395,000 in funding..
 
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Just saw this, $395,000 in funding..
I like hiw you can set the preassure and just leave it working.
Wonder how much it can pump before it needs a full charge.

Thank you for the link :)
 

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