An offer to test out a sample of the Tropo Air Pump intrigued me, because paddling season is coming up and a quick way to inflate our iSUPs would be a real benefit for the Summer.
Tropo’s Indiegogo campaign advertises it as the most reliable and affordable air pump, shows it being used removing air from vacuum bags as a space-saving way to travel, as a bellows for grilling, inflating beach toys and a sleeping pad, and blowing away dirt and leaves.
This is a lightweight, pocket size air pump that can inflate or deflate items as needed. Available in blue, green, pink, or grey, it runs on 4 AA batteries (not included). Flextail Gear says a set of 4 batteries have enough juice to inflate 12 swimming rings, 8 air mattresses, and 3 inflatable beds (unless it’s one or the other or the other, hard to tell).
Tips include not using the air pump for more than 10 minutes at a time as well as not putting the pump into water for a long time. There is no waterproofness noted, so this is a bit puzzling. Another warning includes keeping your hands/fingers out of the inflation and deflation ports.
Accessories include a drawstring storage bag and 4 nozzles: large caliber nozzle for air beds; sharp nozzle for air toys; rubber air nozzle for air mattresses, and a vacuum nozzle for use with vacuum bags.
I used the Tropo air pump to inflate our smaller Moana iSUP and it worked great with the large caliber nozzle, to a point. While it inflated the paddle board to mostly full, it seemed unable to complete the full inflation to the proper pressure. A few pumps with our standard pump was all it took to finish off the inflation. Nice, much easier and I could get my kids to start and let me complete, so getting them involved would be nice.
I also took Flextail Gear’s advice and used them as a grill bellows, helping fan the flames both to get the charcoal started and then to crank the intensity while grilling some satays.
While it’s small and lightweight, the Tropo is a bit loud, so be judicious in your use around other people. The only other negative I found was its reliance on batteries, rather than being a rechargeable device – I suppose that would make it a lot more expensive.
At this time, Tropo is being offered for only $19 with free shipping, and will increase to $27 after the early bird pricing expires. Expected ship date is May 2019, so get yours while the getting’s good.
*This item was provided for editorial purposes – all opinions are my own.