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In this article I would like to focus less on the exact product than on the "product type" itself. As you can already see from the heading, it is about the electrically operated air pumps with rechargeable batteries. Of course, an electric battery-powered air pump is a kind of "luxury item" as any hand air pump does the job just as well. However, from my point of view, the electric air pumps have a few advantages, which must be particularly emphasized, as they are not immediately obvious.
I had them a good year ago Veeape electric air pump ordered, which is why I would like to briefly introduce their technical data. The photos in my post and the text also refer to this air pump, but I think that any other electric battery pump with a similar design should be just as good. Most of the time you can find the same models under different brand names, but actually it's always the same product.
The specifications of the Veeape air pump are a good basis for me to see what dimensions the air pump is, how loud and how heavy it is.
The following items come with the pump:
The electric pump allows both the setting of a target pressure and the manual switching on and off of the pumping process at the push of a button. This is useful with balls, for example, because you always want to check in between how hard they are already inflated. Once the right pressure has been reached, you can simply stop the process.
Alternatively, the pump has a few preset application scenes that can be selected. To switch between these, press the "Set" button. You can choose from the following:
All of these presets can still be adjusted to suit your needs. If you like to inflate your bike to 3 bar, for example, then you can change this setting permanently to 3 bar.
Anyone who has little knowledge of the PSI unit (which is not very common in Germany) can change the units using the U / LED button (U for "unit"). The following are available:
There is a larger button in the middle of the air pump. To switch the air pump on or off, press it for approx. 3 seconds.
Now attach the air hose and - if necessary - the appropriate adapter and connect the pump to the tire or ball that is to be inflated.
Use the U / LED key to set the unit (presumably bar) you want and use the small keys with plus and minus symbols to enter the target pressure that is to be achieved.
The currently measured pressure is the upper number in the display, while the lower number indicates the target pressure.
The pumping process is started by briefly pressing the on / off button. Now the pump should start, which you should hear quite clearly.
The 80 dB noise is comparable in value to a loud conversation / argument, but the sound is a bit more penetrating and not particularly pleasant. But it's not so loud that hearing protection would be needed. For example, our dog doesn't itch at all. He's having fun when he gets the pulsating air up his snout through the hose, which sounds pretty funny. And don't worry, he has his mouth open and won't burst ...
I cannot fully understand how customers of these types of pumps can give a negative rating because they are "too loud". It was clear to me that they make a bit of noise and are certainly not as quiet as a hand pump. The small size of such devices is also more of a guarantee that they are poorly insulated and therefore make more noise than larger copies.
But since the pump doesn't run for 30 minutes at a time, you can get over the volume.
But back to the practical application. Sometimes you have the case that the pressure in the hose is already higher than the target pressure. Here I would have expected the pump to deflate the air in a controlled manner until the target pressure is reached. However, this feature is not built into the Veeape pump.
So you have to let out the air yourself. You can do this simply by unscrewing the pump from the hose for a moment, because then the air flows out of the hose unhindered. When you have let out enough air, you can screw the pump back on and let the ball or hose inflate to the appropriate air pressure.
Anyone who wants to inflate tires and balls with the electric pump is well served with the device. Larger things like air mattresses, inflatable boats or guest beds are likely to be a bit problematic, because at 20 liters per minute you need a long time.
A completely empty bicycle tire can be inflated in about one to two minutes. The pump does not run hot during this time. However, if you want to inflate an air mattress, it will take a while and the overheating protection may then also be triggered and the pump switched off. Then you would have to wait until it has cooled down again and continue ... that would probably be a bit annoying in everyday life.
There is one small detail that inspires me more than anything else about the air pump: the air hose supplied. For years I have had the problem that it is difficult for me to fill my electric unicycles with air, because the manufacturers install the valves on the bikes so tightly that you cannot access them with a normal air pump.
I've already built a little loop out of a metal wire, with which I can pull the nozzle a little away from the rim in order to put on the pump, but that was actually a job intended for two people. You just don't have enough hands on your own.
The air hose that comes with the Veeape pump is perfectly built for these tight-fitting valves. It has a rotatable connection at the front which is very narrow. In terms of thickness, it is less bulky than the protective cap of the valve itself. This makes it easy to screw on and it works reliably with every one of my unicycles. Just great.
When I'm on the electric unicycle (EUC), I always have a first aid kit, a breakdown spray and a pump with me. Sometimes I also have a power bank and a flashlight when I'm out in the twilight.
The Veeape electric air pump basically replaces a pump, torch and power bank, making it the perfect companion for such activities. At 340 grams, it also weighs less than a hand pump and a power bank combined, saving weight and space in the backpack.
If you want to read more about electric unicycles, I have put together a few of my articles here:
As I already mentioned, such a battery pump is not necessary for everyone. But I have to admit: it is very practical. I've always used a floor standing pump, which can obviously move more air per minute, but with bike tires or balls it doesn't matter whether I inflated them in 20 seconds or 2 minutes. The electric pump is definitely more convenient.
In my opinion, the biggest pluses of the pump are the small dimensions, the space-saving valve connection on the hose, the valve adapters and, ultimately, the built-in pressure gauge, which is accurate to a fraction of a bar.
This is particularly helpful with electric unicycles, as you cannot see for yourself how “flat” the tire is when you are on the bike. For this reason one goes here more by a pressure gauge and not by "feeling".
The bottom line is that the electric air pump enriches my trips with the unicycle and is also useful for pumping up balls and tires. I would definitely buy it again if I didn't already have it.
If any of you are still looking for such a pump, you will find it my model from Veeape here on Amazon - or via this product box:
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He appears as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with problems of a technical nature. In his free time he drives electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with his iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions for current bugs.
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