The Giga Pump 2.0 from MicroNovelty claims to be the world’s smallest air pump. Now, why would that matter to you? If you ever have to manually blow up an inflatable toy or an air pad, or even use a hand pump, you no doubt understand that it is no easy task. Having a tiny pump that fits in the palm of your hand that can do all the huffing and puffing for you seems like a pretty good idea to me. Since it is something that you need to bring along with you for that trip to the beach or on your next camping trip, that miniscule size certainly comes in handy as well.
The Giga Pump 2.0 is about 1.7 inches diameter and 2 inches high, and it weighs just slightly over 3 oz. That is really compact and it is definitely smaller than any electric pump that I have ever seen. It is even smaller and lighter than most hand pumps for that matter. Therefore, choosing the Giga Pump 2.0 over your current pump (whatever it might be) seems like a no brainer to me.
But what about the inflation pressure and filling speed? It has a built in 1300mAh battery and is rated for a 3.5 kPa inflation pressure at 180 liters/min. Admittedly, the pressure is not very high but it should work for most inflatable items from pool toys to air mattresses. As for speed, filling up a single-person air mattress takes under 2 minutes, depending on the mattress thickness. Admittedly, this isn’t much faster than using the inflating bag that you usually use but letting the tiny pump do all the work gives me some strange sense of satisfaction.
Some users have even claimed to have inflated an entire kayak with it. Bear in mind, some of the larger items may require additional “manual” top up to get it to the desired “hardness”. But, 90% of the hard work can be done by using this tiny marvel. This thing is powerful but it is also quite loud. Have that in mind if you don’t plan to wake up your camp neighbors.
The Giga Pump 2.0 also works just as well and as fast for deflating items. All you have to do is attach the nozzle to the exhaust. This makes it perfect for quickly deflating your air pads and make deflating an easy job without doing that funny belly flopping move you normally perform to get the air out. It is also ideal for compressing those clothing bags for storage. Another use for the device is to use it as a fan for starting your camp fire.
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Now, all of the above already makes the Giga Pump 2.0 an invaluable gadget but it has one more trick up its sleeve. It also serves double duty as a flashlight cum camp light. The emitted light is surprisingly very bright. It has 3 brightness levels and even at its lowest level, it is bright enough to do some reading. At this lowest setting, the battery can last up to 10 hours.
The pump comes with a lanyard for easy toting around plus 5 different nozzle types that should cover most uses. Do note that some of the nozzles don’t attach that well and the connection may come apart if left alone. It is not really the fault of the pump itself though.
If you use an air pad or mattress for camping, this tiny wonder solves so many annoying problems that take the fun out of camping adventures. It works as advertised and it works well. The only real drawback I have is the loud noise. At about $30, it is a must-have in my humble opinion.
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