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Air Bed Pump
Air Bed Pump
Rechargeable battery-powered pumps are well suited for overnight camping or if you won't be near an outlet. The AeroBed EcoLite comes with a NiCD battery pump, but it proves to be a big-time disappointment to users. Several reviews on Amazon grouse that it's bulky and heavy, has a limited lifespan, and lacks sufficient oomph. The bulk of complaints about this air pump, however, concern the older battery technology, which users say requires a fair amount of coddling. Reviewers note that it takes a full 24 hours to charge the battery before its first use and 12 hours for subsequent recharging, but only after the battery has been totally discharged. As with the AeroBed Guest Choice, you have no choice but to use this pump.
Some good air mattresses, including the Coleman SUV and Coleman 4-in-1 Quickbeds, don't include an air pump. Prices for pump-free air beds tend to be a little lower as a result, but you will need a pump; manual air pumps cost as little as $8 and electric air pumps are priced as high as $50. Coleman makes a variety of pumps designed to fit Coleman air beds; the company does not guarantee that non-Coleman pumps will fit the valve properly. Assuming you've hooked up the right pump, reviews say both Coleman models inflate and deflate very quickly; a review of the 4-in-1 Quickbed at Campmor says rapid hand pumping for 15 minutes results in a full-blown air bed.
AeroBed EcoLite Airbed Review
Coleman 4-in-1 Quickbed Review
AeroBed Guest Choice Air Bed Review
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Coleman SUV Quickbed Review
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