For REEF Mats, the answer starts with a question about your power source:
1. If you have a power outlet (standard 3-prong plug), our 120v AC Medium-Pressure Electric Pump is awesome – and fast! This pump will fully inflate your REEF Mat to the optimal pressure in no time (3.6 PSI). It’s a great option if you have land power and want the quickest, one-and-done, solution.
(Note – typically on boat converters won't work. The 12v system in boats do not provide a sufficient amount of power for most high-pressure pumps. So, purchasing a 12v to 120v converter is not an option. The only solution for a robust on-board 120V AC system would be to install an inverter of sufficient wattage to provide the level of power needed by a 120v pump).
2. If you’re going to be out on the boat without a 120v outlet, use our 12v DC Low-Pressure Air Pump. This pump conveniently plugs into the 12v accessory power adapter (cigarette lighter) and works quickly to blow most of the air in or out of your mat. This pump will take you 95% of the way there, filling your mat to about 1 PSI. Now, use the included hand pump to increase the mat to your desired pressure/firmness. (We recommend 2 ½ PSI for medium firmness. If you want a dock-like experience, you can increase the pressure up to around 5 PSI. Secret of the pros...3.5 PSI is perfect).
Sure, it’s a two-step process, but most of our customers like this option best because this little compact pump is super-fast and does the bulk of the work for you.
3. Our High-Pressure 12v DC Electric Pump can fill REEF Mats too, but the trade-off is speed. Fill times for REEF mats will be over 10 minutes – as this pump was originally designed for inflating iSUPs to high-pressures. It uses the same connection port and it a great option if you only have a 12v DC power source, don't care about the added fill time, and don't want to be responsible for any manual pumping whatsoever!
Just be sure not to over fill your mat! Remember, the ideal PSI for REEF mats is between 2-5 PSI. This pump can go all the way up to 18 PSI.