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Time for a better pump

Postby Ozone Kites AUS » Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:44 am

Just want to put this out there. In light of the move away from single use plastics why are we still making pumps that are easily damaged by sand and which cannot be refurfbished? The cylinder of the pump is an easily damaged plastic, sand scratched the bore or inside of the cylinder and also the area around the handle wears and leaks air to the point where they really only pump one way.

Surely there is a way to make the pumps with either a replaceable cylinder liner, or from a material that is much harder and will last a long time and also make the piston ring available as a spare part and also a fully sealed and more durable top part where the pump shaft slides through.

Surely its time to move on from such a disposable and wasteful way of inflating our kites?

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Re: Time for a better pump

Postby iriejohn » Sun Feb 09, 2020 1:54 am

I regularly clean the air filter and service my kite pump. Shocking I know, I feel dirty admitting it. ;)
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Re: Time for a better pump

Postby RedSky » Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:05 am

Alright, what are you selling?

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Re: Time for a better pump

Postby foilholio » Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:15 am

Why use a pump? Just fly kites that don't need them. :-)

My idea for a pump would be to have a hiflow battery powered fan and then finish the high pressure part by hand. I was going to mod a kite pump with a camp style inflator and battery but then got into foil kites. It would be quite simple to do and actually cheap to make, mass producing it would be even better. You could pump a kite in about 20seconds with only a few manual strokes.

The other idea was a wind powered compressor. Stick it in the sand and it pumps the kite while you set the lines up.

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Re: Time for a better pump

Postby Ozone Kites AUS » Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:32 am

RedSky wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:05 am
Alright, what are you selling?
Nothing here. I'm just frustrated that the pumps we are all using are actually really crap, poorly designed to last only a season or so (depends on how often you kite). I clean and lube my pumps frequently too! But even with regular cleaning, I'm lucky to get through a season without going through at least 2 pumps.

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Re: Time for a better pump

Postby jakemoore » Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:52 am

foilholio wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:15 am
The other idea was a wind powered compressor. Stick it in the sand and it pumps the kite while you set the lines up.
That would be sweet, and if it doubles as an anemometer it would be even more sweet.

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Re: Time for a better pump

Postby foilholio » Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:00 am

Wind powered anemometers are easy, just a disc in tube.
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Re: Time for a better pump

Postby dice » Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:24 am

Ozone Kites AUS wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 2:32 am
Nothing here. I'm just frustrated that the pumps we are all using are actually really crap, poorly designed to last only a season or so (depends on how often you kite). I clean and lube my pumps frequently too! But even with regular cleaning, I'm lucky to get through a season without going through at least 2 pumps.
How do you wear them out that quickly?
Mine is 10yrs old, never cleaned, regularly used on sandy beaches.
Same for my friends, they all have old pumps that are never cleaned and still work fine.

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Re: Time for a better pump

Postby Surfkiternew » Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:46 am

Decathlon pump 5.2liter 14euro....already 3 years old....zero problem..

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Re: Time for a better pump

Postby BenBen » Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:19 pm

Surfkiternew wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 11:46 am
Decathlon pump 5.2liter 14euro....already 3 years old....zero problem..
Will not work for some Cabrinha or Slingshot Kites.


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