BUY A KITE PUMP
To be able to pump your kite you need a kite pump. Most kites that are used on the water are equipped with a tube, also called a tube kite. To let these tubekites fly, they must first be inflated.
The kites without tube are so-called power kites. The advantage of a tube kite is that it can be filled up with air. By means of a kite pump, you provide the kite with air and therefore the right shape. This way you're able to enter the water.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN KITE PUMPS
If you are looking to buy a kite pump, you will see a lot of different kite pumps. The size of the kite pump can differ quite a bit between brands and types. We still see the kite pump 2.0 more often, which is loved by many kiters. Each kite pump ultimately has the same function, inflating your kite. The kite pumps all have a double stroke, so you can fill your kite twice as fast. However, there are small differences in every kite pump. The biggest differences of a kite pump are in the:
- PSI / pressure gauge
- Kite pump Size
Most kite pumps have an integrated PSI meter so that you know exactly when enough pressure has been built up. With the PSI meter you can see exactly how much air is in the kite. The bigger the pump is, the more air you get into the kite at once. This means your kite will be inflated in no time!
HOW HARD SHOULD YOU PUMP YOUR KITE?
First of all, it is important to know how much air you should actually put in your kite at all? The more air you pump into your kite, the harder the kite will be. It remains a personal preference, but it is still important that you inflate your kite nice and hard. On average there will be about 9 PSI in a kite.
The harder the kite is, the better the kite retains its shape. A hard kite will keep its shape better. This allows the kite to steer more directly and retain its shape in gusty winds or when it is in the water. And when your kite crashes into the water, it is way easier to relaunch.
It is also important to take the temperature into account. If you inflate your kite hard in warm conditions and you go on a kite holiday, it is important that your kite is not pumped up as hard as possible. The warm air in the kite can expand during the day and this can cause your kite to explode. Also keep in mind if you know that you will crash the kite a lot, because of making new tricks/maneuvres, the kite shouldn't be inflated at its very hardest.
IS MY KITE PUMPED UP HARD ENOUGH?
There are several tricks to determine whether your kite is inflated hard enough. Of course you can use the PSI /pressure meter. But you can also check this without one.
- Pump up the kite until you feel it getting heavy
- Tap the leading edge with your fingers. When you hear a high-pitched 'pojink' sound, you know your kite has been inflated hard enough
- As a final check you can also grab your kite by the leading edge and try to bend your kite. When it bends easily, there can certainly be some air in it. If your kite hardly bends, then you know you're in the right place!
HOW LONG DOES A KITE PUMP LAST?
A kite pump often lasts for years. Buying a good kite pump is therefore very important. How long a kite pump lasts also depends on how often a kite pump is used and how you handle it. Often it is the hose of a kite pump that first break due to a trivial action. A kite pump can really last a year or 2/3 or even longer!
KITE PUMPS AT TELSTAR SURF
At Telstar Surf, kite pumps are available from many professional brands such as Bravo, Naish, Mystic, ION, Ozone, F-One, Duotone and more.
If you have any questions or need more information about the kite pumps you can always visit us or get in touch by e-mail or telephone!