Proper Inflation Tips
The number-one mistake inflatable owners make, according to most manufacturers, is not filling their towable up with enough air.
When properly inflated, an inflatable should feel firm, not soft or squishy, to the touch. Its nylon outer cover should be free of wrinkles and should fit the inflatable like a second skin. Underinflation not only affects performance and longevity, but it also is a safety issue; if the cover doesn’t fit the tube tightly, riders may become entangled between the wrap and the bladder.
Ideally, choose a high-capacity, 110-volt inflater (like Airhead’s 3.0 psi electric Super Pump) to get the job done. The increased power will quickly inflate or deflate a tube in a matter of minutes. If you’re going to be inflating on the fly out on the water, look for models that can hook directly to the boat’s battery via alligator clips (like Airhead’s AHP-12HP), rather than using the 12-volt accessory plug. These will shorten the amount of time it takes to inflate.
While proper inflation is essential, don’t overdo it. Overinflation is the primary cause of damage to the PVC bladder and can result in ripped seams in the cover.