Hello, welcome to Monederosmart UK! Today we're going to talk absolutely everything about the inflator, the machine that not only changed the way we look at inflatables, but turned an entire effort of hands and lungs into a push of a button.
Party balloons, buoys, mattresses, even tyres, in short, everything that stubbornly wilts when you need it most, with an inflator in your home, inflating them becomes a matter of minutes. In this Guide, we will not only show you everything you need to know about the inflator, but we will also help you choose the ideal model for your home and for your inflatables. Lists of products, of advantages and disadvantages, among other tips and information, everything is at your disposal, just below.
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- 2 Summary
- 3 The Best Inflator Models: Our Picks
- 4 Buying guide
- 5 Purchase Criteria: how to choose the ideal inflator
- As with any electronic appliance, remember to check the voltage of the model, between 110 and 220, so as not to have surprises when you get home.
- The inflator is as versatile with what it inflates as the adapters they have for its nozzle.
- Its value can vary a lot, between £ 45 and £ 450, depending on its power, technology and efficiency.
The Best Inflator Models: Our Picks
With so many inflatable products on offer, manufacturers have followed the market and have increased the variety of inflators to meet the most diverse air chambers, but also in search of maximum efficiency, with the lowest energy expenditure, both electric and that of your body too.
What is the inflator?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the inflator?
This brings great savings in time, especially for numerous items, such as bladders, or bulky ones, such as mattresses, and even energy, that of our own body, saving some good pumping to inflate a ball from scratch, for example.
The disadvantages, on the other hand, are a kind of price the inflator has to pay for that ease. One of these is the noise it makes, loud and constant, on most models. Also disadvantageous is the not very practical handling of the machine, with its cables and wires and care during execution.
A child, for example, is not indicated to use it. Finally, we are talking about products that have from 40 to 600 watts of power, that is, a great potential energy expenditure, which, let's face it, is a great disadvantage, but, as we said, the price to pay.
Electric, manual or balloon inflator?
The manual inflator is like a large accordion, where you press a large bellows, with high volumes, from 5 to 10 litres, and release the air into its hose and nozzle. It's useful for low pressure, high volume inflatables, like mattresses for example.
The balloon inflator, as the name says, is designed to inflate bladders and party balloons, with a special nozzle for bladders. They are also electric, and work with a power range even greater than standard inflators, aiming to have maximum efficiency, that is, to inflate the maximum number of bladders in the shortest possible time.
In your search for the ideal inflator, you may come across compressors, and be left in a natural state of doubt. The question is practically nominal and of size, in a way. This is because inflators and compressors are used for the same thing: to transfer air in a practical way and at high speed. Their basic operation is the same, even.
Ultimately, air pumps that work at high pressures are called compressors, for industrial purposes, machinery maintenance, etc. A striking feature of compressors are their tanks, resembling small gas plugs attached to the machine.
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How much does it cost and where to buy an inflator?
Because of the variety of products that "serves", the inflator does not have a specific niche. Thus, you can find it in various types of physical shop. Still, construction and housewares shops, such as Leroy Merlin or Americanas, are the safest bets to seek varied and quality models.
Now, on the Internet you can easily find a wide range of models and prices, especially if you browse through sites such as Amazon, Mercado Livre, which, to top it off, allow you to make the purchase from the comfort of your home.
Purchase Criteria: how to choose the ideal inflator
Following in our mission to help you choose the ideal inflator model, we have put together a list of selection criteria to be applied when buying:
We will, of course, talk about each of these items. Because you need to be very well informed to make the best possible purchase.
As we said at the beginning of the text, always pay attention to the voltage of the model you are choosing, between 110V and 220V. Choose the model that corresponds to the sockets you have in your house. Remember that when the voltages between a machine and the socket do not match, or the product works badly, or can even burn.
The inflator is as useful as the adapters they have, both of its nozzle and its power source. So, give preference to models with three-in-one nozzles or with at least two types of nozzles. Likewise, try to opt for the inflator with two-pin sockets, with car plugs and/or bivolt chargers. The more power sources your model fits, the more numerous will be the opportunities to use it.
Following the footprint of looking for the most versatile model possible, give priority to inflators that feature a deflate function. This way, the model not only makes the process of, for example, deflating and storing mattresses easier, but also becomes more useful, being almost an inflatable gauge.
Because they are machines, that is, devices with a motor, it is inevitable that the inflator produces some noise. So, look for the less noisy models, always paying attention to the indications of decibel levels on the packaging.
(Source of the image: Alberto Giacomazzi/ 123RF)