Whenever you’re riding your bike, there’s always one major worry you have: what will I do if my tire goes flat? I’ve been on a few bike trips where I’ve popped a tire and it’s never fun. There’s a new product called the miniFumpa out, and it’s basically a battery powered bicycle pump. Charging over microUSB, this bike pump is designed to be thrown in your travel bag to help you fill your tires where ever you are.
There are not many battery operated bike pumps out there, and those that are available, are either huge or don’t provide a ton of pressure to pump up your tires. Where miniFumpa really shines is in the size and power that it packs. miniFumpa weighs a mere 190 grams, which is only around 6-7 ounces. miniFumpa is the latest device in the Fumpa line of air compressors. They say that the miniFumpa can air up a normal 100Psi bicycle tire in 40-50 seconds, which is a whole lot faster than I can do it with a hand pump.
Fumpa claims that their small pump can air up two 100Psi tires or one 120Psi tire before it needs to be plugged in via its microUSB port for charging. The one thing to note, however, is that miniFumpa only works on Presta valves.
miniFumpa isn’t the company’s only product, though. They also have a much larger Fumpa which works Schrader and Presta valves, and also airs up a normal tire from 0-100Psi in just 20-30 seconds, about half the time of the miniFumpa! The larger Fumpa also features a digital pressure readout so you know exactly how much air you’re putting into your tire. The larger Fumpa weighs in at around 380 grams, or just under a pound.
The use cases for these two battery operated pumps don’t stop with bikes, though, as Fumpa also provides adapters to allow you to pump up things like basketballs, soccer balls, and more. While miniFumpa can only air up two bike tires on a single charge, the regular Fumpa should be able to air up around six bike tires from 0-100Psi before it needs to be recharged. Charging times vary between the devices, with miniFumpa taking around one hour to charge and Fumpa taking around two hours.
miniFumpa will end up setting you back $129 plus shipping, whereas Fumpa will set you back $179 plus shipping. Though more expensive than the hand-pump alternative, the portability and speed of miniFumpa and Fumpa more than make up for the cost difference to me.
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