How to Blow Up an Air Mattress Without a Pump

How to Blow Up an Air Mattress Without a Pump

So many air mattresses come with built-in pumps these days, it can be hard to remember that there are also many that don’t. If you find yourself with an air mattress that doesn’t have its own pump, don’t worry.

You don't need to blow the whole mattress up yourself.

There are a variety of options for getting your mattress full and pressurized. We're going to look at two electric external pumps in this article, but we'll also mention a couple of other methods toward the end.

The best thing about these pumps is that they are flexible and work for a lot of other inflatables. While they won’t work for balloons at the next birthday, pool inflatables and even toys, will all benefit from them.

OlarHike Portable Quick-Fill Electric Air Mattress Pump

OlarHike Portable Quick-Fill Electric Air Mattress Pump


This first pump is an excellent choice for people who are always on the go. Designed to fit with busy lifestyles of campers, hikers, and anyone using an air mattress to travel. This pump provides good airflow with plenty of pressure.

Just like an internal pump, you'll have a lot of control over the final air pressure of your bed. With a little practice, you'll be able to get your mattress just as firm with this pump as you would an internal.

  • Rechargeable Battery

The biggest advantage this pump has is that its rechargeable. Charge the batteries up before you leave for a long camping trip, and you'll be able to fill several beds. You'll even be able to re-fill them while you're out there.

That’s what makes this such a good choice for people who are on the go. All you need is the bed, the pump, and your adaptors, and you’ll be able to sleep comfortably wherever you are.

  • Multiple Adaptors

This air mattress pump also comes with two different adaptors. The 110V AC adaptor is suitable for your home outlet. If you have time to charge the pump overnight before you leave, this is one of the most convenient options.

But sometimes there isn’t time, or you just forget when you’re on the go.

So, OlarHike has included a separate 12V DV adaptor that's perfect for use in your car. While you might not get a full charge using this adaptor if you just plug it in for a few minutes, you can easily use it as you move from place to place.

You can also use it as a direct power source if the pump’s battery runs out before your camping trip is over.

  • Inflator Deflator

The most important part is having a pump that can fill your bed. But deflating takes time too. This pump is designed to be able to reverse airflow and will quickly deflate your air mattress.

This is especially important for people who like to camp in remote areas, or outside of the prime camping season. If the weather changes suddenly, or you have to leave quickly for ay reason, using this pump to deflate your beds will save you time.

Using a pump to deflate also tends to get more air out of your bed. The less air between the layers of your bed, the smaller you’ll be able to roll it.

  • 3 Included Nozzles

The pump also comes with three different nozzles. Each nozzle is designed to suit a different type of inflatable. The pump itself might be suitable for your air mattress, or you might need a smaller nozzle for some ports.

OlarHike Portable Quick-Fill Electric Air Mattress Pump for Pool Floats

Those three nozzles also make it easier to use to this pump with pool inflatables, children’s toys, and other inflatable objects.

Electric Air Pump, AGPtEK Portable Quick-Fill Air Pump with 3 Nozzles, 110V AC12V DC


Another portable pump, this one is a little different. It has most of the same features and advantages, with one major difference. This pump is not rechargeable. You must have a power source available when you use it.

But, there are some good reasons to use a power-dependent pump. For one thing, you don't have to worry about the batteries wearing out and failing to hold a charge.

It’s also one less thing you have to remember, you won’t have to take the batteries out of the pump when it’s not in use, or remember to grab them when you need it.

  • 3 Nozzles

Just like the other pump, we've discussed; this version comes with three nozzle adaptors to help fit the pump to different inflatables.

The nozzles are quickly interchangeable, and all attached together. That decreases the likelihood of losing the nozzle you need.

The thinnest nozzle is especially useful for older air mattresses and children’s toy inflatables.

  • 2 Adaptors

You also get the same 2 power adaptors with this pump. That means you can use it at home with a wall outlet, or on the go with the 12V car adaptor.

Electric Air Pump, AGPtEK Portable Quick-Fill Air Pump with 3 Nozzles

Whether you’re mainly using the pump on the go or looking to use it at home for guest beds, toys, or even your main air mattress, this pump has you covered.

Alternative Ways to Blow Up Your Air Mattress:

There are non-electric alternatives out there as well. You can get a foot-powered pump, which is a lot faster than blowing it up by hand, but still takes a little work. Foot powered pumps are usually portable, which means they move a little less air at once, but they’re easy to use, and can even be operated with your hands if necessary.

Bags, portable fire bellows, almost any container that is soft and squishable, but also holds air, can be used to help blow up an air mattress.


Don’t feel limited to the air mattresses with their own pumps. Almost all of those air mattresses are bigger, and many are more designed for your home than they are for camping.

Keeping one of these affordable and effective portable pumps around will let you successfully use a huge range of pump-less air mattresses.

 We’re confident that both of these pumps will perform. Not only will they make quick work of filling your air mattresses, but you can use them on pool toys too!

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