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Cycplus Electric Air Pump A2

8
£39.37

VERDICT:

8
10
Simple and effective with good performance and battery life – it's not weatherproof, though, so forget the frame mount
Very easy to use
Effective
Good price
No weatherproofing
Big and bulky for riding with
Weight: 
425g
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The Cycplus Electric Air Pump A2 is very impressive – considering the price it's pretty amazing, in fact. While it's portable if you really hate normal pumps (or CO2), it's really best suited to the car or shed, where its impressive pumping strength, decent battery life and ease of use make it extremely handy.

For other inflation options, check out our guide to the best bike pumps.

> Buy now: Cycplus Electric Air Pump A2 for £39.37 from Cycplus

The little compressor inside this is fairly loud, but strong. Inflate a tyre from flat and you can hear it gradually slowing as the back-pressure rises, but it doesn't fall off rapidly; it keeps on stuffing the air in with impressive determination. You set the target pressure (anywhere from 3-150psi), press the button and just let it get on with it.

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Testing this on a 28mm road tyre (19mm ID rim), it took almost exactly 60 seconds to reach 60psi, but then another 45-50 seconds to add another 30psi.

From flat to 90psi in under two minutes is very good, and performance doesn't seem to suffer if you do a second wheel straight afterwards – in fact, the second tyre in this test reached 90psi five seconds quicker, in 1m 50secs.

Nevertheless, it does suggest the company's claim of 0-120psi in 90 seconds (on a 25mm tyre) is optimistic – it only manages 75-80psi on a 28mm in that time. Perhaps Cycplus used a very narrow rim to reduce the volume as much as possible to achieve that. Whatever the case, it doesn't really matter; you're only standing around making no effort anyway. If you want speed, you should look towards CO2 inflators.

Doing two 28mm road tyres isn't enough to seriously heat any part of this, and though the base of the hose gets warm it's nowhere near too hot to touch. Cycplus says this thing can manage 5-10 minutes' continuous use before needing to be left to cool down, but you'd need to be pumping a car tyre to run that long.

It can manage that kind of run-time thanks to 5,200mAh of capacity from the pair of 2,600mAh, 7.4V batteries inside. There's a five-part indicator on the LED screen to let you know how the cells are doing, and the 0-90psi test on two tyres ate just one (so 20%).

Obviously the run-times (and how hot it gets) will vary massively depending on your particular tyre volumes and pressures. With a bigger gravel or mountain bike tyre it has to run longer to pump more air, but on the other hand it doesn't have to pull higher currents while straining against high pressures, so it heats up more slowly.

> How to choose the best bike tyre pressure – balancing speed, comfort and grip

This is actually rated for motorcycle and car tyres, too, so I used it to pump a Suzuki's front tyre (120/60/17 size) from 3.5 to 32psi. That took a very reasonable 2m 20s and another 20% of the battery.

The last little part of the flexible hose is a Presta adaptor; just unscrew it and, Hey Presto, hey it's Schrader. The hose slides into the pump body when you're not using it.

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It's all very easy to use. A long press turns it on or off, a short press start or stops it running, and the plus/minus buttons set the pressure anywhere up to 150psi. You can switch the units to bar, kilopascals or kgf/cm2 if those suit you better, and who doesn't love a bit of kilogram force per centimetre squared? It's how I measure all my sighs.

The screen gives a live readout of tyre pressure when connected, too, which is pretty useful.

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To be more useful still, it has a USB-out socket to function as a power bank (the 5V 2A output will charge lights, phones and the like), and a small LED torch. This really is small; it's a single bulb that's useful for hunting around on the ground for the tiny black Presta adaptor you've lost, for instance, rather than something for walking around unlit places with.

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It also arrives with a bottle-cage-style mount, but there's no word of any meaningful waterproofing for the pump. In fact, the manual says, 'Please try to avoid silt invasion, soaking and bad fall', which implies it's splashproof at best and not dustproof at all; the ports are all unsheilded.

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Value

For around £40 (it changes with the exchange rate – it was £41.11 a month ago, and is currently £39.37) you can't go far wrong, as most cycle-specific compressors cost considerably more. Cycplus' own Cube Mini Pump is around £70, for instance, though that one's tiny and genuinely suitable for carrying with you on rides.

The Fumpa Minifumpa is similar but slightly larger (it's just about packable) for £109. It's great, though, and fast.

For shed/home use, the Makita DMP 180Z 18V Cordless Inflator is close at £50.99 and offers a rugged build, but only makes sense if you already use Makita's LXT tools and have the necessary battery and charger to use with it.

Overall

The lack of weatherproofing makes the supplied mount feel a bit pointless, but assuming you're not really after a clever on-bike solution, this is great. For home/car-based convenience it impresses with its large battery capacity, easy use, decent quality and accessible price.

Verdict

Simple and effective with good performance and battery life – it's not weatherproof, though, so forget the frame mount

road.cc test report

Make and model: Cycplus Electric Air Pump A2

Size tested: One Size

Tell us what the product is for and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

Cycplus says: "Upgraded portable air compressor - perfect for every situation."

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

Cycplus lists:

Built-in air hose

Powerful motor and fast inflation

Wide applications

Emergency power bank

Emergency LED light

Compact and lightweight

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
5/10

It's light enough for a pack, but pretty bulky.

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

One of the cheapest of its kind, but doesn't feel it.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Very well.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

It's effective and easy to use.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

No weatherproofing.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

It's cheaper than most similar options, though realistically it's limited to home or car-based use – some are far more portable.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

Beyond the lack of weatherproofing making the supplied frame mount a bad idea, this is very good. For use at home, in the car or packing in a (waterproof) bag, it's very good. It's simple to use and gets the job done, and the price is attractively low.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 48  Height: 183cm  Weight: 78kg

I usually ride: Vitus Zenium SL VR Disc  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: general fitness riding, mtb,

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bikeclips | 5 months ago
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I was given something very similar as a 'Secret Santa' gift this year. I just chucked it in my work backpack. My new Hunt 4s proved slow to seal with a tubeless setup and I have to say, it was great to set the little beast going whilst I got changed for the journey home the other day. Better than wrestling with a pump, right up to the chosen pressure and no CO2. I'll also take it on trips instead of packing a track-pump in future. Much too bulky for a jersey pocket or saddle-bag though.

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McVittees | 5 months ago
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Can I suggest putting a familiar reference object, such as a bidon, in a photo with the product so we actually get a sense of its size.

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Hirsute replied to McVittees | 5 months ago
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It's waaaaaay bigger than a car !

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this is the best comparison I can see and it is described as 180 mm by 55 mm by 53 mm

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ktache replied to Hirsute | 5 months ago
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But the motorbike is taller than the car.

And who rides a basketball?

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Hirsute replied to ktache | 5 months ago
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As is the bike saddle!

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mark1a replied to Hirsute | 5 months ago
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Hmm, it's not small is it! I'll stick with gas canisters I think. 

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Hirsute replied to mark1a | 5 months ago
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I read the small print on the sealant I have and no co2, so might appeal to a few. Mind you that foldable pump with twice the 'oomph' mentioned in the last week might be better.

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