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I got one of these Ryobi High Volume Power Inflators earlier this summer and it gets used all of the time. At first I thought I would only use it to blow up the kiddie pool and take it on the occasional camping trip, but it’s a handy little tool to have around. The Ryobi inflators runs about $20-$25 and is sold as the tool only. It will run on any Ryobi battery (old or new), but if you don’t have any other Ryobi batteries, then you’ll want to pick one up.
Using the inflator is super simple and convenient. It is cordless and runs off of one 18v battery. Pop the battery into the bottom of the tool.
One super nice feature is that the trigger will lock in the on position, so you don’t have to hold it down the entire time you are using the high volume inflator. Just click the trigger once to turn it on, click it again to turn it off.
If you’re blowing up pool toys or other things with the small pinch valve, then slide on the adapter and insert it passed the valve flap.
It is also a deflator, just move the nozzle from the front and slide it into the top port. Place the black nozzle into the valve of the item to deflate and turn it on and there you go.
The Ryobi high volume inflator even impressed my Dad, so he bought one too! On the 4th of July after the festivities in town, we usually head down to the reservoir (lake) to cool off until the fireworks in the evening. To blow up all of the water toys, my Dad usually packs a gas generator and compressor to the lake. As he was getting the generator and compressor going I said Hey, I have a tool for that. I pulled out the Ryobi high volume inflator, he looked at it and said Oh the compressor will be faster. So we raced ? the Ryobi inflator won, hands down. Plus it’s a whole lot smaller and more convenient.
Being so small you wouldn’t think it would be so fast, but it is. It will blow up your air mattresses in no time.
And you don’t have to worry about holding the valve open and rolling your air mattress up to get all of the air out. Just switch the nozzle to the deflate side and it’ll do the work for you.
In the shop it’s handy to blow the sawdust off of projects after sanding.
As I’m sure you can tell, I really like this tool. The Ryobi inflator is simple to use and very powerful. I did try to use it to blow up balloons, but it doesn’t create enough pressure to expand a balloon. It is also quite loud but I expect that with a blower.
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