Scoprega's Bravo GE 2 electric iSUP pump is a newly upgraded model for 2019 that features a larger dual motor for faster and more efficient inflation of inflatable paddle boards, boats, kayaks, rafts, dinghies, tubes, toys, and more…
One of the things that really sets this electric paddle board pump apart from other models we've reviewed is the fact that the GE 2 comes with a built-in battery. After charging the pump, you can use it to conveniently inflate your board on the beach, next to the lake, etc. without needing to attach the pump to your vehicle's battery or cigarette lighter. This is a game-changer as it gives you the ability to automatically inflate your iSUP without a car or truck — perfect if you're traveling without a vehicle or heading to the water on an ATV, bike, or in a taxi.
In this comprehensive review of the new Bravo GE 2 pump, we'll discuss features, functionality, included accessories, pros and cons, specs, where to buy it, and more.
Bravo GE 2 Review – Pump Overview
The Bravo GE 2 iSUP pump comes in a handy carrying bag with two zippered compartments. The smaller top compartment provides a nice area to stash all of the included accessories, while the larger main compartment holds the pump itself. The travel bag also features an adjustable shoulder strap, although we found the maximum length of the strap to be a bit on the short side.
Scoprega's Bravo GE 2 is definitely more versatile than many other electric iSUP pumps. In addition to the option of inflating your boards with the included alligator clips, the built-in battery allows you to charge the pump at home and then inflate your inflatable SUPs anywhere you choose. You can also use the included vehicle cigarette lighter adapter to recharge your pump on the road.
When fully charged, the internal 12 V lead battery will inflate two iSUPs to 20 psi or three boards to 14 psi. Since no battery lasts forever, it's good to know that the GE 2's battery can be easily replaced with a compatible one from any battery or auto parts store.
The top of Scoprega's Bravo GE 2 features a carrying handle that makes it easy to carry around, and there's also an adjustable pressure dial, gauge, inflation/deflation ports, and on/off buttons. On the front of the pump is a 12 V DC in, fuse port, and charger connection.
Located on the bottom of the pump is a durable rubber base that provides excellent shock absorption and keeps the pump elevated. We really like the fact that the tall base allows you to set the pump down on the beach or ground without sand and dirt causing problems, and the design also improves airflow which helps to keep the GE 2 cool while in operation.
As you'd expect, the GE 2 comes with an auto shutoff feature which allows you to set the psi, press the “On” button, and walk away. The pump will automatically inflate your board to the desired psi and safely shut off once the process is complete.
Additionally, there is a thermal auto shutoff feature which prevents the pump from getting overheated.
How it Works
The Bravo GE 2 is extremely easy to use. After opening the box, insert one of the green fuses into the front of the pump where it's labeled “Fuse”. Then, connect the charger with the adapter and plug it in. Leave the pump plugged in until it's fully charged — you'll see the pressure gauge indicator light turn green once the battery has reached full capacity.
To inflate your board, simply attach the included inflation hose to the right port on the top of the pump and connect the other end to your iSUP's inflation valve. Rotate the inflation pressure dial to your desired setting and then press the “On” button. That's literally all there is to it — once your board is fully inflated to the specified pressure, the GE 2 will automatically turn off. There's no risk of overinflating your board and causing damage or injury.
It's recommended that you run the pump for no more than 20 minutes at a time. If your pump has been running for 20 minutes and you still need to inflate some more boards, turn the pump off for 30 minutes before continuing. You can also finish pumping up your boards manually if you don't want to wait.
Lastly, if your battery happens to die while you're inflating a board, just attach the included alligator clips to your vehicle's battery and continue. Doing this will allow you to bypass the pump's built-in battery.
Note: In addition to recharging the pump's battery while on the go, the included cigarette lighter adapter can also be used in combination with the internal battery when the battery's charge still has approximately 50% remaining (you'll see an orange indicator light).
In addition to iSUP inflation, the GE 2 can also be used to deflate your boards. Just connect the hose to the left port on top of the pump, connect the other end to your board's inflation valve after you've depressed the valve stem, set the pressure gauge to “.5”, and press on. The pump will now remove the remaining air from your board, making it easier to roll up and store inside of your iSUP backpack. Keep in mind that there's no auto shutoff functionality when using the GE 2 to deflate a board, so you'll need to keep a close watch on things and turn the pump off once the remaining air has been removed.
Out of all of the pumps we've tested to date, the Bravo GE 2 has delivered the best performance by far. In our testing, the GE 2 will inflate a 10'6″ x 32″ x 6″ inflatable SUP with a total volume of 300 L to 15 psi in just 7 minutes and 52 seconds. The 20 psi inflation time is equally impressive, coming in at only 10 minutes and 53 seconds.
Despite the fact that the GE 2 is larger, heavier, and delivers better performance than the other pumps we've reviewed, we were quite surprised to discover that it isn't louder. The noise produced by the GE 2 during operation ranged from 89 dB to 94 dB which is perfectly in line with other iSUP pumps we've tested.
Scoprega includes a nice selection of accessories with the GE 2 pump. In addition to the convenient travel bag, the pump also includes two fuses, alligator clips, cigarette lighter connector, USA/Europe/Australia plugs, flexible inflation hose, and a variety of fittings and adapters.
Pros and Cons
When it comes to convenience and versatility, the GE 2 is tough to beat. This powerful iSUP pump gives you the ability to effortlessly inflate your boards anytime, anywhere. The variety of power options allow you to use the GE 2 with or without a vehicle, and the wide range of adapters gives you the ability to inflate far more with this pump than just your iSUP.
As far as cons go, there are a few things that we noticed. First of all, at 10.8 pounds, this pump is significantly heavier than many other electric paddle board pumps due to the fact that it has a built-in battery. We think that's more than a fair tradeoff and don't view it as a major downside, but it's worth mentioning for those who are concerned about overall weight.
Secondly, Scoprega's Bravo GE 2 is quite a bit more expensive than many other electric SUP pumps. Of course, there are very good reasons for this price difference — in addition to the fact that this pump is made in Italy (vs. China), it also has a built-in power source.
Bottom line: If you don't need the added convenience and versatility offered by the GE 2's internal battery and are working on a super tight budget, there are cheaper alternatives that we'd recommend checking out such as the Seamax SUP20D and NIXY's 12 V DC pump. For a complete breakdown of the pros and cons of each of these models and to see how they compare, we highly recommend checking out our 2019 electric paddle board pump buyer's guide.
The third thing that we noticed is that the seal on the port end of the inflation hose could be improved. While the hose held up flawlessly for us while inflating boards to 15 psi, a small amount of air began to escape from that area on the hose when we pushed the pump to 20 psi.
Last but not least, in the future, we'd love to see the inflation/deflation ports labeled and the travel bag's adjustable strap lengthened a bit. A small grab handle on the top lid of the carrying case would also be a nice addition.
Bravo GE 2 Specs
Where to Buy it
The new 2019 version of Scoprega's Bravo GE 2 pump is currently on sale at Amazon through Bravo Pumps Australia. We love the fact that Amazon always has great prices on SUP gear and they provide fast, free shipping.
Overall, we were really impressed by the 2019 Bravo GE 2. This is a beast of an iSUP pump and we really love the fact that it can be used without a car battery. If you can afford the higher price tag and want an electric paddle board pump that you can bring with you anywhere, this is the one to get.