Types of Air Pumps

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Types of Air Pumps
Manual air pumps reinflate bicycle tires. (air pump image by gajatz from Fotolia.com)

Choose the right air pump to do the job you need. Some air pumps need to work in water, while others blow up tires or mattresses. There are air pumps that run off electricity or you pump them by hand. Whatever the job, there is an air pump for you.

Aquarium and Pond Air Pumps

Aquarium and pond air pumps do the same job, but they differ in size and they run off of electricity. These pumps diffuse oxygen in the water. This action makes the water environment more inviting to fish, plants and other water life.

Manual Air Pumps

Manual air pumps are operated by hand or foot power. This type of pump is used for blowing up mattresses, bicycle tires and car tires. The pump is operated by manually pumping a handle or pressing a foot pedal to displace the air from the outside to the inside of the tire or mattress.

Automatic Air Pumps

The automatic air pump uses electricity, batteries or plugs into your vehicle's cigarette lighter. Plug in the air pump and then turn on the switch when the pressure comes up, to begin pumping air into a tire.

Corkscrew Air Pump

The corkscrew air pump forces air into a wine bottle or any other bottle with a cork and removes the cork. This air pump works by inserting a needle all the way through the cork. Begin to pump air through the needle until the cork is near the top. Now you can remove the rest of the cork by pulling it out with your hand.

Air Compressor

This is an automatic pump that works from a motor. Air compressors have a tank that stores the air. There is usually a gauge that tells you how much pressure is in the tank. Some people use air compressors to run their power tools or to blow debris off things like filters. Air compressors also fill tires on cars and trucks. Depending on the kind of air compressor you purchase, some will only fill up with air when the pressure inside the tank is low. Others need to be monitored and when the tank has enough pressure, you need to shut it off.

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