In our review, it took us 6:00 minutes to inflate the Aqua Marina Fusion up to the recommended pressure of 15 PSI (or slightly above 1 Bar).
The time you need to inflate the Aqua Marina Fusion can vary a lot depending on your physical fitness level, the quality of the pump and the size of the board (we’ll talk about the different Aqua Marina models such as the Fusion, Beast and Vapor).
We recommend using a double-action pump as they are faster than single action pumps as well as it’s way less physically demanding to use a double-action pump over a cheaper single-action model.
With a double-action pump, you inflate the board up to 4 to 7 PSI in double-action mode and then switch to single-action mode and inflate the board up to 15 PSI. We recommend filling the board to 15 PSI (slightly above 1 Bar) as at this pressure level the Aqua Marina Fusion will reach maximum stiffness.
We tested the Fusion with a double-action Aqua Marina pump and found that it took us about 6 minutes to inflate up to the recommended pressure of 15 PSI (or about 1 Bar).
Take this with a grain of salt, as the inflation time depends heavily on your physical fitness level. In comparison to other models like the Beast (check out our comparison of Aqua Marina Fusion vs Beast) and Vapor, inflating the Fusion takes a bit more time as the Fusion has a higher volume.
The Aqua Marina Fusion is 10 cm or 4 inches longer than the Beast (another favourite among beginners) and 15 cm or 6 inches longer than the Aqua Marina Vapor. With the increased length of the board, it takes a bit more effort to inflate the Fusion to recommended pressure, because the volume is larger as well.
In our reviews, we took about 5 minutes for the Beast and 4:30 minutes to inflate the Vapor up to the recommended 15 PSI.
We also tested inflating the Aqua Marina Fusion with an electric pump and found that it takes about 15 minutes to inflate the board to 15 PSI (or about 1 Bar) with a standard electric pump.
We recommend getting the Fusion if you’re looking for one of the best inflatable SUPs for beginners around, and we know that you will love it as much as we do. If you’re still not sure, check out our Aqua Marina review.
The inflation time of the Aqua Marina Fusion is quite similar to the time it took us to inflate the Bluefin Cruise (another popular paddle board among beginners and intermediates) where we needed 6:10 minutes to inflate to 15 PSI. Also check out our Bluefin Cruise vs Aqua Marina Fusion post.
Some paddle boards takes less time and effort to inflate, however, often they are not as durable or stiff as the Aqua Marina Fusion. Most of those boards are thinner, with a built just 4 to 5 inches thick (instead of 6 inches for the Aqua Marina Fusion).
The smaller volumes speed up the time to inflate, but significantly make these paddle boards less stiff, less stable to stand on and also less durable.
To sum it up, the time you need to inflate the Aqua Marina Fusion can vary a lot depending on your physical fitness level, but at about 6 minutes (or maybe 8 to 10 minutes if you are not pushing too hard) you should be able to inflate the Aqua Marina Fusion without any problems.
To find out more about the Aqua Marina Fusion, check out our review of the Fusion (with a detailed video).