Volleyballs are often shipped flat to save space. In a store, they will inflate the ball for you. When you get a ball online, however, they will often ship it deflated. It can be annoying when you don’t have a pump for this. Fortunately, we are going to discuss the best options so that you can get started.
Volleyball and pump kit
If you buy a volleyball online, it can be a great idea to get a kit of the ball and a pump together. This doesn’t have to be an advanced pump, as long as you can inflate the ball and get an idea of how much pressure there is in the ball. A lot of pumps don’t provide an indication of this and then it is a guess and check to determine if the ball is inflated well enough.
This can be frustrating for players that participate in a competition as the ball can feel differently than during a match. This can lead to wrong automatisms and lost points. Therefore it is best to get a pump that provides an indication of the pressure if you don’t have a sensor for this already. They are slightly more expensive. Unfortunately, there are no kits with pumps that have a pressure gauge.
Not a lot of balls come with a pump so if you want to get the best balls, you will have to get a pump separately. The following ball is meant for beach volleyball so it is slightly bigger and heavier than an indoor volleyball. It is waterproof so great to play outside with. It comes in different colors. This can be a great way to get started. It is also a nice gift as the player can get started immediately. If they still have to get a pump, it ruins a part of the intention of giving a something.
Volleyball pump with pressure gauge
A standard bike pump will work to inflate a volleyball. You just need a special tip and attach it to the pump to get started. These tips are quite cheap to buy and fit on a lot of pumps. You don’t have to get a dedicated volleyball pump if you don’t want to. This is a great solution as you can inflate bike tires, air mattresses, and other balls with these pumps as well.
There are two types of pumps:
-Manual pumps require that you pump yourself. This can be done with your arms or feet. This can be quite intense but it works quite well to inflate a volleyball. These pumps don’t require electricity so you can use them anywhere. They typically last a few years if you take good care of them. Lately, they have developed smaller pumps and these are easy to take with you.
It is better to use a more expensive pump for at home as these are easier to use and last longer. If you are on the road a lot, you can get a smaller one but in general, you will inflate the volleyball at home. You can check the ball before you leave if you play a lot of volleyball on the beach. The following pump has great reviews because it inflates balls fast and has a stable system. A lot of pumps fall over if you are not careful.
If you already own a bike pump, it is quite cheap to order needles that will work with your pump. Just make sure that they have an attachment that works with your pump and you are good to go. You just have to screw on the needle and you can start pumping up your ball.
-Electric pumps: Electric pumps have evolved a lot in the past few years. A lot of them use batteries now and is easy to use. They are sometimes even cheaper than manual pumps so it can be a great idea to get one.
These pumps might be less durable and you might need to get the batteries separately. If you need to get the ball, a pump, and batteries, you will have to order a lot of things at the same time The following pump uses a USB charger and it is easy to get started. What I like about this system is that it stops automatically. There is no need to check the pressure yourself as the pump regulates this automatically. Just make sure that you select the correct number.
This pump is very small so you can take it with you if you plan to play beach volleyball or 4-way volleyball. It can always come in handy when you feel that the ball is going flat.
You can also get some valve oil. Especially if the ball has been inflated quite a few times, the valve can start to get quite stiff. This part often breaks in volleyballs. Some oil makes sure that the valve remains flexible and is able to keep the air inside the ball. Be careful with the valve when you inflate a ball and don’t stick the needle too deep in it as this can break the valve. Enter the needle gently and don’t jab it in the valve. Some valves break if you don’t take care of them.
Some sports stores also allow you to inflate the ball. They might ask for a small fee but they have the right equipment to do this. If you don’t want to get a pump, this can be a convenient and cheap solution. Some might refuse if you didn’t get the ball there though. You might have to negotiate to get it done for a small fee in this instance.
To conclude, we can state that getting the right pump is essential when you buy a volleyball. This makes sure that you have the right amount of pressure in the ball without breaking it. Recently electric ball pumps got very good and cheap. They might be less durable but if you only need to inflate a ball once in a while, they can be worth it.