Posted by Jake on Apr, 08 2014

Elevate Turbo Ballast Pump Tech Tuesday

The Elevate Turbo Ballast Pump has been around for a few years, but riders are still unsure about the differences between it and the Fly High Tsunami Pump. We are here to dispel the rumors and give you a detailed look at Elevate’s Ballast Pump.

If you use Fly High ballast bags the Elevate Turbo Ballast Pump is hands down the best option for filling and draining your bags. The Elevate Pump is designed to fill and drain Fly High ballast bags faster than the Tsunami Ballast Pump because of its non-kinking hose. If you spend any amount of time dealing with a portable ballast solution you will quickly gain an appreciation for a faster filling and draining pump — who wants to spend any extra time waiting on bags when you could be surfing or wakeboarding behind the boat.

The Elevate and Tsunami pumps both feature the Attwood 1200 GPH and Fly High’s Quick Connect Fittings, the only real difference is the quality of hose used. The Elevate Pump features a clear, reinforced hose that doesn’t kink when it’s bent or thrown over the side of the boat for filling and draining.

When the guys at Elevate were designing this pump almost three years ago we had mentioned that we were tired of dealing with the issues that are inherent to the Fly High Tsunami ballast pump. Don’t get us wrong — Fly High makes a nice product that we have been using every summer for the past 10 years, but we knew it could be much better. Elevate’s simple improvements made on Fly High’s design make the boating experience more enjoyable for us and our customers.

The picture below illustrates the biggest issue customers have with the Fly High Pro X Series Tsunami Pump. When the Tsunami Pump hose is placed over the side of the boat for filling or draining it tends to kink and disrupt the flow of water. This can have a huge impact on your fill and drain times as well as making your experience less than enjoyable because you will have to watch the pump and hose to make sure it’s un-kinked and water is flowing. This problem is at it’s worst when we all use our boats… During the summer.

Elevate Ballast Pump Hose

 

Tsunami Ballast Pump Hose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s pretty easy to see where the issue with the Fly High Pro X Series Tsunami pumps is. The hose isn’t reinforced and it tends to collapse on itself. *That picture was taken in our photo studio that’s set at 68 degrees. Can you imagine how that hose would look in direct sunlight when it’s 95 degrees out? When the sun’s heat softens the hose it can be enough to fully collapse almost eliminating any water from passing into or out of the bag. By upgrading  to a 1-1/8″ premium hose we eliminated kinking and collapsing which in turn decreased fill and drain times. This means that you get the true rated capacity of the Attwood Tsunami 1200GPH Aerator Pump for a fill rate of 167 pounds per minute.

The Elevate pump is also designed to be compatible with Fly High’s Quick Connect Fittings making it simple and easy to use.

Elevate vs. Tsunami Ballast Pumps

 

How much is your time worth? Spend the extra $10 and save a few hours of time this summer filling and draining your Fly High ballast bags.

 

 

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