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Pad-Pal V5.2

Pad-Pal V5.2

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Hi there! You spotted the Pad-Pal V5.2! This little sleeping pad inflator, at 6X less weight than the next lightest option, might just be the lightest electric sleep pad inflator on the market. (That I know of*)
 

What is it and who is it for?

I'd like to appropriately frame this because I fear people may get overly excited about the weight and expect all other aspects of the Pad-Pal to be just as impressive. And the last thing I want to do is make my fellow hikers feel like I wasted their money.

The Pad-Pal is a bare bones minimalist electric sleeping pad inflator designed to do about 95% of the work, leaving the last 1-2 puffs for the user to adjust to their desired firmness. The main demographic I had in mind when making these was a UL hiker who wouldn't otherwise consider carrying an electric inflator because the next lightest thing on the market is the flextail Zero Pump at about 6X the weight. I think the type of hikers who are already happy carrying the weight of existing inflators, and love them, may be disappointed by the compromises taken to get the Pad-Pal to sub 10 grams for most pad valves.

So if you're looking for a Zero Pump "killer", this really isn't it. But if you're looking for the lightest way to take the hard work out of inflating a sleeping pad after pushing big miles that day, than this thing is through hiker gold :)

 


How Does it Work?

1. Attach the Pad-Pal to your sleeping pad's inflation valve using a dedicated valve adapter. (Check out the list of compatible pads and the valve adapter guide for more information.)

2. Connect the Pad-Pal to your power bank via USB-C. The Pad-Pal will play a few tones to let you know it's powered up and ready to go.

3. Press the button on the face of the device to select one of four power settings and start inflating your pad. Easy as that!  

Check out this video for a better understanding of how it works.

What's In the Box:

  • 1 Pad-Pal 
  • 1 Pad adapter of our chose
(NOTE: Additional pad adapters are available as a separate product page. They are not all the same price. So if you need more than one, feel free to statically choose your included free adapter as the pricer one)  

Specifications:

  • Weight: 9 grams / 0.32 Oz (with VA-1 thermarest winglock valve adapter)
  • Power Consumption:
    • 0.4 amps in mode 1
    • 0.86 amps in mode 2
    • 1.75 amps in mode 3
    • 2.6 amps in mode 4
  • Will it Drain my Battery Bank? For reference, the Pad-Pal uses 30 mAh to inflate a Thermarest NeoAir Uberlite (size regular) sleeping pad on mode 4 (loudest and most inefficient), or 150 mWh. That's about 250 inflations from a 10,000 mAh battery bank. If you inflate once a day, after a week it will consume 2.7% of charge from a 10,000 mAh battery bank.
  • Water Resistance: The Pad-Pal V5.2 can handle small amounts of splashes and short exposure to rain, but I recommend against submerging it. While it's more water-resistant than previous versions, it's not waterproof!
  • Longevity: The V5.2 uses a brushless motor. In testing I've found them to last 1,800 inflation cycles — that's approximately 4 years of daily use! This can be extended by periodically adding a drop of sewing machine oil to the motor bushing on the bottom of the inflator. 
 

Repairs: 

Should anything go wrong, the Pad-Pal is user repairable! I plan offer every component for individual purchase so you can replace only what's needed as soon as I can! Stay tuned for upcoming videos and guides on diagnosing issues and performing repairs.

A Special THANKS!

I'd like to take a moment and recognize 2 people.
The first is Dennis Radermacher of Lightforge.

Dennis is an incredibly talented photographer who is way out of my price or skill range yet still was kind enough to let me use the photos he took while using a Beta version of the Pad-Pal out in NZ. (His photos are the three SUPER nice outdoorsy looking ones, please do not mistake my horrible attempt at an at home studio setup for his own work XD). Thank you Dennis!

The second person is Keith Miller, someone who you should probably thank to if you end up liking the Pad-Pal.
Keith Miller is an insanely talent and interdisciplinary engineer of the likes I have never met before. To top it off, he is also the nicest and most sincere individual I have ever known. It blows my mind such a person exist, even after considering there are 9 billion of us.

Keith first reached out to me at the very beginning of this project 2 years ago suggesting I pursue a brushless variant. I kept waving off his suggestions, then he finally convinced me when he basically showed off his own fully fledged plans for how a brushless variant could be done. We both started working on it right away. Keith went down the route of a custom ESC and I worked in parallel on a board that could trick an off the shelf ESC into doing the job. I figured this double approach would make it more likely at least one of them would work. I got the funky off the shelf + breakout board working first and that was the Beta V5 and V5.1 units. These however had reliability issues and were more time consuming and expensive to make.

Not long after that, Keith got a custom ESC working and showed it was possible. Then in stroke of kindness, and unprompted, he gifted me the schematic so I could start on my own variant of the custom ESC (it somehow still took me another 4 months to get mine working XD). Without Keith's work, I'm pretty sure the Pad-Pal would not be this good or maybe not even here at all.

Keith is also working on some other epic projects right now that I think the community will absolutely love. Here is a link to his reddit write up of his custom star trackers, be sure to follow his account so you can see what amazing things he might have up his sleeve next! I happen to know what they are and think you will not be disappointed :)

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