Water paddling is a popular sport in all year, while others have to stay inside during cold weather days, you can still get out onto the water with your portable inflatable kayaks or SUP boards. These inflatable water floating games are very convenient for daily use, easy to inflate and deflate and store. For many people, they will check the air pressure of their inflatable kayaks before they get into the water every time. But for some beginners, they may forget this safety steps and continue to use their inflatable kayaks that were inflated a few days ago. You should know that all these air sealed inflatable devices include kayaks and stand up paddle boards, their air pressure will change according to the weather. So you need to know how to work with these changes to make your inflatable kayak performs well and lasts for a long time.
1. Weather Changes
According to the principle of thermal expansion and contraction, the air pressure in enclosed space will increase in hot weather and decrease in cold weather. So the air pressure of your inflatable boats will change according to the change of outside weather. Recently you may start your water paddle trip in the morning, I don't need to say how cold it is these mornings, but after a few hours the sun is shining and the temperature can rise quite high. Then your inflatable boats will become rock hard. Of course you don't have to keep it a little soft in the morning, all you need to do is let some of the air out when the weather warms up. Over pressurization can cause strain and eventually damage to your boat seams.
2. When should I adjust the air pressure?
Someone may ask when to adjust the air pressure of their inflatable boards or SUP boards in changing weather. So that they know when to stop paddling and take a break. Well, usually you can inspect and adjust the air pressure at your lunchtime. For most paddlers, start off in cold morning and paddle a few hours until lunch time is very common, if your inflatable boats are exposed to the sun for a long time, then you may want to check and adjust the air pressure before your afternoon trip.
3. Cold Weather Paddling
In hot weather and slowly warming weather, you know the air pressure of your inflatable boat will expand and you need to let a little air out after a few hours. But in cold weather, you may lose air pressure. During winter, the water and air can be extremely cold, according to the principle of thermal expansion and contraction, you will likely need to check your air pressure and possibly add more air after paddling in the cold water for a few hours. Therefore, don't forget to be aware of the air pressure of your boat or board.
4. What will happen to the air pressure change?
The air pressure of your inflatable kayak is too high or too low can cause some significant consequences. When the air pressure increase in hot weather, your inflatable boat will be over-pressurized, if you should then happen to hit a sharp object with enough force, the inflatable may be exploding like an exploding balloon. When the air pressure decrease in cold weather, you will feel your inflatable boat more soft and more difficult to paddle. Simply put, your boat will become very slow. It will perform far better after you add more air it needs.
Be aware of the air pressure of your inflatable boat during use is also a proper way to care and prolong the life-span of your boat. If you keep the air pressure and weather changes in mind, you will keep your inflatable boat and SUP board performing at its best level at all times. If you have more questions about inflatable boats and other air sealed inflatable water games, please contact Qile factory.