The updated Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Floor Pump gets several nifty updates for 2020, including a digital LCD gauge and streamlined lever to switch between charging and inflating. Fortunately, the top-mounted gauge and extra long hose carry over, and the price only sees a $10 bump.
Add in hidden accessories like sports ball inflation needle and yoga ball plug, a wide base, and you’ve got a pump worth checking out.
What is a “charger” floor pump?
Quite simply, this style pump lets you fill an auxiliary chamber with up to 160psi of air pressure, then rapidly release it to pop tubeless tires into place on a rim. They’ve been a game changer since being introduced several years ago, and they’re offered by various brands.
They work for road bikes, gravel bikes and mountain bikes, making tubeless tire seating and setup much quicker and easier. They’re (obviously) smaller, lighter, and more portable than a compressor, and often times their 160psi max is higher than most consumer-oriented home compressors. And definitely quieter.
Bontrager TLR Flash Charger pump details
The backlit digital gauge sits up high, making it crystal clear and easy to read. Once you hit the maximum 160psi (11bar), it’ll show three dashes instead of a number, indicating it’s ready to blast all that air into your tire.
The power button is on top, too, and there’s a pressure release button where the hose comes into the pump body. Purge the air or set to “Inflate” in order to turn off the pump. It runs on a standard CR2032 battery.
It works as a regular pump, too. A lever on the left switches between Inflation and Charge. When charging, set the lever on the right to “Fill Tank” and max it out, then flip that to open the valve and send all the air to your tire.
The gauge measures in 1/10th psi increments, and the pump head is compatible with Presta and Schrader valve stems.
Hidden in the handle are inflation needles and plugs to pump up soccer balls, footballs and basketballs, or just about any other fitness equipment that needs air. Retail is $129 and it comes with a two year manufacturer’s defect warranty.