Below are some quick reference guides to help with the inflation process.
If you are searching for what pressure your model should be inflated to, or which valve adapter/s you need for inflation, please reference the guide below. If you need help with the operation of your Advanced Elements Spring Valve, go to the section titled “Understanding Your Spring Valve” further down this page. All of this information can be found in greater detail in your kayak’s Owner’s Manual which can be found in the duffel bag of your kayak.
As a further reference, you can review set up videos for many of our models here.
As always, if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact us at [email protected] or 866-262-9076

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Inflation and Adapter Chart

As shown in the illustration below:
To deflate your kayak the valve “stem” should be set into the “down” or “inward” position.

To inflate the stem should be in the up/outward position.

In the (Inflate) up/outward position air can be pumped in bypassing the spring-loaded plunger, but it cannot escape. (Note: If the top of the stem is almost flush with the rim of the threaded valve then it is in up/outward position, known as the inflate position.) If your valve is in the Inflate position and you want to set it to the deflate position, this is done by pushing the stem down/ inward with your index finger, then rotating your finger 1/4 turn. This step is repeated to move back to the Inflate position. When you release your finger the stem should remain in the down/inward position. The deflate position allows air to flow in or out unrestricted. If you are using a 12v inflator to inflate your kayak you may need to have the stem in the down/inward position as the 12v pump most likely will not have enough pressure to bypass the spring loaded plunger when the valve is in the up/outward (inflate) setting.

Using the “Screw-on” valve adaptor:

The screw-on valve adaptor was designed to enable the pump hose to securely connect to the valve without falling off during inflation, making inflation easier. The valve adaptor also has a semi-circle protrusion that will depress the stem and open the valve slightly to allow pumps with pressure gauges to take a constant reading. When inflating the kayak using the Screw-on valve adaptor, the valve should be in the Inflate position.

Valve Inflation Diagram

Many of our kayak models come equipped with pressure relief valves. The PR (pressure relief) valve is a high-performance pressure relief system that can benefit from some very simple periodic maintenance to ensure optimal performance. Detailed maintenance instructions can be found here as well as with your kayak’s Owner’s Manual located in the duffel bag.

Pressure Relief Valve

If you have questions regarding older models, please contact us at [email protected]