A lightweight inflation device for outputting a low-pressure airflow to inflate an air bladder includes a body defining an airflow chamber and a plurality of air manipulation elements disposed within the airflow chamber. At least one of the air manipulation elements is a rotor including a plurality of blades, and the inflation device includes a driving mechanism operable to rotate the blades about an axis. The inflation device further includes a nozzle operably coupled with the body and defining an air outlet to connect with a valve on the air bladder. The nozzle is shiftable into an operating position in which the air outlet extends beyond an outlet-side axial margin of the body. The nozzle is also shiftable into a storage position in which the air outlet is disposed within the airflow chamber of the body. A method of inflating an air bladder with a portable axial compressor assembly is also disclosed.

Title
Lightweight inflation device
Application Number
12/957115
Publication Number
20110129369
Application Date
November 30, 2010
Publication Date
June 2, 2011
Inventor
Robert Stephen Potratz
Overland Park
KS, US
IPC
F04B 35/04
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