Genuine Innovations Ultraflate Plus CO2 Bike Inflator

by lostcyclingdude

Whoever invented CO2 Inflator for emergency bike tire repairs should be given an award. Maybe Knighthood. Here is my favorite CO2 Inflator.

Genuine Innovations have a lot of different bicycle CO2 inflators to choose from. Many of them are just tiny "L"-shaped heads to take up the least amount of space possible.

However, the Ultraflate is my favorite, for a variety of reasons. Ease of use being the first one.

Two Reasons I Love The Ultraflate Plus

There are two reasons why I really love the Ultraflate plus:

First of all, its easy for anyone to use and is great about not wasting any CO2.

Secondly, it works with almost every CO2 cartridge available on the market. 

I'll touch on both points separately for you.  

If you are trying to decide between getting a CO2 inflator and a frame mounted bike pump, you might want to check out this comparison

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Innovations Ultraflate Plus CO2

Ease of Use

The Ultraflate Plus is designed to work with the 16g  CO2 canister (the type that has a smooth, non-threaded neck on it.

  1. Here's a step-by-step for using the Ultraflate Plus.  By an extra CO2 canister and practice so you can get used to it. 
  2. Start by replacing the flat tube with a new one. 
  3. Slip the CO2 canister into the head of the nozzle, and then screw the outside housing on over it. This will puncture the CO2 canister and ready it for use. 
  4. Now put the nozzle over the valve.  If you have a presta valve its a simple push-on.  If it is a schrader valve, you will need to screw it on. 
  5. Squeeze the trigger.  It only takes a few seconds for the tube to inflate.
If you aren't using it right away and just want to put it in your bike pack for safe keeping, you can store the CO2 cartridge inside the Ultraflate Plus by putting your CO2 cartridge in backwards.  If you put it normally it will be punctured and the CO2 will leak out slowly. 

Flexibility with Cartridges

Their are several different sizes of CO2 cartridges on the market.  However, I recommend using the 16 g size.  A 16g cartridge will normally inflate a road bike tire to about 100 PSI and a mountain bike tire to about 40 PSI. 
However, sometimes you might find yourself borrowing a 12g cartridge, or maybe you need to buy 16g threaded cartridges instead of unthreaded ones because that is all that the local bike shop has. 
The nice thing about the Ultraflate plus is that it can handle both the 12g and 16g sizes.  
The manufacturer will want you to buy Genuine Innovations branded Co2 cartridges.  However, I have used many different off-brands with absolutely no problems. 

What a CO2 Cartridge Looks Like

16g Threadless CO2 Cartridge
16g Threadless CO2 Cartridge

I've ridden thousands of miles with different Genuine Innovations inflators riding backup, and this one is my favorite.  I hope it helps you as you pick out your own CO2 inflator!

Updated: 05/31/2012, lostcyclingdude
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Rose on 07/20/2012

It looks really easy to use and doesn't seem to take up much room

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