The Exped Widget Pump is a combination sleeping pad inflation pump, lantern, and USB battery charger that’s ideal for base camping and car camping trips. Weighing just 6.7 ounces, it’s powerful enough to inflate Exped’s really big MegaMat air mats but still lightweight and compact enough for backpacking if you’re camping with friends or a group of people who need to have their air mattresses inflated every night. It’s also really cute and has been a big hit with my family!
Specs at a Glance
- Weight: 6.7 oz
- Dimensions: 2.7 x 2.4 x 2.4 inches
- Battery capacity: 3600 mAh
- Includes: Third-party pump adapters
- Charging time: 6 hours with a USB-C plug
The Exped Widget Pump is a small plastic cube with a folding handle so it’s easy to pack and carry. It has separate switches for the pump and lantern, requiring two quick button presses to turn on, which prevents it from being accidentally activated when packed. There is a built-in USB-C port (power in) included for charging the widget and a USB-A port (power out) to charge a smartphone or other electronic device like a headlamp. A USB-C to USB-A cable is also included.
The Widget Pump
The Widget pump is surprisingly powerful and is designed to inflate Exped’s really big pads like the MegaMat 10 and MegaMat 10 Duo, in addition to Exped smaller backpacking and camping air mattresses. I’ve clocked the inflation time on my MegaMat 10 at 90 seconds and the MegaMat Duo reportedly takes 4 minutes to inflate, with the ability to do it up to three times on a single charge.
I’ve also used the widget to inflate Sea-to-Summit (Ether Light XT and Ether Light Extreme XT) and NEMO (Tensor UL Insulated sleeping pads) which have the same size flat valve as Exped’s air mattresses. It takes about 15-20 seconds to inflate them.
The Widget pump also comes with a set of adapters for other makes and models including Thermarest pads with the old stick style twist valves, but the adapters are not compatible with Thermarest pads with the current generation of winglock valves, according to Exped.
The lantern has three intensity modes: high, medium, and low, and is great for casual use in or outside of your tent. It’s surprisingly bright and lights up a tent nicely. The Widget has a folding handle that makes it easy to carry for nighttime “trips” or to hang from a branch or hook inside your tent, with a burn time of up to 72 hours on the low setting.
Finally, the Exped Widget can act as a device charger to top off your phone, earbuds, headlamp, etc. With 3,600 mAh it doesn’t have a lot of juice compared to the 10,000 mAh Anker battery I carry when hiking and backpacking, but it’s a good fallback if your phone runs out of power while you’re in your sleeping bag watching movies or reading a book.
The Exped Widget Pump is a completely unnecessary but helpful camping accessory, especially if you car camp or base camp with a large Exped Megamat air mattress. I mainly use my MegaMat 10 to sleep in my car at trailheads when I can’t be bothered to pitch a tent. Having a pump that can be recharged from a car cigarette lighter outlet is a nice luxury and the fact that it’s compatible with other sleeping pads with flat valves is just icing on the cake. The built-in lantern and device charger are nice add-ons and one less thing to forget when packing for a road trip.
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