Disclosure: I received a free review sample from Pump Pal for the purpose of this review. I received no payment and was not required to write a positive review.
Refilling your car is a pretty simple process — these days, pumps are always under cover and have automatic cut-offs, so the two biggest potential headaches, getting wet and overfilling your tank, are pretty much impossible.
That doesn’t mean there’s not room for improvement, however.
If you’ve got a larger vehicle, it can take quite a while to fill the tank, and anyone with hand, wrist or arm problems may find that holding the pump on for the whole time can be uncomfortable — or possibly painful and difficult.
Pump Pal is a new product that’s been developed to solve this problem. It’s a deceptively simple design — a horseshoe-shaped collar — which you slip onto the pump handle when fuelling and twist to keep the trigger in held open, allowing you to release the pump altogether.
Does it work?
The people behind Pump Pal recently sent us an example to review, so I when I filled up this week, I gave it a try.
Pump Pal is extremely easy to use, and and does exactly what it promises, keeping the pump trigger open until the pump automatically cuts off — or until you choose to release it:
Hands-free fuelling is then a reality — although Pump Pal cautions that you must not leave the pump unattended:
Although some drivers will shrug and say that Pump Pal is a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist, I’m not sure that’s correct.
Speaking as someone who suffers from Raynaud’s and the beginnings of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, I can well see the point of this — it’s no fun standing holding a pump with painful cold hands in the middle of winter.
Pump Pal is targeting people like myself, and those with much more severe problems, such as arthritis.
The product itself is nicely made and looks like it should last forever. Pump Pal comes in a choice of four colours — black, pink, blue and green.
It’s not exactly cheap, at £9.99, but is far cheaper than many other products designed to relieve similar discomforts, and should be a once-only purchase.
You can find out more or buy one for yourself at www.pumppal.co.uk — but if you’re quick, you could win one in our Pump Pal giveaway!
We have THREE Pump Pals to give away, completely FREE, thanks to Pump Pal.
To be in with a chance, simply tweet @simplemotoring and tell us why you’d like a Pump Pal! First three to tweet will win.
(Sorry, UK entries only).