Listen, I like the B+D Multi-Purpose Inflator But Its Biggest Design Flaw is Insane

Thanks to Black & Decker being an early entrant to a program that allowed me to buy things with credit card points on Amazon, most of my lawn equipment and power tools are Black & Decker. Through this program, I’ve acquired a cordless electric lawnmower, weed wacker, hedge trimmer, leaf blower, and drill with an impact driver, all for free. For all the tool elitists: yes, if I was spending “real” money I’d have bought Milwaukee and EGO equipment–but for the price I’m not unhappy.

Anyway, I was in the process of topping off the tires on my car recently when my current electric pump (probably from the 1990s) gave out. In researching the options I came across the Black & Decker 20V MAX multi-purpose inflator and it looked like the perfect little unit for my garage.

It has numerous hoses, plugs, and adapters to inflate almost anything, and can run on power from three different sources. But you’re not here for my general review, there are plenty of those on Amazon. You’re here for the tragic flaw.

So this unit is relatively compact (about the size of a regulation football) and all of the hoses and adapters tuck together in a really neat and tidy fashion except maybe the most important one: the car adapter. In an absolutely baffling oversight, the cord that spools into the bottom of the unit doesn’t have a recessed notch to tuck into! This causes the power cord to become a “foot” on which the unit rests when you set it down. I’m absolutely gobsmacked. Did nobody from design through manufacturing ever grab the unit by the handle and…set it down?

Black & Decker 20V MAX Multi-Purpose Inflator power cable covers the foot on the bottom of the unit

Black & Decker 20V MAX Multi-Purpose Inflator rests on the power cable due to a design flaw

So you’ll have to Dremel your own recessed notch like this:

Black & Decker 20V MAX Multi-Purpose Inflator foot with custom power cord notch
Listen, I’m the ideas guy, not the craftsman. Don’t ask how I managed to buff the wrong part of the foot. I got the notch I needed with a combination of a drill Dremel attachment and a large drillbit because that is what I had lying around.

Black & Decker 20V MAX Multi-Purpose Inflator laying flat thanks to custom power cord notch

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