Posts tagged valve trap

When Bad Valves Need to be Cut Off (bladder repair)

When repairing your kite you can usually use heat to remove valves from bladders.  If heat doesn’t work you’re left asking, “how do I remove a bad valve from a bladder?”.  This is when you need to cut the damaged valve off.  The problem is that you’re then left with a hole larger than normal so when the new replacement valve is attached it will stick to the other side of the bladder (no bueno).

The easiest way to work around this is to put something inside the bladder so that the new ‘peel and stick’ valve doesn’t stick to the opposite side.  Here’s a pictorial on how to do it with plastic from a supermarket bag.

1) cut as tight to the valve as possible

2) use a thin plastic and cut it just larger than the hole left by the valve

3) cut a hole in the center of protective plastic 

4) put the protective plastic inside the bladder and center the hole

5) stick the valve on the bladder aligning the valve to the hole in the protective plastic

No need to worry about removing the protective plastic, it will have a rich rewarding life living inside your kite.

If you think you can do it better let us know.

Dear Airtime, over the past few months my kite's valves have started delaminating. I was thinking of using the Valve Traps to patch them up, but since I have a Liquid Force kite with Maxflow inflation system I am not sure if it will work. Will the Valve Traps fit with a Maxflow inflation valve? Kind regards, Marlies — Asked by marliesmo

Marlies,

Good question.  

You have two types of valve on the kite.  You have the main Max Flow inflate valve and you have the smaller valves that are connected by hoses to the valves on the struts of your kite.

The Valve Traps will work great to repair the smaller valves that connect to the struts with hoses.  However, you want to make sure the valves themselves are in good shape.  Check them to visually to make sure they have no cracks.  If they are in good shape you can use the Valve Traps to repair them.  If the valves are cracked at all you’ll want to buy new valves here.

Please see this post showing you how to work around the fabric reinforcing that is used on the Liquid Force bladders.

The large Max Flow inflate valve almost never needs repair.  What we have seen is the need to clean it out well if it gets sand in it.  We recommend pulling the gasket out of the screw cap and cleaning it.  Also, reach into the valve and make sure there is no sand where the red silicone flap seals against the valve.

Have fun working on your kite and let us know if you have any additional questions.

The AIRTIME kite team

Our dealer packs of Valve Traps are now up on the new site and ready to ship out.  Click here.
Australia was the first market to get our Valve Traps since their kiting season is ahead of the northern hemisphere’s.  We couldn’t have been happier with the reception we got down under.  Shops moving 200-300 units and reporting 99% success rates swapping out all sorts of valves.
Dealers love their simplicity, versatility, and lower pricing than competitor’s ‘peel and stick’ solutions.  Keep your eyes open for dealer packs hitting the shelves of North American retailers as we speak.

Our dealer packs of Valve Traps are now up on the new site and ready to ship out.  Click here.

Australia was the first market to get our Valve Traps since their kiting season is ahead of the northern hemisphere’s.  We couldn’t have been happier with the reception we got down under.  Shops moving 200-300 units and reporting 99% success rates swapping out all sorts of valves.

Dealers love their simplicity, versatility, and lower pricing than competitor’s ‘peel and stick’ solutions.  Keep your eyes open for dealer packs hitting the shelves of North American retailers as we speak.

Valve Traps - A professional’s opinion

Jim “Jimbo” Flowers the kite repair manager at Jupiter Kiteboarding tells us why he likes AIRTIME kite’s Valve Traps for kite repair.  

The Valve Trap allows you to capture any valve and stick it back on any bladder for fast permanent kite repair.  We recommend the bladder repair services of Jimbo at Jupiter Kiteboarding.  The shop stocks a full line of AIRTIME repair products and Jimbo knows his stuff.

Continual testing of bladders and valves
We are constantly testing bladders and valves to make sure we’re providing the highest quality product possible.  
Our testing takes place in a lab oven set to 150 degrees Fahrenheit with 100% humidity.  We’re proud to say our latest production methods last 3 times as long as the OEM valves we’ve tested against.
Thanks to Mike and his spreadsheet skills for keeping all the data readable. 

Continual testing of bladders and valves

We are constantly testing bladders and valves to make sure we’re providing the highest quality product possible.  

Our testing takes place in a lab oven set to 150 degrees Fahrenheit with 100% humidity.  We’re proud to say our latest production methods last 3 times as long as the OEM valves we’ve tested against.

Thanks to Mike and his spreadsheet skills for keeping all the data readable. 

9mm inflation valve and the Valve Trap - Here’s a video on how to use the Valve Trap to capture a 9mm inflation valve.  Once captured you can ‘peel and stick’ to re-attach the valve to any bladder.

7mm valve and Valve Trap - Here’s a video on how to use the Valve Trap to capture a 7mm valve.  Once captured you can ‘peel and stick’ to re-attach the valve to any bladder.

11mm deflate valve with the Valve Trap - Here’s a video on how to use the Valve Trap to capture the common 11mm deflate valve.  Once captured you can ‘peel and stick’ to re-attach the valve to any bladder.

Airush valve with the Valve Trap - Here’s a video on how to use the Valve Trap to capture an Airush OEM valve.  Once captured you can ‘peel and stick’ to re-attach the valve to any bladder.

Epic / Blade valve with the Valve Trap - Here’s a video on how to use the Valve Trap to capture an Epic or Blade OEM valve.  Once captured you can ‘peel and stick’ to re-attach the valve to any bladder.