How to Use a Siphon Pump

Siphon Pumps

There are situations where siphoning gas or other liquids is imperative. You can empty old farm equipment, clean out a tub, or move gas from one vehicle to another. When there is an emergency, you may need more gas in your vehicle – this is what most of us think of when we hear the term ‘siphoning gas.’ You've seen it in movies and TV shows, where people siphon gas from abandoned vehicles, during times of emergency. Everyone should know how to siphon gas or other liquids safely and effectively. You never know when you might need to transfer gas, oil, or water — knowing how could potentially come in handy one day.

Why Should You Own a Siphon Pump?

Siphon pump and gas cans

There are many reasons to own a siphon pump. You can use it for more than gas and might benefit from having a few for different liquid types. Just make sure to mark them accordingly.

  • Siphoning gas
  • Siphoning water
  • Other liquids or chemicals
  • Used for emergencies/prepper use

How to Siphon Gas

Kerosene and a siphon pump

First, you should understand how to siphon gas. Understanding the basics of siphoning gas and how to do it can help you better select an appropriate gas siphon.

The Physics of How They Work

Most people think that a siphon relies on atmospheric pressure, but they actually rely on gravity. So, when you begin to siphon any liquid, it continues on its own. Always be sure you stop it when you have the amount you need.

What You Need to Get Started

  • Container/can/bucket
  • Siphon pump

For the siphon to work, the liquid you want has to be higher than the container you are transferring it to. Then you need to pick a siphon pump that will work for you. There are many on the market that are reasonably priced.

Pennzoil Shaker Siphon Pump

1. Pennzoil Shaker Siphon Pump

All you need to do is shake the pump to siphon. It features a heavy-duty copper siphon tip and can be used for gas or other fluids. It has six feet of transparent tubing and is a great tool for auto, marine, and recreational vehicles. It can also transfer up to 2.5 gallons of liquid per minute.

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Flo n’ go Maxflo Fuel Siphon Pump

2. Flo n’ go Maxflo Fuel Siphon Pump

This fuel siphon pump is great for lawn tractors, boat engines, Jet skis, all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, farm equipment, pressure washers, snow throwers, and light commercial equipment. It can pump over 2 gallons per minute. There is also a child safety lock, an auto shut-off, and restart feature.

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Custom Polyethylene Pump

3. Custom Polyethylene Pump

This pump is an all-purpose polyethylene pump. It has an extended hose and is squeeze action to pump out liquids. The tube is gas and oil-resistant.

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Shop Craft Air/Siphon Pump

4. Shop Craft Air Siphon Pump

This pump is multi-use. It transfers most liquids and can also pump air for inflatables. It can also be used to change oil and siphon gas.

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World Marketing Manual Siphon Pump

5. World Marketing Manual Siphon Pump

It can be used for the transfer of fuel from storage tanks to a heater. It’s easy to operate and utilizes a large ball type siphon.

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EZ Siphon Battery Operated Siphon Pump

6. EZ Siphon Battery Operated Siphon Pump

This pump is battery operated. It can transfer all types of liquids. It requires 2 D cell batteries and can pump up to 1,050 gallons per set of batteries.

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Is It Dangerous to Siphon Gas?

Siphon pump by car wheel

When transferring any oil or gas, there is a risk. Take extra care and be aware of your surroundings. A small spark could cause the gas or oil to ignite. Also, use protective gear around your nose and mouth while siphoning gas or hazardous material.

Reasons/Situations to Use a Siphon Pump:

Running low on gas or someone offers to give you gas (let’s say your card isn’t working at a pump). If you need fuel for lawn and farm equipment, use the gas from your car.

A siphon pump is a great tool to have in case of emergencies or for everyday tasks. Owning a siphon pump should never be thought of as criminal, but as a tool. They are rather inexpensive, and you can find them at your local Do it Best store.