The Rapala RCD Compact Floating Aerator

Many anglers are forced to bring their baitfish from other waters or purchase them from an anglers' shop. Transporting the baitfish to the fishing spot does, however, require a large bucket of fresh water. Or, you take an oxygen pump that emits oxygen into the water continuously or at intervals - such pump makes the handling of fish much easier and more comfortable.

Once you look around what types of aerators are available, you’ll notice that there are countless of oxygen pumps, but only a single model really impressed me personally: the RCD Compact Floating Aerator by Rapala.

Why? Because every possible oxygen pump on the market has a hose with a ventilation stone and many of power cables, but Rapala's innovative aerator completely does without them. The pump is simply placed in the water as it is, and it does not require a ventilation hose. This means that one can close the lid of the baitfish bucket and there are no unpleasant hoses hanging out. Thereby, the danger of spilling water on the way to the fishing spot is low.

The RCD Compact Floating Aerator is powered by 6 AA batteries, which are located inside its watertight interior. These batteries are easily replaceable using the quick-release fasteners on both sides. With over 31 hours runtime on 15-minute interval setting or 14 hours of continuous runtime, the batteries last for a relatively long time. You can find the controller for interval or continuous operation inside the aerator. On cooler days, the interval operation works well and saves energy significantly.

As soon as the bottom of the pump comes in contact with water, it starts to release oxygen into the water via the air vent. This is a very practical and energy-saving function.

When testing the aerator, I could see that the really small aerator inside the bucket is not in the way and it does its job really well - it runs smoothly and releases enough oxygen for a bucket full of baitfish.

Well, for me, the benefits are obvious: the modern design without annoying cables, automatic commissioning and integrated battery compartment make this handy thing an irreplaceable part of the bait fish angling.

Technical data:
- Aerates 1.2 liters per minute
- Two settings: 14 hour continuous runtime or 31 hour runtime on 15 minute intervals
- 6 x AA batteries
- Stone air vents
- Activates when it comes in contact with water
- Waterproof
- Quick release-opening