Gas Siphon Pump – 3 Excellent Choices For Fuel Transfer

How many of you at one time or another wished you had a gasoline siphon pump? Ever got a mouthful of gas doing this? So, what’s the best gas siphon pump? Read on…

Making it easy to transfer gas, oil and other liquids from a tank to a container. There are plenty of scenarios where it may be useful to transfer gasoline from one tank to another.

Best Gas Siphon Pump

  • Siphon or pump the gas from another tank
  • Helps with draining old gasoline
  • Winterizing / drain gas tanks / run engine till stall
  • Lawn mowers, tractors, snow blower, ATV, etc..
  • Get gas from another vehicle
  • Transfer gas from car to can or lawn mower
  • Empty stale gas
  • Siphon gas from car into your generator
  • Preparedness (see below)

Actually I’m going to show you five products. I have three of them. A traditional gas siphon with squeeze bulb, one with a hand pump, and a battery operated pump.

I have this gas siphon with the rubber ‘bulb’. Simple. Effective. Gets the job done.

gasoline siphon pump

Gasoline Siphon Pump ( Manual pump )

Siphon Pro XL – Largest Siphon for Gas – Diesel – SEE VIDEO – USA
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This transfer pump has the largest siphon bulb of all.

Note: Siphoning requires that the source tank be higher up than the container you’re filling (gravity does the work once the flow is started).

That said, this particular siphon will enable pumping higher than the source tank by utilizing a shut-off clamp and the large siphon bulb. There’s a video showing how it’s done.

Also, with a long enough hose (you can always buy a longer hose from a hardware store if needed), a gasoline siphon pump could also potentially work to remove gas from another vehicle’s gas tank into yours.

This particular siphon has 8 feet total and it’s 5/8 hose.

Note: A capless gas tank funnel might be needed to push through the 2nd flap depending on your (modern) vehicle (e.g. newer Fords).

Ford Fuel Filler Funnel
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Gasoline Siphon With A Hand Pump

I have one almost exactly like this one. They work the same way… It utilizes a manually-operated hand pump to get the flow going. I also use this to pump out the gasoline from my lawn equipment before winter. Also for draining fuel from the generators.

Tip: The hose gets somewhat pinched / crimped in the packaging. Lay it out in the hot sun (stretch out, weight it down) to help restore it. Or, place the coiled up hose in a bucket of hot water for awhile. Then work out any kinks. Hey, this thing is not expensive, so I’m just saying…

Koehler Enterprises RA990

I do not have the next one. But I mention it because it sure would be nice to have (grin).

12 volt gasoline siphon pump

Gasoline Pump ( 12 volt )

12V Gasoline Transfer Pump/Siphon
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For easy and efficient transfer, you might consider an electric (12 volts DC) siphon pump. Use your own vehicle’s battery power to get the job done.

It will pump (rather than siphon) gas (or diesel) from another tank.

The nice thing here is that you don’t have the requirement of the source tank being higher up than the capture tank, and you’ll avoid getting a mouthful of gas from a traditional siphon.

It also apparently has the added capability of being able to transfer fuel out of many modern cars (adapter included).

I do have this battery operated gas pump for gas cans. It’s not really a siphon. But Mrs. J likes it because she doesn’t have to tip the heavy gas can into the mower (or whatever).

Battery Powered Gas Can Transfer Pump

No More Gas Can Lifting / Fuel Transfer Pump
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Here’s another nice product that I purchased last year. Mrs.J really appreciates it… A battery operated (4-AA batteries) pump that fits on to a 5-gallon gas container.

It eliminates the requirement (and strength) to hold the heavy gas can (about 30 pounds for 5 gallons) in position while filling something… instead you just pump it in (3 gallons per minute).

Great for filling up the lawn mowers, snow blower, whatever…

Perfect for filling a generator too.

UPDATE: Now they have a variant of this. Same technology. See photo below. However you simply put the pump end into the gas can (temporary).

‘Jumbl’ Automatic Fuel Transfer Pump with Auto-Stop (like the one above). It does have a more powerful battery (two D size batteries). Longer fuel hose. 2.3 Gal/Minute.

Jumbl xfer pump

Gasoline Siphon Pump For Preparedness

The scenario: The grid went down. No electricity.

Among the many problems that you are now facing, one of them is non-functioning gas pumps (no electricity). And when your tanks run dry, and when you’ve used up your storage of gas cans, that’s it… you’re out.

But maybe not! There will be gasoline in other vehicles, gas storage tanks, and anywhere else with gasoline-operated equipment. You just need to get it out…and transfer it to where you need it.

During emergency situations such as this, Generators will be the #1 consumer for gasoline during this time. And it won’t take long before people run out of their typical 5-gallon gas storage.

Don’t forget the Fuel Stabilizer!
Sta-bil Fuel Stabilizer
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[ Read: How To Fix New Gas Cans So They Actually Pour Right ]


  1. I know that many of your photos come from a web search, but I have to wonder if that’s an Oklahoma scene for this article. It sure looks like it. The 4X4 pickup is parked catty-wampus in the parking slot, and it sure looks like he’s using a genuine “Oklahoma Credit Card”. Some of the Old-timers used to claim that they could tell the octane of gasoline just by the taste of it, and knew right away if they were getting the good stuff or not.

    CD in Oklahoma

    1. CD in Oklahoma;
      Can’t be from OK, he’s actually got “Gas Cans” not a glass 1-gallon milk jug… HAHAHAHA

      1. NRP – HAHAHA! The gas cans are probably “borrowed”. I’ve also been wondering where the owner of the truck is, and if the camerawoman is supposed to be the lookout instead of “takin pichures”.

        CD in Oklahoma

  2. I did purchase the Siphon Pro XL last fall and used it last weekend to empty the generator and snow blower. Worked very well for me, hose was very flexible, bulb was reasonable to pump (since I have no patience, gravity fuel flow is to slooooow.), didn’t need to use the clips. The unit also didn’t dribble fuel all over the place when done. Going to check out the power siphon.

  3. Just this morning DH and I were struggling with pouring gas from a 5 gallon can into the car. Just like the 5 gallon water containers it takes 2 people to pour. I remember thinking there is no way we can come up with the money to replace all these cans with 3 gallon or smaller containers. I will be researching this today. I forget there are alternatives.

    1. Peanut Gallery;
      $22 is cheap for the Manual Syphon.
      Just ordered one myself, I have a Drum Pump, but this will be handy

      1. I also noticed some of the pumps can also pump water. This could solve the issue with our 5 gallon water containers. We can pump out just what we need and not have to worry about lifting the whole container.

      2. The problem with the manual siphons is we would have to lift the 5 gallon container to be higher than the generator/car.

        1. Peanut Gallery;
          According to the description and comments the “pump” can be used to pump uphill, although probably slow but it can be used for that. Maybe an electric pump, but expensive and it the power goes poof…….

      3. NRP
        Me, too. Just ordered one. I’ll sitore it with all the other stuff Ken writes about and which I have bought.
        Keep up the good work, Ken. Without you I would never know about or think of all these things.

        Stay frosty.

    2. I went to boat store bought gas clear tube, clamps and brass value……and extra caps to connect military cans.. Put can on trunk or roof suv and turn on. Have fold up step for tire of suv to get it up on rack. Just an idea

  4. Years ago when gas theft was common I had heard it was not a good idea to carry a siphon in your vehicle in the event you were suspect. Gas thieves, the clever ones, would install a spigot on the gas line near the tank and would take a quart or two a week from each vehicle. Such small amounts were not noticeable in large trucks, cars. Might be an idea for use on your own vehicle. Those spigots could be installed without cutting the line, they punctured it.

  5. – Actually had to work with this this past weekend. When the fuel truck blew up at the Valero refinery in Houston, there was a local panic buying of all the gas available in my area. As it happened, I was at work at the urgent care clinic and had just over half-a-tank in my vehicle.

    Because i live out in the country, I had intended to fill my tank when I got off from the clinic. Because our televisions are controlled by our patients, and we typically have children’s programming running, I had missed the announcement about the incident.

    When I got off from work, I went to fill my tank and use my frequent flyer points to reduce the price per gallon. Imagine my surprise when all 20 of the gasoline pumps at the grocery store we share a parking lot with, had little yellow bags over the nozzles. I learned about the panic when I spoke to the clerk on duty.

    On my way home, I watched for an open station with no little yellow bags showing. I struck out all the way out of town. I got home without incident and got out a couple of five-gallon gas cans.

    I also pulled out one of those folding workbench/vise tables to set beside the car to hold the can i was filling from, (saves the finish on the vehicle) and just started the siphon. A few minutes later I changed cans and filled up with out incident.

    Just as a side not, all the tanks were refilled the next morning, and I refilled my cans as well. But, there’s an example of how it works when you do have to do it.

    – Papa S.

    1. _ Just by the way, there was no shortage of diesel at any of the places I checked that had it. Just gasoline.

      – Papa

    2. Papa S.
      Just goes to show how fast one thing can cascade to “OMG buying” and how fast the stations were “out”.
      Remember the supply line that ruptured a few months back supplying a LOT of the fuel to the NE and how fast stations were out of fuel?
      BUT I still trust our .gov to take care of me at all emergencies. I know FEMA has a special place for me if/when TSHTF.

    3. Ok, I guess the shtf while I’ve been busy. Was aware of the refinery fire, but I lived way back and have been busy moving my daughter and grand daughter back home. Moving truck crew came and went, no one’s mentioned any gas shortage. What’s the low down? Localized or wide spread?

      1. I haven’t left the mountain in two weeks. Sort of out of touch with what’s going on in town.

      2. – Apparently localized, all stations restocked and open for business the following morning.

        – Papa S.

  6. I have a 30 gallon gas barrel on an elevated (5′) platform with a 10ft rubber filler hose with gate valve for gravity fueling of equipment. I keep 10x5gal plastic gas cans and 2x5gal diesel. I fuel everything, including my pick-up from the elevated tank, which I keep replenished with the five gal cans that are refilled every trip to town. This results in a continuous rotation of 80 gallons of stored fuel. Seldom more than a couple of months for complete rotation.

  7. I built a gas pump like the first one you showed for about $12 with a new pump and filter from Amazon. I use it at the end of every season (Boating/Camping) to empty the tanks completely. Makes for easy gas storage too as it sits in the tanks, when my car/truck gets low I transfer some gas. I added about a 20′ cord with gator clips to attach to a battery.

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