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The Best Gas Cans For Jet Skis

It comes with the nature of the beast, but If you own a jet ski, you’ll be putting fuel in it quite a bit, so you’ll need a few good quality gas cans.

While this sounds simple enough, when you start looking for gas cans you’ll soon realize many of them are not that great. You’ll see that all the cans made for lawn mowers and other small engines are messy and simply don’t work well with jet skis. The last thing you want to do is spill anything flammable on your jet ski, it tears up decals and fades plastic parts.

This is why I’ve created this guide to help you find the gas cans for your jet ski and the ways to fill them up with ease. It doesn’t matter what type of jet ski you have, all these options will work for you.

ImportantPlease keep in mind that Gas and fuel cans are dangerous! Please follow all laws and instructions for your fuel can! What works for me and what is ideal for me may not be for you, so please follow all laws, regulations, and instructions when dealing with gasoline!!!

My Top Picks

The 3 best gas cans for recreational jet ski use are the…

  1. Justrite AccuFlow 5 Gallon (Amazon Link Ad)
  2. Racing Utility Jug (Amazon Link Ad)
  3. LinQ Fuel Caddy (Amazon Link Ad)

Each one solves its own unique problem when it comes to jet skis.

The overall winner will be the Justrite AccuFlow in our number one spot.

The Justrite AccuFlow will be the safest and a good all-around can to use for putting gas in a jet ski.

Another option, and one I, personally, use is the racing utility jug. Combined with a fuel transfer pump, it can make easy work of putting gas in your jet ski.

What I don’t suggest is the plastic jugs you get at the department stores, as they end up making a bigger mess for your jet ski and are hard to use.

Justrite AccuFlow 5 Gallon

Justrite safety gas can

I put the Justrite AccuFlow 5 Gallon at the top as it is the most ideal gas can you can have. It’s the best way to go about it for most jet skis.

Without being annoying, this gas can has all the safety features that are not that bad (unlike the gas cans at the department stores!).

You get an auto-closing lid which keeps the vapors from leaking out into your garage or wherever you may store the fuel. You can get a long pour hose that works well getting the gas into the tank. Not only that, but you also have the metal mesh that works as a flame arrestor, which is a huge safety feature!

Overall, the Justrite AccuFlow 5 Gallon gas can is the ideal option you can get to use with your own personal jet ski.

Racing Utility Jugs

VP racing jug with cap

The racing utility jugs are what I, personally, use, but not something I recommend to most people.

These jugs don’t have all the safety items on them, so extra caution must be given when filling, emptying and storing them. These jugs must be stored in a well-ventilated area and away from kids and pets.

For my jet ski, I like using the fuel transfer pump, as it makes quick work of it and I don’t have to lift anything too high.

What Most Jet Ski Dealerships Use

These racing style ones are what most jet ski dealerships will use because you can get a lot of them, and they simply just work.

You can easily fill them and pour fuel into the jet ski’s tank; I just grew to love them because I used them about 10 times a day non-stop. So I understand how to handle them, but it’s not my go-to for people new to jet skis, and will often push them to the safety can.

LinQ Fuel Caddy

The last option for a good gas can is the Sea-Doo LinQ Fuel Caddy.

To be clear, this LinQ Fuel Caddy only works with Sea-Doo that have the LinQ system, so any Sea-Doo GTX or RXT 2018 or later and Sea-Doo GTI 2020 or later.

This fuel caddy is meant for people who do long rides and need spare gas to carry on their jet ski. This fuel can is not ideal for people who keep their jet ski on the dock at the lake, but it won’t hurt to have it if you live far from the gas dock.

Getting Some Fuel At the Gas Dock

While it’s good to note that the gas dock is not a “gas can” option, it can be the easiest if you live on the lake and located near one.

Getting fuel on the lake is more expensive than the fuel at the “car gas station”, but the convenience and being able to fully fill up your own jet ski can’t be understated.

If you don’t have a gas dock near you or simply want to save money on gas, then getting a few gas jugs is a great option.

Tips

1. Buy 2 To 3 For Your Jet ski

The two jugs at the top of the list hold about 5 gallons of fuel.

You’ll find that most jet skis have either a 15 gallon to 20 gallon fuel tank. If you have a Sea-Doo it’s 15.9 to 18 gallons, Yamaha is 18 gallons, and a Kawasaki jet ski can be anywhere from 15 to 20 depending on the model.

If you own a Sea-Doo Spark, it holds about 5 gallons of gas and the EX is about 10 gallons.

For most jet ski owners, I suggest buying 2 to 3 jugs to store fuel to cut down on the trips to refill the jugs. The last thing you want to do is make a lot of trips up and down the dock for your one jet ski, especially if you live on a hill.

2. Fuel Transfer Pump

Fuel transfer pump inside gas tank.

Please remember, gas cans are heavy when full, and you often have to lift them up to get them into the filler of the jet ski.

Not only is it heavy, but it can be messy! So aim carefully when over your jet ski!

I suggest you get a fuel transfer pump like this one here (Amazon Link Ad) to use with your jet ski.

These fuel transfer pumps run on batteries and work very well to get the gas out of the gas can and into your jet ski. It may pour a little slower than the gas station pumps, but you don’t have to lift as much and can do it at the dock.

Tip: This type of fuel transfer pump also works well for getting water out of the footwells. Just make sure to let it dry out as you don’t want water in your gas or gas in the lake/ocean.

3. The Truth, Most Gas Jugs Suck!

You for sure can easily get gas jug from your local Lowes, Home Depot or Walmart that are made for lawn mowers… BUT THEY SUCK!

They suck because the government wanted to stop gas leakage. So they forced all gas jugs to not have a vent hole anymore and to have auto closing lids. While it was a good idea in theory, in practice it made things worse. With no vent, the gas glugged out and spilled more while also making them harder to handle with all the latches and buttons you needed to press.

Even worse, since there are no vents, the gas can inflate and burst due to heating and cooling. This is why you don’t store them in your jet ski, as it gets really hot in the hull!

This video does a good job of explaining it more. I don’t suggest doing the modifications like the video does.

Adding Fuel Stabilizer

You should only add fuel stabilizer to your gas cans if the gas will be sitting for more than a month.

Something to keep in mind, gas goes bad, and PWC engines are very picky, especially if it’s supercharged, so adding stabilizer is smart, but only if it will be sitting for months.

Otherwise, there is no good reason to add fuel stabilizer to your jet ski’s tank.

Author

Steven

I started working at a power sports dealership in 2007, I worked in parts, service counter, and as a technician before moving to sales in 2013. I created StevenInSales.com in 2014 to answer common watercraft questions I would get from people. Now managing the site full-time, I continue to provide advice and web tools for my readers about watercraft. I've owned several watercraft, with a Sea-Doo Spark as my current main PWC.

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