I am looking for input if anyone has a 12-volt air compressor that they have that they think works good. Looking to possibly buy one just for peace of mind to keep in my truck when towing the camper in case of a flat tire. I would want it to be able to pump the tire up to about 60 pounds or very close to that and I am only interested in the kind that plug into the cigarette lighter or have battery terminal clamps. Not interested in the ones that have an internal battery pack. Thanks for any input.
Post by turbodaddy on Jul 22, 2021 19:28:50 GMT -8
Here is one I bought. Smittybilt 2781 5.65 CFM Universal Air Compressor. Look on Amazon.
I saw good reviews from people who go off road with deflated tires (sand). It seems well built and has worked well the few times I've used it. We travel to some pretty remote places and having this does provide some peace of mind. It is also great for bike tires, air mattresses, and for blowing out dust and crud from various devices. Be careful though, it does get really hot when running.
My only advice is to look for one that has direct battery clips. The ones that use a cigarette lighter are usually much less powerful and will take forever to fill a tire. I also prefer the type where the cylinder body is exposed with large cooling fins, not completely encapsulated in a plastic case....you run much longer with good cylinder cooling. I got mine at Costco a decade ago and it's still going strong.
The Smittybuilt linked above looks very nice, but you can get similar specs for $50 or so if you don't mind a no-name Chinese brand.
The price doesn't deter me too much. Do you happen to have a link for the Chinese manufactured ones that are a little bit cheaper? It's one of those things that won't get a lot of use and it's something you hope you never actually have to have on the road but Peace of mind goes a long way sometimes. Thanks for the info.
Dan, The link you provided for the compressor says the item is unavailable.
I gave the link as a reference point for the types of specs you could expect at a $50-$70 price point. It also shows the style I was mentioning with the cooling fins on the cylinder.
Here are the specs for the QMaxx MF 1052
The MF-1052's 12 volts of power and 150 PSI capacity is comparable to other higher-priced compressors. Features include: 10 foot power cord to reach around the vehicle, detachable hose 16 feet long to connect from compressor to tire, built in pressure gauge, and alligator clips to hook directly to battery. Flow up to 72 lpm (2.54CFM), max amps 30, individual weight of `0.25 lbs. Adapters and carrying bag included.
Last Edit: Jul 25, 2021 12:25:00 GMT -8 by danrhodes