Portable 12v electric air pump for tires... Any gems out there under $50?

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Portable 12v electric air pump for tires... Any gems out there under $50?

I had a small 12v electric air pump that I’d bought at Pepboys maybe 25 years ago. So simple that it didn’t even have an on/off switch. It just worked so simply and the thing wouldn’t die. Until today… the clamp just won’t work to hold tight anymore. So despite the motor still functional, it’s rather useless.

So, on Amazon there’s like 2 dozen different weirdo Chinese brand name pumps out there, ranging from $30~40… then there’s DeWalt and a few other recognized brand names priced at a lot more. I’m just wondering if anyone else here bought an air pump like this not too long ago and has had a good experience with it.

Right now, I’m looking at THIS one.

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And Project Farm Delivers…
12v pumps


And Harbor Freight for the win…

Battery Powered Pumps

All the Best,
Jeff

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I bought the Harbor Freight high volume 100 psi one and really like it. For like $30 with coupon, it’s served me well, saved me, my son, wife and others in an emergency with no issues at all. It would struggle on huge tires, but for normal tires it’s great and fast.

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Great — thanks Jeff & Sirstinky, will definitely check out Harbor Freight. I’ve got one of their stores in a short driving distance away.

EDIT: The one depicted above isn’t carried any longer. They’ve got a cheaper looking model available now… so, looks like I’ll have to forgo this retailer.

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we have several and have found out we like the screw-on type instead of the lever-clamp version.
all are over 5 years old, so the models are outdated and/or discontinued.
here is “something like” the newest one we have:

https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/150-Psi-Mini-Portable-Air-Inflato...

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This is the one that I picked out for our family not too long ago.

https://www.amazon.com/WindGallop-Compressor-Automobiles-Basketball-Inflatables/dp/B081YVKGLP

We haven't had the opportunity to use it yet.

It is quite compact.

It used to be right at $30, and $30 was the max we were willing to spend.

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I just went to ChinaMart and bought their $20 jobbie with light and then bought my gal and my sister one as well. While a bit slow, the three are holding up well with moderate use.

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Although not 12 volt I have the Ryobi 18 volt air pump since I use the Ryobi system \.It works well. I will be looking at the Harbor freight model too. Thanks for the info

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I’ve recently bought this one at AliExpress, USB-C rechargeable, so far it has been working very well, I checked the precision with a professional tire pressure gauge and it’s near perfect that’s the link I bougth

https://a.aliexpress.com/_mMhkkc3

It’s called Mojietu made by Roidmi (which I think is a part of Xiaomi)

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OK, I looked over an assortment… then found this one that I liked. Originally I wanted to get something 12v using a cord, no on-board battery. But the ease of no power cord logistics is very attractive. Found this one that’s pretty hefty. 6000mAh. Can go up to 150 psi. Found it first on AliExpress, then found a “cousin” of the same design on Amazon (LINK). Came to $36 using $10 off coupon. The other rechargeable ones I’d seen were 2000mAh and 3000mAh. I think this Avid “cube” will be robust. Good thing about Amazon in USA is easy returns if it doesn’t work out (impossible with AliExpress).

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xevious wrote:
OK, I looked over an assortment… then found this one that I liked. Originally I wanted to get something 12v using a cord, no on-board battery. But the ease of no power cord logistics is very attractive. Found this one that’s pretty hefty. 6000mAh. Can go up to 150 psi. Found it first on AliExpress, then found a “cousin” of the same design on Amazon (LINK). Came to $36 using $10 off coupon. The other rechargeable ones I’d seen were 2000mAh and 3000mAh. I think this Avid “cube” will be robust. Good thing about Amazon in USA is easy returns if it doesn’t work out (impossible with AliExpress).

It was $20 shipped with coupon, on the second link I shared

https://www.myvipon.com/product/8687324-JOYTUTUS-Cordless-Tire-6000mAh-Rechargeable-Tire-amazon-coupons?sl=fe37195376e6bb8dfbbdb8f3678a717f&f=deal&search_tid=60ffd6f45094bb162d735c71

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xevious wrote:
Good thing about Amazon in USA is easy returns if it doesn’t work out (impossible with AliExpress).
congrats,
let us know how you like it Thumbs Up

AlexGT wrote:
It was $20 shipped with coupon, on the second link I shared
thanks!
that coupon expired, so I bought this 6000mAh model

here is the code to bring it down to $21
30AXX4TR
I got the coupon by joining vipon here

I like the powerbank feature, and the option to top up a tire without starting the car..

And I like that the coupon works on Amazon.
They make spending money easy and fun.. lol

Now I will have two LiIon devices in my car, the other one is a Jump Starter, that has already proven itself..

maybe we need a search for combination jumper pack with air pump? lol

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I paid $38 in 2016, so, about the same price now thanks to inflation.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036E9VB6

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AlexGT wrote:
It was $20 shipped with coupon, on the second link I shared

https://www.myvipon.com/product/8687324-JOYTUTUS-Cordless-Tire-6000mAh-Rechargeable-Tire-amazon-coupons?sl=fe37195376e6bb8dfbbdb8f3678a717f&f=deal&search_tid=60ffd6f45094bb162d735c71


“The seller is no longer offering vouchers.”
But thanks for the ref. I will check VIPON prior to purchases in the future. Seems that can offer some tempting deals.
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dthrckt wrote:
I paid $38 in 2016

Viair 85 is great, I have a $150 model 300..
its big, heavy, strong, and a pain to set up and take down.

The new inflators have built in auto shut off! I want that!
plus they come with a built in flashlight.. lol

right now I have to use a pressure gauge after I use the pump, to recheck all my tires and adjust them.. plus I need a flashlight to see the tire valve at night..

lets see if the new LiIon Tire Inflator is up to the task..
of putting +10 psi into 4 tires,
before it has a thermal shut down…

will be a good excuse to go back off pavement,
with less reluctance to air down.. (I drop 10psi for washboard)

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jon_slider wrote:
thanks!
that coupon expired, so I bought this 6000mAh model

here is the code to bring it down to $21
30AXX4TR
I got the coupon by joining vipon here

I like the powerbank feature, and the option to top up a tire without starting the car..

And I like that the coupon works on Amazon.
They make spending money easy and fun.. lol

Now I will have two LiIon devices in my car, the other one is a Jump Starter, that has already proven itself..

maybe we need a search for combination jumper pack with air pump? lol


Thanks, Jonathan. I found that Amazon honored the free shipping, despite the discount bringing it below the free shipping threshold. Ordered, as I’d like to compare it to the other one and then decide which one to give to a family member. Cool
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right now I have to use a pressure gauge after I use the pump, to recheck all my tires and adjust them..
Same here. I’ve got a really good digital tire pressure gauge by Slime. But it’s a pain having to fill, then check with the gauge and then fill more or let out air. Hopefully these programmable types with usage modes will help save time.

This is the Slime gauge I’ve got:

The only problem is the timeout… and that you have to press two buttons simultaneously to turn it back on. Plus, no backlight (although an AAA in the mouth solves that!)

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well done
good consumer.. LOL
two is one..

your thread is saving me money, right?

it feels more like its costing me money..
but hey, less than the price of a FWAA.. Facepalm
corona time, order online

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jon_slider wrote:
well done
good consumer.. LOL
youre costing me money.. but hey, less than the price of a FWAA.. Facepalm

I think in time you’ll warm up to the FWAA (no pun intended). Wink

QC could be a bit better. Shouldn’t have these activation problems due to excessive lubricant or machining grime on the threads. Mine was pretty much flawless. The fiddling in the beginning is worth the price of admission, though. And about rapid heating, I think we all figured that the 1400 lumens is just a pipe dream in terms of practicality. I don’t think you can do much without fins to dissipate the heat. But I don’t mind clamping down on the ceiling. The tint is well worth it! It’s gorgeous and it “feels” like it matches the copper body.

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xevious wrote:

I think in time you’ll warm up to the FWAA (no pun intended). Wink

QC could be a bit better. Shouldn’t have these activation problems due to excessive lubricant or machining grime on the threads. Mine was pretty much flawless. The fiddling in the beginning is worth the price of admission, though. And about rapid heating, I think we all figured that the 1400 lumens is just a pipe dream in terms of practicality. I don’t think you can do much without fins to dissipate the heat. But I don’t mind clamping down on the ceiling. The tint is well worth it! It’s gorgeous and it “feels” like it matches the copper body.

I agree, Ive warmed up to the FWAA.. lol
actually, I set a low enough ceiling and low enough thermal step down, that I can hold the light comfortably, even for 10 seconds of Turbo..

I also like the LEDs, and the copper body feels luxurious to me.. I keep reaching to fondle it… and play with different configurations.. certainly entertaining..

Today the FWAA has earned a spot in my daypack.. were going on walkabout to a hot springs…

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jon_slider wrote:
I agree, Ive warmed up to the FWAA.. lol
actually, I set a low enough ceiling and low enough thermal step down, that I can hold the light comfortably, even for 10 seconds of Turbo..

I also like the LEDs, and the copper body feels luxurious to me.. I keep reaching to fondle it… and play with different configurations.. certainly entertaining..

Today the FWAA has earned a spot in my daypack.. were going on walkabout to a hot springs…

.


Cool! Looks like a great time. How late do you stay out? Hopefully in your area there’s not a bug problem. That’s the only drawback to active flashlights in open areas at night… the bugs come to join you!
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I had viair compressors (2 plumbed to a 5 gallon tank) under my old nissan and s10 running the air suspension. Never had an issue.

Right now I have one under my blazer wired to a tank. It airs up my 35’s and runs the air horns just fine. I’ve used it for some small air tools and thats pushing it.

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AlexGT wrote:
$16.19 using vipon coupon here

https://www.myvipon.com/product/8227954-Digital-Car-Air-Compressor-Tire-...

There are also some that are cordless rechargeable

https://www.myvipon.com/promotion/index?search=tire%20inflator&group=

i got one like that, but from amazon

i am sure they have many ‘brands’ [that are basically just stickers]

couple things to note about all these type pumps:
they get hot and you can;t run them more than about 20 mins ( about long enough to top off 4 regular car tires )
they use a lot of current, it is best to have the car engine running
they are portable, but run off the car battery, so they are not truly ‘wireless’

but they work ok within their limits

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Let us not forget the trusty old spark plug tire pump.
One of these has saved me on camping trips in years gone bye.
Tiny, cheep, and as long as the engine runs – unlimited run time.
But you need to be able to remove a spark plug and get at the hole.
Not always possible on a modern car.
All the Best,
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fwiw, the pump I ordered has an internal battery. It does not need to be used plugged into the car, nor with the engine running.

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jeff51 wrote:
Let us not forget the trusty old spark plug tire pump. One of these has saved me on camping trips in years gone bye. Tiny, cheep, and as long as the engine runs – unlimited run time. But you need to be able to remove a spark plug and get at the hole. Not always possible on a modern car. All the Best, Jeff

wow
i thought i;d heard of everything – but not that!

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Makita made one that uses their 18V battery system.
It’s about 80$.
It’s very convenient because everybody has some Makita tool/batteries.
Unfortunately it’s plastic junk that has the same build quality as a corded 15$ air pump.
I wish they made a bettery quality tool like the Viair.
Basically Viair sucks because it lacks removable battery, and Makita sucks because it lacks Viair build quality Sad

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jon_slider wrote:
fwiw, the pump I ordered has an internal battery. It does not need to be used plugged into the car, nor with the engine running.

oh
hm
curious how long it runs etc
because the one i have heats up pretty good, i would imagine it uses a lot of power

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first impressions

really tiny, I will be amazed if it works..

there is no option to connect to a car cig lighter at all

it operates Only on its internal battery, which is presently being charged by USB for 4 hours, per instructions.. inflation test maybe this weekend..

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I’ll be interested to see how it works. Inflators need a lot of amps to work properl and that thing,I’d be concerned about it overheating or lasting like 10 minutes.

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jon_slider wrote:
xevious wrote:
Good thing about Amazon in USA is easy returns if it doesn’t work out (impossible with AliExpress).
congrats,
let us know how you like it Thumbs Up

AlexGT wrote:
It was $20 shipped with coupon, on the second link I shared
thanks!
that coupon expired, so I bought this 6000mAh model

here is the code to bring it down to $21
30AXX4TR
I got the coupon by joining vipon here

I like the powerbank feature, and the option to top up a tire without starting the car..

And I like that the coupon works on Amazon.
They make spending money easy and fun.. lol

Now I will have two LiIon devices in my car, the other one is a Jump Starter, that has already proven itself..

maybe we need a search for combination jumper pack with air pump? lol

so far , that one has no reviews on amazon

"You never have the wind with you - it's either against you, or you're having a good day."
    Daniel Behrman, "The Man Who Loved Bicycles".
It never gets easy, you just go faster.   
-Greg Lemond.
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