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    Re: Recommend Portable Inflator Car/Truck

    It depends on how easy it is to access the battery. If you just open the hood or remove a panel, it's pretty simple. Plus you can use it with equipment that uses a 12-volt battery but doesn't have a cigarette lighter outlet. It takes forever to fill my off-road tires with the plug type. The battery terminal type goes way way faster.

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    Re: Recommend Portable Inflator Car/Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    The clamps are a non-issue and work without any fuss. The 120VAC units wont help you if you're stranded on the side of the road.
    the work fine with a small inverter plugged into your 12v outlet/cigarette lighter

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    Re: Recommend Portable Inflator Car/Truck

    I'd be surprised if you could start an AC compressor with an inverter on a 10A fused circuit without overloading it.

    Keep in mind this thread is about keeping an inflator in a car or truck for emergency use. The units with direct battery connections perform much better than the power limited 12V outlet models especially when you get into larger volume SUV and truck tires.

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    Re: Recommend Portable Inflator Car/Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    I'd be surprised if you could start an AC compressor with an inverter on a 10A fused circuit without overloading it.

    Keep in mind this thread is about keeping an inflator in a car or truck for emergency use. The units with direct battery connections perform much better than the power limited 12V outlet models especially when you get into larger volume SUV and truck tires.
    any compressor small enough to carry for emergency use will run on a 10a circuit, that is not the setup I have now, but was in the past

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    Re: Recommend Portable Inflator Car/Truck

    Cheapie Slime brand. $9 at WalMart. Have one in every vehicle, including each bike.

    Works fine for airing up tires in a pinch.


    But, instead of that, let me convince you to spend tons of money on something you didn't ask for.

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    Re: Recommend Portable Inflator Car/Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by TwelveGaugeSage View Post
    It takes forever to fill my off-road tires with the plug type. The battery terminal type goes way way faster.
    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    The units with direct battery connections perform much better than the power limited 12V outlet models especially when you get into larger volume SUV and truck tires.
    Now I see. As you were..

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    Re: Recommend Portable Inflator Car/Truck

    VIAIR Corporation - 12-Volt & 24-Volt Air Compressors and Pneumatic Systems


    i have the 300P. inflate up to a 33" tire.

    300P Portable Compressor | VIAIR





    forget the cigarette lighter for power. too much load on that system. connect to the battery.

    look for a system the will reach your back tire!

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    Re: Recommend Portable Inflator Car/Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by TheIglu View Post
    But, instead of that, let me convince you to spend tons of money on something you didn't ask for.
    I must have missed where he asked for inexpensive and slow.

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    Re: Recommend Portable Inflator Car/Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by tsorfas View Post
    Ryobi inflator for sale for $20, but 1) it needs a battery that will drain over times and its expensive anyways 2) the reviews are trash. Any suggestions?
    If $20 is expensive, $9 is not as expensive. C'mon Bill. Too easy.

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    Re: Recommend Portable Inflator Car/Truck

    I read that as $20 for the crappy tool plus an expensive battery making it a very poor value compared to a proper portable compressor.

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    Re: Recommend Portable Inflator Car/Truck

    Quote Originally Posted by ZX-12R View Post
    I read that as $20 for the crappy tool plus an expensive battery making it a very poor value compared to a proper portable compressor.
    Thatís accurate - regardless that solution wouldnít work for me since itís not long term storage capable.

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