portable tyre inflation compressor advice

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Mike Biddle
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portable tyre inflation compressor advice

A couple of years ago I bought a portable unit branded Michelin with its own rechargeable battery, which was initially very useful, for the cars and other applications like tractor, trailer, and flail collector mower. Unfortunately the battery failed pretty quickly and will not accept a charge.

Now, since I have a power pack for the trailer winch, which has power socket, and I could also connect crocodile style clips to the power lead, I'm thinking that a 12V compressor without a battery is the way to go, but there so many out there its confusing, anybody have any views/experience/advice? I'm looking foe a powerful, relatively high flow unit since some of the tyres I would use it on are quite big.

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You are right to be cautious. I bought a small one for my Seven, it takes ages to just top up the air in a small tyre, gets very hot and makes a terrible racket.

Something marketed at farmer's or the off road community is probably what you need, but I don't have any experience to help otherwise.

Duncan

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I have one of these, not used a lot but it will reinflate Landy tyres after being off road in reasonable time https://www.britpart.com/all-parts/da2392

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I've had one of these for years - Ring RAC 600 compressor, plugs into cigar socket.

Used for all vehicles- Disco to Smart and bikes.  Reliable, bit noisy, but works well.  Reasonably accurate but always use separate Flaig gauge to be precise.

Probably update model now but a good purchase many years ago.

 

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I've also got one of the Ring models (not sure which model) and it's fine, plugs into cigar socket as Neil says but a decent length cord so no problems. No integral battery.

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I have one of these: https://www.lotus7.club/membership/special-offers-members/airman-emergency-tyre-repair-inflation-kit - special offer with club membership. Inflates quickly and the sealant gunk is water soluble so repairs are possible. They do just a compressor as well.

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I refurbished my dad's old Kismet Lorry footpump - if I'd known how easy it was to make a new leather washer, I would have done it 30 yrs ago and saved buying crappy tin pot foot pumps and horrible plastic electric pumps.  

Works a treat.

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DJ, good shout!

Thanks to all responders.

Now I have to confess that I am definitely going senile, I suddenly remembered last night that I already knew a really good supplier. When I was building high pressure water blast machines in Dubai, there was sometimes a requirement for on board air for dump valves, and I was using an American supplier called Viair, who have a UK distributor, and since over ten years of using them I never had a complaint about compressors I ordered one this morning. http://onboardair.co.uk/collections/viair-portable-air-compressors/products/85p-portable-compressor-kit-12v-60-psi-for-up-to-31-tires-w-twist-on-tire-chuck?variant=31990859661447

Why on earth I didn't think of them immediately I don't know, I only retired 3 years ago, amazing how detail fades with time.

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That looks impressive - I bet you could run a mini spray gun off of it! Its more expensive than the Aldi / Lidl compressor with 60L tank!

I have a couple of the Ring ones for emergencies (tin top and seven) so accepting of the noise and fill rate for the price I paid.

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I carry a couple of those car plan flat mate tyre repair cans ,,,never used one yet so don't no if any good ?

derek

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Interesting subject and it made me have a look at my mountain bike emergency repair kit which uses CO2 cartridges. If you have a look on YouTube one outfit was suggesting that 3 cartridges will get a tyre to 20PSI,

It maybe worth a try to see if it works

And think of the weight saving!