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Anyone have any recommendation for a decent tire inflator to keep in the kids suv for a low tire situation? Thanks !

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I have a couple of these and they seem to work great
https://www.harborfreight.com/12v-150-psi-compact-air-compressor-63184.html


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I just bought a Milwaukee unit because I have the batteries already. I have a Milwaukee impact that uses the same battery so killed two birds with one stone. Seems good and gets good reviews. Haven’t really put it to the test though. Just a low quad tire which is what it will be used for mostly. Airing up 37’s when leaving the trail would be a better test.


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I use this on my girlfriend's car. Easy to attach to the battery. The wires and the tube are long, so you can easily work all 4 tires. The tube screws onto the valve stem, so you don't have to sit there and hold the nozzle onto the valve stem. Accurate pressure gauge is affixed to the unit, just stand there and watch it run it up to 42 psi and you are done. Highly recommended.

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The 20v Hart brand air compressor that Wal-Mart sells works very well. I got one for each vehicle. The batteries are a little pricey, but you can usually buy them on eBay for less than you'd pay for them in the store. Without the battery and charger, they are currently advertised for $27 on walmart.com

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Couple years ago I bought a Vair 88P. Kept it in a work pickup and the few times I used it worked fine.

I've since upgraded to a larger model and gave the 88P to my sister in law, who has bad luck with tires.

For passenger vehicle type use the 88P is good to go.

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Originally Posted by Higginez
I just bought a Milwaukee unit because I have the batteries already. I have a Milwaukee impact that uses the same battery so killed two birds with one stone. Seems good and gets good reviews. Haven’t really put it to the test though. Just a low quad tire which is what it will be used for mostly. Airing up 37’s when leaving the trail would be a better test.

I did the same thing only with Ryobi because I already had their tools and batteries. The inflator I bought has a pressure setting and shuts off automatic. Works really well for low pressure tires like ATV, UTV and pump up sprayer. Takes a while on larger tires. I have a twelve volt inflator I carry in the Gator on the ranch. I haven't found any that work very well above 40 psi. They are slow and useful mainly for emergencies which is apparently what you want.

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I bought a cheapo from Walmart a number of years ago. Plugs into the lighter. Actually works very well

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We have the mid-priced Slime tire air pumps in both vehicles. They work great.


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Originally Posted by Higginez
I just bought a Milwaukee unit because I have the batteries already. I have a Milwaukee impact that uses the same battery so killed two birds with one stone. Seems good and gets good reviews. Haven’t really put it to the test though. Just a low quad tire which is what it will be used for mostly. Airing up 37’s when leaving the trail would be a better test.
I have the 18 volt and had the 12 volt Milwaukee both work great. The 18 volt will pump a completely flat tire to 50lbs under 10 minutes. It works so great I gave the 12 volt one to my brother


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Few years ago, the wife bought one of those from Lowes. One of their "Kobalt" branded tools. We have only used it a few times so far on a lawn tractor tire that had a slow leak, but I have zero complaints about it. Works good and easy to use.

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Dewalt. It comes w a long cord incase your battery dies. Also fills tubes and such for the boat. I love mine. Set the psi and walk away. It'll shut off at the desired poundage. I use it all over my farm.

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I carry one that I've had for 30+ years, so it isn't made any more. But I suggest you get one that plugs into a "lighter" outlet (cars don't have lighters now) since you'll always have that power supply.

Edit to add: the guy at "Project Farm" on youtube reviewed a bunch of these some time back. He found both good and awful models. Worth a watch. Here's a list of everything he has tested: LINK

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Originally Posted by Dave_in_WV
We have the mid-priced Slime tire air pumps in both vehicles. They work great.

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Not a 12V but battery operated. Some friends have a DeWalt 20v battery inflator that really puts out some air. It's a little bulky but it sure works.

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Viair builds pretty good ones

This one would be minimum for truck tires----$80

Having a bag/pouch included is a plus

I prefer the direct connection battery clips

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I have a couple of Slime versions, a mid range version in my truck, and a compact powersport model that fits in underseat compartment of my ATV. Satisfied with both.

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I wouldn't use a battery powered unit in your vehicle. You can just about guarantee it will have a dead battery when you need it most out in the middle of nowhere. One that lugs into a 12V accessory outlet (cigarette lighter for us old guys) or clips to the battery directly is much more reliable at any time IMO...


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Yup, that was my advice above. You can even buy a thingie that has terminal clamps connecting to an accessory outlet, like a Y. That allows you to bypass any fuses in case your pump draws more than the accessory circuit allows.


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