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In need of a small air compressor for light duty, mostly tire inflations and such, but have a question. Should I get one of the emergency ones with that long cigarette lighter plug to use in the car, or should I get one of those small round ones that looks like there much more powerful. ;?

Oh, what brand would you all recommend?

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bought this one a couple weeks ago. Have a large compressor at my shop but needed a small one at home for tires, pool floats, etc. Been using a harbor freight model for couple of years. Hope this will last several years.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-2-Gal...284C/205467817
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I have this one. Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ASY23I?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ASY23I?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage

It is very fast and has a long duty cycle. Many of the small cigarette lighter ones have a short duty cycle where you are supposed to let it rest/cool after a few minutes usage. You do have to connect it to the battery directly as it draws more than a cigarette lighter outlet supplies. I also have a cheap small compressor that is stored near my cars but I find myself using the Viair more often because of the convenience and speed. It is almost as fast as the small plug in compressor.
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The Kobalt 12-Volt Power Source Air Inflator.
Digital. It auto detects the pressure and you can adjust the pressure number and it inflates it to that number then stops.
Also has adapters for balls and such.
Fits well behind truck seat.
Also has 120v AC power cord.
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Unless you really need to take it with you and use it on the car or boat, the small 120v pancake or hotdog shaped compressors will be far more useful and last longer.
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Pancake. If you have to, you can charge the tank and carry it where needed. Probably enough air in it at 120psi to fill a normal sized tire. Might take a couple trips. Those 12v ones are SLLLOOOOWWW.
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Pancake.....that was the word I was looking for. Do the 12 volt ones have enough power to fill a car/truck tire, without standing there for 30 minutes...;?

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unless your spending $150 or so on a high quality 12 volt because you need to have it on the road then go with a small 110volt unit without a tank. if you have some light air tool use, you will need a small unit with a tank.

Even my high end 12 volt unit, which can run an impact wrench, is slower than a cheap 110 volt unit. If you want a 12 volt ill go look at the brand, it is a top model used for off roading / the beach. I smoked enough other 12 volt units to know they are junk.
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I just bought a little pancake one from Harbor Freight and love it, pool toys, car tires, and an air nailer have all be great.
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Originally Posted by Erobinson1 View Post
bought this one a couple weeks ago. Have a large compressor at my shop but needed a small one at home for tires, pool floats, etc. Been using a harbor freight model for couple of years. Hope this will last several years.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/HDX-2-Gal...284C/205467817


Do all those pieces fit somewhere into the unit?
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
Pancake.....that was the word I was looking for. Do the 12 volt ones have enough power to fill a car/truck tire, without standing there for 30 minutes...;?

Thanks for all the replies.
The Viair I linked does and is very fast. It is a direct drive and draws 20 amps. It will take my 18 inch tires from 20 psi to 34psi in a minute or less.I have a pancake size compressor as well as a bigger one. They all work fine. This one adds the portability so a car or trailer does not have to be moved to inflate it. Plus I take it on the road.
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I bought this little 2 gallon unit from Walmart a couple years ago to keep in the race trailer for tire adjustments. Like the HD unit above except longer and slender for better storage where I carry it. Works great for small tasks.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/38243751?w...570928&veh=sem
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Originally Posted by jrolin1 View Post
The Viair I linked does and is very fast. It is a direct drive and draws 20 amps. It will take my 18 inch tires from 20 psi to 34psi in a minute or less.I have a pancake size compressor as well as a bigger one. They all work fine. This one adds the portability so a car or trailer does not have to be moved to inflate it. Plus I take it on the road.

This may be my next Amazon purchase, looks like it fulfills all my needs. Only question is, does it come with a few nozzles to support different inflating tasks?

Does it have an internal area where those pieces are stored?

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It does come with a few nozzles that stow on it. It has a led light and pressure gauge built in. It does not have a storage bag or case. I used an old plastic case (old gps case) that I had laying around for it.
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Originally Posted by jrolin1 View Post
It does come with a few nozzles that stow on it. It has a led light and pressure gauge built in. It does not have a storage bag or case. I used an old plastic case (old gps case) that I had laying around for it.
Perfect, that's just what I need, just ordered, thanks for the tip.
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If you're a scuba diver, a lot of people don't realize you can get a tire inflation adapter for your LP hose.

My local dive shop set me up with a dedicated 1st stage to output 60 psi, I have a normal air tool fitting on it and can run anything short of a rotary sander on it no problem.
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Originally Posted by Flot View Post
If you're a scuba diver, a lot of people don't realize you can get a tire inflation adapter for your LP hose.

My local dive shop set me up with a dedicated 1st stage to output 60 psi, I have a normal air tool fitting on it and can run anything short of a rotary sander on it no problem.

What a great idea!
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Originally Posted by Flot View Post
If you're a scuba diver, a lot of people don't realize you can get a tire inflation adapter for your LP hose.

My local dive shop set me up with a dedicated 1st stage to output 60 psi, I have a normal air tool fitting on it and can run anything short of a rotary sander on it no problem.

What a great idea!
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This is a great one I've had for a while and am very pleased with it, I use it exactly as you stated for your desired purposes.

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I carry this one in my truck just for insurance,

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