Go Back  The Hull Truth - Boating and Fishing Forum > BOATING FORUMS > Dockside Chat
Reload this Page >

portable air compressor for truck?

Notices
Like Tree5Likes
  • 1 Post By Double tyme
  • 1 Post By Boataholic
  • 1 Post By Boat Hound
  • 1 Post By mikeloew
  • 1 Post By 04keywest1720

portable air compressor for truck?

Old 08-07-2018, 01:50 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: St. Pete
Posts: 1,217
Default portable air compressor for truck?

I'm looking to get a compressor that's easy enough to throw in the truck and run if off of its 120 v outlet. I was looking at the 1/3 hp 3 gallon unit from harbor freight. will it be enough to inflate a truck tire? It says it draws 2.3 amps and my trucks outlet is rated at 400 watts. I've run a 4 amp angle grinder from it and it ran it but it was just a little slower that a standard outlet. I have had some 12 v models that took 20 min to attempt to inflate a trailer tire to 50 psi. should the compressor above handle that a little better?
04keywest1720 is online now  
Old 08-07-2018, 01:56 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 840
Default

As long as your truck's inverter outlet can handle amperage, go with one slightly lower than the wattage your outlet handles. I'm with you on the compressors. The 12v ones that actually multi-stage and pressurize quick are big bucks.

Based on what I found online, 400w should max out at 3.03A at 120v.

You SHOULD be OK.
HookMeUpII is offline  
Old 08-07-2018, 08:04 PM
  #3  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2013
Location: San Diego, CA, God blessed USA
Posts: 127
Default

The ones that hook up to the battery are far superior. I have had good luck with this one-

https://www.tooldiscounter.com/ItemD...SABEgIPiPD_BwE

Many auto part stores carry them under different names.

Mike
miguelitro is offline  
Old 08-07-2018, 08:14 PM
  #4  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location:
Posts: 3,523
Default

WoW ! That looks great !!!





Originally Posted by miguelitro View Post
The ones that hook up to the battery are far superior. I have had good luck with this one-

https://www.tooldiscounter.com/ItemD...SABEgIPiPD_BwE

Many auto part stores carry them under different names.

Mike
Tommysmicroskiff is offline  
Old 08-08-2018, 03:41 AM
  #5  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Island Spearo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Location: James island SC
Posts: 315
Default

https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-FLEXVOLT-2-5-Gal-60-Volt-MAX-Brushless-Cordless-Electric-Air-Compressor-Kit-w-Battery-2Ah-and-Charger-DCC2560T1/302871472

dewalt 60v portable is what I have and it works great. Use your truck to charge the battery if needed. I also carry the cordless impact for tire changes.
Island Spearo is online now  
Old 08-08-2018, 03:45 AM
  #6  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Charleston, SC
Posts: 8,127
Default

I like harbor freight as much as the next guy, but their air compressors are complete garbage.

Gloves, paint stuff, grinders and grinder wheels, pliers, tarps, cool boxes, cheap sockets, all great deals. Just not the compressors.
caper likes this.
Double tyme is offline  
Old 08-08-2018, 04:13 AM
  #7  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Marblehead, Ohio
Posts: 9,781
Default

I have a Viair that I got from Amazon. Hooks directly too battery. I really like it for filling tires. They come highly rated and several models to choose from. Mine is similar to this one.

Amazon Amazon

https://www.viaircorp.com/
Bayou Dularge likes this.
Boataholic is offline  
Old 08-08-2018, 04:16 AM
  #8  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Hunt Valley MD
Posts: 373
Default

I second the dewalt flex lot compressor it is a great tool.
crabbinmike is offline  
Old 08-08-2018, 05:05 AM
  #9  
Senior MemberCaptains Club Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: RI
Posts: 6,460
Default

If your using it often, like filling your tires after some time in the sand, I would consider the Viair line or Puma. I have the Puma. They are not cheap but very dependable and with the tank can also be used with an impact intermittently. The cheaper tankless units are fine for an emergency but the hoses tend to overheat at the connection and crap out.
BACKTOTHESEA is offline  
Old 08-08-2018, 05:29 AM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Seacoast NH
Posts: 6,200
Default

How about an under the hood belt driven compressor? I remember 4 wheeling years ago with guys that had them, they were great.
Tommysmicroskiff likes this.
Boat Hound is offline  
Old 08-08-2018, 05:52 AM
  #11  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location:
Posts: 3,523
Default

Originally Posted by Boat Hound View Post
How about an under the hood belt driven compressor? I remember 4 wheeling years ago with guys that had them, they were great.
Depending on the vehicle , sadly the designers of todays garbage have made something like that nearly imposable :-(
Tommysmicroskiff is offline  
Old 08-08-2018, 06:07 AM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2016
Posts: 671
Default

If you go with the 12v corded - you want the type that hooks directly to your battery.
Bayou Dularge is offline  
Old 08-08-2018, 06:13 AM
  #13  
THT SponsorCaptains Club Member
THT sponsor
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Wisconsin And Marathon,Fl
Posts: 8,498
Default

If you have a Ford and you are planing on using the 120v plug,


Thalasso likes this.
mikeloew is offline  
Old 08-08-2018, 07:13 AM
  #14  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: St. Pete
Posts: 1,217
Default

Wont be offroading and airing down tires. It's mostly for trailer tires that are out of the shop and on a job site. It's just a pain in the ass to drag around my compressor that's in my garage and have to run an extension cord out to hook it up.

I'd prefer to stay away from the battery powered ones but I did use a buddys once and it worked out ok. I'll check out the direct to battery connection ones above, thanks.
Bayou Dularge likes this.
04keywest1720 is online now  
Old 08-12-2018, 08:01 AM
  #15  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: St. Pete
Posts: 1,217
Default

Is it realistic to be able to get an lt truck tire to 60-70psi with the ones that are a direct battery connect?
04keywest1720 is online now  
Old 08-12-2018, 09:22 AM
  #16  
Admirals Club Admiral's Club Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sandusky, OH
Posts: 507
Default

I have the craftsman Nextec 12v lithium battery handheld inflator (no longer made) and the Milwaukee M12 inflator.

These things arent fast fast but they work great. Light, portable, no cords, Use same batteries as other tools, etc.

you can can set a pressure, turn them on, and walk away. They auto stop when pressure reached.

cobraowner is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread