View Full Version : 12 Volt Air Compressor??

05-11-2010, 02:23 PM
I am tired of the low-end air compressors that take 20 minutes to inflate a tire (especially the Mickey Thompson big tires on my F250). Anyone have any suggestions/recommendations?

P.S. I would prefer to pick one up locally (i.e Autozone, O'Reily, etc.) as opposed to ordering over the internet.

Thanks in advance for your replies.

05-11-2010, 08:45 PM
These guys put out some air! Gettin me one soon and mounting under my truck...

You can even have one mounted under your truck and a 60' hose to reach the boat...


Here are a few portables...

05-11-2010, 11:18 PM
Check out these:

They are apparently a lot better than what the pricing would lead you to believe. A lot of guys are installing two of these rather than a $3-400 viair or other "brand name" compressor.

This is one of many threads on ih8mud, a Land Cruiser forum I frequent about these little compressors-

Still won't touch the belt-driven air comp I've got in my Land Cruiser :D . But that takes a lot of work to install, and isn't an option for every vehicle.

05-12-2010, 09:23 AM
don't expect any miracles from any of these. they are all just a motor and a piston, there is only so much air they can move, and air flow at 0psi is a lot different than air flow at 30psi or more. those viair work well because of the big holding tank to make up for the low duty cycle of the compressor.

05-12-2010, 10:48 AM
Appreciate the replies. I saw the VIAIR system on a buddy's truck and while it is slicker than owl crap, the $400 price tag is a bit much for the few times I need to pump up a tire. I will read up on the others and try one out. Also found the following while searching the net yesterday (lots of good reviews):


Thanks again!