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Russ from MN
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:29 am    Post subject: 12 volt air compressor Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yesterday we were in Costco, and ordered me some hearing aids, and when we were walking around trying out the demo ones, I noticed they have
a nice looking 12 volt compressor for about $30. I have a really cheap ($Cool one from HF that I carry in the car for the bicycles, but I
expect the smoke to leak out of it any day. Has anyone ever bought one of these? Now that we have SLIME in our bike tires we don't need one
very often, but I still want a better one. This one has a soft rubber hose and long and heavy cord, it just looks like a good one.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:21 am    Post subject: Re: 12 volt air compressor Reply to specific post Reply with quote


 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 4:54 pm    Post subject: Re: 12 volt air compressor Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I bought a VIAIR 85P 12V compressor about 3 weeks ago from Walmart - free 2-day shipping, for $45. The identical compressor is now on sale at Walmart for $30. Should have waited. I've used it twice and am very happy with the results. I would buy it again.
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 7:16 pm    Post subject: Re: 12 volt air compressor Reply to specific post Reply with quote

CVPost-Joe W. wrote:
(quoted from post at 19:54:59 12/06/17) I bought a VIAIR 85P 12V compressor about 3 weeks ago from Walmart - free 2-day shipping, for $45. The identical compressor is now on sale at Walmart for $30. Should have waited. I've used it twice and am very happy with the results. I would buy it again.


I've got a Craftsman one I keep in my truck. Extremely handy and combine that with a tire plug kit and I've fixed a lot of tires good enough to get them home into a real shop.

Grouse
 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:09 pm    Post subject: Re: 12 volt air compressor Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Since my post is invisible in Modern View, will re-post:

I bought one a while back for use not only with the truck I'm in, but also for trailer tires. Ended up getting this:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005ASY23I/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Their next-smaller model can either plug into a 12v socket or connect to a battery, but I wanted a little more umph so went with this model. However, the battery was a long ways away from the trailer tires, so ended up buying several of these:


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ALL of these are very high-quality components! And as a bonus, when I got the compressor, it was $16 higher than it is right now!! I keep it all in a small fabric suitcase...like an overnight bag or something. Is really tough material, and I know at a glance what's in it.

I'm very happy to have invested a few dollars more for the quality, as I have no less than 6 of the el-cheapo compressors sitting around here; one that doesn't work and has never been used, and another that quit working after 2 or 3 uses. They just can't stand up to having to air up larger tires.
Another thing to consider is how much time it'll take for your compressor to get the job done. The smallest compressors will take forever. What if you need air while on the road? In inclement weather? In a bad neighborhood? ....Ok, ok...I'd run it flat for a while in that case! Shocked
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:29 am    Post subject: Re: 12 volt air compressor Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I have two from Sears. One in the pick-up and one in the motor-home.
If you go that route, I recommend you add a plug kit.
It may a little slow to fill a tire but it sure beats walking.
 
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 10:51 am    Post subject: Re: 12 volt air compressor Reply to specific post Reply with quote

My brotherNlaw has a 110v air compressor he bought 18 years ago and last week it failed. Every few weeks we visit their house and he showed me the compressor taken apart.
Frankly it took me several minutes since it was only the second one I've worked on.
I noticed the open hole in the head of the compressor had no plug or valve to compress the incoming air.
He is 76 and has just recently wanted to fix things around the house. So far lawn mowers transmission, pressure washer carb, and now his air compressor.
I have been a tinkerer all my life and as a child destroyed several things by taking thing apart just to see how they work, but my father got made at me for trying. My brotherNlaw just got the bug last year at 75.
I convince him to take it further apart before he tossed it, and he found the problem. A plastic flat that covered the compression hole has slid over out of view. He squeezed it back after we left and he called me hollowing, "It works!."

My nephew in Lake Charles La, favorite show is , "How's it Made." He is 8 years old.

If you think you can fix it, get into it, take it apart first before you toss something.
You find the answer, and it my be better built than anything made today.
 
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 7:18 am    Post subject: Re: 12 volt air compressor Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I actually have a SLIME 12v air compressor. It's been great for the 2 years I've used it. Last one was a Campbell-Hausfield and lasted 15 years.
 
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