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Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 24, 2018 06:52PM
Something from Amazon or Sam's/Walmart (no Costco close). Just for occasional use to keep tires up to recommended pressure.
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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: April 24, 2018 07:12PM
Why not a gas station? It takes a long time without a decent compressor. I have a small compressor at home and still go to the gas station for car tires.




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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: wurm
Date: April 24, 2018 07:13PM
I bought this one just under 10 years ago and it has served me well.
[www.amazon.com]

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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 24, 2018 08:38PM
A car tire has a high volume and portable compressors will take a while to 'top off' but very likely it will certainly be faster that driving to and from a gas station. This assume you have gas station near you (with a 'working' compressor for the public) that doesn't make you jump through any hoops just to get air.


Taking a tire from say 20lb PSI to 35PSI is not what I'd call topping off, but from 30-32 or 35lbs PSI isn't much of a wait for some of these little guys.

I have this one, which is a little quieter than others I've used. It's similar to wurm's offering, and $20 cheaper if you have a Harbor Freight near you.

The only problem with either of these is the screw-on chuck. You lose a fair amount of air while unscrewing the hose, compared to the lever-chucks that some of these compressors have. So you over fill, then unscrew. You'll learn how much so that you end up with the air pressure you want.




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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 24, 2018 08:39PM
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wurm
I bought this one just under 10 years ago and it has served me well.
[www.amazon.com]


I have a similar model, mine has clips to connect directly to battery since it uses more than 10 or 15A the cigarette port provides.

[www.amazon.com]



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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: April 24, 2018 08:39PM
Agreed. I bought one, and it's been working well.

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wurm
I bought this one just under 10 years ago and it has served me well.
[www.amazon.com]

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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 24, 2018 09:07PM
Buy the real deal. But go cheap. 110v., small, small tank. Under $60:

[www.harborfreight.com]

But you'll still need to buy an air line and chuck.



I have a 12v mini that I bought 50 years ago. It is slow but it will do the job. I let it run until it slows to a crawl, then pop it off and lower the pressure to the desired amount. But the 110v is so much faster and more versatile.



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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 24, 2018 09:09PM
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M A V I C
Why not a gas station? It takes a long time without a decent compressor. I have a small compressor at home and still go to the gas station for car tires.

Every station around here wants $1 to "sell" you air.

You need an accurate gauge as well. Your car should have TPMS, it will let you know when you need air....



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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 24, 2018 09:14PM
TPMS is wonderful! Except my wife worries obsessively over a two pound difference between the highest and lowest tire, afraid one must be going flat.



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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 24, 2018 09:28PM
Maybe my next car will have TPMS, but it's not important to me.

I did put TMPS sensors on my bike as a change in a couple of pounds air pressure noticeably affects routine handling.




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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: Forrest
Date: April 24, 2018 10:33PM
The air is free at Wawa. The line of cars can be long sometimes.
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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: mattkime
Date: April 24, 2018 11:02PM
I'm going to go ahead and be weird - use a good bike pump. Works perfectly fine if you check your tires monthly. No need to find a power source. Accurate pump gage.



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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: stephen
Date: April 24, 2018 11:38PM
I bought a AAA brand 12V model that works fine, although the vibration is so strong you can't stand to hold it in your hands.



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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: jdc
Date: April 25, 2018 01:14AM
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Speedy
TPMS is wonderful! Except my wife worries obsessively over a two pound difference between the highest and lowest tire, afraid one must be going flat.

Id like to know how she can tell =)

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Forrest
The air is free at Wawa. The line of cars can be long sometimes.

Only 3000 miles away.

I didnt suggest the hand pump, since it didnt seem relevanat, but its what I used for years. We have Americas Tire close by tho, and they will come out and do it for you for free.



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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: AllGold
Date: April 25, 2018 01:16AM
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Speedy
Buy the real deal. But go cheap. 110v., small, small tank. Under $60:

[www.harborfreight.com]

But you'll still need to buy an air line and chuck.

I agree, unless you live in an apartment complex and have no place at home to plug in a small AC powered compressor.



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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 25, 2018 03:54AM
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AllGold
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Speedy
Buy the real deal. But go cheap. 110v., small, small tank. Under $60:

[www.harborfreight.com]

But you'll still need to buy an air line and chuck.

I agree, unless you live in an apartment complex and have no place at home to plug in a small AC powered compressor.

Plug it into an outlet in your apartment, carry it out to your car. You can buy air tanks for $40 which you can fill at your favorite station.



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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 25, 2018 03:57AM
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jdc
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Speedy
TPMS is wonderful! Except my wife worries obsessively over a two pound difference between the highest and lowest tire, afraid one must be going flat.

Id like to know how she can tell =)

The readout is in the driver information center (DIC). No other way.



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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: rz
Date: April 25, 2018 08:02AM
I had one of those portable ones you can plug into a wall... it caught fire. That was several years ago. Now, I have a small compressor, it's like a two gallon tank. One cycle of it is plenty to top off all 4 tires.

There's a AAA (an AAA?) office about a mile up the road that has free air too. We've used that on occasion.
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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: tenders
Date: April 25, 2018 08:08AM
TPMS is great if the version you have tells you the pressure and which tire is which.

The version on my cars only shows an idiot light when one of the tires is low. It’s stupid.

Most any 12V compressor you find at WalMart will be OK. They are noisy, slow, and their gauges are inaccurate, but they are small, inexpensive, and functional. But I agree that any homeowner who can find space for a 10+ gallon compressor in their garage will get a lot of use out of it besides inflating things. Mine is great for blowing dust out of equipment, running an impact wrench, throwing staples into wood, and (my favorite) shaking paint.

There is a big difference between a 10 gallon tank and a 2 gallon tank. The small tanks really don’t store much energy and the pumps are quite small, so they cannot replenish the tank if there’s a load on it. Great for staples and brads, ok for bike tires, barely useful for car tires and “burst mode” for impact wrenches, not very effective for anything else including blowouts.
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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 25, 2018 11:45AM
.....guys here love anything with its.....top off......



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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: Catzilla
Date: April 25, 2018 12:43PM
Another vote for Viair, good stuff.
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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: April 25, 2018 01:21PM
I have a Ryobi one that uses my 18 volt batteries from my Drill etc.
I like that you don't have to plug it into the lighter socket and manueverthe cord if you do all 4 tires.

Amazon

I like it and it works well. You can set the pressure and walk away.
My wife's old car had some leaky tires. SO it got lot of use this winter.
(The tires need to be remounted, but we sold the car instead.)

Steve



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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: Dennis S
Date: April 25, 2018 02:12PM
I am leaning toward this:

[www.amazon.com]

I didn't specify in the OP, but going to a gas station is out because I sometimes have flat tires at the house. That's what is spurring this now. I don't want a 110 tank because I've needed a 12V on the highway, plus I had a tank once and couldn't refill it because it had expired.
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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: Speedy
Date: April 25, 2018 02:42PM
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kurtzie
(The tires need to be remounted, but we sold the car instead.)

Steve

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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: April 26, 2018 11:49AM
I have a Ryobi one that uses my 18 volt batteries from my Drill etc.

Wow! I had no idea! I've got some older One+ kit (blue) and really like the cord-free aspect. It's a little on the large side. I like that 731. The 737 is more compact but lacks the set and forget aspect that would be handy for a very low or flat tire.

I'd still keep the Pittsburgh as it's a more compact for keeping in a car or bike.

But the 731 is now on my list.




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Re: Recommend 12V tire inflator to keep 32 and 35 psi tires topped off
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: April 26, 2018 12:03PM
.....just don't sunbathe the tires....with top off.....



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