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Old 10-18-2017, 12:47 PM   #1
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Portable Air Compressor

Wanting to purchase a small pancake or hot dog type air compressor. Something that I can carry in my truck on trips and use for small projects around the house.

Reviews are all over the board on 6 pound type units.

What brand, type and size do you guys use and recommend?

Thanks.
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Old 10-18-2017, 01:24 PM   #2
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I bought this one and keep it in my trailer. Use it to air up my tires to 80PSI, air bags on the truck (since I don't have an onboard compressor yet), balls, and floats while camping. I really like it. It is not 12v so it will only work at the house, while on shore power, or while plugged into the generator. None of those have been an issue for me since one has always been available.

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Old 10-18-2017, 03:07 PM   #3
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Iím looking forward to responses on this as well. Just bought a Viair 400P-RV after reading reviews but decided I want to blow my lines to winterize and it doesnít have the volume for that. So Iíll return it and will wait to see what folks are recommending here.


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Old 10-18-2017, 03:59 PM   #4
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I bought this one and keep it in my trailer. Use it to air up my tires to 80PSI, air bags on the truck (since I don't have an onboard compressor yet), balls, and floats while camping. I really like it. It is not 12v so it will only work at the house, while on shore power, or while plugged into the generator. None of those have been an issue for me since one has always been available.



https://www.lowes.com/pd/Fini-1-2-Ga...essor/50385522


I have that one as well. Works great. I have since added a viair compressor to my truck so I donít need to plug into 110v to use it.


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Old 10-18-2017, 04:14 PM   #5
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I carry a small "pancake" compressor frequently especially on long trips. If I'm bringing my generator, I'm bringing my 110V pancake compressor. Beyond that I have a Viair 12V that I keep in the truck permanently.

One thing to keep in mind if you're using a 12V compressor is to make sure you have provisions for it to reach your trailer tires. Most 12V compressors don't have cordage/hoses long enough to reach from the front of the truck (where the battery is) to the trailer tires. I don't know that mine is long enough to reach from the battery on my tongue to my tires, but if I have to use it that way, I will make it work one way or another...

I wouldn't get one that plugs into a cigarette lighter; get one that has alligator clips for a battery.
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Old 10-18-2017, 05:14 PM   #6
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Don't shoot the messenger... I've had a Harbor Freight compressor for almost 10 years now and it works great all the time. I bought it to roof a barn, figured it was cheaper than renting a compressor for a week. If it didn't work I could return it and get my money back. It worked great and has continue to work for 10 years with no issues.

I wouldn't hesitate to buy another HFT compressor for projects around the house like that.
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Recently purchased the $50 Kobalt at Lowes. 12 or 120 volt, I can set the dial for the desired pressure, connect to the tire valve, press the on switch and it simply shuts off at the set pressure. Up to 120 psi. Have aired up 9 tires so far. 8 were just topped off, 1 skinny spare went from 5 to 60 psi in about 3 minutes. Very light weight. I used 120v for power.
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DW bought me a combo unit. It is a Dewalt Battery Booster with a built in Air Compressor. Great unit. It is good for 120lbs and runs off the internal battery. Not overly fast but has never struggled to get the Greyhawks rubber up to 80lbs. I doubt it would produce enough flow to blow the lines though if that was the goal.
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Ok. I have a 2017 GMC 2500. It has a 110v outlet in the dash.

The compressor I am looking at draws 9.5 amps.

That compressor will probably not run on that plug will it?
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Ok. I have a 2017 GMC 2500. It has a 110v outlet in the dash.

The compressor I am looking at draws 9.5 amps.

That compressor will probably not run on that plug will it?
You would have to see how many watts your inverter is rated for. 110 x 9.5 = 1045 watts

I would doubt the inverter in your truck can handle that but I could be wrong. The one in my truck (2012 Ram 3500) will only handle 150watts.
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