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Old 11-23-2012, 04:36 PM   #1
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12v or 120v portable air compressor

I searched before asking but I may have missed something. What do you guys/gals recommend. 12v cigarette lighter style air compressor or small 120v pancake style one just to top off truck and trailer tires?
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:21 PM   #2
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don't know if my owning one is "recommending one" but I've got a 12v one (keep it in the trailer but use it for all my inflatable tires - and at last count I've got something like 40+ to keep up with).....Bill
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Old 11-23-2012, 05:59 PM   #3
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I searched before asking but I may have missed something. What do you guys/gals recommend. 12v cigarette lighter style air compressor or small 120v pancake style one just to top off truck and trailer tires?
My own experience is if you have 10X the voltage you can have much more power, flow or pressure. Depends on the chore. If occasional tools needed, theres only one choice!
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For camping I use a 18v portable that takes my Ryobi battery packs, I always take that the same style 18v leaf blower to clean the awning mat off. I also use it to top off my car and truck tires and it has a digital pressure gauge that shuts off when it gets to the preset pressure, much easier to do in the drive way than messing with my shop compressor for quick top offs.
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:17 PM   #5
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Old 11-23-2012, 06:25 PM   #6
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My own experience is if you have 10X the voltage you can have much more power, flow or pressure. Depends on the chore. If occasional tools needed, theres only one choice!
what swayed me was that my rig "doesn't" have a generator, meaning 110v might not always be available, whereas 12v probably will (also have a 28 gal compressor in the garage which I'll use when I feel like hooking it all up).....Bill
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:24 PM   #7
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"For camping I use a 18v portable that takes my Ryobi battery packs, I always take that the same style 18v leaf blower to clean the awning mat off. I also use it to top off my car and truck tires and it has a digital pressure gauge that shuts off when it gets to the preset pressure, much easier to do in the drive way than messing with my shop compressor for quick top offs."
@49 34 - Which model number is it? I found one on Home Depot but there are not any specs listed.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:37 PM   #8
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I use this one. Program the pressure and it shuts off automatically.
Shop Kobalt 120 PSI Electric Air Compressor at Lowes.com
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:38 PM   #9
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I have only a nice 12V compressor which I carry in my truck. It pumps tires up and will blow out water lines satisfactorily in my 5er. Like member 49 34 in a previous post, mine has the auto shut-off feature where you set the desired pressure and then just leave it while you do something else. I sometimes want a 120V pancake style, but I don't see a huge benefit plus I have storage space limitations. If you only get a 12V compressor, I would recommend getting a robust model.
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Old 11-23-2012, 07:47 PM   #10
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I have a 120v 60 gal for home and a 12v no tank in all my vehicles the one that works the best seems to be a QMAXX model can fill my 36" tires from zero to 30 psi in under a minute. Cost about $80 on their website.
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