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Old 09-22-2015, 03:52 PM   #1
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Hi Guys, not sure if this is the correct section so feel free to move if not. Anyone carry a GOOD portable air compressor capable of inflating tires to 90psi, in less than a day? Any input would be great. Thanks, Barry
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Old 09-22-2015, 04:15 PM   #2
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Take a look at this Viair 90P...I use on all vehicles from compact car, HD pickup truck to 5th wheel camper tires in the past...works great and is super portable.


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I would look at something a little bigger than a 90p.

It's only 120 max and has a duty cycle of only 15%.

For example, the 450 is 150 psi and 100% duty cycle.


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I have this one and it really works well.

VIAIR Corporation - 400P-RV Automatic Portable Compressor (P/N 40047)
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Old 09-22-2015, 04:36 PM   #5
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I use this. Works well...
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Old 09-22-2015, 04:54 PM   #6
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OP...if you're mostly looking for an AC that can top off tire pressure within the +\- 5psi, the $80 Viair 90P will work great, otherwise, the 400P @ $200 will do a better job handling larger inflations and the coil hose makes it much easier to reach longer distances from a battery source, eitherway, Viair products are top notch


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Saw one of those 400p's on Amazon for $161

Looks like a nice unit. But I am running a 1000w inverter and 120v inflator already. Still need to get an electric impact from HF.
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Take a look at this Viair 90P...I use on all vehicles from compact car, HD pickup truck to 5th wheel camper tires in the past...works great and is super portable.


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Old 09-23-2015, 01:00 PM   #9
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I am a retired building contractor so I had a small pancake air compressor that goes up to 150 psi
it works very well, does need 120v to run but is much faster than 12v models
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I carry a Porter Cable pancake compressor, 120v and 150 PSI - that contractors use for their nail guns. Also have a genny to provide the AC power.
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Hi Guys, not sure if this is the correct section so feel free to move if not. Anyone carry a GOOD portable air compressor capable of inflating tires to 90psi, in less than a day? Any input would be great. Thanks, Barry
I'd get this one if I were you:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage

Oh, wait, I DID get that one

AND it inflates to 80PSI in something like 35 SEC

Seriously, get a compressor that has a tank and goes to at least 125PSI (This one goes to 150)
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Thanks for this thread; it reminded me that my existing Porter Cable pancake compressor wouldn't put air into my tires over 110psi (though it's rated to 135psi).

For anyone wondering about a Viair compressor; go to their website and use the live chat feature. The rep was amazingly helpful and helped me spitball ideas for what would be best for me.

I'm ordering the Viair 450P here shortly.
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I carry a 12V 150psi compressor that Harbor Freight Sells. It fills me 90# tires with no problem. Nice part about is the air hose valve adapter screws on to the valve core, with a gage in the line, that way you don't have to sit there holding it on. Once my tire reaches 90#, I unscrew the valve adapter from the valve core and the turn of the pump. These are on sale at $59.99 now. Here's the site for it: 12Volt 150 PSI Compact Air Compressor
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I bought one of the dual-voltage Kobalt's on sale at Lowe's when I knew I'd have to air-up progressively on a return winter trip from Florida. Worked great on 120VAC at campgrounds, also worked great on 12VDC 300' from the nearest outlet in the middle of a hotel parking lot in Morgantown WV. I inflated my TV rear tires to 80psi and RV to 65 (because I knew the temperature would be dropping even more that day).

I know OC will add that he's talked to people who had early-life failures with these, but that's my direct experience.
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I've used the Harbor Freight model for several years as well. Airs up my LT 235 R16's with little wait. Just be sure and check the head bolts when new ... most are loose.
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I had the Craftsman 120V Portable Inflator for ten years and it did the job.
This summer it died. I bought another inflator while on the road from AutoZone and I'm not happy with it. I am now trying to purchase the Craftsman 120V but it must be a hot item because I am having a problem connecting with one.

BTW- if you are traveling without a means of inflating your tires, and if you are not checking the tire pressure before hitting the road.....you are flirting with disaster.
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I'd get this one if I were you:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage

Oh, wait, I DID get that one

AND it inflates to 80PSI in something like 35 SEC

Seriously, get a compressor that has a tank and goes to at least 125PSI (This one goes to 150)
I got that one as well.
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I had the Craftsman 120V Portable Inflator for ten years and it did the job.
This summer it died. I bought another inflator while on the road from AutoZone and I'm not happy with it. I am now trying to purchase the Craftsman 120V but it must be a hot item because I am having a problem connecting with one.

BTW- if you are traveling without a means of inflating your tires, and if you are not checking the tire pressure before hitting the road.....you are flirting with disaster.

I bought a 6gal compressor at Harbor Freight 100.00
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I'd get this one if I were you:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage

Oh, wait, I DID get that one

AND it inflates to 80PSI in something like 35 SEC

Seriously, get a compressor that has a tank and goes to at least 125PSI (This one goes to 150)
I bought that one once. It caught on fire during my second use filling my 80 psi truck tires from 65 psi.

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I'd get this one if I were you:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...rch_detailpage

Oh, wait, I DID get that one

AND it inflates to 80PSI in something like 35 SEC

Seriously, get a compressor that has a tank and goes to at least 125PSI (This one goes to 150)
X2 Its what I carry along with 50' of hose
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