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18 Best Portable Air Compressors

60261 Reviews Scanned Last Updated: Sep 23, 2020 Author: David Dawson
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Portable air compressors are the ideal complement for any car trip. Vehicle tires lose pressure when riding several kilometers or can be struck without warning. Having the right tools can be vital to avoid this type of eventualities that may appear on the road.

To drive safely and keep the wheels in perfect condition, you should check, every certain time that the air pressure of your tires is recommended by the manufacturer. Choosing a good portable air compressor can be difficult, to help you choose we have prepared this article with all the relevant information.

#1 Craftsman Cmec6150K Gallon Air Compressor

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Amazon Official $149.02
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WOW MART $328.00
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Amazon Warehouse $111.77
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I bought this compressor for one project at work. Then, since I had it, I decided to try and use it to blow out my 11 zone sprinkler system. Most of the articles I found (and even a couple of YouTube videos ) said that you can't use this kind of compressor to blow out a sprinkler system.

The reason is that this tiny little compressor doesn't push much air, and as a result it can't sustain the pressure needed to "push" the water thru the sprinklers. For the most part, this is correct. However, if you only run the compressor for 20-30 seconds, the pressure stays high enough in the system to pop up all the heads and push out all the water.

And if you repeat this trick 3 times, you'll get all the water out. So after I connected the compressor to my system, I used my phone (which connects to my BHYVE sprinkler controller) to turn one zone on and off.

  • Description:CRAFTSMAN Air Compressor, 6 gallon, Pancake, Oil-Free with 13 Piece Accessory Kit (CMEC6150K)
  • Brand:Craftsman
  • Item Weight:32.5 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:16.5 x 16.5 x 17.88 inches
  • Style:Air Compressor w/ Accessory Kit
  • Maximum Pressure:150 Bars
  • Measurement System:Metric

Features

  • Durable, oil free pump for long life and no maintenance
  • 6 gallon pancake maximizes portability and stored air
  • Easily starts up in cold weather
  • 2.6 SCFM @ 90 PSI allows for quick compressor recovery time. Voltage - 120 volt
  • 150 max PSI to ensure adequate cut in pressure for a variety of applications
  • 13 piece accessory kit includes: 25' X 1/4inches Pvc air Hose with coupler and plug assembled, tire chuck with plug, blow gun with plug, tire gauge, blow gun with OSHA safety nozzle, rubber tip, three inflator adaptors
  • 1 year limited warranty, refer to "warranty & support" section below for full details
  • See more on Amazon...

#2 Makita Dmp180Zx Lithium Ion Cordless Inflator

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Gizmobile $98.01
New Prime
(4.5)
85% 26 View on Amazon
Amazon Official $99.00
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CPO Outlets $99.00
New Prime
(4.5)
91% 80897 View on Amazon
WOW MART $155.84
New
(4.5)
85% 1926 View on Amazon

Makita, I own 60+ Makita Tools, some near 25 years old. I was hesitant to buy this because of a few reviews. But I've not been let down in near 3 decades of Makita, I took the plunge as I do have a pressure washers, wheel Barrow, a parts Truck or two, Moving Dolly's and 5 Family Cars.

Sure some of my stuff doesn't get used for months on end and tires go Flat or lose air. Well instead of firing up a Noisy 240Volt Compressor I grabbed the lightweight, ergonomic Tool, added a Battery and went to work, I used for my first use a 6.

0ah Battery, I said ok let's test it out, 2 pressure washer tires at 30 PSI, two Dolly tires at 30 PSI, a wheel barrow tire at 30 PSI, 4 ford ranger tires at 40 PSI, now sure they were not Flat but had near a 1/4 of the recommended pressure in them and this tool did all of them great, the nice features are the ability to set a pressure and the tool shuts off when reached.

  • Description:Makita DMP180ZX 18V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Inflator, Tool Only
  • Brand:Makita
  • Item Weight:2.63 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:4.02 x 10.63 x 7.24 inches
  • Power Source:Battery Powered
  • Voltage:18 Volts
  • Maximum Pressure:120
  • Warranty Description:3-Year Limited Warranty

Features

  • Easily inflates bicycle tires, sports balls, and more
  • Conveniently tops off cars and light truck tires with speed and ease
  • Makita-built motor delivers up to 120 PSI capability
  • High visibility pressure gauge display with back light
  • Auto-stop function automatically stops inflation when preset air pressure is reached to prevent overfill
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#3 Bostitch Btfp3Kit 3 Tool Portable Compressor

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Hardware & Garden Supplies $270.00
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(4.5)
88% 6015 View on Amazon
Amazon Official $273.16
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MaxTool $279.99
New
(4.5)
88% 28153 View on Amazon
CPO Outlets $314.99
New Prime
(4.5)
91% 80897 View on Amazon
East Coast Hardware $365.92
New
(4)
70% 1959 View on Amazon
Life and Home $357.74
New
(4.5)
88% 417146 View on Amazon
MSJ Enterprises $259.99
Used - Like New
(4.5)
82% 8082 View on Amazon

The compressor is great: the hose didn't leak at the weekend. The tank fills up very quickly. As for the power of the motor, I think it is very quiet. The last nail: it has been pierced with more than 1000 nails without a single failure.

The adjustable head has slow response and hasty action. Trust me, set the tank regulator to 75-80psi, then adjust the nail to level, then tie the Nob in place, and adjust the pressure regulator as needed to accommodate harder or softer wood.

Brad nails: there are hundreds of Brad nails passing through it now, no problem. It is not adjustable, but it can be easily solved by the fuel tank regulator. Stapler: never used.

  • Description:BOSTITCH Air Compressor Combo Kit, 3-Tool (BTFP3KIT)
  • Brand:BOSTITCH
  • Item Weight:41.8 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:21.13 x 19.5 x 18 inches
  • Size:21.1 x 19.5 x 18 inches
  • Color:Yellow
  • Style:3-tool/compressor combo kit
  • Power Source:Ac
  • Voltage:0.01 Volts
  • Hose Length:15 Feet

Features

  • BRAD NAILER: The SB-1850BN drives 18-gauge Brad Nails from 5/8" to 2" for a wide variety of applications
  • CORDLESS AIR COMPRESSOR: The BTFP02012 is at 6 gallons, 150PSI, and 2.6SCFM with a high efficiency motor.
  • WARRANTY: This kit is covered by a 1-year limited warranty for peace of mind
  • STRAIGHT FINISH NAILER: The SB-1664FN drives 1-1/4- to 2-1/2-inch, 16-gauge finish nails.
  • HEAVY DUTY CROWN STAPLER: The BTFP71875 drives heavy duty 3/8" Crown staples from 1/4" to 9/16"
  • AIR HOSE: 15-foot, 1/4" x 25' PVC air hose with fittings air hose, and fittings offer plenty of length for maneuverability
  • See more on Amazon...

#4 Bostitch Btfp02012 Gallon Oil Free Compressor

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Premium Service CA $192.33
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(3.5)
65% 1947 View on Amazon
Gabson Enterprises $192.34
New
(4.5)
87% 768 View on Amazon
Gold Supplies $210.97
New
(4)
75% 16 View on Amazon
East Coast Hardware $181.86
New
(4)
70% 1981 View on Amazon
ONLINE DEALZ $228.85
New
(4)
78% 1369 View on Amazon
Le Monde du Foyer $199.45
New
(3.5)
59% 116 View on Amazon
Bandit Inc $211.15
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(5)
100% 1 View on Amazon

I had read some pretty good reviews on this one, and decided to order it. Having been looking around, I found that most 6-gal. Pancake compressors were 1 - 1.5 HP. I couldn't find the horsepower rating on this one's advertising, specification list nor the manual.

Finally I went to the company website and sent them an email asking what was the HP rating. The next day I received their reply and was disappointed to hear it was only 0.8 HP. So with that I decided to let its performance show its worth.

It came two days later (fast!. After reading all instructions I turned it on, watching the time it took to reach its max (150) psi. I was surprised it took only less than 3 minutes! With hoses and a tire filler installed I waited a half hour and checked the pressure gage, and it had not shown any noticeable pressure loss.

  • Description:BOSTITCH Pancake Air Compressor, Oil-Free, 6 Gallon, 150 PSI (BTFP02012)
  • Brand:BOSTITCH
  • Item Weight:31 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:17 x 17 x 19.25 inches
  • Style:Compressor
  • Measurement System:Metric
  • Warranty Description:1 year limited manufacturer warranty

Features

  • 150 max PSI 6.0 gallon tank (22.7 L) and 2.6 SCFM* delivered @ 90 PSI pump
  • Note:Item does not includes hose or gun kit
  • Long life oil free, maintenance free pump for convenient use
  • High flow regulator and couplers to maximize air tool performance
  • High efficiency motor for easy start up in cold weather ; BOSTITCH high efficiency motor for easy start up in cold weather or extension cord application [14 ga or larger, 50 ft. (15.2 m) or less]
  • 78.5 dBA** operational noise level for a quiet work environment
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#5 California Air Tools Cat 1P1060S Compressor

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Horenstein Ventures LLC $133.25
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(3.5)
60% 5 View on Amazon
Rainner $133.50
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(3.5)
63% 8 View on Amazon
Interstock Group $133.93
New
(4)
80% 10 View on Amazon
Spade Goods $134.55
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- - - View on Amazon
BD Warehouse $136.72
New
(5)
100% 1 View on Amazon
JY Home Goods $136.78
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(4)
74% 80 View on Amazon
Evolvnex Co $143.21
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(5)
95% 102 View on Amazon
U.S. Outfitters (S/N Recorded) $143.21
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(4.5)
86% 151 View on Amazon
Online Supply Center $170.67
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(3.5)
59% 1658 View on Amazon

I finally received my compressor and right away, I wanted to test it out with some of my small nailers and stapler and just for grins, tried it on my Porter Cable framing nailer. The small nailers including finish nailer work fine with better than expected recovery time.

Only when I pushed it did I have to wait for it to catch up with the finish nailer. Different story with the framing nailer.16ga nails? It works, but it is not designed for that purpose and I expected a longer recovery time (several seconds) Fine with me, it's a home compressor designed for the regular guy who only uses it occassionallyOK, now I am not one to trust all of the hype from manufacturers who try to sell you their product so I did my own test with regard to noise level and the time it takes for the unit to fill to Max from empty.

  • Description:California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S Light & Quiet Portable Air Compressor, Silver
  • Brand:California Air Tools
  • Item Weight:29 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:12.5 x 14.7 x 14.75 inches
  • Size:1 gallon
  • Color:Silver
  • Style:Air Tools
  • Material:Steel
  • Power Source:Corded Electric
  • Voltage:110 Volts

Features

  • Oil-Free pump for less maintenance & costs
  • Ultra quiet only 56 Decibels
  • Powerful 0.6 HP (rated / running) - 1.20 CFM @ 90 PSI
  • Lightweight for easy transporting - 29.5 lbs
  • 1.0 gallon steel tank
  • See more on Amazon...

#6 Kensun Performance Portable Compressor Inflator

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Kensun $69.69
New Prime
(5)
96% 42929 View on Amazon
SYCgifts $85.95
New Prime
(5)
99% 662 View on Amazon

I don't write many reviews, but in this case I feel compelled to do so.Let me explain why. I had ordered the Kensun in the past two weeks and received it very promptly. The reviews on this little machine had been very positive and I have never been a fan nor had I any interest in having a gas powered compressor in my garage.

So this unit looked as though it would do the trick. Packaging was good, the little bag it comes in is handy and the quality also seemed up to a good standard. Having been out of the country for three weeks, my cars tires needed some air, particularly one on my larger sedan, which was so low I could not have driven it to the gas station for a fill up.

So I was excited to hook up the Kensun and take care of business. Did everything as explained, and then, nothing. The machine would start up, run for two seconds and shut off. I tried it on three different tires, changed from AC to DC and back, unplugged, reset, etc.But to no avail.

  • Description:Kensun AC/DC Digital Tire Inflator for Car 12V DC and Home 110V AC Rapid Performance Portable Air Compressor Pump for Car, Bicycle, Motorcycle, Basketball and Others
  • Brand:Kensun
  • Item Weight:5 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:11.8 x 4.3 x 6.7 inches
  • Size:Compact
  • Material:Plastic
  • Power Source:Ac/dc
  • Voltage:12 Volts
  • Wattage:120.00
  • Hose Length:23 Inches

Features

  • AC/DC FOR CAR AND HOME: Kensun's unique AC/DC switching with 12V car cigarette light plug as well as 110V wall plug for home outlet makes this inflator more useful since you can use it anywhere.
  • FAST INFLATION: With Kensun's advanced engineering, the 120W solid metal motor provide superb power, which will make your tire inflation super-fast and easy.
  • MULTI-PURPOSE: Inflate tires of cars, bikes, sedan and midsize SUV. Adaptors for balls and inflatables included, in addition to the unique AC/DC capabilities and LED worklight makes this inflator useful in any situation.
  • BUILT TO LAST: When you buy a Kensun product you know that you are getting high quality, durable construction that has been tested rigorously.
  • AUTO SHOT-OFF DIGITAL GAUGE: Unit shuts off automatically when preset pressure is reached. Large, bright, back-lit LCD display with unit conversion (PSI/Bar/KPA) makes this unit super easy and safe to operate.
  • See more on Amazon...

#7 Porter Cable C2002 Oil Free Pancake Compressor

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Ethical.Store $128.88
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(4)
70% 422 View on Amazon
CPO Outlets -
New Prime
(4.5)
91% 80897 View on Amazon
King Printers Co. $128.89
New
(4)
70% 131 View on Amazon
MaxTool $129.00
New
(4.5)
88% 28153 View on Amazon
ViamiaStore $133.99
New
(5)
100% 3 View on Amazon
Toolup $144.24
New
(4.5)
92% 13750 View on Amazon
WOW MART $149.95
New
(4.5)
85% 1926 View on Amazon
good 4u $150.16
New
(4.5)
81% 72 View on Amazon
Olua Products $152.22
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- - - View on Amazon
Race to FI $152.22
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- - - View on Amazon

I live in a rural area and needed a good compressor to air up RV and vehicle tires. 2 CFM should be adequate for this task, and this product says it has 2.6 CFM. The first thing I did was try to air up my F150 tire from 27 lbs to 35 lbs, the proper spec.

It would not put any air in the tire even though the tank pressured to 150 psi, and I set the regulator at 140 psi. That should be enough pressure to overcome the resistance of the pressure already in the tire. But it appeared it wasn't.

I tried another tire to make sure there wasn't something wrong with the first tire's air valve. Same thing, wouldn't put an oz of air in the tire. I called Porter-Cable for help and got some lady that didn't appear to even understand the issue, so she told me to just return it to Amazon, and that was what I planned to do.

  • Description:PORTER-CABLE Air Compressor, 6-Gallon, Pancake, Oil-Free (C2002)
  • Brand:PORTER-CABLE
  • Item Weight:31.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:19 x 19 x 18 inches
  • Color:RED, Black
  • Style:Compressor
  • Material:Aluminum
  • Power Source:Corded Electric
  • Voltage:120 Volts
  • Measurement System:Metric

Features

  • 2.6 SCFM at 90 psi allows for quick compressor recovery time, per ISO1217
  • 150 psi max tank pressure stores more air in the tank for longer tool run times
  • Six-gallon pancake-style tank for stability, includes water drain valve and rubber feet
  • Low-amp 120-volt motor starts easily in cold weather or with extension cord
  • Durable oil-free pump for long life and no maintenance
  • See more on Amazon...

#8 Dewalt Dwfp55126 6 Gallon Pancake Compressor

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GetYourThing $238.04
New
(4.5)
91% 4484 View on Amazon
Toolup $238.05
New
(4.5)
92% 13755 View on Amazon

This compressor is being used mostly to run some nail guns and maybe air up an occasional tire on lawn equipment. A lot easier than running hoses to our 80 gallon 220V compressor and waiting for that to pump up. Checked it out real good when it arrived knowing that some other reviews had issues with damage.

Ours got here in one piece with nothing broken thankfully. I like the sturdy handle on top to carry it.Weighs 30 pounds.Pretty light. Also has a place to wrap the power cord to keep it out of the way.

Three feet on the bottom have a rubber cover to keep the noise level down.LIKE:1. Light about 30 or so pounds.2. Has rubber feet on the bottom.3.Pumps up to 165psi.4. Sturdy carrying handle.5. Place to wrap the power cord so I won't trip over it...Not So Great:1.

Can't think of anything yet.

  • Description:DEWALT Pancake Air Compressor, 6 Gallon, 165 PSI (DWFP55126)
  • Brand:DEWALT
  • Item Weight:32.1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:17.2 x 16.6 x 20.1 inches
  • Style:Compressor
  • Warranty Description:1 year limited manufacturers warranty

Features

  • High efficiency motor for easy start up in cold weather or extension cord application. [14 ga or larger, 50 feet. (15.2 m) or less]
  • 165 max PSI 6.0 gallon tank (22.7 L) and 2.6 SCFM delivered at 90 PSI pump. SCFM @ 40 PSI 3.7 SCFM
  • Power Supply 120V, 60Hz, 10 amps., universal motor. The air compressor should be located at least 12 inch away from the wall or other obstructions that will interfere with the flow of air
  • High flow regulator and couplers to maximize air tool performance
  • 75.5 dBA noise level for a quiet work setting
  • See more on Amazon...

#9 California Air Tools 8010A Lightweight

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Amazon Official $205.84
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CPO Outlets $235.00
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(4.5)
90% 80927 View on Amazon
VirVentures $250.49
New
(4.5)
90% 118269 View on Amazon
Quality Choice Deals $300.00
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(3)
49% 150 View on Amazon

Great product.I wish I had bought this many years ago. I will list some pros and cons;Pros: This thing is quiet.And I mean quiet. I had a 33 gallon Craftsman that was an absolute monster when it was on.

Hearing protection was a must if I was standing next to it while it was filling up. This little California Air Tool compressor is an absolute dream. I am still in awe when it fills up. As for filling up, not bad at all.

Takes next to no time to fill up the 8 gallon tank to pressure. I mainly use it for blowing out my lawn tractor air filter and topping off my tires now. I have used it once for a brad nailer and had no problems with maintaining pressure.

Would I use it for an air chisel or air drill, probably not. Minor assembly is required out of the box. Pretty easy to put the wheels and air filter on. The fittings are tight. I filled tank to pressure and it has held constant pressure with no leakage yet.

  • Description:California Air Tools 8010A Ultra Quiet & Oil-Free Lightweight Air Compressor
  • Brand:California Air Tools
  • Item Weight:37.2 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:24.01 x 13 x 21.85 inches
  • Style:Aluminum
  • Pattern:Air Compressor
  • Power Source:Corded Electric
  • Voltage:110 Volts
  • Usage:Inside, Outside
  • Warranty Description:1 Year Limited Warranty

Features

  • Oil-free pump for less maintenance & costs
  • Ultra quiet only 60 decibels
  • Powerful 1.0 HP (rated/ running) 2.0 HP (peak) motor
  • Lightweight & rust free - only 37.25 lbs. 120 PSI Maximum Pressure
  • 2.20 CFM @ 90 PSI
  • See more on Amazon...

#10 Viair 40043 400P Portable Compressor

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GoAiring $199.89
New
(4.5)
92% 1394 View on Amazon
Amazon Official $208.95
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JEGS $208.95
New
(4.5)
88% 21058 View on Amazon
Advance Cycle Parts $210.00
New
(4.5)
91% 3684 View on Amazon
4Wheel Online $211.23
New
(4.5)
85% 26070 View on Amazon
Purely Power Sports $211.48
New
(4.5)
91% 7316 View on Amazon
Your Performance $199.95
New
(4.5)
86% 7143 View on Amazon
Stone Crest $213.07
New
(4.5)
93% 1626 View on Amazon
AutoAnything Inc $214.10
New
(3.5)
67% 70 View on Amazon
WunderCarParts $215.06
New
(4.5)
88% 9870 View on Amazon

In short.I bought this to go with my 31-foot dress. C-class motorcycle, found that it is really not suitable for this application, the air line is too short, the chuck type (locked and non-interchangeable) does not work well for double tires.

For cars, trucks, SUV and other vehicles, this product should work well. I want to clarify that my bad experience with this product is because I chose the wrong product and tried to force it to do something inappropriate.Long version.

I bought this product in an attempt to make it cheaper than the 400p Auto RV version. When I deflated my front tire, it worked like an amulet. It lifted the tire from 70 pounds to 80 pounds in less than a minute.

However, when I tried to pump air into the inner tube, something went wrong. With the locking chuck, the only way to double-enter the interior is through my air stem extension. Although the coiling distance is 30 feet, you really can't reach that distance because of coiling.

  • Brand:VIAIR
  • Item Weight:10.4 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:13 x 11 x 9.5 inches
  • Exterior:Painted
  • Manufacturer Part Number:40043
  • OEM Part Number:40043
  • Folding:No
  • Special Features:Stainless Steel Valves, Automatic Reset Thermal Overload Protector, Aluminum Sand Tray with Vibration Isolators, High Performance PTFE Piston Ring, Anodized Aluminum Alloy Cylinder, Oil-less Design, 5-in-1 Inflator/Deflator with Inline 100 PSI Gauge, 3-pc. Inflation Tips Kit, Dual-Stage Metal Air Filter, Moisture & Dust Resistant, Gearless Direct Drive Motor, Deluxe Dual Compartment Carry Bag, Dual Battery Clamps with 40-amp Inline Fuse Holder
  • Voltage:12 Volts (DC)

Features

  • 2.3CFM Free Flow @ 0 PSI. The air hose length is 25 feet
  • 12 VOLT Operated - 150PSI Max Working Pressure, engine must be running during use.
  • Includes deluxe carry bag anti-vibration tray and more
  • Direct heavy-duty dual battery clamps with 40-amp inline fuse
  • 150 PSI maximum working pressure and 33% duty cycle
  • See more on Amazon...

#11 Battery Operated Compressor Adapters Included

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Prime Medical Store $77.04
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(4.5)
90% 101280 View on Amazon
The Medical Shop $79.75
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98% 4572 View on Amazon
NEcommerce $79.75
New
(4.5)
83% 1152 View on Amazon
No Insurance Medical Supplies $79.75
New
(4.5)
90% 6204 View on Amazon
Healthcare Essentials $79.94
New
(4.5)
84% 5632 View on Amazon
Amazon Warehouse $69.87
Used - Very Good Prime
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I have both asthma & sleep apnea. Due to limited carry-on luggage space, I used to only take CPAP machine with me. But in recent years, I found that I need my nebulizer more and more. I use it with Saline solution only, for sanitizing the bronchial tube & loosing up the phlegm.

My home use nebulizer is too big, so I was looking for a travel size. First I bought a battery-powered nebulizer, which uses ultrasound to vaporize the solution. But I found while it works well with purified water, it didn't work well with Saline solution.

Then I found this device, Treks Portable Aerosol System. It's from the same manufacture as my home use machine (from Walgreen's), the resulting vapor is about the same. I like it very much.Pro:1.Small size. You can separate the power adapter, and only put the machine in your carry-on, which saves a lot of space.2.

  • Description:Trek S Battery Operated Piston Compressor with AC and DC Adapters (Battery Not Included)
  • Brand:PARI Trek
  • Item Weight:2.25 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:1 x 3 x 4 inches

#12 Bostitch Btfp2Kit 2 Tool Compressor Combo

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Amazon Official $212.79
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Hardware & Garden Supplies $246.00
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(4.5)
88% 6037 View on Amazon

I needed a much smaller compressor to run my nail gun for my grandkids playhouse project. Did some research and ordered this unit. I found this guy to be quite portable and not all that heavy. Fired it up, and after a bit of tweaking to get the regulator pressure just right, hooked it to my Hitachi NR 90AE(S1) nail gun and started nailing.

No problems shooting 3 1/4 nails. The only issue I have had is getting the regulator pressure stable: when I first fire it up, I turn the handle to set pressure at 90, start nailing & the pressure would go down to maybe 30, I would re-adjust once and that would take care of it.

But that setting does not translate to the next day- Other than that I am quite happy with this compressor. For those who wonder about the noise level, all I can say is it's a compressor and it makes noise.

  • Description:BOSTITCH Air Compressor Combo Kit, 2-Tool (BTFP2KIT)
  • Brand:BOSTITCH
  • Item Weight:41.1 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:21.13 x 19.5 x 19.25 inches
  • Style:2-tool/compressor combo kit
  • Power Source:Air Powered
  • Voltage:110 Volts
  • Hose Length:25 Feet
  • Warranty Description:1 year limited manufacturer warranty

Features

  • SB 1850BN 18 GA Brad nailer drives 18GA brad nails from 5/8 inches to 2 inches for a wide variety of applications
  • BTFP02012 6 gallon 150PSI 2.6SCFM pancake compressor with a high efficiency motor
  • SB 1664FN 16 GA Straight Finish nailer drives 1 1/4 to 2 1/2 inch, 16 gauge finish nails
  • 1/4 inches x 25' PVC air hose with fittings
  • See more on Amazon...

#13 Automatic Cordless Inflator Portable Compressor

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Savvy Deal, LLC $79.99
New
(4.5)
87% 3989 View on Amazon
Shed of Plenty $79.99
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(5)
95% 626 View on Amazon
Exciting Sales $89.11
New
(2.5)
41% 124 View on Amazon
T.C.S $76.99
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100% 27 View on Amazon
StarSilvia $99.00
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(4.5)
100% 3 View on Amazon
Quality Merchandise Supply $107.95
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(4.5)
91% 22 View on Amazon

It's handy BUT!Surely they could have made a better battery for it. It's light duty, cheap and has no stamina. If they keep this battery style the should include an extra one , so you're not spending your life changing the battery.

The concept is good but they could have made it a lot better- pump and battery.That's all folks

  • Description:Ontel Air Hawk Pro Automatic Cordless Tire Inflator Portable Air Compressor, Easy to Read Digital Pressure Gauge, Built In LED Light
  • Brand:Ontel
  • Item Weight:2.93 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:11.5 x 9 x 4 inches
  • Size:PACKS
  • Color:Black
  • Material:Built in LED light
  • Power Source:Battery Powered
  • Measurement System:Metric
  • Usage:Automotive, household, tool, home improvement

Features

  • Digital LED Tire Gauge
  • Automatic Cordless Tire Inflator
  • Inflates in 90 Seconds or Less!
  • Built-in LED Light
  • Automatically Shuts Off When Inflated
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#14 Porter Cable Cmb15 Oil Free Shrouded Compressor

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There is no other air-compressor like this on the market. I searched for days, but this compact unit is the only one of it's kind. All other air-compressors are either too tiny for anything other than slowly inflating car tires, or they have an exposed tank with the motor/pump assembly bolted to it.

This is THE only unit that is both all together in a single housing, and compact AND LIGHT enough for carry-around use. Similarly, it's performance specifications are outstanding, particularly so when considering it's size. It outperforms both top PSI and SCFM of much larger units.

To get near this performance you have to get one with double the tank-size, double the weight, and louder than this unit. I am not saying this unit is quiet, it isn't, but considering it's competition, well, it has none.It is UNIQUE.

  • Description:PORTER-CABLE Air Compressor Kit, 1.5 Gallon, Oil-Free, Fully Shrouded, Hand Carry, 25-Feet Hose (CMB15)
  • Brand:PORTER-CABLE
  • Item Weight:20 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:15.5 x 13.25 x 20.5 inches
  • Size:1-(Pack)
  • Color:Grey
  • Style:Stationary
  • Material:Plastic
  • Power Source:Corded Electric
  • Voltage:120 Volts

Features

  • 1.5 gal tank in shroud is easy to carry, includes water drain valve and rubber feet
  • 2.0 SCFM at 90 psi allows for quick compressor recovery time, per ISO1217
  • Low Amp 120V motor starts easily in cold weather or with extension cord
  • Durable oil-free pump for long life and no maintenance,Pump Lubrication: Oil-free pump design
  • 150 psi max tank pressure stores more air in the tank for longer tool runtimes
  • See more on Amazon...

#15 Wen 2202 20 Gallon Oil Lubricated Compressor

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So, maybe I don't tax this thing like other people do. I purchased this originally just to do some DIY projects around the house such as running a nail gun, paint sprayer, fill up the tires on the car and wagon, etc.

Certainly nothing laborious or commercial use. So far I have been extremely happy with the compressor! Granted, it isn't used on a daily (or even weekly) basis but I have absolutely no complaints. I haven't owned a compressor before this, but this seems to pressurize quickly (I turn it on when I start my project).

Further, I don't think the noise is that bad since I wheel it outside before I turn it on and keep a long hose to reach anything I may need to with it. Comparing it to some of the ones that I have heard running around the neighborhood (even four or five houses down!

  • Description:WEN 2202 20-Gallon Oil-Lubricated Portable Vertical Air Compressor
  • Brand:WEN
  • Item Weight:86 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:19.5 x 17.5 x 42 inches
  • Size:20-Gallon Vertical
  • Maximum Pressure:135 Bars
  • Measurement System:Metric

Features

  • 20-gallon tank constructed with reinforced steel for a maximum pressure of 135 PSI
  • Provides air flow rates of 3.8 CFM at 90 PSI and 5.0 CFM at 40 PSI
  • Onboard handle and wheels make transportation to the job site easier than ever
  • Features an easy-to-reach quick drain valve, 1/4-inch NPT quick coupler and two pressure gauges
  • Backed by a two-year warranty
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#16 Senco Pc1010 1 Horsepower 1 Gallon Compressor

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I am a kitchen & bath remodeler, and have yet to use this on the job. I have, however, done some preliminary testing in my garage tonight. The results are stated below. My first impressions are all positive: Better quality than expected at this price (great value).

Smaller (better) than expected. Quieter than expected.Now for the tests. Quantity of nails shot with various nail guns before motor kicked on, using this Senco PC1010:23 gauge = 2018 gauge = 1015 gauge = 5Framing nailer = 3To give a comparison to a larger pancake style 4 gallon 1.

5 HP Campbell Hausfeld that I have been using for 15 years, which weighs more than twice as much (52 lbs.:18 gauge = 4015 gauge = 18Framing = 13Obviously, these numbers coincide with the number of gallons of compressed air, as the 4 gallon unit delivered approx. 4 times more nails than the 1 gallon unit.No surprise here.

  • Description:Senco PC1010 1-Horsepower Peak, 1/2 hp running 1-Gallon Compressor,Gray/Red
  • Brand:Senco
  • Item Weight:20 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:14 x 13 x 10 inches
  • Size:4 x 50 Feet
  • Color:Gray/Red
  • Style:Portable
  • Power Source:Corded Electric
  • Voltage:115 Volts
  • Warranty Description:1 year

Features

  • One horsepower peak ,1/2 horsepower runningand one-gallon capacity
  • Lightweight and portable--easy to carry from site to site as you work
  • Ideal for a range of renovation and home improvement jobs, as well as for hobbies and crafts
  • Delivers 20 to 44 drives per minute
  • Backed by a one-year warranty
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#17 California Air Tools Oil Free Compressor

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This is a great compressor that I love, however it's expensive and far from perfect. I am reviewing the 120v unit with the manual drain at the bottom. The good: This compressor is very quiet. You can run this compressor at all hours of the night without disrupting neighbors.

The handle is sturdy as is the airtank, and the motor seems very well built. It flows very well given its size/weight/120volt power. It's very convenient; I often fill the tank then wheel it around to fill tires etc.

This tank has held air for weeks without leakdown. IF you are losing air, first check your hoses and connections, as they are more likely the source of your leak. With my accessories disconnected, I have held a full tank for over a week.

The bad: The unit has 2 built in connectors. These were pure junk. They began to unscrew within a week, and one eventually broke off with the threads still inside the control panel. Keep in mind I realize this is not an industrial grade compressor.

  • Description:California Air Tools 10020C Ultra Quiet Oil-Free and Powerful Air Compressor, 2 HP
  • Brand:California Air Tools
  • Item Weight:82.5 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:16 x 15.1 x 35.9 inches
  • Size:2 Hp - 110V
  • Style:Manual Drain & Auto Drain
  • Material:Metal
  • Pattern:Air Compressor
  • Power Source:Corded Electric
  • Voltage:110 Volts

Features

  • Oil-Free Pump for Less Maintenance & Costs
  • Ultra Quiet, only 70 Decibels
  • Powerful 2.0 Hp with Low amp draw - 7.0 Amps
  • Dimensions: 16" L x 15.1" W x 35.9" H
  • 6.40 CFM at 40 PSI & 5.30 CFM at 90 PSI. Dedicated 15 amp outlet -14 gauge 25ft cord - Min. 5500 Watt Generator. Maximum continuous running 30-60 min. (Depending PSI & CFM)
  • 10 Gallon Air Tank with Wheels.125 PSI maximum pressure
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#18 Astroai Portable Compressor Inflator Protection

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Could easily top up 2-3 psi reaching goal of 30-35 psi on our three different cars and also inflated spare tires from 20 to 60 psi. Also used it to inflate lawn tractor, snow blower, wheelbarrow tires, bike tires and basketball. It's so fun to use this.

Compared to my other portable compressors (Craftsman, Stanley power station with compressor and another Coido tire inflator got from Costco), this AstroAI unit is faster and quieter. It's sound is smoother with low pitch unlike others. Here are some pros and cons:Pros: - Faster & Quieter - Auto shut off at preset level - Lighted tire gauge - LED light - Accurate (fills slightly higher, it's fine) - Sturdy and looks very good quality.

Carry bagCons: - Connector is screw type and may lose air if not removed fast enough. To compensate air loss, it fills 1-1. 5 psi higher than preset value. You may also minimize the air loss by pressing the cord into the connector with one hand while unscrewing with other hand.

  • Description:AstroAI Portable Air Compressor Pump, Digital Tire Inflator 12V DC Electric Gauge with Larger Air Flow 35L/Min, LED Light, Overheat Protection, Extra Nozzle Adaptors and Fuse, Yellow
  • Brand:AstroAI
  • Model:AIR150
  • Item Weight:3.5 pounds
  • Product Dimensions:8.6 x 7.5 x 3.9 inches
  • Manufacturer Part Number:AIR150
  • Cover Included:AstroAI 12 Volt Air Compressor
  • Rim Diameter:1 Inches
  • Voltage:12 Volts
  • Wattage:120.00

Features

  • ADVANCED ACCURACY: Professionally calibrated to always return a reading within 1% of the pressure of your tire. No more guessing! The final inflation value will be 0. 5-1. 5 PSI higher than the preset value; When inflation is finished, it perfectly solves the problem of reduced pressure after removing the valve connector, thus making inflation more accurate
  • INCREASED SAFETY: Properly inflated tires provide better performance in all weather conditions; prevent crashes, tire explosions, and premature tire wear; INTEGRATED IN-LINE FUSE prevents overloading the air compressor, making it safer for everyone to use. NOTE: Please ensure the current of your automobile cigarette lighter is from 10 to 15 amps to avoid automobile fuses from blowing
  • OVERHEAT PROTECTION: Overheat protection will shut off automatically when exceed 100/212; Maximum continuous operating time: 15 Minutes
  • EASY AND QUICK: Simply turn your vehicle on, plug in the air compressor, and inflate! A high-flow pump inflates your tires up to 35 Liters per Minute, putting you back on the road quickly; includes a storage case for added conveninece
  • ALL-IN-ONE FEATURES: The LED backlit screen features measurements in PSI, KPA, Bar; Includes a needle, two cone adapters, spare fuse and valve caps, and a built-in LED flashlight; Ideal for car bike auto tires, air cushion, sports ball, ballon and other automobiles; 3 YEARS PROVIDED BY ASTROAI. NOTE: DOES NOT SUPPORT LT, HT and Truck Tires
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Portable Air Compressors Buying Guide

David Dawson

You must take into account your needs and its characteristics. There are many different models, which makes buying difficult. To facilitate the process, below we explain the most important points to consider.

1. Power

To choose a portable air compressor, you must take into account several factors that directly intervene in the performance of the equipment. One of the most important is the power of the compressor. Handheld or portable compressors usually have low powers, between 1.5 and 5 hp, they are suitable for domestic and even professional uses.

Portable compressors are designed for homework, such as inflating toys and/or mattresses and, especially, for the tires of a car. If you have a large car you should look at the power, otherwise, any compressor will serve to inflate the tires of a car, motorcycle or bicycle.

2. Work pressure

Most machines and application equipment do not require pressures greater than 80 PSI for operation. Portable air compressors usually have pressures ranging from 30 to 80 PSI. Although it may seem little to you, this air pressure is enough to inflate most car tires, even those of an SUV.

3. Utility

Although it is true that portable air compressors are ideal to carry in the car to have the tires ready, it does not mean that it is the only use we can give them. Most models have valves and adapters that will allow you to use them to inflate balloons, inflatable mattresses and all kinds of toys.

4. Speed

Standing in the middle of the night on a road to inflate a tire because it struck you out can be very dangerous. At such times, the compressor inflation rate will be a determining factor in deciding which one to buy. Among the fastest are compressors that take only 3 minutes to fully inflate the tire from scratch.

The most common is that you find models of portable compressors that take between 10 and 15 minutes to fully inflate a tire of about 35 PSI. In this case, you can compare this function with the price. If your budget allows you to buy fast inflation, always choose that one.

5. Size and weight

Although all portable air compressors are typically compact and lightweight, before deciding on, one you should know that these devices are available in different sizes. It is important that you have very clear how much space you have if you are going to store it in the trunk of the car or if you plan to have it in your garage or in a closet.

Most usually do not exceed 500 grams, although some models can reach the kilogram. The little ones can store them in the glove compartment, although the most common is that you have to leave them in the trunk of the car.

6. Resistance

What you want when you buy a device with these characteristics is that it lasts as long as possible. Therefore, an important factor when choosing a portable air compressor, it is important that your purchase is precisely about its resistance and its useful life. In this case, it will depend largely on the materials used in its manufacture.

Portable air compressors are usually made of resistant plastics along with aluminum structures. This is because they should not be heavy. Although these materials are lightweight, the resulting tools are hard and resistant, as they have warranty seals and manufacturing standards that confirm it.

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