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Old 02-27-2014, 08:41 AM   #1
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Portable Air

Heading to the beach in 2 weeks and will air down when I arrive. I don't have onboard air so I need an option for airing up when I leave. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what the best portable inflator is?

I have the Craftsman Bolt-On cordless tool which has varaious adapters such a s a drill, saw, hammer driver, etc. They make an inflator attachment as well but I am not sure how long it would take to air up with that or if an 18v battery on a cordless drill would have enough juice for all 4 tires.

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Any cordless probably will not do all 4 tires..... you will want something that plugs in to your vehicles electrical system. Good luck to you!

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You'd be there for some time with the Bolt-On! There are some portable 12 VDC compressors out there but they have extremely small tanks and if you have oversized tires, you'll still be there for a while.

How far from the nearest air will you be when you get back on pavement? If it's only a few short miles then you won't hurt your tires doing it that way. That said, call stations near where you'll come off the sand and make sure they have a working compressor onsite.
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Lots of folks.like Superflow. I have the MV50-hooks right onto the battery. I have 32s-if you have 37 or maybe even 35 you would probably want the next model up. Mine was $60ish or so at OReilly Auto Parts. There are many other brands like Viair etc.
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You'd be there for some time with the Bolt-On! There are some portable 12 VDC compressors out there but they have extremely small tanks and if you have oversized tires, you'll still be there for a while.

How far from the nearest air will you be when you get back on pavement? If it's only a few short miles then you won't hurt your tires doing it that way. That said, call stations near where you'll come off the sand and make sure they have a working compressor onsite.

To far to drive to gas station. I will be in Padre Island National Seashore and if memory serves me once I get off the sand it is probably 5 miles to get out of the park and then another 10 maybe a little more to the nearest station.
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Old 02-27-2014, 08:58 AM   #6
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I would suggest one from the Viair Portable Air Compressor line of products. One that hooks directly to your battery would be best.
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Here is Viair's chart for compressors based on tire size.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:29 AM   #8
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Don't forget about the Powertank.

air chart.

You can go with either (tank or compressor), its up to you.
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Old 02-27-2014, 09:50 AM   #9
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You can buy a small electrical air compressor from any auto shop (auto zone, o'reilies, etc. ). When you need to air up, just put 10 or so lbs back into each tire enough to drive to the nearest gas station to air up fast. A decent small one is around 40 bucks.
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This seems to be a good one Jeepers like

Q Industries MV50 SuperFlow High-Volume 12-Volt Air Compressor : Amazon.com : Automotive

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I've gone the cheap route with portable compressors before and regretted it. The connections and hoses are...well...cheap. You can't go wrong with a Viair or ARB. I'm very happy with my current 450P.

If you just need it for one trip to the beach, then a cheap one may do...but you did ask for "the best." The Viair and ARB fit into that category for portables.
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Just took a look at the Viair. I think I'll go that way, a 400P for 35s. Thanks for pointing these out to me.
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:27 AM   #13
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Thanks for responses some good choices to consider
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Old 02-27-2014, 05:28 PM   #14
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I have the ARB portable, and it airs up my 35's pretty quickly. A bit pricey, but you get what you pay for.
Don't pack it back in the case until it cools off though
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my boss has the craftsman cordless air up thing. takes forever but it works. for the beach I would use one of those over my CO2.
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I would suggest one from the Viair Portable Air Compressor line of products. One that hooks directly to your battery would be best.
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my boss has the craftsman cordless air up thing. takes forever but it works. for the beach I would use one of those over my CO2.
That rechargeable compressor definitely won't do it. Most small compressors are junk. It's true some of the best are ARB and Viair. But can be pricey so it depends on your needs. You definitely want something that connects directly to the battery. I bought a very reasonable priced viair from amazon that handles up to 33" tires. Very well made. Although you may want to go to bigger if the tires are 35 and up.

Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor : Amazon.com : Automotive
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I have a TJM. Puts out a good amount of air, has a good hose and 5 year warranty.

Amazon.com: TJM 013TJMCOMP Air Compressor: Automotive

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Old 02-28-2014, 09:19 AM   #18
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i got one of those power tanks too, works fine for me
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I also have a power tank and am happy with it.
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I also have a power tank and am happy with it.
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Powertanks are awesome....a 10 pound tank will fill thirty 33 inch tires, they can run air tools for something like 30 minutes. Filling them is inexpensive. They are portable so they can take on many other "filling" jobs around the house or shop.

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Smittybilt 2780 - Smittybilt High Performance Air Compressor - Quadratec

Smittybilt Part 2780 - 2.54 CFM Air Compressor - - 4 Wheel Parts

I have used this one in the past for a beach trip, and use it occasionally around the house. It clamps to your battery for power and is very easy to use. The Qtech shows all the extras that it comes with, but it is the same unit as the 4WP links.

Works just fine on my 33's. Again, not saying this is in any way the best on the market, but it is great for limited use for the price, and the bag takes up very little space in the back of my Jeep.
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Smittybilt 2780 - Smittybilt High Performance Air Compressor - Quadratec

Smittybilt Part 2780 - 2.54 CFM Air Compressor - - 4 Wheel Parts

I have used this one in the past for a beach trip, and use it occasionally around the house. It clamps to your battery for power and is very easy to use. The Qtech shows all the extras that it comes with, but it is the same unit as the 4WP links.

Works just fine on my 33's. Again, not saying this is in any way the best on the market, but it is great for limited use for the price, and the bag takes up very little space in the back of my Jeep.
I've had this one for a couple years now and it has never failed me or my 35" Toyos. Even have a poly performance mount for it so it's mounted under my hood. With a couple mods, it's a great little compressor. Fyi, this compressor and the MV50 have identical internals.
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11 Gallon Portable Air Tank

Fill it up before you head out. It'll bring the tires back to street drivable pressure, but not top them off. You can just zip all four back to a safe level and drive to an air pump, or top them off with a plug in inflator. Either way, it's a lot quicker and easier. I used to carry one for sand driving in Florida, I could air up all four tires from 15 to 35 PSI in under 2 minutes and be on my way. But those were 225/75/16 and not large...
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Powertanks are awesome....a 10 pound tank will fill thirty 33 inch tires, they can run air tools for something like 30 minutes. Filling them is inexpensive. They are portable so they can take on many other "filling" jobs around the house or shop.

A worthy investment

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This is what I want but where do you get the CO2?
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I love my Power Tank. I don't have to get it out, pop the hood and attach it to the battery. Just turn a couple valves, plug the hose in and go. I can air up my 37 back street pressure very quick. Down side is you need to refill them and you may be asked to "help out" those without an air source.
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This is what I want but where do you get the CO2?

Quoting Powertanks site.

"Q:Where do I get my tanks and bottles refilled?
A2:The tanks (5 lb. on up) are filled at fire extinguisher service shops, welding gas suppliers, or beverage carbonics. The small bottles can be filled at a paintball supply shop, some fire extinguisher shops, or by yourself. We sell simple equipment that would allow you to refill your small bottles off of a 10-35 lb. tank at the job site, at the company, or in your garage. There is a wide range of prices for CO2 so shop around."
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I've had this one for about 10 yrs and does a great job. Pep boys is where I got mine from.
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Old 02-28-2014, 12:24 PM   #28
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I've had my SuperFlo for 5 years now. It's the yellow one with the 12V cig plug. Some of my toys are a pain to get at the battery with the clips. I melted the plug once, but put a better one on it. It takes a minute or so per tire to air up. It will even do 85 PSI for my RV tires... and it's really small. I'm happy with it.

There have been some comparisons done with the HF clone with interesting results.
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Orrrrr just dont air down. I never do on the beach unless it is SUPER lose.
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Bottle of nitrogen. 40 cu ft. quick, no cord, no cool down. Heavy and bulky though. I am in the hvac business so it gets delivered to me as needed. $10 for refills. Not sure how many tires I could get out of a tank though.

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