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Old 07-06-2013, 01:37 PM   #1
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Portable air compressor recommendation

I'm currently looking for a portable air compressor. I have 33s and run around 30-31 psi normally. Any recommendations?

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Interested in this as well.

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Old 07-06-2013, 02:04 PM   #3
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The Smittybuilt portable looks good. I haven't used one but have been thinking of picking one up myself

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The Smittybuilt portable looks good. I haven't used one but have been thinking of picking one up myself

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I was looking at this one:

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I looked at that one too but I got lured in by the 50% faster claim on the other one.....would be awesome if there was an independent side by side of them.
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I looked at that one too but I got lured in by the 50% faster claim on the other one.....would be awesome if there was an independent side by side of them.
I saw that claim. Caught my eye. Curious what others use?
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I have the bigger/faster one and can highly recommend it. It comes with everything needed and a carry bag. Airs up fast. Seems well built (not like some of the cheesy cigarette lighter cheapies out there) and the cables are long enough to reach all wheels.

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Old 07-06-2013, 02:27 PM   #8
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I love the ARB CKMA12. Not made in China so that's a big plus for me. Great quality and very compact. I use to fill up after trail and its very quick.
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Lots of WFers bought this one when it was on sale for $50, myself included. Perfect to carry for the occasional need to air back up. Probably not enough for the dedicated off-road rig, though.

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Most likely smittybilt is rebranding someone elses compressor and charging more. Wonder if theres a way to get it cheaper with someone elses name on it?
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I have the Viair 300P.

http://www.viaircorp.com/300P.html

I don't recall where I purchased it or for how much. But it's been good to me so far!!
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Anyone have a Slime compressor? That looks like a nice unit.
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Are the Smittybilts made by the Chicom?
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I have a Viair 400P and it rocks. From 0psi to 35psi in about 2 minutes on my 33's and it pumps all 4 up with out breaking a sweat. from 18psi to 30psi is about a minute or so. I looked at the 300P but it was less then $50 more. I paid $187 for the 400P locally.

to the above poster Yes smittybilts and viair are made by the chicoms unfortunately I think all portables are.
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I have the Viair 300P.

VIAIR Corporation - 300P Part No. 30033

I don't recall where I purchased it or for how much. But it's been good to me so far!!
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I've used mine multiple times. It airs my 35's up just fine after I use the Currie deflator.
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I strongly recommend Viair... I had a 300P with my 33s and now have a 400P for my 35s
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Are the Smittybilts made by the Chicom?
ARB is not made in china, that's why I bought it. Worth the extra coin to me. I installed one permanently but they make a portable one too.
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ARB is not made in china, that's why I bought it. Worth the extra coin to me. I installed one permanently but they make a portable one too.
(assembled in Australia)
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I've been using the cheapo superflow MV50 for a while now and its been working good. 35's from 15 to 30lbs in right at 2 minutes each so its not super fast. Here lately I've been airing up 8 tires at a time and it gets hot but it's still going strong.
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Altitude is a huge factor to consider when looking at the cheaper portable units. What might take 2 minutes near sea level can take an eternity above 7k. If you are low don't worry about it but I've personally seen the mv unit take more than 15 min on a tire and it was burning up.
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Altitude is a huge factor to consider when looking at the cheaper portable units. What might take 2 minutes near sea level can take an eternity above 7k. If you are low don't worry about it but I've personally seen the mv unit take more than 15 min on a tire and it was burning up.
Good point. That would probably be some good info to add to these portable air threads. I'm at about 5500 feet most of the time but do some airing up around 7500 feet from time to time.
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Lots of WFers bought this one when it was on sale for $50, myself included. Perfect to carry for the occasional need to air back up. Probably not enough for the dedicated off-road rig, though.

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That's what I have - works well - pretty much always above 4000 ft elev. with it.
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i bought the arb ckmp portable-in-a-box. after a few weeks of shuffling the box in and out of the Jeep I didn't like not having air with me at all times. I ended up removing the unit from the box and mounting it under the hood with the evo bracket. fabbed some mounting fasteners with rubber bushings and routed the switch wiring from the unit to the spod. a bit of a waste of money doing it this way but i can use the box for other things now.
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I would also strongly recommend Viair. I have a 450P automatic.
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I've got the Viair 400P automatic. Been using it for years now with my 33's. Quick, easy, and you don't have to keep turning off/on the compressor when you switch tires.
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Also have the 450P. The automatic feature is great, and the thing is pretty quiet for a compressor.
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Old 07-07-2013, 05:32 PM   #27
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Looks like it's either the MV50 or the Viair (300P or 400P). Sounds like both work great!
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Thinking about going with the MV50 over the Viair 300P. I feel it'll be just fine for me. Plus the price is right.

Anyone ever use AmazonSupply before? I may just get it from Quadratec just in case there are any issues with it when it shows up, easier customer service to work with.
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Amazon customer support has always been good to me. I'd get it from either Amazon or Qtec based on who has the better deal.
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Ended up getting the Master Flow MF-1050 at PepBoys. Same compressor as the MV50. Picked it up for $55

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