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Old 02-14-2016, 01:15 PM
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Portable air compressor

Can someone recommend a good portable air compressor to keep in the jeep?

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My Viair 88P portable compressor and all of the acessories fit perfectly in one of my old camera bags. Viair make several models.

I've already had to use it.


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i looked at them are they made good
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I'm not sure what to look for on a portable compressor but mine appears to be built well. I've only used it once and it made short the time it took to air up my spare when I had a flat in the middle of a snow storm in rush hour traffic. I'm not sure what to expect for the money. Viair makes more expensive one if you want to spend the money.

Oh by the way! Everyone should check the air pressure in their spare tire every once in while. I bought my Jeep last October and found out the spare only had 19 p.s.i. in it when I had a flat. I'm surely glad I had that compressor.
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+1 for Viair. I bought the 450P and swap it from vehicle to vehicle whenever I leave town. I've used it a dozen times on my Jeep to air back up when I get back to pavement. The included coiled air hose is plenty long enough to reach all 4 tires of my JKUR after connecting it to the battery.

I'd also recommend the ARB EZ Deflator for ease of airing down. I got both compresser and deflator from Amazon.com
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If I were going to replace my current compressor I think I would buy this one. ARB on Board High Performance 12 Volt Air Compressor CKSA12 Jeep Locker 4x4 | eBay
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Viair 400P here very happy with it and use it allot. We also use a small nitrogen bottle....
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Bought a Kobalt 12v/110v compressor back in '14 when we got the Cherokee and it has worked well for us so it is now on the JKU. Comes with a pressure gauge and you can set the max pressure. There is also a spot to store the valve caps so you don't lose the darned things. You do need a 12v extension cord as the one that came with it is a bit short to reach the rear wheels. Also carry a Smittybuilt repair kit, just in case. - Ted
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After burning the motor of miscellaneous smaller ones, I finally settled on this one: Smittybilt - 5.65 CFM Air Compressor | 4WD.com

It has lasted me five years so far, and will air up each 35" MT on my Rubicon in under 5 minutes; half that time to air up each 33" AT on my Sahara.
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will a 110 volt compressor work with a converter lot cheaper
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will a 110 volt compressor work with a converter lot cheaper
You would need a 5000 watt inverter. They go for around $500.

Which is cheaper now?
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I'm also looking to get a compressor, but what about those co2 bottle used for soda carbonation? I can get one "free" from work.
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Viair 400P here very happy with it and use it on all the tires at home and many friends when wheeling.
It has an automatic shut off and restarts when put on the next tire.
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I went low end with the MasterFlow Tsunami MF-1050 from Pep Boys on sale for about 40 bucks. It seems to work fine and better that nothing.
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You would need a 5000 watt inverter. They go for around $500.

Which is cheaper now?
thanks that is what i need to know
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I recently purchased a slime 2x tire inflator, $68 at menards. Honestly not sure how long it will last as it is a cheaper pump, but it fills the tires fairly quickly. Just for a test run I aired down all 4 tires to 15 then filled them back to 35 didn't take very long under 5 min per tire and the pump barely got warm.
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You would need a 5000 watt inverter. They go for around $500.

Which is cheaper now?
Why wouldn't you use the stock power inverter that comes with the JK sahara and rubicon? I ask because I ordered the backcountry edition that comes standard with also and am looking for a portable pump option as well.
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Why wouldn't you use the stock power inverter that comes with the JK sahara and rubicon? I ask because I ordered the backcountry edition that comes standard with also and am looking for a portable pump option as well.
It's a 150W power inverter and will run a laptop or phone charger at most.
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I'm also looking to get a compressor, but what about those co2 bottle used for soda carbonation? I can get one "free" from work.
Absolutely, it's what I used always. I have a ViAir 400 compressor that I throw in back all the time in case I run out of compressed CO2 or the valve doesn't work or something. But I've been airing up for about a half-year I guess with CO2 and haven't run out of it yet. Haven't counted but probably 28 stockish-sized tires. It is a lot quicker and easier than the compressor. But that said, the ViAir 400/450 is a great little portable if you want to go that route.

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TKS NoGaBiker...........I'll go that route, plus when airing down, aren't we usually with other that have compressed air? Are you in HDForums by any chance?
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TKS NoGaBiker...........I'll go that route, plus when airing down, aren't we usually with other that have compressed air?
Most people are. I solo about half the time. If going out with another guy who has a compressor, I leave my ViAir at home and just bring the CO2. And if I didn't already have the ViAir before getting the CO2 I wouldn't buy such a nice compressor -- since it would be an emergency backup I'd have gotten a $50 model.

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+1 to CO2 tank. I got a small one, 5lbs and i get around 16 duratrac 285/70/17 tires from 22 to 32 psi. I pay $12 per refill at a local fire extinguisher equipment shop

I went with the powertank xmas offer from quadratec, great price for the whole kit and free shipping

I fabricated my own mount and stays put without any issue when off-roading
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It's a 150W power inverter and will run a laptop or phone charger at most.
Ok that makes sense. thanks
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I went low end with the MasterFlow Tsunami MF-1050 from Pep Boys on sale for about 40 bucks. It seems to work fine and better that nothing.

I did the same. Been off-roading once so far with it. Filled my 33"s from 18 lbs to 35 lbs in about 3 mins (per tire). Works fine for me
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Absolutely, it's what I used always. I have a ViAir 400 compressor that I throw in back all the time in case I run out of compressed CO2 or the valve doesn't work or something. But I've been airing up for about a half-year I guess with CO2 and haven't run out of it yet. Haven't counted but probably 28 stockish-sized tires. It is a lot quicker and easier than the compressor. But that said, the ViAir 400/450 is a great little portable if you want to go that route.

I too used the CO2 bottle and enjoyed getting the job done in record time. Refilled it several times over the years. Gave the bottle and accessories with the TJ when I sold it.
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I enjoy this feature the most. From their website:

Portable compressors with automatic shutoff come into play when moving from tire to tire, and when checking tire pressure in the middle of a tire fill. A typical portable compressor must be turned off between tire fills, and anytime you want to check tire pressure. If you aren’t near the compressor, this can turn into running laps back and forth to the portable compressor to turn the unit on and off. Automatic portables do not work in this fashion and will save you time & effort to get tires inflated quickly.

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Isn't carrying around a CO2 tank in the vehicle kind of dangerous in an accident?
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Well, ummm... you do want to secure it, like any 15-pound hunk of steel that's behind your head. Including a ViAir compressor.
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Q industries MV50 I have bought a total of five of them and each vehicle has one in it. The most used one is in my Jeep, going on two years now. fills my tires back up to 30psi no problem. I also have it mounted under the hood in the tray on my TJ. my .02. Good luck to ya'. there are a lot of choices and opinions.
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I bought an ARB CKMP12 in March of last year. It is awesome. I have aired up 3 jeeps in a row with larger tires without fail. It has yet to shut off due to overtemp. The auto on/off feature is great. The air hose is long enough to reach the rear driver tire easily on my JKUR. The carrying case is great and has some extra room to put more tools in it. The only negative (other than high price) is the hose end that plugs into compressor gets extremely hot. I will leave the lid open on the way home to let it cool down. Yes, it's very expensive. Every time in the past when I went cheap and saved some money, it always comes back to haunt me. My view is this: I blew $35K on a bad ass offroading machine, why should I buy cheap crap that could leave me stranded or break said $35K machine?

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