Best wheel & tire air compressors & inflators according to redditors

We found 343 Reddit comments discussing the best wheel & tire air compressors & inflators. We ranked the 93 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Wheel & Tire Air Compressors & Inflators:

u/bachennoir · 19 pointsr/IDontWorkHereLady

This worked out for you, but I recommended buying one of these or something similar, if you can afford it.

If you keep it in your car, you never pay for air, you don't have to worry about finding a station with a working pump, and you can put air in your cold tires. I pump up my tires seasonally in my parking garage after work. I can add to cold tires AND stay out of the elements.

u/trebde · 15 pointsr/motorcycles

Sure, here goes, but its up to you to figure out what is what:

  1. Pagnol M1 jacket
    This jacket was from the first run of jackets. The quality is great, and has improved since I got mine (my buddy got one from the next production run). Pockets for armor, good for 3 season riding (with some layers) Plus my tablet fits in the back protector pocket.

  2. Stylemartin Boots — They look good and provide good protection. I can wear them all day. Except the laces they come with always give out on the shifter side (at least for me) so that's been replaced with paracord.

  3. Simpson Street Bandit Helmet
    Snell & Dot rated, good airflow and visibility. Installing a sena headset onto this was a breeze. Currently covered in bugs.

  4. Sena 10C
    The camera is pretty shitty but it's better than no camera. I try to use it as a dashcam. The build quality of the device is not the greatest as one of the clips on the device has broken off and I contacted customer support with no response whatsoever. Audio quality is good though. They are releasing a new device, the Sena 10C Evo, that looks like it solves some of the issues with the 10C.

  5. Earplugs
    These are awesome and cheap. They live in the pill container on my keys. So much better than foam earplugs.

  6. Keysmart — Fuck jingly & pointy keys. A usb & multitool also lives on this guy.

  7. Rev'it Dirt 2 Gloves — Good airflow, not much wrist protection. They are gloves but I have an extra long left middle finger or something, cause that finger always gives out first.

  8. Cruz Tool Roll — I actually have the non BMW one, but need to add the torx tools to this. I also carry an extra tool set that isn't pictured. I recommend this toolkit for everyone. It's tiny and extremely robust, but hard to find.

  9. External Battery USB — has a really bright light and can charge my things forever. Did a tour of Sri Lanka and charged this instead of finding outlets and adapters. The light even has a flashing and SOS mode.

  10. Slime air compressor — Haven't really needed it yet but it's there.
u/gotamd · 13 pointsr/chicago

In case anyone is looking for an air compressor now, I have this one and it works like a champ:

u/rao-blackwell-ized · 12 pointsr/Charleston

At home - or anywhere - with one of these.

u/JamesRawles · 11 pointsr/harborfreight

The 150 is the better bet because it's clip on, instead of cigarette lighter. But if you're gonna pay retail prices, might as well just go this route

u/Eldanon · 11 pointsr/TeslaModel3

This is what I have in the trunk at all times:

Tire patch kit

Tire inflator

Haven’t had to use this yet but in theory this should work if I get a nail that I can see...

u/pointblankjustice · 10 pointsr/BMW

Everyone should absolutely carry some bare essentials in their car like jumper cables, bottled water, cold weather gear, road flares, and a good flashlight, at a minimum. Check out /r/VEDC if you are interested in what people carry in their cars!

I carry the following in my F31:

General Automotive

  • 2.5 lb Fire Extinguisher

  • 2 1/2 Ton Floor Jack

  • 6x6 Wood block for shimming when jacking taller vehicles

  • 4-way tire iron

  • Tire plug kit

  • Very nice dual cylinder air compressor

  • 16ft 8 gauge jumper cables

  • Quart of BMW 10W30

  • 4x 1L SmartWater bottles

  • Safety Glasses

  • N95 respirator

  • 6x 15 minute road flares

  • 3x 30 minute road flares

  • 700 Lumen O-Light M30 Triton Flashlight

  • Two microfiber cloths

  • Microfiber diamond-weave drying towel

  • Griot's Garage Interior Detail Spray

    Trauma Kit Contents

  • Seatbelt Cutter

  • Glass Punch

  • Bag Valve Mask

  • Range of various sized NPAs

  • Hemorrhage control (tourniquets, trauma dressing, clotting sponges, gauze, chest seals)

  • XCollar cervical splint

  • Saline rinse

  • Epinephrine auto-injector

  • Trauma shears

  • CPR mask

  • Non-latex gloves

  • Rite in the Rain notepad with Pen

  • Yellow and red glow sticks

    In addition, I carry a full compliment of 72-hour survival gear organized into my Get Home Bag: Gallery Here.

    GHB Contents

    On-Person EDC

  • Springfield XD-S 9mm

  • Leather SHTF Holster

  • Nitecore P12 Tactical Light 2015 Model (1x18650, 1000 OTF Lumens, many useful modes, gorgeous interface)

  • Leatherman Charge TTi

  • Waterman Hemisphere Fountain Pen

  • Autum Dualist Wallet (Powder-coated aluminum wrapped in Horween leather, handmade in the US)

  • VOID V02 Wristwatch

  • 64GB Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge in Sapphire Black

  • Nite-Ize S-Biner with keys

  • 32GB LaCie Flash Drive

  • Exotac Ferrocerium Rod and Striker

  • Fob for 2011 BMW 335i M-Sport Sedan

  • Portland Bee Balm

  • Ray Ban RB8313 Carbon Fiber Aviators

  • BMW M Belt in Anthracite (Very decent $50ish leather belt made in Italy, marked up to over $100 because BMW knows enthusiasts/douchebags will pay the premium for that tiny embossed ///M logo).

  • Keen Flint shoes (good work boot/hiking boot hybrid, steel toe, low ESD.)

    Sleep System/Shelter

  • SOL 5x7ft Utility Tarp (Orange for signaling, reflective inside for heat retention, ripstop, grommetted, actually surprisingly sturdy)

  • SOL Escape Bivy (Breathable, durable, warm to about 50F, I use this in the summer as my backpacking sleep system.)

  • Klymit Static-V Inflatable Pad (Whether crashing a friend’s house or sleeping outside, I consider the insulation and comfort of a pad requisite.)

    Mess Kit/Foodstuffs/Hydration

  • 27oz Widemouth Kleen Kanteen (Single-walled canteens are multifunctional, and can also be easily used for cooking and boiling water, or warming your sleeping bag). 2x1L water bottles are stored in my trunk, so if I needed to, I could always grab spare water before setting out on foot somewhere.

  • The ever-popular Sawyer Mini Water Filter (There is really no reason you shouldn't have one, or five)

  • (3) ProBars (Calorie and protein dense, lightweight, easily packable)

  • (2) Paleo Jerky bars (the only grass fed/grass finished jerky I've found that tastes decent)

  • (2) Trail Butters

  • (1) Lara Bar

  • Blend of Teas, Electrolyte Tabs, Coffee, Spices

  • MSR Titanium Fork and Spoon

    Cold Weather Gear

  • REI Windstill Rainjacket/Wind-breaker (with integral hood)

  • Wigwam Merino Wool Socks

  • Marker Thinsulate Vest

  • PIG Gloves (Lots of dexterity at the sacrifice of warmth, great for protecting your hands when working on things)

  • Fleece Beanie


  • Adam Industries Pitbull Monocular Night Vision Device (MNVD), built using the Gen 3+ Omni VI MX-10160C autogated intensifier from an AN/AVS-9. This was an incremental upgrade from my Gen 3 Omni IV PVS-14, and it produces an image that is less grainy and a tad bit more detailed/better contrasted.

  • Yaesu FT-60 Dual Band HAM Radio (Emergency communications, police/fire traffic, NOAA weather broadcasts)

  • Verizon Mobile Hotspot

  • PNY 5000MAh rechargeable USB charger (2.1A compatible)

  • UMX Android Burner Phone (disposable phone, prepaid card info and emergency contact numbers under the battery, charged up, and preloaded with useful survival manuals and Backcountry Navigator Pro with cached 1:24k topographical maps of my area)

  • ACR PLB-375 Rescue Beacon

  • Petzl Tactikka-XP Headlamp with red/blue lenses (replaced my Quark QP2L-X, as the hands-free functionality is very useful for setting up camp, working on a broken down car in the dark, etc).

  • Microsoft Surface Pro 3 Tablet (Core i7/256GB SSD/8GB DDR3/Win 8.1 Enterprise), soon to be replaced a Surface Pro 4 once they ship.

  • USB Micro Cable

  • Surprisingly decent bundled earbuds from my S6

  • 1ft Ethernet cable

  • USB-to-Ethernet adapter for the tablet

  • 256GB External USB SSD (in Ineo housing, with encrypted copies of critical documents/identification, as well as a bunch of my usual tech tools, for those impromptu "my computer has a virus" conversations at friends' houses, as well as our enterprise software and system images.)

  • Micro SD Card in SD Card Adapter


  • (4) MSR Groundhog Mini Stakes

  • 100ft Blaze Orange Paracord and Spare Carabiner (mostly for guy wires and a center line to make an A-frame tent
    out of the tarp)

  • Spare Nitecore 18650 2600mAH Battery (for my EDC light)

  • Small Roll of Duct Tape

  • Roll of Electrical Tape

  • 6 sq. ft. of Tin Foil

  • Zip Ties

  • Bit Kit for my Leatherman Charge TTi

  • Spare Dog Poop Bags

  • Zebra F-301 Pen

  • Rite in the Rain Pad

  • Cold Steel SRK Fixed-Blade Knife with Kydex Sheath (Such a great, sturdy knife)

  • Spare 14rd Glock Magazine w/ 14rds Horandy Critical Defense +P Hollow Points


  • SOLO Butane Torch Extendible Lighter (Good for getting under tinder, burns fucking hot, and also great for cigars)

  • Waterproof Matches in Sealed Container with Striker Paper

  • Film Canister of Wax Soaked Cotton balls

  • Tea Light


  • Toothpaste

  • Compact Toothbrush

  • Tampon

  • Ass Wipes

  • Nail Clippers


  • Tactical Tailor IFAK

  • Epinephrine Auto-Injector

  • CPR Mask and Gloves

  • Quik-Clot Combat Gauze

  • Bitch Stickers (Band aids, gauze wrap and pads, etc.)

  • Benadryl

  • Mixed Aspirin, Zyrtec, Anti-Diahrreals (in the Advil tube)

  • Oral Rehydration Salts

  • Portland Bee Balm

  • Superglue

  • Bug Spray (100% DEET)

  • Sunscreen

  • Shears

  • ACE bandage

  • TUMS
u/DrKronin · 9 pointsr/Cartalk

I have a tiny little air compressor that just plugs into the cigarette lighter of any car, and while it's a bit noisy, it does a great job. I couldn't find the model I own, but this one would do the job just fine, and it's small enough to pack on road trips.

u/spilk · 8 pointsr/VEDC

Yeah that's what i mean - the beefier portable compressors all come with battery clamps. No need to hardwire it in like if you were installing air lockers. I don't have this exact model but one very similar to it, just pop the hood and clamp it on and air up. I use it when offroading - air down the tires for better traction, air back up when I get back to pavement.

u/xOhoKsDU9Va · 8 pointsr/VEDC

If that's excessive I'd hate to see what you describe mine as...

I have those same Jumper cables, they are really nice!

Do you know how large that Swiss army knife is in person? for a car I would get something like a Leatherman Wave or Leatherman Surge. Or at least a bigger swiss army knife (Although the small tweezers on those are useful)

What about a portable compressor? I have used mine more than ANYTHING else

This is the go-to suggestion:

u/mareksoon · 8 pointsr/Austin

Seriously. Purchase one of these and toss it securely somewhere in your car; never seek air again.

IMO, don't waste money on the rechargeable ones, but DO make sure your engine is running while using it.

Slime 40022 12-Volt Digital Tire Inflator

u/thepensivepoet · 8 pointsr/Guitar

Keep a small DC air compressor, a higher quality jack, a fire extinguisher, and a first aid kit in your car.

u/xdownsetx · 7 pointsr/motorcycles

This is the model I keep under my seat,

But not every bike has much underseat storage.

u/DuhWhat · 7 pointsr/motorcycles

watched someone use the CO2 cartridges. He used 6 of them, to get a minimal amount of pressure from flat, maybe 12 psi. Enough to sketchily get somewhere with a real compressor.

I would recommend something like this:

It will fill the tire up to spec, but it will take a while.

u/chayos00 · 7 pointsr/4x4

Got two of these from Pep Boys for my truck. There's a few mods you can do to them you can find with a quick Google Search to help them out a bit. But for the price you can't beat it compared to a similar performance couple hundred dollar ones. I've had one last me about 6 years and my newer two have been with me about 2 years now.

MasterFlow MF-1050 Air Compressor

Big brother (never used by me yet)
SuperFlow MV-90 Air Compressor

u/toomuchtodotoday · 7 pointsr/LifeProTips

If space and money are no object:

No affiliation, just love my air compressor.

u/shamarctic · 7 pointsr/Wrangler

OK dont worry you guys. I've got this. First things first, you're going to need to open up a credit card with a high limit. $30k should do to start.

  • Rubber Floor Mats. I got the Mopar ones. I might suggest Weathertech instead. If you have the unlimited, you can get mats for the back was well. I cannot find any mats for the back of my two door :(
  • Have a dog? Plan on running with the roof off? Want to prevent them from falling out? Safari Straps have your back.
  • Off Roading? I suggest some tire deflators to air down conveniently, and a portable air compressor to air back up.
  • Grab Handles are great. Here's one example, but I recommend shopping around. Theres a lot of different styles, find what you like.
  • Hi Lift Jack & Base. You'll quickly find off road that the stock jack will not get you out of a lot of situations. The base is helpful on soft surfaces (wet dirt, sand, etc).
  • Change your own damn oil! It's easy. No jack required just shimmy under there. Make sure to get an oil catcher big enough for your motor. 6-8 QTS if I recall correctly.
  • Buy a shovel. Invaluable off road
  • Recovery Strap & learn how to use it properly.
  • Mechanics Gloves. Again very helpful around the jeep.

    That should get you off to a good start. Eventually you might think about replacing the bumpers, adding a tire carrier, lifting the jeep, getting bigger wheels, adding a winch, adding a roof rack.
u/gimli5 · 7 pointsr/blogsnark

Gauges are super cheap and having one in your car isn't the worst idea. We also had crazy weather fluctuations last winter and I got sick of paying to fill up my tires every other day so I ended up just buying my own pump as well (I bought this one and have no complaints after 6 months of use).

u/Shitstory · 7 pointsr/Wilmington

I know it isn't a fix for you right now but I picked up a great air compressor for my car.

EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor Pump, Digital Tire Inflator

Thing has saved my ass half a dozen times already(I am hard on tires).

u/HotelHarambe · 7 pointsr/philadelphia

You can also buy a small air compressor that you can keep in your trunk on Amazon for like 30 bucks. Can really come in handy and you won't have to find a pump.

Something like this: EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor Pump, Digital Tire Inflator by 100 PSI

u/mike689 · 6 pointsr/Birmingham

Get yourself one of these.

I was so damn tired of having to use quarters to pump my tires. They are damn near invaluable with the roads here in bham and surrounding. I keep mine in the trunk and use it all the time.

u/SierraHotel058 · 6 pointsr/BuyItForLife

This Viair compressor is the one I bought about five years ago. Very well built. It is on sale today on Amazon. I recommend it.

u/Renyu · 6 pointsr/AnnArbor
u/[deleted] · 6 pointsr/houston

Supply and demand, business is business. Places charge what they feel they need to, in order to offer a service and make it profitable.

Air compressors require maintenance and keeping one available for customers is an expense. Keeping hoses and nozzles in good shape can be a challenge, too, with all the vandals and thieves we have here.

I bought a little air compressor via and keep it in my truck, under the back seat. Usually my tires stay okay from oil change & tire rotation to the next, but sometimes with cold weather onset, I need to top 'em off. I do it in my driveway with that pump. Pretty handy. This way I'm not forced to pay for air or stop in and wait at a Discount Tire.

u/ayemef · 6 pointsr/raleigh

I posted this a few days ago, and stand by it:

> I gave up on gas station air since some cost money, sometimes have a line and have a tendency to break down. Got myself one of these for $35 and an adapter for another few bucks. Screw waiting in line for gas station air.

It's good to maintain your tires, but I'll be damned if I have to wait on a line to do so.

u/tsaven · 5 pointsr/motocamping

Ah, so you're on a KLR 650, aka "The Tractor". Excellent! It's the best choice for doing long distance adventure touring when you're poor as shit. They're cheap, simple and hilariously tolerant of abuse. MASSIVE aftermarket for parts and accessories, too.

  • Some things are worth over-planning and some things aren't. Route is not something you should plan too much, emergency options and mechanical stuff is. Make sure you've got AAA Premeir (The basic AAA plan doesn't cover motorcycles), and health insurance. The more mechanical skills you have and the better you know your bike, the better.
  • Get to be a regular on ADV Rider, and make use of their Tent Space list to find people to stay with for free. Also an amazing resource for when you crash and break stuff, just about anyone on that forum will bend over backwards to find a truck and drive out into the middle of nowhere to rescue you, bring you back to their garage and then help you fix the bike in exchange for hearing your stories from the road.
  • Yes, food is expensive and $10/day is the minimum you should plan for. Cooking for yourself can help keep costs down, a Whisperlite stove is much better for this as opposed to a Jetboil.
  • For eating cheap, instant pasta packets are a great option. Like these: That's actually a pretty high price for them, if you are good about hitting discount grocery stores like Aldi and always getting the generic or store-brand stuff, you can sometimes find them for as little as $0.70/pack. Add the contents to 2 cups boiling water, simmer for 7 minutes and you're done. They pack super small, they're tasty, calorie dense, really cheap and easy. Also, instant mashed potatoes (in similar sized pouches) are usually findable for under $1/pouch, and instant rice. All of these options are usually a bit light on protein, so supplement them with tuna pouches like these: and precooked chicken breasts like this: . The instant oatmeal packs are a great option, just plan on eating at least two for each breakfast. Oh, and don't forget the peanut butter. I had plenty of camping nights where dinner was eating peanut butter out of the jar with a spork.
  • Disperse camping in National Forest/BLM land is lovely and a brilliant option. But keep in mind that once you get east of the Rocky Mountains, such areas are MUCH harder to find. That being said, it's still possible to "Stealth Camp" even in the flyover states, but it takes some skill and a good eye. If you google for "Stealth Camping with a motorcycle" you can find a lot of info on some tricks on doing it well.
  • KLRs do burn oil, it's kind of the nature of the beast of a cheaply made low-stress thumper. Many people use Shell Rotella T6 (it's a full synthetic designed for diesel trucks but works great in motorcycle engines), but you'll be fine using whatever cheapskate store-brand dinosaur oil you can find as long as it's close to the right viscosity.
  • While we're talking about oil, remember that you'll need to do a full oil and filter change at least three times on this trip. Long distance cruising on pavement is actually really easy on engines and oil (it's a consistent speed, temperature and load) so you can stretch the usual 3,000 mile requirement to every 5,000 miles. Autozone/AdvancedAuto/O/Reilly auto parts type stores will usually have the filter, and in most states they are legally required to take old oil for free. Google how to do a parking lot oil change (Hint; find a small cardboard box in a trash can somewhere, line it with like three or four layers of plastic bags from the auto parts store, and drain the oil into that).
  • Actually, your KLR does use Tube tires, becuase it's a giant over-sized sorta-dirt bike. Generally, anything with spoked wheels uses tube tires. So that is the proper patch kit, although my personal preference is to carry as small 12v compressor as opposed to the CO2 tubes. Like this: (Make sure to have the bike running while using the compressor!)
  • Bring the patch kit, but also carry a spare tube. Get the proper tube for the 21" front wheel, and in an emergency you can actually shove it into the rear wheel as well. It'll work fine for getting you back to civilization where you can buy a proper new tube.
  • Okay this part is important. Patching a tube tire or even just replacing the tube is NOT SIMPLE. You need to remove the wheel from the bike, then remove the tire and tube from the rim. If you plan on doing this on the side of the road, that means you need to have a center stand on the bike, and carry all the tools needed to pull off either wheel, PLUS a set of tire spoons and something to use as lube (mixing up some dish soap in water works great). Oh, then you need to know how to do it all. My suggestion is to spend a weekend practicing it at home before you leave so you know how it's supposed to work, lots of videos on youtube can help you with this. Trying to figure it out by yourself for the first time in the middle of nowhere isn't how you want to learn.
  • Speaking of tires, what tires do you currently have on the bike?
  • As for chain and sprockets . . . eh, maybe. Be rigorous about cleaning and lubing your chain every 500 miles, keep an eye on how worn the teeth are getting but you'll probably be okay.
  • Tool kit. Fortunately because the KLR650 is such a popular bike, many other people have already done the work of figuring out what a good roadside toolkit consists of. Read over this thread for a lot of information: Some carry more, some carry less. If you google for "KLR650 Adventure Toolkit" you'll find a lot of info. Tools and ability to use them are something you should over-plan on.
  • The KLR's alternator can provide PLENTY of power to charge your phone. When people are talking about insufficient power from it, they're talking about running stuff like high-output auxiliary headlights, electrically heated jackets and pants and seats for both rider AND passenger, stereo systems, etc, and all at the same time. Just charging a phone and running some heated grips, you'll be fine.
  • Oh yeah, you should get some heated handgrips. Trust me. I think the effect is more psychological than anything, but when you're cold and wet having warm hands makes a world of difference. Simple under-grip elements (requires you take off your existing grips, then put the heating elements onto the bars, then put your grips back on) are like $30. Fancier new grips with integrated heating elements (such as made by Oxford) are around $100.
  • Jeeze those ammo cans are gigantic. Yeah, I think you'll be fine for waterproofing with those things. But your duffel/rear seat bag needs to be waterproof as well. As I mentioned in another post, Mosko Moto bags are amazing but really expensive.
  • For keeping your neck dry, I recommend rain gear with an integrated hood. You put the hood on UNDER your helmet, and it stops the rain from running down your neck. Something like this is good for your budget:, it's sized to go over your existing gear (Which isn't waterproof. I know, I know. The label that came on your jacket and pants says that it's waterproof. It's not. It's waterproof enough for a light afternoon shower, but if you're riding all day in a thunderstorm it WILL get soaked through. I speak from experience).
    -Also for keeping your head and neck warm, get one of these:|US|NB|GGL|DES|SiC|ROAS|&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI0PuRqLXW1wIVB25-Ch3KlQb2EAYYAiABEgKOovD_BwE

    A word on off-pavement stuff: The KLR 650 is extremely capable of taking you very far off the beaten path if you put knobby tires on it, well away from pavement and civilization and deep into the wilderness. Which is awesome, totally awesome. That's my style of touring, personally. But it comes with a LOT of other risks and considerations. Are you thinking of doing a lot of backcountry riding on this trip?
u/refboy4 · 5 pointsr/LifeProTips

Had a post like this awhile ago with more insight for those who care...

I guess I can repost my own post:

I do this kind of thing as a part time job for CDOT (Colorado Dept of Transportation) when I want extra money to buy something stupid, so I have some good insight as to what gets people stuck.
>An extra belt and a breaker bar big enough to move the tensioner.

I mean, I don't carry an extra belt, but I'm pretty good about checking wear on it every few weeks or so. However, a breaker bar is definitely definite definitely recommended. It's most useful for wheel lugs, but it'll work on a belt tensioner too.

>Spare hose clamp for if you blow a radiator hose off/ intake hose/ turbo hose/ whatever. They cost like nothing (literal cents), but when you need it you need it. You ain't going anywhere with no air intake/ turbo intake/ coolant hose.

>Bottle jack? instead of the stock scissor jack?

No you don't need a full size floor jack.

If you have a regular passenger car (like a 4 door car) the scissor jack will work fine. They are kind of tedious to jack up and down but it's for an emergency, not everyday use. The bottle jack is a good idea for large SUV, Trucks, and RVs. Make sure you have a base or something on it if you have any sort of lift. Also remember that you will have to jack up much further to install the inflated tire than you had to for the flat one.

Only other advice I have here is actually pull that jack out and figure out how to use it. They all gotta be different and some are like oragami in how this click into that, which slides onto that... Reading the user manual and deciphering the IKEA-esque pictures on the side of the road just adds frustration and stress to the already crappy situation.

>Fix-a-flat kit

Meh. A spare tire is the better option. Make sure you check it's inflated at least every couple months. It's very very common that people have a spare, but that its flat. It does you no good as a spare if it's flat. A tire plug kit a definitely a good thing though. If you do HAVE to use the fix a flat, prepare to have a tire shop guy charge you twice when they find it all over the wheel. It's a nightmare to clean off, and as others have said will ruin you TPMS sensor. Depending on the make/model of your car this could be another $35 to $100 you have to spend, in addition to a new tire.

>Lights! and flares

(Ignore the guy in the comments that said lights are only emergency vehicles. He has no idea what he's talking about)

For an emergency kit, flares are better since they don't require batteries (that you will forget to change/ charge). However, lots of road flares last 30 - 60 minutes. It should take you 20 to change a flat. Be careful with the flares as many types drip as they burn. Don't light yourself or the side of the road on fire. I know you're thinking "well duh" but it happens every year in CO where I live. Someone lights the brush on fire near the highway cause they put flares out and got to fixing their car and not paying attention.

That said, you can get LED road flares that are bright and really good at attracting attention. Look up the laws in your area. Some places restrict the color you can use. Amber (orange) is usually a pretty safe color to choose. If you can get on that has more than one color, it's better. Monochromatic light doesn't give people good depth perception. Avoid as much as possible bright white strobes facing rearward. All you're going to do is blind the people you are trying not to get hit by.

> Screwdriver set with misc bits

Like others have said, this won't be super useful for your car, but for various other tasks it can be a huge time/ money/ aggravation saver to just have basic tools for random things. Ever tried to get a hose clamp off with just your fingers? You just have to remember to put those tools back in the kit. You don't need Snap Off for this as they likely won't get used that much. Don't get the cheapest ones at Harbor Freight either. Get the " pittburgh professional" ones.

> Socket set?

You can get the set if you want to, but at a minimum get the socket that fits your lugs. Get the drive size that fits the breaker bar you got from above (likely 1/2"). When I do this for work I had a cordless impact driver which was awesome, but a breaker bar doesn't require you to remember to charge batteries, and I haven't found anyone that just wasn't strong enough to use one. A breaker bar is like $15. Cordless impact driver powerful enough is like $250+.

>Glass Breaker/ Hammer

Honestly, you'd be better off with a spring loaded center punch. You have to have room to swing the hammer, and some people (elderly, children) just don't have the strength to hit the window hard enough. With the center punch, you just touch it to the glass and push until it clicks. Many cops and firefighters use these as a means to get you out. If you go this route, have a seat belt cutter, pocket knife, something...

>Fire Extinguisher

It's better if you mount this somewhere where it wont get buried. My favorite place is honestly the trunk lid or right in front of the taillight area in a car, under one of the seats for a SUV or truck (if you can easily flip it up). Imagine yourself suddenly panicking and thinking holy goddamn s**t my car is on fire, and scrambling to get to your extinguisher. Put it somewhere you can scramble to easy. If it takes longer than 10 seconds, its not accessible enough.

  • Basic first aid kit. useful for everything. Make sure if you use it, restock it.

    > A little portable air compressor

    can really help if you get a flat and have a flat spare. Not necessary but sure is nice. You can use it for other things too (blowing up sports balls air mattresses etc...). They usually take FOREVER to fill a tire, but if you're stuck anyway...

    >Roll of duct tape (because obviously).

    I've used it to tape up bumpers after an accident so they can at least get off the road, to secure wiring, to a whole number of other things.

    >Spare fluids.

    Maybe. Gallon of coolant or distilled water at least. quart of oil, etc... This also depends on where you normally drive. If you never leave the city and a parts store is usually a couple blocks away then you don't have to bother. If you live outside the city and it would take you the entire afternoon to walk the next 15 miles to the store...well, plan accordingly.

    > Tire pressure gauge.

    To check main and spare tires. Don't trust the ones on the gas station pump (they get slammed around and scraped on the ground). I've seen them as inaccurate as 15 - 20 p.s.i. off.

    > Jumper cables.

    Better yet, your own jump pack.. Jumper cables are only useful if someone else is there to rescue you.

    > A tow strap

    is kinda nice, but if you're stuck and there's nobody else around it won't help you (unless you have a winch/ come-along). Nothing wrong with having one handy in case someone comes along though.

    > Tire chains.

    Don't know where you live but in CO there is actually a new (ish) chain law for passenger vehicles. When it's in effect you are supposed to have chains (or alternative traction device) in place. It's not just for truckers anymore. I take them out in the summer.

    > A shaker siphon

    Makes transferring fuel way way way way way less infuriating than dealing with the stupid friggin gas cans you have to buy nowadays. All the silly safeties and valves, it's like playing goddamn BopIt. They also work for coolant and washer fluid too, not that you would be dumping gallons of washer fluid... How to use it I don't carry a fuel container in my truck with me, but FYI it's illegal (in the US at least) to transport fuel in anything other than an approved fuel container. I doubt you'll get in trouble, just something to consider.
u/diemunkiesdie · 5 pointsr/Atlanta

That's the logical solution to the problem but not an answer to OP's question.

I will also contribute a logical solution but not an answer:

OP, I also hate having to let air out when I overfill and hate using a pressure gauge because it means connecting and disconnecting the hose multiple times to check. I own a "portable compressor" and the vast majority of those come with a built in gauge (example: EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor Pump, Digital Tire Inflator by 100 PSI or the Viair (00077) 77P Portable Compressor Kit)

u/the_woot_shoot · 5 pointsr/Louisville

I bought this off Amazon when it was on sale a few years ago. The convenience of having it with me all the time and not having to worry about finding a gas station with an actual functioning air compressor was worth every penny.

I highly recommend getting one.

u/BernoulliMagic · 4 pointsr/motorcycles

Awesome idea! If you love that person that much more, just had to share a step up from this product without having to know tire pressure:

Added this to my wheels and having pressure and a quick temperature readout in the morning before leaving my kitchen is pretty insanely nifty.

Other ideas for OP:

Freezeout Balaclava:

Microfiber Cloths (great for visor wipes, general cleaning, and wiping condensation off the bike in the morning):

Cat Crap (visor antifogger):

Lock Laces:

Motorcycle Tire Inflator (fits under my seat easily):

u/veeb0rg · 4 pointsr/CherokeeXJ

I have one of these, works fine. I use it to air up tires all the time. I have been considering an up grade to a Mf-1050. With coupons when on sale I can get it for about $40 locally, Just need to wait for the sale.

u/avu3 · 4 pointsr/bayarea

/u/keylime503 is spot on. Even if it is the law. Even if it is your right, why waste your time and potentially hurt your car just cause that's how its supposed to work.

Pickup an inexpensive gauge like this one
(or this one if you're old-school like me

and you're good to go. Keep it in your trunk or glovebox.

for the completely gas station free experience, pickup your own compressor.

$45 if you're into overkill like me

And you're done.

I've got a $10 compressor in the trunk of my wife's car just so I never have to worry about it when we take hers on road trips... but I wouldn't recommend something this cheap for most of you (for me its 3rd behind a 5gallon craftsman shop compressor and one of the $50 ones above)®-Portable-Compressor-Inflator-Adaptors/dp/B015YZJ7KY/

u/cheerwinechicken · 4 pointsr/Charlotte

They take up almost no space at all. It's just a tiny motor that you plug into your car's charging port and it inflates your tires.

This one is really similar to the ones we got. Dimensions are 12" x 10" x 8". I just keep it in my trunk.
Amazon link

u/speedofgravity · 4 pointsr/abarth

I will never change my oil by draining the pan again.

u/paulwesterberg · 4 pointsr/teslamotors

I got this air compressor from amazon, it can be powered from your cigarette lighter and is light and fast. Much better than the Tesla air compressor and just as portable.

u/JLee50 · 4 pointsr/overlanding

That's really cheap right now ($45).

u/IngarethaSybiil · 4 pointsr/WrestlemaniaPlans

Keep a good tire inflation kit with you! I recommend a small tire inflator for slow leaks, pressure imbalance, or flats; and a reliable tire pressure gauge to verify all 4 tires have even pressure.

u/Sunius · 4 pointsr/Whatcouldgowrong

Get this:

You plug it in, set the air pressure, hit start and walk away. That’s how I got rid of that fear...

u/ztherion · 3 pointsr/motorcycles

I have this battery which is awesome but discontinued.

I also have this air pump.

u/pj2d2 · 3 pointsr/motorcycles

I keep one of the mine slime compressor too. I should probably check and make sure it still works.

u/Chief_tyu · 3 pointsr/LifeProTips

Better LPT: Go to any auto parts store or big box store that sells them (or Amazon) and order a 12V air compressor. These cost about $15 and are powered by your car's cigarette lighter / 12V power outlet. You don't have to drive anywhere to fill up your tires, you don't have to put quarters in a machine, and they can be used to fill up other inflatables. Here is a good example

u/avoutthere · 3 pointsr/VEDC

Great post. If I were you, I would add to the box a power inverter (like this one) and a 12v air compressor (like this one).

u/reddituser6912 · 3 pointsr/VEDC

This is what you are looking for

Its FANTASTIC. Its very quite, super quick but does require 20A on the 12V outlet, my Escape can do it no problem so I assume your F150 can

u/koko949 · 3 pointsr/TeslaModel3

i bought one of these and keep it in my trunk compartment. very handy.

u/Rand01TJ · 3 pointsr/cars

one word:

u/ProfessorMystery · 3 pointsr/MINI

I've had my S for about eight months or so now, and obviously this early in the lifespan of the car I don't have a lot of long-term information on cost of ownership, but I'll offer what I can:

The oil changes are more expensive than a standard car. They're about on par with a luxury or performance car. For instance, my parents own a Merc and after comparing notes with my Dad, it's pretty similar. The plus side is that your new car will come with four free oil changes from the dealership, so that helps for a while. Also, the standard Cooper is pretty easy to change the oil on if you have a decent oil pump like a Topsider. (The S's engine is a bit more cramped and harder to do) You don't even have to get under the car to do it! You can practice at the halfway interval between dealer-supplied changes at first and then just transition over to doing all of them when those run out.

The non-S is also cheaper on tires than the S. At ~15k miles my front tires were getting some noticeable wear on them. I rotated them so I imagine I'll probably need to change the tires somewhere around 30-40k miles depending on how I drive. The S comes standard with run-flats since there's no place in the car for a donut. The standard Cooper has a spare bolted to the bottom rear of the car so you can more safely run standard (cheaper) tires without worrying about being stranded after a blowout. The non-S will also be a little easier on tires since it has less power.

You'll be able to save money with the standard Cooper instead of the S for sure. Of course, by getting the non-S you're going to be missing a LOT of power. My advice would be to NOT test drive an S if you're not set on getting one. Just...don't let yourself know what you're missing.

u/brandonham · 3 pointsr/chicago

I'm in Chicago too. I use this cigarette lighter inflator. You set the desired psi digitally and it shuts of when it gets there. It is accurate and much quite than my last unit. I also have a digital gauge with bleed off that comes in handy.

u/raceman95 · 3 pointsr/ft86

Catback with diffuser - 450

Flossy knob - 120

Smoked side markers - 30 (Markers: 25+5 for amber bulbs)

Swede dash wrap - 70


Total: $670

other junk:
$24 - mini repair kit and some metric wrench sockets.
$10 - digital tire gauge.
$30 - tire pump that runs on the cigarette lighter and fits under the mat with the spare tire.
$30 - a jug of Subie Super Coolant.
$17 - a phone mount (don't recommend it)

Stuff I dont care to price out:

  • Extra phone cables
  • Pack of microfiber towels.


    On the list to come:

  • Smoked Valentis with red light bar
  • Matching smoked Valenti 4th light
  • Rays Gramlights 57Xtremes 17x9 in black
  • 245/40/17 AS3 or similar tires for the new wheels

u/Chuck_a_Duck_in_Muck · 3 pointsr/memphis

Not if you get a decent one. This will air up a typical car tire from flat in less than the 3 minutes and is invaluable. I have one in every vehicle and has saved my ass multiple times. VIAIR 85P Portable Air Compressor

u/idontplaygamesiwinem · 3 pointsr/Cartalk

Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor

This is the one that I have. Works on tires up to 33". Requires you to connnect to the battery terminals while the car is running. It works really well and have used it 10-15 times on my own and other peoples cars without issue. It has a built in psi meter but you have yo switch the unit off to get an accurate reading. Also very quiet compared to pancake style compressors.

u/OnTheClock_Slackin · 3 pointsr/GrandCherokee

Here is what I use. I take my 08 WK Hemi on the beach, air down from 33 psi to about 13-15 psi. It takes about 2 minutes per tire to get back up to 33 psi when I leave.

Hose & cord is plenty long, however I bought a 6 foot hose extension just in case.

It gets hot, I bought a nice canvas bag to keep it in, I've had no issues with the heat besides accidentally touching it and getting a little burn.

Compressor -

Extension Hose -

Bag -

u/jkxs · 3 pointsr/SubaruForester

I apologize in advance for this long post. None of these are "must gets", but they are what I got for my 2016 Premium forester. I'm posting this for my own future reference as well as to help some people who are wondering what accessories might be good for their new forester. I highly recommend ordering from Jackie from Annapolis Subaru @ 443-837-1422 as she can get you some good prices on the subaru accessories as well as WeatherTech products! I saved on WeatherTech shipping costs (~$20) by ordering through Jackie and the warranty is the same as if I had bought them through their website.

Please note that some of these accessory links are for my specific car year, model and configuration. I have a 2016 Premium forester without eyesight (affects the Covercraft/heatshield sunshade - they also have eyesight compatible sunshades!).

Also, I personally didn't get my windows tinted, but I think that is something that you should seriously consider doing :)

Speaker kit

Tweeter kit

WeatherTech DigitalFit floorliner (1st & 2nd row)

WeatherTech cargo/trunk liner (without bumper protector)

Weather Tech TechCare floorliner and floormat Cleaner/Protector Kit

Gorilla mud flaps

Covercraft's UVS100 sunscreen - use promo code FREESHIP

Exterior Auto Dimming Mirror w/ Approach Lighting

Luggage Compartment Cover (manual rear gate)

Rear bumper cover

Auto-Dimming Mirror with Compass and HomeLink

Rear Seat Back Protector

Two Home Depot 5 gallon homer bucket

Heatshield sunshade (driver/passenger, second row, rear windshield, sunroof) - note that their website only shows only one side window (driver/passenger), you need to call in to ask them to add the second row side window ones - on my invoice it says part #1425S-A and #1425S-B

Antigravity Batteries AG-XP-10 Multi-Function Power Supply and Jump Starter (check eBay to see if priced cheaper)

Viair 77P Portable Compressor Kit (check eBay to see if priced cheaper)

Amazon stuff:

EZ Pass Holder for VA Flex

Aux cable

Stickershield (parking stickers, etc)

Dropstop seat gap filler (driver/passenger side)

Door panel removal kit (for speaker kit install)

Two grit guards

Microfiber Drying towel

Microfiber cloths (3 pack)

Car wash shampoo

Wheel brush

Resqme (window breaker/seatbelt cutter)

Wheel cleaner

Microfiber wash mitt

Reindeer costume for Christmas

Headrest coat hanger

Road reflective triangles

Duct tape

Odor eliminator

Tire air pressure gauge

OBDII Scanner (Bluetooth)

First aid kit

u/sduck409 · 3 pointsr/TeslaModel3

I have this one - - liked it enough that I got them for my wife and daughter also. Worth noting - when using this, you may need to reset the plug after each tire - I have to pull the 12v connection and replug it. I believe that these draw an amount of current that is right at the edge of what the electronic fuse for this circuit seems to think is ok.

u/sdoorex · 3 pointsr/teslamotors

Wouldn't a more practical solution be an accurate TPMS system for the tractor which can be easily paired with sensors that are either installed inside the trailer wheel or add-on sensors that replace the valve cap? That way if dropping tire pressure is detected, instead of re-inflating a failing tire the driver can pull to the side of the road and either manually inflate the tire with a lithium battery powered compressor or call for a roadside tire replacement.

u/Clapcheeks69 · 3 pointsr/kansascity

You pretty much have your question answered but I wanted to show some winter car accessories that I use and they have made life easier.

When my car is parked overnight I use a cover like this and it keeps ice and frost off your windshield. There are various types and sizes of these. Mine had side mirror pockets to hold it on and covers the wipers too. Putting in on and taking it off is much easier/quicker than defrosting and scraping.

Very cold temps can result in a dead battery, or one too weak to start the car. This happened to me yesterday and I used one of these to jump start it. I have jumper cables too, but with this I didn't need anyone's help.

When I got home, I trickle charged my battery with this. I just parked in my driveway and ran the charger's 25 foot cord under the garage door and clamped them onto the terminals under the hood. Started nicely today.

I also keep an air compressor in my car all the time. If I'm out on the road and my tire pressure sensors start beeping I can pull over anywhere and top them off.

u/Sancho_Panzy · 3 pointsr/Sup
Ok now I'm looking at this one. It has a digital read out I can set and is a lot cheaper. I'm gonna do some more research then make a post when I finally decide and test it out.

u/britneesme · 3 pointsr/cars
u/CricTic · 3 pointsr/teslamotors

Helteko Portable Air Compressor Pump 150PSI 12V -

That’s the one I got. Only used it once so far but it worked great and topped up my tires quickly.

u/boon4376 · 2 pointsr/4x4

Make sure you bring something to re-inflate them too! Investing in a decent direct-to-battery pump is a great idea for this trip and anytime in the future. Those cigarette lighter pumps are really not designed to re-inflate multiple larger volume tires (these are great - used one for years to re-inflate after off-roading)... And a shovel too.

Deflating even stock 32" tires (in my Wrangler JKU, to around 20 PSI) significantly increased traction - I could go anywhere. When you air back up, the lack of traction is astounding. Just keep your speed down when you air down that low.

u/diabeticcomaface · 2 pointsr/shittyadvice

This is a good start, but if you really want to bring the right tools to the job then I can only recommend this!

u/Zen_Drifter · 2 pointsr/cars

For a slow leak, if you have an auto parts store nearby that's open go buy a cheap 12v compressor that runs off the cigarette lighter. That way you can pump the tire up whenever the light randomly comes on.

You can also get a tire plug kit and take the tire off, locate the leak, and plug it if it's not too close to the sidewall. You can find youtube videos showing you how to use it.

u/redoctoberz · 2 pointsr/Tempe

Rule of thumb in Tempe, if its not bolted down, its ripe for the picking.

Get a tire pump for your trunk, they are pretty cheap.

u/SupremeBLT · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

This is an inexpensive one on amazon. Still good in a pinch.

u/PhromDaPharcyde · 2 pointsr/DIY

These are in a crate in the trunk:

u/Tuition · 2 pointsr/ToyotaTacoma

This is the one I use, might be above the price range you wanted to stay within. Mine attaches to my car battery and the air hose can reach the rear tires with out an issue.

u/maveric101 · 2 pointsr/cars

Yup. I got a 70P for my dad and it's been awesome. I wanted to go with a name brand over one of the litany of random Chinese compressors, and it's hardly any more expensive.

u/notavalidsource · 2 pointsr/techsupport

Comparing these air compressors, would either be bad to use?

Metro Vacuum electric duster

Viair portable compressor

u/hkscfreak · 2 pointsr/cars

Instead of using the built in pump, why don't you use an air compressor built for cars and then inflate it through whatever port is available:

u/gordo1223 · 2 pointsr/sousvide

What are your thoughts as to how he actuates the sealer?

I've thought about building a diy chamber vac, and would rather just put one of these inside the chamber with this traversing the wall to the outside world. Costs less money and this way you don't need to hook up a separate gauge.

u/Dlanoz · 2 pointsr/BmwTech

Another option that I used to do is to use a topsider. Then you don't need to get under the car and deal with the drain plug. This was the solution for me as I didn't have a way to lift my car.

Air Power America 5060TS Topsider Multi-Purpose Fluid Removing System

u/lemoncoke · 2 pointsr/Justrolledintotheshop

Sure, I have this one. I like the fact that it's all metal because these things produce a lot of vacuum. You just take the dipstick out and feed the plastic tube down the dipstick tube. It goes all the way into the bottom of the oil pan/sump and gets pretty much every drop of oil out. Just a piece of advice - it goes a lot quicker when the oil is warm so it's less viscous. Also, if your dipstick tube is wide enough, you can use a larger diameter plastic tube to speed it up a lot more.

u/Kylesfishin · 2 pointsr/GolfGTI

Look into something like this. Lots of different brands/types. So easy and no reason to crawl under the car since the oil filter is on top.

u/atetuna · 2 pointsr/funny

Car tire pumps are cheap enough that they probably don't care, probably because most people that buy them don't care enough to read the directions, typical tire pressures and sizes aren't that difficult to handle, and they'd just buy something else if it broke. Anyhow, here's the first cheapie I found on Amazon. It doesn't list a duty cycle, but the directions do say it can overheat and needs to cool down for 25 minutes if that happens. The specs and directions don't say what the maximum psi is, but a reviewer said it's 150 PSI. That pump would get so hot if it was working over 100 PSI.

To get a 100$ duty cycle at high pressure, you have to spend a lot of money on a compressor like this one.

An alternative at roughly the same price bracket is a liquid CO2 inflation system like this. Fwiw, this is the way I want to go. I may start putting together my system when I pick up a welder in about month, especially if I get a tig welder.

u/Nakotadinzeo · 2 pointsr/funny

Alright... but who set the precedent?

I remember two distinct eras:

  1. This era was one where I could walk outside with a Game Boy in one pocket, a link cable in the other and find another kid to battle or trade with by riding my bike around the neighborhood. People weren't afraid of kids, or what might happen if they stopped to help a kid in distress (in this case, I'm referencing a memory where my bike chain fell off in the pitch darkness and an older man stopped and helped me find it). I could walk to school, and nobody would think anything of it.
  2. This era came after 9/11, when people were saying "it could happen again anywhere!!!!". Suddenly the school wouldn't allow me to walk to school anymore, I had to ride a bus half a block. News media started scaring parents with stories of pedophiles, since it kept their ratings up. This meant that adults became less likely to help a kid out, and that parents wouldn't let their kids play outside, because of the sudden "pandemic of pedophiles" that didn't actually exist. This meant that kids (which are now becoming adults) were kinda forced to find other ways of entertaining ourselves.

    What generation was the parents at that time? What generation worked itself into a self-sustaining frenzy? It couldn't have been the millennials, we were kids at the time and only doing as we were told.

    By luck, I am a country boy. I keep a socket set in my truck, and a bootable ISO in my phone. I've dived into my engine compartment and fixed my own shit many times, an alternator or a water pump isn't that hard to replace and a tire is just a couple bolts. You haven't changed a tire, until you change a boat trailer tire with the wet boat still on it in the rain with a Toyota Camry's weak little jack (because the pickup's is missing of course) on the side of the interstate with waist-high grass.

    You like your cell phone? Do you know how to restore it in iTunes? Is it an android? do you know how to get into safe mode? what about do a factory restore if your phone won't boot? Are your contacts being synced to google right now? are your pictures backed up to Google Photos? How much data would you lose if it fell in the toilet right now?

    Let me guess.. not only do you not know that, but you also don't know the last time you checked your tire pressure. TPM sensors have batteries that die, and you could have low pressure. Your not gonna wait for the dealership or jiffy lube to check are you? If you have green caps, that's not a bad idea because you have nitrogen in your tires but if you have black caps, Get one of these things that are sold at a bunch of places and make sure your tire pressure is at what it says they should be at on your driver door. Or are you just gonna waste gas and wait till you have a blowout.

    Sorry if I'm rambling a bit, but i see the same shit in your generation. "oh, the factory warranty is about to expire. Better trade it in on a new one! My 2004 ford truck needs a small rubber hose that every auto parts store sells for $10, better take it to ford and pay $250! Your a web designer, not a mechanic Nakota. Quit fixing your own car and take it to a mechanic, and not that ASE certified one that you know will trade mechanic work for computer repair work, the one that I know who is expensive."
u/Gin_Intoxic · 2 pointsr/Frugal

Well, not all air pumps provide that free service. And every air pump around me costs more than 50 cents.

It's funny that I see this post today, because just this morning I woke up to a flat tire on my truck sitting in my driveway. Completely flat. An air pump at a gas station that's far away and costs money was simply not an option for me. But since I had this in my truck, I was able to pump up my tire - for free - and make it to work on time.

I've had an air compressor in my truck for around six months now, and it's been a great investment. It's paid for itself more than once.

TL;DR - Don't knock buying an air compressor. It's a good purchase. If you think it's a waste, just don't fucking buy one.

u/Soggy_Pud · 2 pointsr/ATV

The one I already have doesn't go with me because its much too large to fit in the bag. But you know, if I'm buying stuff to fill the bag I think i'll go with this. Back when I was doing air ride on vehicles viair was the way to go. Maybe I'll hard mount one of my old compressors if this doesn't work. I just always assumed a big ol 440 was too much for an atv charge system.

u/jtbis · 2 pointsr/subaru

I also keep one of these in the car. If it’s just a puncture I can plug it, fill it back up and go.

u/LJ-Rubicon · 2 pointsr/Jeep

What to buy in order

Absolute first thing to buy is a fire extinguisher from Amazon. You can get a mount for it, mount it somewhere you can quickly get it

2) winch

3) air compressor.

This is what I suggest

Smittybilt 2781 5.65 CFM Universal Air Compressor

I'm not a smittybilt kinda guy, but that one is good. ARB makes a good one for more money. When you offroad, air down to 15psi

4) tools

Buy this first

TEKTON 3/8-Inch Drive 6-Point Socket & Ratchet Set, Inch/Metric, 5/16-Inch - 3/4-Inch, 8 mm - 19 mm, 47-Piece (Case) | SKT15301

That'll get most of your minor stuff fixed

Then, get a torx bit set. I have 2 sets from harbor freight.

Then, when budget allows, get this

TEKTON 1/2-Inch Drive 6-Point Socket & Ratchet Set, Inch/Metric, 3/8-Inch - 1-5/16-Inch, 10 mm - 32 mm, 84-Piece (Case) | SKT25302

Get a 36mm socket for the axle nut

All that, plus various other hand tools (torque wrench, repair manual, rtv adhesive) , and you'll be able to fix everything on your jeep. I keep all that stuff in my metal box in the rear of my wrangler at all times.

5) get some ammo cans and fill them with various spare parts such as U-joints or what not

6) bottle jack or high lift. I prefer a bottle jack

Torin Big Red Hydraulic Bottle Jack, 6 Ton Capacity

And carry at least 2 jack stands with you at all times

7) if you don't have lockers, this is the part where you start saving up for lockers (and/or Dana 60 axles)

Edit : just seen you have a Rubicon, you can skip number 7 😎

u/opusknecht · 2 pointsr/4Runner

Really like mine. Used it a couple dozen times now. Only complaint is that the bag it comes in is too small.

Picked up a Smittybilt 2781 off Amazon warehouse new for $70. Couldn’t pass that up.

Smittybilt 2781 5.65 CFM Universal Air Compressor

I did the hose connector mod for it so the hoses are universal now.

u/must_ache · 2 pointsr/overlanding

For big low pressure(under 35psi) tires the Smittybilt 2781 is the best performance to value. Doesn't have the duty cycle to handle high pressures in big tires, but it's fast and can do low pressure fine. Needs beyond that you get into slower but higher duty cycle Viair and ARB compressors mainly. $200-350 though. Then you go to multi pump ARB or Viair for $500-600. Then Oasis for 12v and York belt driven, for $1000-1800.

u/GT_57 · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife I don't know about you but if I am airing up tires I don't want it to take very long, Especially if I am on the side of the road for whatever reason. Those little 12V cigarette lighter inflators are toys.

u/Choup17 · 2 pointsr/Silverado

Viair 88P! I have owned mine for a couple years now, very nice to carry under the rear seat! Everything included reaches from the battery post (passenger side) to the driver side rear tire(farthest stretch). No need to buy any other accessories!

u/taratarabobara · 2 pointsr/cars

Get an air pressure gauge and a small compressor. If you buy the really cheap and crappy ones they'll break as soon as you look at them - I really like this model:

Would buy again. A phone holder is good, extra charging cables (never enough), carry some rope, a tarp, some paper towels, maybe a couple bottles of water for cleaning up. Usually there's room down near where the spare tire is for some of this.

u/olek2012 · 2 pointsr/overlanding

Here you go! It hooks up directly to your battery with jumper leads. It's pretty quick. Filled up my Jeep and my friend's Jeep, probably a little over 10 minutes for both together. Now he bought his own so we can do both Jeep in about 5 minutes with two compressors

u/paniconenvy · 2 pointsr/Jeep

Definitely get one. I think mine was like $60 on Amazon and it works great. My dad uses his more than I do, paid less for it, and it seems to be faster than mine. Link below is what he has. Don't be fooled by the duty cycle, I've seen him inflate all 4 of his 33" tires from 12 to 30 psi without stopping, then pass his compressor to someone else to do the same.

u/Circle_in_a_Spiral · 2 pointsr/camping
u/thorium007 · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

I picked up something like this and carry it with me everywhere. I've only used it for myself once after running over a box of screws in the middle of nowhere, but I've helped out quite a few people with it.

u/funnyhappytime · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

That's the best one overall if you check the specs out. I love my HPDE's so a pump is necessary, this thing pumps QUICK.

u/lomlslomls · 2 pointsr/VEDC

I've owned and used this compressor over the past five years and it's been great. Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor. It does connect directly to the battery but that prevents blowing fuses when trying to use the 12v outlet in most cars.

On battery jumpers I've tried a few but found the GOOLOO 800A Peak 18000mAh SuperSafe Car Jump Starter works very well. I've owned three of them. The first time I had to use it was after it had been sitting in my trunk for six months without a recharge and it worked like a champ. I gave that one to my brother in-law as it was his battery that was dead and we were parting ways after a road trip vacation. I bought a replacement and have used it probably a dozen times, often when I see someone with their hood up in a parking lot and offer them a jump start - works every time.

u/TexMarshfellow · 2 pointsr/VEDC

I actually have a timely example from the sub today!

At this link, you can see my response to a (currently-removed) comment which included an Amazon affiliate/referral/whatever you want to call them link/tag.
The comment has a link to this compressor — — but instead of the link ending in the Amazon Standard Identification Number code for the product (B005Z8HAUK), it ends in a referral tag (B005Z8HAUK?tag=[AssociateID]).
The part including and after "?tag=" are the "affiliate" part of the link; Amazon Affiliates receive money for every product purchased from following that link (and might receive payment just because someone clicked it, I'm not sure), which is a violation of Reddit's spam policy, and the comment was auto-removed by the spam filter. I manually approved it conditional on the commenter's editing of the comment, mainly because the comment itself still contributed to the discussion, but since they have not done so yet, I pulled it again.
There are also shortlinks for Amazon referral codes (e.g., but shortlinks are also auto-removed by Reddit for their potential for malicious content, so you don't see them very often.

TL;DR: if it includes "?tag=" then it's a referral link.

u/Cigar_smoke · 2 pointsr/BmwTech

Just food for thought, instead of having a can of fire seal (I think it wrecks the tire) did you think of putting in safety seal tire plug kit and a compressor ? I put it in my other vehicles trunk since the spare is not inflated so I would need to inflate it then once repaired get it back in. I use that car for road trips and it’s saved me already. Doesn’t take up much space at all.

u/eighthourlunch · 2 pointsr/SaltLakeCity

You could order one of these for less than $40. I've loved not having to worry about finding one at a gas station anymore.

u/BrunhildeClaire · 2 pointsr/mechanics

OMG those Michigan potholes on 94 when you enter Michigan from the Indiana border are an absolute nightmare. Better get yourself a good portable tire inflator to keep in the trunk ;)

u/abdiel92 · 2 pointsr/MechanicAdvice

That one looks okay. But if you really want the best quality for the price go with one of the inflators by jaco products. I personally use the SmartPro 2.0 but the SmartPro 1.0 is basically the same thing but runs only on DC power, rather than AC and DC power. I like these ones because they have the auto shut off feature and are super accurate.

Also because it comes from a great company, Jaco is well known for their tire pressure gauges.

u/andy2na · 2 pointsr/teslamotors

I bought the JACO one, which seems to be using a generic design from others but they all have good reviews (A on fakespot), digital, and auto stop:

u/Myvenom · 2 pointsr/Nerf

I bought this one quite awhile ago and never used it (I went all in and bought the tank and regulator), but it should work:

u/AreasonableAmerican · 2 pointsr/onewheel

I picked up one of these digital inflaters for accurate pressure in my wheel- it has a battery for on-the-go use and works quite well for $45:

Fineed Portable Air Compressor...

u/Glyph8 · 2 pointsr/onewheel

The Ryobi is a very useful multipurpose tool, and I have one, to inflate car tires and balloons for kids' birthday parties and air mattresses and rafts and inflatable pools and soccer balls.

If you JUST want something for your OW, I suggest something smaller, that you can throw in your backpack if you want. I have this:

There are similar, and similarly-priced models on Amazon that have even better reviews than that one (though I've had no problems at all with mine).

u/jggimi · 2 pointsr/motorcycles

They are little hand held ones that don't require your generator. :)

u/CrayAB · 2 pointsr/genesiscoupe

Gotcha. Well hope it gets revolved soon! Car looks great man.

I bought one of these bad boys a few years back.. got me out a few jams like yours where I had a small leak causing a flat. Keep it in my car in my "emergency" kit!

u/mcbaxx · 2 pointsr/FireflyFestival

Intex Classic Downy Airbed Set with 2 Pillows and Double Quick Hand Pump, Queen

EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor Pump, Digital Tire Inflator

The compressor will make inflation fast and easy. Also good to keep one in your car for flats.

u/Angel-Of-Death · 2 pointsr/cars

Hey OP. I just purchased this one and quite frankly it's fantastic. It's also pretty quiet compared to everything else that's out there.

u/fizzymynizzy · 2 pointsr/hondafit

I live in New York City. Remember last November 2018 when de Blasio didn't salt the road and there was a lot of car crash?. Well that very same day I got in to TWO accidents. I slam on the brakes and the car just keep on going. Damage to the bumper. Honda sensing did kick in both times. I hear it pulling on the brakes when I already floor the brakes. The tires it came with my car is Firestone FR740. Yes I do notice air lost on it. Have to repump it every 1 to 2 weeks (19000 miles, 7/32(front tires) and 6/32(rear tires.)). Lost 2 psi. So remember to buy a air pump and I recommend getting quick lock on attachment. Unscrewing it when the value air is dirty will make the tires lose a lot of air. Epauto pump and get a lock on attachment.


lock on attachment

This one is self lock. I should of gotten this one instead. Oh well.

u/just_play_one_on_tv · 2 pointsr/phoenix

They aren't anyway. Mechanics hate them. Have a portable air compressor (that has a cig lighter cable) and rubber plugs. It's cheap and much safer.

From Amazon: Plug Kit

From Amazon: Air Compressor

u/ice__nine · 2 pointsr/TeslaLounge

I keep these in my frunk, just in case of a flat tire and AAA is not available or far away.

u/eagle_eye01 · 2 pointsr/cycling

Amen. I used a crappy cheap gauge for years and didn't realize it was off by 10 psi until I recently had a slow leak that made me have to buy a portable tire inflator to keep around. The inflator is calibrated to be accurate within 1 psi, so when I saw how far off my cheap gauge was I just trashed it. I did a lot of research online of gauges to buy and I recently decided to pick up this tire pressure gauge on Amazon and I have been very happy with its performance so far.

Does your bike use schrader or presta valve on the tire?

Definitely recommend getting an accurate gauge and even one of those mini inflators.

u/gittenlucky · 2 pointsr/teslamotors

The low pressure is a problem with all cars, just more annoying on M3. I recommend getting something like this and popping it in the trunk for whenever you need to adjust pressure. Helteko Portable Air Compressor...

u/SomewhereElseInMy · 2 pointsr/financialindependence

meh - get one of these, put in your trunk:

it has saved me more than once. Drive up into the mountains, get a nail, have a slow leak - just pump it up. You don't have to change the tire right away.

Every car I own will have one of these guys in the back. Along with a first aid kit, emergency roadside kit (lights/flares) and other stuff.

u/thaw96 · 2 pointsr/AskPhysics

But for your wife, get her one of these

u/ReneeCycles · 1 pointr/motorcycles

^ this, I always put a little inflator in my back-pack like this one by Slime

u/1over6bil · 1 pointr/Dualsport

The key to deep sand is tire pressure, 18-20 psi for the road turns into a nightmare in the sand. I ride sandy washes in Arizona all the time and I always take the time to air down before I go in them because the difference is really night and day. Typically I go for 10-12 psi.

When I hit the slab again I stop and use this pump to air up, it has been a massive time saver.

Also, this video helped me with the sand, good luck!

u/darfell · 1 pointr/motorcycles

the compressor was 30 bucks, and came with a tire pressure pencil gauge, the repair kit i think was 10 dollars from my local autozone... and the rest i kinda just picked up from home/work.. and the repair kit minus utility knife came with the bike.

u/kevan0317 · 1 pointr/4x4

Thanks! MV-50 MV-1050

u/secessus · 1 pointr/vandwellers

This compressor, sold under various names, was recommended by several hardcore boondockers when I was looking. I have used it 3x on commercial truck tires and it works great.

u/diversification · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

Thanks for the recommendation. As I was looking, I noticed this one looks basically identical. Turns out it is. Take a look at the questions and answers area for a full explanation. It's about $25 cheaper, and apparently the one that is being retired can still be found for cheaper still (although I have a feeling that's a very ymmv type of deal.)

One other question: I'd begun thinking about getting a product that has both AC and DC power plugs, but all of those use the lighter plug. As I'm not an off-roader or someone who drives on long road trips frequently, I'm wondering if I need something like this or would just be better served by the aforementioned unit that can take AC power.

EDIT: you know, now that I'm thinking about it, I am definitely thinking of scenarios where I would need to have a compressor that didn't have to be used right next to my vehicle.

u/craigjclemson · 1 pointr/Jeep

This one is the best bang for your buck that I have seen. The price often gets down to around $50.

u/cdazzo1 · 1 pointr/VEDC

I see recommendations for Viair, but would be remiss if I don't throw this in the mix:

I got one for my brother maybe 5+ years ago for when he went offroading and had to air down. He loved it because it was a relatively quick refill for his monstrous tires. He still carries it in his new truck with a plug kit. I recently bought one to carry in my trunk. People with RV's seem to rave about it in the comments.

u/Anthaneezy · 1 pointr/auto

I have the Slime COMP06 Pro Power Heavy-Duty 12-Volt Tire Inflator. Super quiet and really fast. My dad has one that works, but literally takes 10+ minutes to get a tire from 15 to 35 PSI. This one is probably the same as the Vlair one you linked. Dimensionally and the bar is the same.

As far as reliability, these have very great reviews on Amazon. Mine came in a canvas-like sack with a bunch of connectors. Definitely doesn't feel like a throw-away piece of hardware. Though take this with a grain of salt because I've only used mine twice. But I do recommend this one.

Just make sure your lighter outlet has a 15 Amp fuse. If you keep blowing fuses, you might need to wire up directly to the battery.

u/bravokiloromeo · 1 pointr/AskMen

Cheap but usable AAA Air Compressor

Jumper cables

At least one flashlight

Leatherman (though I always have a pocket knife on me)

At least 1 gallon of water

Roll of toilet paper and paper towels

u/MySpaceTomsAccount · 1 pointr/couriersofreddit

Amazon ~$17 AAA Lifeline 300 PSI 12 Volt DC Air Compressor

u/Beerificus · 1 pointr/electricvehicles

This is good advice. I'm re-thinking my spare strategy now to include a plug kit, which is only ~$6 and not that hard to use along with a 12VDC air pump (only 4lbs!).

u/elkster88 · 1 pointr/motorcycles

For anyone who doesn't have a full sized air compressor at home, one of the 12V air compressors sold at auto parts or hardware stores are cheap and good enough. I have one in each of my cars, and a cheapy to carry on the bike for trips. This Viair Model 73 is the best of my car-carried compressors, I also have some sub $20 ones like this. You can frequently find them as cheap as $10 on sale.

Add a Battery Tender harness to your bike's battery, and get a cigarette lighter adapter to plug into it, voila, you have 12V power for the compressor, a USB charger, etc.

You can also buy a portable jump starter with an air compressor included.

u/newguy8908 · 1 pointr/VEDC

> but don't inflate automotive tires with this

Compressor is one of the things I am looking for. Though I might use it sparingly. Otherwise this one looks good. I will check it out.

Oh ya I did check the compressor you had linked in earlier thread. However I would rather have all in one thing.

u/OhioJeeper · 1 pointr/cars

You can get a compressor for less than cost of one of those pumps. Bike pimps really aren't made for car tires. It's possible, but a compressor is way faster and easier.

Viair 00073 70P Heavy Duty Portable Compressor

u/Codebender · 1 pointr/Frugal

If you're not looking to run tools and stuff like that, you can get one much cheaper, but the best value seems to be around $50. This is the one I have in my car, though I have a full-size one for nail guns, etc., as well.

u/nodnreh911 · 1 pointr/cars

I've used one to top off a tire that was low, but it does take a while. And that was with a 185/65r17.

I recently bought one of these and it's a lot better.

u/AtheistKharm · 1 pointr/videos

Yea, I use it all the time for lots of things besides the occasional cleaning of my desktops and laptops. Such as maintaining the air in my tires, cleaning the garage, cleaning the inside of my car, and dusting yourself off after doing the yard etc. You might look into just getting an electric air pump if you don't much need for a compressor other than cleaning electronics.

u/stmiller · 1 pointr/raleigh

Buy a small air compressor like this one

u/ahecht · 1 pointr/teslamotors

Most 12v compressors are crap - they take forever and often overheat before they finish inflating your tires. As someone who's been driving on slightly corroded rims with a slow leak for years, I'd highly recommend getting one from Viair. I have the 70p, which is a little slower but can go up to 100psi for my bike tires. I got it for $45, but it's on sale now at Amazon for $30. The 85p is faster, but it only goes to 60psi, so it would be a better bet if you're only planning on using it on car tires.

u/millertyme007 · 1 pointr/MINI

Air Power America 5060 Topsider Multi-Purpose Fluid Removing System


u/uid_0 · 1 pointr/Justrolledintotheshop

Time to go buy a TopSider.

u/pawnbrojoe · 1 pointr/Justrolledintotheshop

A few years back the oil change place stripped the threads on my drain plug. I did something similar to OP and used this. It was slightly more of a pain but not much.

u/kalpol · 1 pointr/Austin

Also if you can get to the oil filter from above, look into a topside oil changer. I run the car until it's warm, suck out the oil, swap out the filter cartridge, and don't have to do anything but pump down the can and dispose of the oil.

u/bri3d · 1 pointr/cars

I don't know why a shop with a pit would use one as it's slower than draining the oil and some factory manuals say not to do it (since it doesn't drain / alert you to anything sitting in the bottom of the pan, for one), but it is a real thing.

u/bkdlays · 1 pointr/GolfGTI

I went with this one.
Some are plastic which is nice to be able to see as you fill. In the end I decided metal might be stronger and longer lasting.

u/neonshaun · 1 pointr/Autos

I think I would care more if I didn't have one of these:

makes changing any fluid painless...

u/Navec · 1 pointr/GolfGTI

Get an oil extractor, way cleaner and easier. This one is nice and has caps so you can put it in your car when full without making a mess. The oil filter is on top too, so you don't have to worry about getting under the car and messing with that plug.

u/kandoras · 1 pointr/TrollXChromosomes

OK, should these things happen again, here are some things you should keep in the trunk.

A tire inflator that plugs into your cigarette lighter. It won't help much with larger leaks, but for smaller ones it'll let you reinflate the tire long enough to get to an auto shop.

If you want to plug a leak, you'll need a tire repair kit. This isn't as simple to use as the inflator (you'd want to practice or at least see it done first), but it's not rocket science either. A word of caution though: the needles used in those kits have been known to break, so don't do what that guy did at 2:48 where he was lucky not to give himself a vasectomy.

If the nail or whatever is still in the tire, then you'll need something like vice grips to pull it out. If it's not in the tire, then you'll need the inflator to push air in and some (preferably soapy) water to see pour on the tire and see bubbles where the air is coming out.

And since this kit is $6 and has plugs to fix four flats and a shop will charge you $5 to fix one, it doesn't take that long to start saving a few bucks.

A set of jumper cables. Honestly, I don't know why dealerships don't put this in every car that drives off the lot. Here's how to use them correctly. With these, you won't need to call AAA for (most) dead batteries, just find some kind soul willing to let you jump off of their car. For jumper cables there's a few things you want to look for:

  • Made of 100% copper. Cheaper ones are made of aluminum or aluminum with a copper shell. Those don't work as well, and they break easier.
  • Longer is better. After all, they're no good if they won't reach!
u/Dreble · 1 pointr/wheredidthesodago

I would. When I need to air up the tires, I set the PSI and leave it to do its thing. The only thing is that it don't come with a battery, so unless you have other 18v Ryobi tools with the same battery then it doesn't make sense to buy one. Also probably not a good one for a car trunk.

This one is in my wife's trunk and it works just as well. Also highly recommend.

u/trebor89 · 1 pointr/Cartalk

(OP's post is going to get removed whenever one of the mods shows up, since /r/CarTalk is not Car Talk, but just for specific repair questions. Before that happens, does anyone know of a subreddit with an attitude more in keeping with the Car Talk namesake?)

OP: Some folks have suggested tire inflating foam. I carry a plug kit and a cheap battery-driven compressor like this. You can find a cheaper alternative pretty easily online. Keeping the compressor around reminds me to top off my wheels regularly, whereas foam can only be used in emergencies.

I also keep a couple of water bottles, a sleeping bag, and a pair of those "hot hands" things in my trunk in case of getting stranded, although that's probably not very necessary in your area.

u/oijalksdfdlkjvzxc · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

Ideally, you should own a portable tire inflator. They're inexpensive, and you can keep them in your trunk in case of emergencies. Something like this would work great. You just plug it into your cigarette lighter, connect it to the air valve on your tire, tell it what pressure to inflate to (as listed on a sticker inside your driver's side front door), and it will do the rest. Technically, you should check your tire pressure every time you fill up with gas, but I tend to only check every couple of months.

If you have a leak, you can take your car to a local tire shop (Wal-Mart and Costco do this too), and they should be able to patch it for you fairly quickly (depending on how busy they are) and inexpensively (usually no more than $25). Some places even do it for free.

u/sirspandex · 1 pointr/ElectricScooters

I use an air compressor I keep in my car like this one:

It's pricey, but it's very handy and it takes just a second or two to fill my m365 tires to 60psi (which drops to 50 from unscrewing it).

u/duce190 · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

Cant speak of a jump pack/inflator combo but I use this inflator regularly and it is awesome.

VIAIR 85P Portable Air Compressor

u/Starman2018 · 1 pointr/TeslaLounge

I bought this pump:


Combined with this plug kit:


I don't think the Tesla kit is worth it and I've heard the compound it sprays into the tire is ironically ineffective since Tesla tires have acoustic foam in them.

u/coke_can_turd · 1 pointr/AskNYC

If you need it for a car, I recommend you grab one of these and keep it in your trunk:

It's pretty nice being able to just check and adjust pressure right where you parked. It also saved me a few times when I got a nail or screw in a tire that caused a slow leak - no need to put on the spare to drive it to get patched.

u/trueluck3 · 1 pointr/Jeep

No explanation necessary, I totally get it! When I first started driving on the beach, as a teenager, getting stuck was the biggest fear one could have. And we always dabbled with getting stuck, because no one ever told us to air down your tires or any other little tidbits required for driving on sand. Obviously being in 4x4 HI will always make for an easier drive. However, 4x4 LOW could really start digging unnecessarily with all that torque. All those great features us Jeep owners love are for off-road trails, most of them will not be required for driving on sand.

All that being said, the absolute key for driving on sand is low tire pressure, allowing you to "float" on the sand. If your local outer beaches don't have air stations, you'll have to invest in a air pump or drive with the hazards to the closest gas station. I use a Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor and love it - takes about 2 minutes a tire on my stock KL Trailhawk Destination A/Ts.

TLDR: Air down to 15psi for beach driving.

u/Anonymous3891 · 1 pointr/pics

He's right. A battery clamp model is not significantly less convenient or much more expensive than a cigarette lighter compressor and it will fill your tire 3-5 times faster. That outlet is just limited on the amps it can pull.

I can go from 20 to 40 PSI in about 4 minutes per tire with mine. I run 45 highway but those extra 5lbs take too long and the compressor is burning hot by the time I finish the 4th tire. I've seen people put 5-10lbs in a tire with cigarette socket models (and have tried as such myself) and decided that was enough to get to the nearest gas station and finish the job.

Onboard air of course does not make sense for most people, but for regular offroaders it does. Especially if you have air locking differentials than need it anyway. Another popular option is actually using a CO2 tank. You get that filled up beforehand and it works very fast with no power required. They're usually good for 3-4 complete fill-ups.

u/cycobiz · 1 pointr/4x4

I'd suggest the Viair 88P. The first review gives a comparison of all the new Viair models. I use mine nearly every weekend in the summer to air up my F250's tires (315/70/17) from 12psi to 50psi when leaving the beach, and it can do all four in 15-20 minutes. Pretty good for a 12v inflator.

I had the Harbor Freight 150psi 12v inflator before that, which worked slowly...for about the first two trips. Took like 30 minutes to air up. Then it just lost pressure. Guessing that a seal blew out.

u/kingfrito_5005 · 1 pointr/volt

Okay so here is the part thats included

Its kinda pricey. Its a pretty beefy compressor and it has a replaceable fix-a-flat style sealant canister.

Now you can get a beefier, similarly sized compressor for less money, like this one but thats going to actually be more than you need. Ive seen a few complaints from that brand that if you are over ~80 psi they will pop the fuse in your car, rather than the one in the compressor (which can take a pretty hefty amperage.)

Cheaper still, something like what I was using before I bought my volt would be a small hand held affair This isnt the exact model I had but its similar, and a comparable price. This is going to be slow to inflate your tire, but the benefit is it takes up virtually no space at all.

This is actually the sort of thing I would recommend. Its medium sized, reasonably powerful but not a monster, and it has a built in flashlight (which is SO helpful.)

A decent compressor can be got from walmart for $20, but if you want to spend more there are a ton of good options of all shapes and sizes and at any price point you can imagine.

Last but not least, if you dont get the GM one, you should include a can of fix-a-flat in any car, whether you have a spare or not.

PS a good alternative to the GM one might be the fix-a-flat brand compressor which also has a canister, and is a good price.

u/fatkyat · 1 pointr/ToyotaTacoma

I have a Viair 88p that gets the job done. It's an little slower than some other options but compact, reliable, and priced right for someone who isn't using it routinely. A 45% duty cycle is enough to get all four tires aired up from 20 to 35 PSI in about 20 minutes.

u/eyeteach · 1 pointr/4x4

I have this one in my shopping cart but haven't pulled the trigger yet. Any opinions?

u/JesusSquid · 1 pointr/Justrolledintotheshop

I have a 12v pump and 35s on my jeep took under 5-10 minutes dead flat. It clipped directly to battery. Heard the 12v outlet pumps were trash though.

Fuckers honestly often used from balls to the golf cart to grandfathers tractors. It is the most useful car accessory I've bought beside a high quality snatch rope and recovery equipment.

If your interested... 35's to 35-40 psi was minutes. Didn't stop watch it but was impressively fast.

u/jankdc · 1 pointr/AutoDetailing

I have the 77p and I like it.

Viair (00077) 77P Portable Compressor Kit

Also check out the EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor Pump, Digital Tire Inflator

Though I think that the Viairs will probably be more durable.

u/NeedMoreGrits · 1 pointr/TeslaModel3

I find this air pump is easy to use. It's bigger than a book but doesn't take up much space in the subtrunk. Once you plug the tire then you'll need something to air it up. I set the desired pressure and the pump shuts off when the tire hits that pressure. And for maintenance, it's more convenient than feeding quarters into a air machine at a gas station and having to use the tire guage to get to the desired pressure.

u/Kimington · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

Have you checked out JACO Superior Products? They make the BEST products for car emergency kits:

1 - Auto first aid kit

2 - Good quality tire pressure gauge

3 - Portable tire inflator

4 - Mini battery jump starter

5 - Trunk organizer to keep everything in

u/HippolyteMariia · 1 pointr/MechanicAdvice

Amazon china? As someone else suggested, try the 12v tire inflator that jaco makes:

u/PhiladelphiaFloora · 1 pointr/cars

If you really want to do it right, buy a digital portable tire inflator and that has automatic shut off function (will stop when it hits your target pressure) and verify the results with a reliable tire air gauge. I recommend a mechanical gauge as you will be leaving it in your car and don't want to deal with dead batteries when you need it most.

Here is what I use:

1 - Digital Tire Inflator

2 - Elite Tire Pressure Gauge

u/AUTIGERS2121 · 1 pointr/fantasybaseball

This thing is badass.

this thing

u/resykle · 1 pointr/Lexus

my friends have this guy and apparently it works well enough -

I also have this one for tires and it works remarkably well for being so cheap - way easier to deal with than going to gas stations -

I have a small tote bag w/ a change of clothes + contact lenses and spare meds just in case as well, my lexus came w/ a first aid kid so im trusting that'd cover anything else

u/itonlygetsworse · 1 pointr/DIY

Gotcha. I'll spend the 1-2 hours doing the research. The one you linked looks good for baseline, I saw on amazon this air compressor for $40 with good reviews that I am considering now that I saw what you linked. But the people who sell it don't suggest using a AC DC converter for wall plugs.

Then again I am also looking at this which has more power and can plug into a wall but it isn't for tires and stuff.

u/xilex · 1 pointr/teslamotors

Here's what I've been using:

EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air...

Rhino USA Heavy Duty Tire...

u/atliia · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I bought the one below on oct. 8th 2018. So I would not say I have had it a long time. But, I have used it over a dozen times. Unfortunately. To file a tire from 0psi to 35-40psi takes some time. I used it quite a bit in the harsh midwest winter last year and I was able to sit in the car while it filled the tire. In the future I would look for something with a higher CFM.

As for jump pack I have the viking pack from harbor freight. It currently has a 75% charge. And I cannot remember when I last plugged it in.

u/Cardchucker · 1 pointr/vandwellers

The one I have doesn't seem to be available anymore but something like this should work:

There are a bunch of different no-name brands selling the same thing with minor differences. I would consider them to be equivalent.

u/1-8-4-3-6-5-7-2 · 1 pointr/cars

This is the one I plan on ordering

4.5 star rating from over 900 reviews

LED light, digital pressure gauge

u/Arik_De_Frasia · 1 pointr/NewOrleans
u/hltp03 · 1 pointr/TeslaModel3

After seeing your post, I just ordered this:

Hopefully I never have to use it!

u/tennisguy163 · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

I ended up buying a JACO compressor that can connect to AC power since the fuse (DC) died in my car. It's the best compressor I've ever used, worth the money.

I now have 3 total compressors. Only the JACO connects to AC power and I keep it at home, the other 2 are Slime brands which haven't let me down yet.

u/lyone2 · 1 pointr/Columbus

I bought one of these last October to keep in the car for just such occasions. It’s been a lifesaver.

Helteko Portable Air Compressor Pump 150PSI 12V - Digital Tire Inflator - Auto Tire Pump with Emergency Led Lighting and Long Cable for Car - Bicycle - Motorcycle - Basketball and other

u/kevohreal · 1 pointr/teslamotors

Do it yourself. Go buy an air compressor like this one, set it to the recommended PSI, flip on the switch and you're good to go.

u/macbooklover91 · 0 pointsr/VEDC
u/judgemebymyusername · 0 pointsr/BuyItForLife

This is what I use

Works great, has already made it past 2 years old and I use it all the time between my gf's car, my car, and random strangers. Only recommendation is don't use the cigarette lighter plug, directly connect it to your battery instead.

u/Plob218 · 0 pointsr/forwardsfromgrandma

You can buy a tire pressure gauge for less than $5 at any auto supply store. It looks kind of like a pen or stylus with a small opening on one end. You can also buy digital gauges, but I don't see the benefit. The battery will die after a year or two, and it's usually not easy to replace. An analogue one will last forever and you can just toss it in your glove box and forget about it. (While you're at it, why not pick up a $2 scraper for removing your registration sticker every 2 years?)

When you open your driver's side door you should see a sticker that lists the optimal air pressure. It should say something like 30 or 35 PSI, sometimes with a different value for the front and back tires. Unscrew the little black cap from your valve stem (the place where you put air in the tire) and don't lose it! They're really small and like to roll away if you put them on the ground. Press the open end of your gauge against the valve stem. On the other end, a little ruler will pop out. The number indicated on the ruler is your current air pressure. Press the ruler all the way back in and test it again just to be sure you got an accurate reading.

If you're more than 1 or 2 PSI low, I'd suggest putting some more air in. For $20 you can get a portable air compressor that plugs into your cigarette lighter. If you're over by more than 1 or 2 PSI, release some air by pressing the tiny little pin in the middle of your valve stem. You'll hear a hissing sound. Whether you're putting air in or letting air out, check your pressure again every 10 seconds or so to make sure you didn't go too far. When you get a good reading, make sure you remember to put the valve stem caps back on!

If you live somewhere where it gets cold in the winter, now is a very good time to do this. Colder temperatures make your tire pressure drop, and tires with low pressure have worse traction and increased stopping time. So it's a double whammy--colder temps make you more likely to have low pressure, and low pressure makes you more susceptible to the hazards of colder temps.

u/brend123 · -1 pointsr/buildapc

> as a vacuum. I have a 7+ year old vacuum that sounds like a jet taking flight, seriously wont let you hear

It is pretty loud, but it is totally worth it. I purchased mine 2 years ago for around 35 bucks. It is incredibly well made with very thick steel. probably the best purchased I've made after this portable tire inflator