A flat tire is an annoyance that almost every driver has faced. Often you just have a slow leak and the pressure in your tire is a bit low.
It could also be that with the change of seasons your tires have lost some of their pumped up power. You don’t need (or want) to go the trouble of changing a tire or driving to a convenience store just for some air. If you have a tire inflator in your car you can quickly but the air where it’s needed and be on your way.
There are different types of tire inflators and some of the most useful are cordless units. With these types of inflators you don’t have to get tangled up in power cords, stretch to reach a power outlet or dig around in your things for the power cord adapter or extension.
But which of these cordless inflators will do the job the best? Can a 12V battery powered unit really perform well enough? We are here to help. We will give you an idea of the best cordless tire inflator so you don’t have to guess when you buy one.
Cordless units still need power
Cordless or portable tire inflators usually work on 12 Volt power. They will either need to be plugged into your car’s cigarette port (with a power cord) or directly to the car battery with something like crocodile clips.
There are also units that run off a lithium-ion battery that you can charge and then use the inflator without any cords or cables getting tangled. So when you look at buying one of these check if they are really cordless or portable with a power cord. Some units also have adapters for AC wall sockets so you can use them in the garage at home or charge it at home.
You will need to decide what you need from your inflator. For instance, do you just need it to be portable? Or do you need it to be completely cordless and battery operated? When you start looking at completely cordless units, the selection is limited in terms of power and pressure performance.
Black & Decker ASI500 Cordless Air Station
It is no secret that Black & Decker know what to do when it comes to making power tools. With this compact unit, they have made a good looking, robust tire inflator that you can keep in your car or in your garage. This is a real cordless 12 V air pump. It does not need to be plugged in to any external source to give you inflation.
It has a built in digital gauge and it can handle anything from large truck tires, to thin bicycle tires. It has two different pressure settings so you can select whether you need high or low air flow, depending on what you are inflating.
This station can run from its built in battery, but you can also run it from an external power source if you want to spare the battery. The battery charge is powerful enough to inflate a standard tire even if is completely flat. The battery recharges from a standard AC wall outlet in a few hours.
This Air Station also comes with a quick connect hose, so you won’t lose air after inflating something. It is designed to have on board accessory storage so you will know exactly where all the extras are, especially the needles for sporting equipment like basketballs and the like.
It is a powerful unit that really is completely cordless. It is one of our favorites and we can recommend this guy to accompany you on all your camping trips, construction sites or even in your workshop.
Like we mentioned, there are really a massive range of portable tire inflators available. There are small hand-held units that will work well for bikers or campers, there are 12V air compressors that can work with your car battery with more power and there are cordless units of varying levels of power.
The best one will be one that suits your needs and budget. If you need one that you can throw in your bike pannier for a quick air boost, a lighter hand held unit will be great. If you need something only for emergencies a combo pack will be a good choice. Luckily there are many more choices than just our favorite cordless inflator.
Hopefully this piece has given you clear information about cordless tire inflators. Enjoy your driving, camping and other air compressor related activities!