The cordless air inflator is a very handy tool to keep in your vehicle or garage. Most models come with a selection of adaptors to suit a variety of inflatable items, such as beach balls, toys, beds and most sorts of tires.
The most obvious advantage of the cordless air inflator is the portability factor, enabling it to be used wherever you wish, without the need for either a mains or cigarette lighter power supply.
For Motorcycle, small agricultural and bicycle tires the cordless machines will cope just fine, however, being battery powered does also present one disadvantage in the fact that these types of inflation devices do not have the power or battery life to inflate large tires from flat, but are more designed for emergency use and topping-up car and medium truck tires to the correct pressure.
Some of our reviewed battery powered tire inflators come with both a mains charger and car (cigarette lighter) charger, giving you the option to charge the unit in a vehicle or in fact anywhere with an 110V mains outlet, while others are only supplied with one type of charger.
Listed below are our top cordless air inflator tips to give you some idea of what to look for when choosing between the various makes and models. We also have a Best Cordless Battery Powered Air Inflator article that reviews the top 4 products and provides a side by side comparison.
Battery Powered Air Inflator Buyer Guide
Decide what you can afford to spend and look for models within that price range. If the machine is to be used on a regular basis, it may be worth paying a bit more for a better product.
What accessories are included with the package? Will you need to buy things like valve adaptors as an extra? If the accessories you need are not included with the compressor, the extra cost should be factored into the final purchase price.
The lower the battery power the longer it will take to inflate an item. Also, pay attention to the available charging methods, inflators can be charged via mains power, vehicle cigarette lighter socket or both.
Controls & Display:
The controls should be simple to operate and easy to understand. Also, a large clear LED display will make reading the screen a lot easier.
An “Auto-shutoff” feature stops the compressor at a pre-set pressure determined by the user, eliminating any over-inflation possibilities.
Most models now allow the user to switch between 3 or 4 unit values; PSI, KPA, BAR, KG/CM².
A flashlight is another very useful feature to have included.
Build quality does vary significantly between manufacturers, and the best way to determine the quality of a particular product is to read the Amazon user reviews.
Size and Weight:
Both size and weight may not matter if you plan on keeping the product in your vehicle or at home, however, if you plan on carrying it in a back-pack or saddle bag whilst riding a bicycle or motorcycle, the weight and size may become an issue that you will need to check-out.
We hope this article has helped you to determine the best cordless inflator to suit your particular needs and requirements. Thanks for reading.