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Date Registered: 07-2004
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12V air compressor



Hi guys,

I'm angling to get one of those 12V car air compressors for pumping up the xtrails tyres if I go sand driving, and doing bike tyres at home without so much arm work, for fathers day.

Anybody have an recomendations in this area on which one to get ?



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Hi Geoff,

Got my 12v air compressor from K-Mart 3 years ago for about $35.

Have used it quite a lot inflating different things (soccer balls, inflatable beds, bike tyres and of course car tyres)

It's still working fine and fits perfectly in one of the compartments at the left hand side on the back of our xtrails.

It's bit noisy though when plugged in to the cigarette lighter and it keeps running away from you emoticon

These compressors are very cheap these days.

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Hi Geoff
$80 from supercheap auto or similar is a bit more heavy duty and inflates tyres from quite low to full psi in around 1-2 minutes per tyre more suitable for 4wding/sanddriving etc than the cheaper ones which have a tendancy to cook themselves leaving you with quite flat tyres...hmmm not a good scenario been there done that... mine has a cut off switch to avoid cooking the little motor..

also the cheaper ones take quite a lot longer to inflate tyres around 5-10 minutes per tyre not much fun in 30+ degrees on the edge of the beach with a wife and kids all getting a bit toey...

my point is it really is worth spending the extra to get the quality in this dept to avoid the frustration of the cheaper ones... I don't mean hundreds of dollors or anything but between $80-$150 will get a good quality compressor for the budget conscious ok...
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As luck would have it, I did get an air-compressor for fathers day.

Its a Kmart one (around $40), it comes set in a carry case with built in pressure guage and magnetic spot light, plus a heap of attachments for footballs, air beds, etc.

Claims it shouldnt be run for more than 15 minutes at a time, so I'll need to test it to see how long it takes to pump a tyre up.

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quote:

GeoffM wrote:


As luck would have it, I did get an air-compressor for fathers day.

Its a Kmart one (around $40), it comes set in a carry case with built in pressure guage and magnetic spot light, plus a heap of attachments for footballs, air beds, etc.

Claims it shouldnt be run for more than 15 minutes at a time, so I'll need to test it to see how long it takes to pump a tyre up.




Happy father's day mate emoticon

Don't you just love those handy gifts that come at the right time for the right price emoticon


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Date Registered: 06-2004
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Hi Guys,
Well I to went through the process of looking at air compressors. I even looked at buying one off ebay. However, after some advise from an "old school" 4WD buddy I ending up with a $14 twin cylinder foot pump from supercheap. They come with a presure gauge but it is not worth a cracker, so you need a seperate tyre gauge as well (which you normally should carry anyway). It does take a bit of leg power but it is quick and cheap. Now, I would not recommend you use a foot pump for a patrol tyre but due to the x-trail tyres being quite small it is very suitable.

To give you an idea of time. I was down the beach the other day with a hi-lux and a crusier (both with ARB electric pumps fitted). All vehicles had tyres down at 18psi. By the time a had pumped up all 4 tyres the other vehicles had only done 3.

Anyway, so if you are looking to do things on the cheap - Go the foot pump.

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Dave, you must have got some impressive leg musceles emoticon Do you do cycling by any chance?

Next time I go flat, I'll give you a yell emoticon

Was that a Fathers' Day pressy as well? emoticon

I wouldn't be surprised, these auto pumps are all noise but not much air emoticon

And, I have to keep chasing after mine all the time emoticon

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