The tire inflator features a handy auto-off feature that cuts the power once the desired PSI level has been reached. What is more, it also has a backlit LED screen, which eases the operation of the device in field conditions.
The battery capacity degrades if left inside the inflator for too long.
The cordless mini-inflator from Makita is designed specifically for use on car tires. Its small size and relatively low weight make it an ideal choice for both small and big vehicles including motorcycles, SUVs, and pickup trucks, among others. Moreover, the kit comes equipped with a handy carry bag so you don't have to worry about the unit's transportation.
Auto-stop function, Built-in LED light, Overloading, over-discharging and over-heating protection, Ergonomically designed handle with rubberized soft grip
12V max CXT® Lithium-Ion battery, Toolbag, Presta valve adapter, Sports ball needle, Tapered adapter
3 years (limited)
The big pressure valve enables for a quicker inflation process even of the biggest tires out there. Likewise, the appliance features a built-in pressure gauge that will help you in determining the right PSI levels for different tasks.
The instruction manual could be more informative.
The Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ is a universal battery-powered tire inflator that features all you need regardless of the equipment that needs to be filled with compressed air. Be it a truck tire or an inflatable pool, the Ryobi ONE+ will handle it with ease to match.
Accessory compartment for needle and nozzle, Large diameter piston, Pistol grip handle design with GRIPZONE™
20" high pressure air hose, Sports needle, 2 high pressure nozzles, Charger and battery
3 years (limited)
The REDLINK™ Intelligence technology ensures that the current PSI level inside the air tank is always correct. What is more, this feature protects the air pump from overheating or overcharging - an important aspect in terms of safety.
The handle is somewhat inconvenient.
This M12 compact inflator features a weather- and impact-resistant housing, which makes it a great pick for portable use. On top of the small size and relatively low weight, the device has a backlit screen and a convenient carry handle that together make using the inflator a real pleasure.
Backlit LCD, Anti-vibration feet, Handle, Overload, Temperature protection, REDLINK™ intelligence, Weather- and impact-resistant
M12™ REDLITHIUM™ XC 4.0 extended capacity battery pack, M12™ Lithium-Ion battery charger, Ball inflation needle, Presta chuck, Schrader chuck, Inflator nozzle
3 years (limited)
The 12 V car power adapter included in the package makes charging of the device an effortless process regardless of how far are you from the nearest power outlet. On top of that, the housing of the inflator has a USB output that can also be used for charging.
The charging time takes staggering 5 hours.
A portable air compressor from Avid Power is an ideal choice for small cars and motorcycles. The handheld device features multiple adapters that can be used to inflate other objects besides vehicle tires, such as sports balls, air mattresses, or air tents. These features make it a go-to pick for long trips.
Preset and Auto-stop functions, LED light, Ergonomically designed handle with rubberized soft grip
20V Lithium-ion battery pack, 12V car power adapter, Charger, Air tap, Inflating needle, Toolbag
This handheld air compressor has an ergonomic handgrip with rubberized padding. Moreover, the weight of only 1.9 pounds makes it a fairly balanced model in terms of power output and portability.
The unit cannot be stored in a trunk in hot weather for too long due to the maximum storage temperature of just 120°F.
The Air Hawk Pro is designed to impress and it surely does. With its maximum power output of 40 PSI and integrated needle compartment, the unit is by far one of the top handheld inflator models available on the market today. What also makes it great is its quick-charge capability which enables charging the device in under an hour.
Built-in LED Light, Auto shut-off, Ergonomically designed handle with rubberized soft grip
Pressure hose with thread connector, 3 nozzles, Rechargeable battery, AC charger, 12V cable adaptor for continuous power, Travel carrying bag
Tire Inflator Redefined
Convenient to use with all types of tires including bicycle, motorcycle, and car tires, the Makita MP100DWRX1 offers the power of a fully-fledged air compressor in a compact body that can fit any automobile trunk.
To start off, the original Makita electric motor integrated into this inflator can deliver up to 120 PSI which should be enough for most jobs. With its weight of just 6.15 pounds, this cordless model can be easily transported or kept inside the trunk in case you ever need it on the road. The thing that really makes this kit great is the addition of the second battery on top of the all-purpose 12 V charger.
The inflator trigger requires the user to hold the button at all times (otherwise it won’t push the air from the tank). Although we realize that this feature was brought to improve user safety, it just slows the inflation process quite a bit.
But, other than that, this unit from Makita embodies pretty much everything a good portable cordless tire inflator should be - it is light, effective, and can be used with virtually any standard tire out there.
Unlike conventional air inflators, this model features a digital pressure gauge that conveniently shows the PSI level in the air tank. What is more, to make the inflating process even easier, the little display features a backlit function, which will come in handy in darker conditions.
All in all, this model from Makita is the best cordless tire inflator when it comes to size/effectiveness ratio, so if you are looking for a general-purpose unit then, by all means, get this one.
|Last updated price||$159.00|
Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ Power
Compact and Powerful
The Ryobi ONE+ inflator kit features, perhaps, one of the best power inflators available for the money today.
Weighing only 1.5 pounds without the battery, the appliance is certainly among the lightest handheld inflators on our list. The easy and firm grip is achieved thanks to the GRIPZONE pistol grip. Similar to other inflator kits, this one features 2 high-pressure nozzles that you can use on different tires or other equipment. On top of that, the bottom side of the appliance features a convenient storage compartment for the nozzles. .Just like the rest of Ryobi power tools, this inflator model is compatible with every other battery from ONE+ line of products meaning that you can use one battery for all tools from the same company.
Despite its compact size, this 18 V device is capable of delivering pressure at rates of up to 150 PSI, which is quite remarkable, to say the least. For your convenience, the device features a built-in pressure gauge that will tell you the current PSI levels. The actual deviation of the gauge doesn’t exceed 1.5-2 PSI, so it is reasonably accurate, compared to the aftermarket pressure gauges.
All things considered, the Ryobi ONE+ power inflator will be a good option for users that need a reliable multi-purpose inflator that can be used on car, bike, and bicycle tires, as well as for other equipment that requires inflation quickly and without a hassle.
|Last updated price||$139.91|
Milwaukee Electric Tools 2475-21XC
Inflates Any Tire with Ease
Even at the first glance, the 2475-21XC compact inflator from Milwaukee Electric Tools leaves an impression of a rugged device that is built to last. But what else on top of the quality build this little device has to offer in the performance department? To give an answer to this question, we must first take a look at the core features of this compact inflator kit.
First things first, the device features a backlit LCD screen that shows the current PSI level inside the air container for added convenience. On top of that, you can adjust the PSI level using the buttons underneath the display. As for the actual performance, with the maximum pressure level of 120 PSI, the unit is capable of filling a truck tire in about 3-4 minutes at medium inflating rates.
Moving on, the digital tire inflator has a convenient carry handle built into its housing which simplifies the transportation aspect quite a bit. With the weight of roughly 6.5 pounds, the Milwaukee 2475-21XC is an ideal portable model for emergency tire inflation. With dimensions of 8 x 11 x 9 inches, the device easily fits any conventional car trunk, which makes it easily accessible at any given time.
Wrapping things up, this compact device is the best cordless tire inflator in terms of sheer power and portability.
Avid Power MW110D
Surprising Power Within a Compact Body
The handheld air compressors are rarely something to write home about but this particular product from Avid Power definitely has a few aces down its sleeves that prove its worth among other portable air inflators.
The 20 V battery of the inflator ensures quick and effortless air transmission, while the AC charger means that the battery will be charged fast. On top of that, the kit is supplied with a 12 V car adapter, so you can also recharge the battery using any standard car lighter port.
As for the autonomous capabilities of the unit, its 1.5 mAh is not really capacious, but it gets the job done, and once fully charged can inflate up to 6-8 big tires without breaking a sweat.
When it comes to convenience features, the tire pump has a safety stop that automatically turns off the device when the desired PSI level is reached. This allows using the inflator at any given time without risking blowing the needle off the air hose. On top of the auto-stop function, the gauge implemented in this device is a digital one that can be adjusted using the 3 buttons underneath it.
In the end, the Avid Power is definitely one of the best tire inflator models made for portable use. Light and easy to wield, it can be recharged in no time, which makes it ideal for long trips.
|Last updated price||$59.99|
Top Handheld Model
Upon picking a portable air compressor for any automobile, one always ought to consider its usability in field conditions. While most tire inflator models are just too bulky to carry in your car’s trunk, handheld models are generally underpowered compared to the fully-fledged stationary devices.
Luckily, there are a few devices that meet these two requirements without being too bulky for transportation and the AHP-MC6/2 from As Seen On TV is definitely one of them. Even though it has a modest price tag, compared to similar units, it still has some things to show off.
Firstly, it's the maximum PSI level of the cordless air pump, which ranges up to 40 PSI. Not the best result by any means but it gets the job done despite being a bit slower.
Secondly, it's the device's weight and dimensions. With an overall weight under 2 pounds and dimensions that make this model easy to wield even in one hand, it is by far one of the most convenient inflators to operate. The only real issue is the housing which could be insulated a little bit better. But, other than that, it’s a really great device to keep in your car for emergency use.
The AHP-MC6/2 is the best cordless tire inflator in the budget price range you could possibly find. Rugged, reliable, and extremely powerful considering its compact size, it makes all the difference when it comes to tire inflation on the road.
|Last updated price||$89.99|
What Is a Cordless Tire Inflator?
A regular tire inflator consists of a powerful air compressor that is capable of delivering enough air into your wheels. Cordless models, however, are designed for quick tire inflation that would be enough to stabilize the tire pressure before you can actually fix the flat tire.
Upon picking the right model for your vehicle, you should consider the dimensions and weight of a cordless tire inflator. While standard sedans and motorcycles don’t require a full-size air compressor, big trucks and SUVs surely can use a powerful unit. This also includes a maximum PSI level which simply means how fast you will be able to inflate the tires (see how it works). The regular, 13-inch tires can be pumped with air using a standard 40-PSI inflator. On the other hand, big 15-inch wheels will take a while to fully inflate, so a more powerful device is highly recommended.
At the end of the day, it simply comes down to personal preference in size and weight.
If you are searching for more vehicle maintenance kits, we also recommend these fuel injector cleaner kits. Alternatively, it’s never a bad idea to clean your tires from time to time. To wash them faster and to keep them from getting dirty longer, we advise using a tire shine formula.