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Old 04-02-2018, 08:16 PM   #1
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Portable air compressor / tire inflator

A couple of questions for those that have one and have used it- if you have just a cigarette lighter plug on yours, do you plug it into your vehicle or into the 12v in the trailer to inflate the tires.
Does anyone know if you would be able to,plug a 12 volt inflator into a converter plug for 120 and it would work?
Id like to have a dual voltage but if you could plug it into a 120v converter then that could work as well.

Any suggestions on which one/ type to buy?
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Old 04-02-2018, 08:39 PM   #2
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Does anyone know if you would be able to,plug a 12 volt inflator into a converter plug for 120 and it would work?
Id like to have a dual voltage but if you could plug it into a 120v converter then that could work as well.
I don't understand the question. The converter takes 120 V AC "shore" or campsite power and turns it into about 12 V DC to charge the battery and run everything that would otherwise be run by the battery. All "accessory" or "lighter socket" receptacles are 12 V DC , and all of them in the trailer are connected to the battery, and it doesn't matter much whether or not the converter is running (although the voltage will be a bit higher if the converter is on). So what would a "converter plug for 120" be; did you mean "inverter"?

If you're looking for an inflator which can run on either 12 V DC or 120 V AC... I can't think of one. Normally an inflator works with one voltage (because it would need an internal converter or inverter to be able to run on both); typically that's 12 V DC because that's typically what you have available in a vehicle, and if you're plugged into AC power you don't have to worry about running the 12 V battery down. You can buy an air compressor which runs on 120 V AC, but then you would only be able to use it when plugged into AC power, or by using the inverter (if you have one).

There is a huge range of quality - and cost - in 12 volt air compressors / inflators. You can get disposable junk for ten bucks, or serious hardware for a couple hundred.
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Here's a post from a previous thread where a forum member was pleased with a dual AC/DC model. Reliable air compressor for tires. Several other models are mentioned within the tread.
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Old 04-03-2018, 01:31 AM   #4
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Here's a post from a previous thread where a forum member was pleased with a dual AC/DC model. Reliable air compressor for tires.
Thanks, I missed that in the original discussion.

The product wasn't easy to find at Lowes, because of the description...
Kobalt 12-Volt Car Air Inflator Item # 791911 Model # KLDP1
It appears that we don't get this product at Lowe's in Canada.

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Several other models are mentioned within the tread.
I just read through the entire thread, and didn't see any other dual-voltage models mentioned - other than that specific Kobalt, they all list just one power source of 12-volt, battery powered, or 120 volt AC.
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I've only used my inflator for my trailer tires. I have two pumps. One cost me less than $20 at Canadian Tire and the other was left in my vehicle after my daughter and friends went on a camping trip. They also left a tent and a sleeping bag and a couple jackets.
The air pumps are cheap, and they do get hot, but so far neither has failed. They are also much smaller and weigh much less than the Kobalt mentioned previously.
I have BCAA RV Plus and a Toyota roadside assistance for backup.
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I carry both a 120v compressor in my truck as well as a 12v in my trailer. The 12v will operate best when directly connected to the battery.
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:03 AM   #7
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I went with a Slime brand 2 cylinder. It is 12 volt and hooks to the battery directly. I went this route since the reviews said that most 12 volt plugs don’t provide enough power. I find it provides a quick fill for the trailer tires. I won’t leave home without it!
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Choosing a compressor seems to be deciding on how long you are willing to wait to fill a tire. The bigger the tire the longer it'll take. The smaller lighter plug styles have a lower output, they also overheat quickly and will only run for a limited time before they need a break. The bigger 12v ones that hook directly to the battery put out more air and run longer before needing the same cool down time.

Having larger tires on the truck I opted for a higher output model. I've also never "had" to use it, but it makes me feel better when going off road or into remote areas.
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:45 AM   #9
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... I just read through the entire thread, and didn't see any other dual-voltage models mentioned - other than that specific Kobalt, they all list just one power source of 12-volt, battery powered, or 120 volt AC.
The Kensun brand was mentioned favorably in the tread, and several of their current models are dual 12VDC/120AC, such as these:
https://kensun.com/products/air_compressor_model_h
https://www.amazon.com/Kensun-Perfor.../dp/B01J8Y91GC
Dual power seems to be a growing trend....
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Thanks for the replies, I will check the suggestions out.

I was also asking if you thought One could buy just a 12 volt compressor/ inflator and then connect it to a 12 volt adapter, such as you csn do with a 12volt cooler if you want to plug it into a wall socket electrical plug.
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