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Old 08-09-2015, 04:46 PM   #1
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my new compressor says it needs a auto power port with at least 15 amps will my 2009 Toyota Highlander handle that been looking for answers on line haven't found them yet.
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Old 08-09-2015, 05:17 PM   #2
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I believe that most are rated at 10 amps. Did it come with clamps like those on jumper cables. My Viair did and I power it by clamping onto the tow vehicle battery's terminals. Incidentally, Viair makes a great compressor.
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Old 08-09-2015, 05:21 PM   #3
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No clamps just the cigarette plug in
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Old 08-09-2015, 05:22 PM   #4
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I power it by clamping onto the tow vehicle battery's terminals.
That's not very convenient.
I can't pull up alongside the driver side of the trailer when it's in my driveway. I just plug my cheapo compressor into a trailer 12V outlet that allows me to reach the tire. It works. Unlike a good wine, I'm not sure I would be able to appreciate the Vlair.
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Sent you a PM. Check the fuse diagram in the vehicles owner's manual to see how "heavy" a circuit your 12v outlet/cigar lighter is. If it is not strong enough to handle 15 amps, go to an Ace or Tru Value Hardware store and buy small clamps like those on a battery trickle charger. Then power the Viair directly off the battery.
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That's not very convenient.
I can't pull up alongside the driver side of the trailer when it's in my driveway. I just plug my cheapo compressor into a trailer 12V outlet that allows me to reach the tire. It works. Unlike a good wine, I'm not sure I would be able to appreciate the Vlair.
The Viair comes with a long enough cord to reach any tire on my trailer when connected if I need to inflate a tire in an emergency. In my driveway, I use the compressor in the garage, just drag the hose out. And I can inflate a truck tire from flat to 35 psi in about a minute, and a trailer tire to 50 psi just as quickly. So I find the Viair very convenient. I threw my cheapo away after my first use of the Viair.
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Got ya.
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Got ya.
Off topic a bit Glenn, but what is your favorite fine wine, or at least the one you most prefer?
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You could just plug it into the socket, try it and see if it blows the fuse - if you have a spare fuse ready to go for it. If it tries to draw current more than the circuit is rated for, it will just blow the fuse and not damage anything.

My Slime compressor also says it needs 15A and it works in both the Escape and Tacoma's sockets without blowing fuses.
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Off topic a bit Glenn, but what is your favorite fine wine, or at least the one you most prefer?

Okanagan Spring Pale Ale.
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