Today almost all of us own a vehicle with inflatable tires: bike or tire, lawn mower or golf cart, and even baby stroller with pneumatic wheels. A flat tire is a big trouble, especially when you’re in a hurry and do not have inflator to pump it up. Moreover, proper tire pressure is necessary for safe, smooth rides and long-lasting tires. Handheld tire inflator and portable air compressors, provide a portable, handy, solution. They are small and lightweight, and easy to store anywhere.
Best Handheld Tire Inflator 2020
Cordless handheld tire inflator works on rechargeable batteries, and allow you to pump on your tire without long power cords and hoses. You can also use it to inflate footballs, basketballs, bike tires, and you don’t need 12 Volt outlet of your car. These units are good to have around to keep your tires properly inflated.
You may see a short description in the comparison table and more detailed review below.
|Handheld tire inflator||Power||Weight||Dimensions|
(Best for occasional use)
|12V, 115V, Battery (included)||1 lb||7.8×2.2×1.8″|
(Best High Performance Device)
|Ryobi ONE+ battery||1.6 lb
|Inteli Charge X1||Comes with 13600mAh power bank||3.2 lb||9.5×7.5×3″|
|Ontel Air Hawk||Lithium ion battery (included), 12V, 115V||2.9 lb||11.5x9x4″|
Handheld Tire Inflator
If you want a handheld tire inflator that you can just grab and go, without wires to plug it into a cigarette lighter plug or another power source, we recommend the Fineed handheld 12V mini air inflator with a digital display, rechargeable battery, tire pressure preset, and digital monitor.
The rechargeable lithium battery of the inflator can be charged both with 12V car outlet and 110V home one in about 1.5 hours to fully charge. To fully inflate bicycle tire the Fineed needs about 2 min, motorcycle – about 3 minutes, and automobile – 15 min. The inflator can pump up to 150Psi and is suitable for motorcycles, bicycles, cars including SUV.
Fineed handheld inflator comes with full range of accessories: 2 air tubes, DC/AC charger, carry bag, needle, valve adapter.Auto-off-monitor is a very convenient feature, you may set the desired pressure, and inflator will auto off when pressure is reached. The inflator is easy to use at night, it has 2 LED flashlights and LCD digital display with backlight
Bottomline: Great little inflator for occasional use.
18V ONE+ Cordless Power Inflator
Ryobi inflator works with one+ batteries, it is quite portable, fits well in corners or tight spaces and is much more powerful than Fineed one. Inflates tires up to 150 psi. Comes with a hose with onboard storage clip. A Ryobi P737 handheld tire inflator is a tool, which allows you to build on your ONE+ collection with one or two batteries and a charger for all tools. You may choose lithium-ion or LITHIUM+ batteries for better performance and lighter weight.
On one battery the Ryobi can inflate up to 8 tires. The unit is quite small and pumps up completely flat automobile tire for about 15 minutes. The hose is good, length is enough, but you need to kneel for holding the trigger. Batteries charge quickly and 110V charger keeps them at top charge till use.
You can use it on everything: basketballs, garden carts’ tires, kids bikes and topping off car tires. Truck tires take a while, but it doesn’t eat batteries.
Bottomline: Great battery life – reliable handheld tire inflator that can easily pump up all 4 automobile tires on one charge.
13600mAh Portable Power Bank and Tire Handheld Tire Inflator
The InteliCharge X1 is a power bank with:
- Рandheld air inflator
- 12 V emergency jump starter: 200A start current, 400A (3S) peak current
- Сar battery charger CC/CV 15V, 1A
- 7 in 1 laptop charger and LED emergency light.
- USB power bank 5V, 2A
- LED emergency light ( high/strobe/SOS), work up to 120 hours
- temperature range from -4F to 140F
The inflator can pump up sports balls, bicycle tires, mattresses, airbeds, pool and beach toys, and so on. It works very well for the size, can inflate four empty automobile tires and more, starts a car with a weak or dead battery. The InteliCharge comes with many attachments for all sorts of devices – so you can power your tablet, mobile phone, and laptop while on-the-go.
Bottomline: The best product for RV and digital-savvy travellers.
Handheld Tire Inflator
ONTEL Air Hawk is automatic tire inflator, you can set the pressure and it will stop when inflated. The unit has a LED light and digital display.
Comes with a battery pack, 6″ hose, corded adapter, carry case and a couple of tips. The Air Hawk can be recharged from AC outlet and an 11′ cord which plugs into car’s DC outlet.
Battery life is about 15 min. Manufacturer claims that it “Inflates in 90 Seconds or Less!”, and it is really quite quick but the unit heats up very quickly. After adding 10psi to 3 tires it becomes fearful hot. And quite often users complain about the quality of materials and malfunctions.
Environmental, Safety, and Cost Benefits of Properly Inflated Automobile Tires
It is estimated that four out of ten vehicles on the road have at least one under-inflated tire. This is a serious issue as under-inflated tires increase fuel consumption and reduce the lifespan of the tire itself. Properly inflated tires perform better than under-inflated tires by reducing hydroplaning and increasing handling and braking ability. There is really no downside for properly inflating your tires and a whole lot of consequences if you don’t.
The main environmental benefits of keeping your car tires at the correct pressure are that you’ll use less gasoline and your tires will last longer. According to the Department of Energy, under-inflated tires account for over 1.25 billion gallons of gasoline each year. This is almost 1% of the total amount of gasoline burned each year in the U.S. (142 billion gallons). This is a huge amount of fuel that easily be saved by everyone changing one little habit.
Under-inflated tires have a larger “footprint” and more contact with the road than properly inflated tires. This in turn increases rolling resistance. The engine has to work harder and burn more fuel to overcome this resistance. The exact impact low tire pressure has on gas mileage varies from source to source but many of the sources state that a 10 percent under-inflation (i.e. 29 psi instead of 32 psi) can cause up to a 1.5 percent loss in gas mileage. Per tire. If all four tires are at 20 percent below the recommended pressure (i.e. 26 psi instead of 32 psi) then fuel efficiency takes a 12 percent hit. If you get 20 miles per gallon normally then you are now getting 17.6 miles per gallon.
Braking is also a huge factor in determining fuel economy. The more you use the brakes, the more fuel is consumed because you are constantly accelerating after braking. Under-inflated tires will reduce the handling and performance of your vehicle. A “squirrely” vehicle means you’ll most likely be riding the brakes more.
Reducing your fuel consumption also reduces your carbon footprint (how much carbon dioxide you are responsible for putting into the atmosphere). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, every gallon of gasoline burned introduces 19.4 pounds of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. A gallon of diesel produces 22.2 pounds of carbon dioxide. This doesn’t even begin to cover all the fuel consumed in the process of obtaining the oil, transporting the oil, refining the oil into gasoline, and transporting the gasoline to the gas station. Every gallon of gas you can save has a huge impact on our shared environment.
Properly inflated tires will last substantially longer than under-inflated tires. The rule of thumb is that tire life decreases 10 percent for every 10 percent it is under-inflated. This means that an 80,000 mile tire that should be at 34 psi will actually be a 72,000 mile tire at 30 psi. This premature wear is caused by two factors; excessive heat due to friction and increased flexing of the tire.
Disposing of worn out tires is a huge environmental challenge. While some tires can be re-treaded and others can be re-purposed or recycled, most are simple disposed of. The problem is where to dispose of them. Landfills don’t want them because they take up a lot of space and tend to “float” to the top. Many are illegally dumped into the environment. Not only is this a pollution issue but tires also leach toxic chemicals into the environment as well. Making your tires last longer is a huge help to our struggling ecosystem.
Your vehicle and all it’s safety equipment were designed to ride on tires maintained at the proper pressure. Neglect your tires and you are compromising your safety, the safety of your passengers, and the safety of everyone on the road with you. There really is a lot riding on your tires.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, under-inflation is the leading cause of tire failure. Tire failure is directly linked to crashes, injuries, and deaths. Anyone who has experienced a blow-out on the highway knows just how dangerous a tire failure can be. Under-inflated tires run hotter and flex more than properly inflated tires, greatly increasing the chances of tread separation and sidewall rupture.
The air pressure in each tire also affects how weight is distributed among the wheels. Under-inflated tires improperly distribute weight and negatively affect traction, alignment, steering, and braking. Skidding during breaking or hard cornering is another hazard of low tire air pressure. Stopping distances increase and control decreases during braking maneuvers. Finally, a noticeable steering pull is felt when driving and braking.
The main cost benefits come from increasing fuel efficiency and increasing the lifespan of the tire. A 6 percent increase in fuel efficiency may not sound like much but it does add up. Let’s say your vehicle gets 18 miles per gallon. A 6 percent loss will cost you 1 mile per gallon. If you drive 12,000 miles each year your under-inflated tires will cost you around 39 gallons. At $2.50 a gallon that’s an additional $97.5 per year out of your pocket. Obviously, having to replace your tires less often is also a cost savings.
It doesn’t take much to keep your tires at optimal pressure and the benefits are substantial. A quick weekly check can yield significant environmental and financial savings as well as make your vehicle safer.
Be sure to check out my other articles on “How to determine the correct pressure for your automobile tires” and “How to maintain the correct pressure in your automobile tires”.