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Old 06-08-2013, 11:49 AM   #1
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top-off mini compressor

Does anyone have experience with this?
http://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/p/...ssor?term=pump
cheap and very small but no reviews on RMATV...
Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-08-2013, 02:35 PM   #2
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I bought one some time ago from WalMart, haven't had to use it yet, comes with a nice little built in LED light too. It is very small.
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Old 06-08-2013, 05:48 PM   #3
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It is cheaper at Walmart and no shipping.
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Old 06-08-2013, 06:26 PM   #4
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I have the Slime version. It works, but it sure takes awhile to get a useable amount of psi's in the tire.
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Old 06-09-2013, 06:41 AM   #5
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piece of crap, i went through 3 of them and all 3 had the motor burn up in them before they could air up 1 tire.

Do not waste your money on cheap crap tire compressors. by the time you buy 2 or 3 of them you could have bought a quality compressor that will last a life time, is just as small and airs up the tire FAST and it is quiet and built like a tank.

http://www.amazon.com/AirMan-52-074-...air+compressor

$20.99

AirMan 52-074-021 12V Tour High Performance Air Compressor



A bonus is the pressure gauge on the compressor is very accurate!!
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:02 AM   #6
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+1 on the airman. I have topped off car tires - and yes the pressure gauge is accurate. IMO, its not so compact but works well.

For a manual alternative that is a bit more compact, I found the Topeak Road Morph G (for gauge) pump works well for both bicycle and motorcycle tires - never tried it on a car tire: http://www.amazon.com/Topeak-Road-Mo.../dp/B000FI6YOS
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:08 AM   #7
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Got two CyclePump in use and happy with them:
http://www.bestrestproducts.com/p-29...ure-model.aspx
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:34 AM   #8
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I bought a cheap crap compressor ( slime ) . Been using it for at least three years to air motorcycle and skid loader tires . It has been dropped in the dirt, lost a couple teeth in the gear .JHO.


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Old 06-09-2013, 02:21 PM   #9
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Bought that op compressor brand new for a trip, the slime version. Ended up getting a flat. That pump lasted 30 seconds before crapping out. Left me on the side of the road looking for help.
Even the 7.99 harborfreight unit is a safer bet

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Old 06-09-2013, 02:54 PM   #10
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Cycle Pump

Appreciate the feedback.

Well the cycle pump is 10x more than the el cheapo pumps. That tells me they are probably making a killing but also that they are likely using much better materials... Hmmm... getting stranded b/c of a cheap pump might well be worse than $90 difference...

Then - some folks seem to have issues with the Airman. And the cycle pump looks like it's much smaller.
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:57 PM   #11
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piece of crap, i went through 3 of them and all 3 had the motor burn up in them before they could air up 1 tire.

Do not waste your money on cheap crap tire compressors. by the time you buy 2 or 3 of them you could have bought a quality compressor that will last a life time, is just as small and airs up the tire FAST and it is quiet and built like a tank.

http://www.amazon.com/AirMan-52-074-...air+compressor

$20.99

AirMan 52-074-021 12V Tour High Performance Air Compressor



A bonus is the pressure gauge on the compressor is very accurate!!
has anyone bought this one off Amazon and can you confirm if it is the model with an inline SAE plug plus ring terminals for the battery? There are 2 versions, and I think one is cigarette plug only. thanks!
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Old 06-09-2013, 05:10 PM   #12
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Airman pumps,,

I have been using the same Airman 'sparrow' for almost ten years without any issues. I clipped the plug off and wired a powerlet plug in its place.
I have a dedicated tool kit on each bike, but I carry a tire repair bag which I swap back and forth, bike to bike, with compressor, plugs for the tubeless, (BMW) patches for the tubed (KLR), tow strap, tape, glues, baling wire, extra nuts and bolts, first aid kit, some snack bars, and general fix-it items. The Airman has worked flawlessly since 2005.
I have used it to bail out riders with failed CyclePump units more than once,,in fact on one rally I filled tires for riders multiple times over the weekend,,both had failed CyclePump units.
For the extra cost,,they are not worth it, IMO.
For the money,,I'd buy 2 Airman pumps,,and go out for dinner and drinks with the money left over
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Old 06-16-2013, 12:21 PM   #13
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has anyone bought this one off Amazon and can you confirm if it is the model with an inline SAE plug plus ring terminals for the battery? There are 2 versions, and I think one is cigarette plug only. thanks!
I didn't get a reply, and bought one anyway.

This model on Amazon has a cigarette plug only, no handy SAE plug with adapters. I will be cutting the cig off and wiring in a spare SAE from a battery tender.

It looks like this model is also not great for "stripping". There is a the air gauge, a floating on/off switch (could be desoldered and removed so no switch), and an uncaged fan, all waiting to be broken in "stripped" form. Rather, I will dremel off most of the bottom cable storage section plus the spare tip section, maybe reducing the overall form about 25%, but leaving the upper portion of the case to protect the delicate innards.
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Old 06-16-2013, 02:25 PM   #14
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I have both the Slime and the Airman. I prefer the Airman because it seems to be of higher quality so that's what I take with me when touring. I haven't killed the Slime unit yet but I know they are prone to death from overheating so I just use it for topoffs.

Though I like the Airman the gauge in it is crap and though it works it's not accurate at all. I use a digital tire gauge that I trust and if I need, say, 5 more psi, then I use the gauge on the Airman as a "relative" gauge to add five more psi. Then I recheck with my digital gauge that I trust.

This thread has 205 psi potential.
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Old 06-16-2013, 05:17 PM   #15
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