portable air compressors

Discussion in 'Equipment' started by runnin4melife, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. C/W

    C/W Adventurer

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    Here's a (somewhat dated) review of compressors:

    http://www.expeditionportal.com/res...627-overland-journal-air-compressor-test.html

    I'd recommend the small Slime pump. Comes in a usable housing, gauge + fittings.

    A wally world special would work as well, just a little bit of time to get it right.

    Personally I have the Adventure Designs pump. It came down to convenience (I was at the their store) and an 'eh why not' attitude. The guys who run it are nice & I wanted to support the store, it's local. Beat's going to Wal-mart, however if I had gone to an Autozone before Adventure Designs I'd probably have a slime pump.

    As far as I can tell, the various compressors are all different in some aspects. Some have plastic wrist pins, some don't. Some have plastic casings, some don't. Some have air cooling fins, some don't. Etc...

    Are the high dollar pumps w/ same compressors worth the money? That's up to the buyer, but at least be cognizant that there are cheap solutions & expensive solutions, all of which will work.
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  2. syzygy9

    syzygy9 Been here awhile

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    Actually I didn't get sucked into anything, I'd read the debate on this well before I'd purchased the pump and frankly $50 is neither here nor there - YMMV. I also don't remember challenging the provenance of the pumps either.

    I do challenge the endless regurgitation of the same 'facts' without actually adding anything new to the debate. So, if you have some actual facts based on your own experience or some real new information, I'm sure everyone would be love to hear it. However, endlessly requoting the same info adds no value so, unless you are trying to demonstrate to an anonymous online community how much smarter you are, why bother?
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  3. MikeMike

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    The fact is the pump is nothing special except in price. Also, until they were called out on it, the origin of the pump was not revealed. I spent $10 and you spent $100, and my pump works just as well as yours. That is the only fact I care about. For the most part, it is a relatively free world, we can all spend how we choose to spend. I don't have to defend my purchase but you seem compelled to continue to legitimize what you bought. Get over it, what you have is by no means something special. It is a cheap pump in a box. Mine is a cheap pump without a box. I paid $10 bucks you paid a $100, those are enough facts for me.
    Fair is fair and I must commend you on your consumer sense because among the "designer" pumps, you scored the second cheapest. You could have really gotten suckered by Touratech and got a pump with a plastic connecting rod for even more money, but you didn't!
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  4. empedrado

    empedrado Been here awhile

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    Good to hear they are now putting warnings on the pump casing. I have had mine for awhile and it had no such warning. It was actually only used a few used for a number of years. I really liked the chuck on the pump and thier guage. Because of its size I only carried it on my 990 and not my other bikes.

    This all being said I have to clarify a couple of things. I use the cheapo pumps on my smaller bikes -- 690 & 530, but still carry a small hand pump just in case.

    The reason for going with the viar pump is for my 990. It takes quite a bit of pressure to seat the bead on that bike and I have room for the additional space the pump takes over the cheapo ones. A buddy of mine and I each purchased these pumps after a long ride that included a number of 990's and a lot of flats. The cheapo pumps did thier job, but it would take us longer to inflate and seat beads that to actually fix the flat. In addition because of the heat generated by the small pumps we had to rotate them to not over heat them. The viar pump accomplishes the task in mere minutes vs the up to 15 to 25 minutes it would take with the smaller pumps.



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  5. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    I use a hollowed-out roadkill cat. If you work the tail hard enough you can fill a child's arm floaty in 6 weeks.

    I tried to sell the concept to Touratech, but they said they would only stock it if the cat had been annointed by Cleopatra.
    :D
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  6. Cal

    Cal Been here awhile

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    Too funny! a few Mescal's were in that post:1drink
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  7. MikeMike

    MikeMike Long timer

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    No, I know him and he is normally like that.
    Wait 'till he starts drinking.:freaky
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  8. Craneguy

    Craneguy British Hooligan

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    Yeah, you really don't want to see me lube a chain... lets just say the hamster generally doesn't enjoy it much.
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  9. Stan_R80/7

    Stan_R80/7 Beastly Gnarly

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    Here are two more subjective data points to add:

    I bought the StopNGo foot air pump back in 10/2012 and was disappointed. The pump appears OK, but the hose is difficult to use - which makes the pump near useless. Maybe others had better luck or they recently changed the hose end.
    http://www.stopngo.com/categories/Inflation-Devices/

    A second pump purchased (via Amazon) was the airman tour high performance air compressor. I have only tested the pump in the garage, but it works as advertised with the hose attachment simple and effective - it screws onto the valve stem. The pump raises the pressure quickly, but no times were recorded for the motorcycle tire.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0..._m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=00ZKNRGSAF3FC2FTKTGE
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  10. duck

    duck Banned

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    My .02:

    The Best Rest can fail. Not worth a C-note.

    I've had two Slime pumps. One failed after not too much use but the other one still works. It's a crap shoot but, hey, its only $10.

    My favorite is the Airman Tour and that's what I rely on now. The built in gauge is out of whack and worthless but I trust the pump part of it and have used it lots.
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  11. MiteyF

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    After doing some reading here, and some additional reading, I went ahead and made my way to Wally World (I fucking hate that place, but about 2 times a year, it has to happen) and picked up a Slime.

    First I pulled it all apart (naturally).

    Next I plugged the outlet to the pressure gauge, as I carry a higher quality one and don't need the POS one.

    Took some measurements and made a small(ish) aluminum housing on my lunch break at work. 30 minutes with some tin snips, a shear, a brake, and a 1 1/4" punch and viola! A new housing.

    I made one hole near the top on the side for airflow, one on the top for the air outlet, and soldered in a heavy duty toggle switch. I used zip ties to keep the wire in place so it doesn't chafe against the housing. There is one M3x0.5 bolt with a few nuts for spacing. It does not move around in the housing. There is a small amount of stress on the wires which actually helps hold the unit in place.

    Small enough to fit under the seat of my Wee with my other tools.

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  12. BillMoore

    BillMoore Been here awhile

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    After a year of hauling (and using) the slime pump, I recently switched to this bicycle hand pump: http://www.amazon.com/Topeak-Road-M...F8&qid=1355122608&sr=8-3&keywords=topeak+pump Works great. Believe it or not, it is actually faster to use than the slime pump, when you factor in the time to hook up the cables, screw all the lines into the pump etc. Plus it is lighter and takes up less space. The built in pressure gauge, while not as accurate as a separate tire gauge, is great for getting you close in pressure.
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  13. JayhawkGSA

    JayhawkGSA Been here awhile

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    Does anyone know of a pump that is cylindrical and about the same size as the gas overflow can on a GS Adv? I would lioke to remove that and mount a pump in its place.
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  14. Stan_R80/7

    Stan_R80/7 Beastly Gnarly

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    I have that same pump on my road bicycle. The hose head assembly came loose and was lost somewhere. I contacted the company and they sent me another - no interrogation - no whinng - just new parts.

    Not sure how it would hold up with the larger volume of a motorcycle tire since it seems to be make for 80 psi low volume bicycle tires. I will be paying attention if people report the pump holds up for motorcycle tire use. I am impressed with the pump after using it a couple of times for (bicycle tire) repairs - it worked great.
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  15. BillMoore

    BillMoore Been here awhile

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    I only run around 18 PSI on the highway, and at that low pressure, it is pretty fast pumping up from totally flat on the skinny tires on my KLX. Not sure how it would be on a bigger bike running 30+ PSI...
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  16. Stan_R80/7

    Stan_R80/7 Beastly Gnarly

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