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Last updated: 14 February 2020


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Portable air compressors are useful for the avid 4WD bush basher and the city driver who wants to look after their tyres. We lab test and review the latest models to help you find the best air compressor for you. Our buying guide will help you understand their features.

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Our expert tester gives every air compressor a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are the most accurate
  • inflate tyres quickly
  • are easiest to use
  • are the quietest.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which compressors also have a tyre gauge, and which can plug into your car cigarette lighter. Our Recommended list will help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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    Hands free tyre deflator

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      The inflation score is calculated as a percentage based on the amount of time taken to inflate the test tyre from 0 psi to 40 psi. Size of test tyre was 245 70/R16.

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        • Overall score
        • Recommended
        • Inflation score
        • Ease of use score
        • Noise (dBA)
        • Time to inflate tyre from 0 to 40 psi
        • Accuracy at 40 psi (276 kpa)
        • Good points
        • Bad points
        • Status
        • Price
        • Brand
        • Model
        • Sand tray
        • Can operate from cigarette lighter
        • Hands-free tyre deflator
        • Can operate when not connected to tyre valve
        • On/off switch
        • Air filter
        • Carry bag
        • Pressure gauge
        • Thermal safety cut-out
        • Over pressure safety cut-out
        • Length of hose (m)
        • Length of power cord (m)
        • Weight (kg)
        • Dimensions (H x W x D)
        • Contact


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