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Best portable air compressor under $100?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by BaconPower, Aug 18, 2016.

  1. Aug 18, 2016 at 8:59 AM
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    BaconPower

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    I'm looking for a quality 12V portable air compressor for under $100.

    Not too concerned about PSI rating, having a light on it or other gadgetry, I just want something that's good quality and will inflate tires when I need it.

    Yes, I know that a $300 ARB compressor is top notch but my budget is $100.

    What's the best compressor for under $100?
     
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    I have one of these in two trucks. Works well, easy to use, and relatively quiet. Fits nicely in a GI tool bag. I don't hesitate to recommend it as a good product.
     
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    This gets my vote. Look for online coupons. Had this over a year. Going to 20 to 40psi no problem on a 31 inch tire. Yes, gauge sucks.
     
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    I'm using the factory hose and screw on nozzle. I like it.
     
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    How would you attach on of these portable compressors on the available 3 mounting screws in the engine bay?
    IMG_1195_17dbca9ef7c79bd474bc0aad6314fb8a14da7c18.jpg
     
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    Smittybilt 2780 or 2781
    Smittybilt 2780 2.54 CFM Universal Air Compressor https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004K296N6/

     
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    I just bought a slime from auto zone. It was a "slime pro" that even came in an aluminum case, price was $130. This is a dual-piston pump rated at 2.5cfm. I was looking for something that could inflate in reasonable time, not take 30 minutes. They claim 0 to 35 psi or so for a standard car in 1.5 minutes or less.

    Slightly over your budget. But they do have a dual piston pump without the case, slightly lower CFM rating, for 99 bucks...

    This is quite a bit better than the lower-end viair pumps.
     
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    Actually the Slime X2 dual piston heavy duty direct drive compressor is $80 on Amazon right now.
    As I mentionned in the first post, for me, "better" is about reliability, not PSIs and marketing mumbo jumbo. So I'll pass on the Slime.
     
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    MF 1050 (aka MV50) from pepboys can often be had for under 50 bucks.

    Used mine many a time and never had issues, I did put two small fans to help keep it cool but they probably are not necessary. Fits behind the rear seat on my DCSB.

    The biggest thing with these "cheaper" air compressors is keeping them cool and out of the elements when not in use, that means, dont mount them under your hood.

    FYI that smittybuilt compressor linked above looks IDENTICAL to the MF1050 at 2x the price.
     
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    This is the SmittyBuilt: [​IMG]
    This is the MV50:
    [​IMG]
    They don't look identical but the criutical parts do look similar.
     
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    The hose is just looped up and put behind my backseat.

    *This is only if you convert it to a closed system. As most of these compressors come they are open, air blows out the hose when the compressor pumps.

    The check valve I initially bought needed a high CFM to open and fill the line/tank. When the flow was below 1cfm it wouldn't stay open and just pissed air out of the unloader port. The new setup uses an electric unloader valve (so the piston head pressure is 0 on start/restart), and a regular one way valve without an unloader built in.
     
  20. Aug 18, 2016 at 12:28 PM
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    Ok got it. Has it all been reliable? On of my concern is exposing a light-duty compressor 24/7 to dust/heat of the engine bay.
     
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