What is a good 12 volt air compressor?

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Hello, are any of Supercheap Auto's 12 volt air compressors any good ? what is better? thanks
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Reply By: Peter_n_Margaret - Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 11:49

Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 11:49
Good - better - best ???
Cheap, cheaper, cheapest?
I suggest that the PX07 is the "best" 12V air compressor.
https://bossairsuspension.com.au/compressors/12-volt-air-compressor-px-07/
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Reply By: Member - Jim S1 - Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 13:06

Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 13:06
Hi Norm

I have an ARB which is reliable, if not fast. Many things to consider, but generally Supercheap would not sell something you could rely on in the bush.

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Reply By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 14:30

Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 14:30
Probably a bit like asking what tyres you prefer. You will get many differing opinions.

I have had a Bushranger for about 12 years. Never had a problem but only moderate use over that time.

I can't compare it to others, can only tell you it has been reliable.

This link might give you a few ideas but it is from 2016..

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Follow Up By: Member - Robert1660 - Friday, Oct 23, 2020 at 16:58

Friday, Oct 23, 2020 at 16:58
As Rowdy6032 accurately stated, "it's an bit like asking about tyres"! I have an ARB twin cylinder with air tank in the plastic carry case. It is certainly very fast and I have had it since 2012 with reasonable use. It is heavy and a little bulky but getting the tyres up to the correct pressure has been very easy.
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Reply By: Batt's - Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 16:09

Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 16:09
Depends on tyre size as well in general don't get one less than 72Lts per minute for standard 4wd tyres. I have a Bushranger max air 72Lpm it's been used a lot without issues for 16yrs. They're not cheap but last a long time and are very reliable.

I also have a Rough Country 110Lpm which is a cheaper brand, a good compressor I got it from BCF a few yrs ago I think they sell XTM brands now which look the same. The other important thing is to let them get cool air if running for lengths of time to help extend their life.
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Reply By: Member - Warren H - Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 20:55

Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 20:55
Check out this review in unsealed 4x4, the methodology seems sound. The Ridge Ryder actually came second to the ARB at 1/3 the price. 12V air compressor comparison
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Follow Up By: Member - rocco2010 - Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 21:07

Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 21:07
I was in the Simpson Desert a few years ago and one of travelling companions looked askance at my Sidewinder compressor that I bought from Derek Bester back when he was prominent on here.

A few days later when his on board ARB compressor failed to function (they used to say something like that at Rolls-Royce I believe) he was grateful that the little Sidewinder was still pumping.

I've generally been happy with the few things I've bought from Supacheap.

But you never really know with anything do you? I bought a used Prado a few years ago that has an onboard ARB jobbie and when I pack for a trip I often wonder if I should chuck the old Sidewinder in as a back-up.

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Reply By: Michael H9 - Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 23:01

Sunday, Oct 18, 2020 at 23:01
Most people I travel with are using the cheapy Kings Thumper and none of them have failed. I use mine a lot and love the big very easy to read gauge and auto cut off when swapping between tyres. You can't beat the price for the performance. I wouldn't buy another Supercheap one.
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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Monday, Oct 19, 2020 at 07:30

Monday, Oct 19, 2020 at 07:30
They seem pretty hard to beat in the value for money stakes and most people seem happy with them
The only issue I have with them is they are huge. I prefer the ARB unit but only because they are compact
If size wasn’t an issue I would save the coin and get the Kings unit too.
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 at 08:49

Saturday, Oct 24, 2020 at 08:49
Hi guys,

As well as a decent air compressor, I would also recommend the twin tyre inflator made by Indeflate as a great accessory. It connects the compressor to two tyres at once, thereby you are able to get both rear or front tyres to the same pressure at the same time. It can also be used to deflate two tyres simultaneously to the same pressure.

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Reply By: John Baas - Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 at 03:42

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 at 03:42
I know that this is a bit retro, sorry... but, in addition to our compressor thingy, we carry a good bicycle pump. We (I) have trialed this and (from memory) I have increased a flat 4WD tyre to 20psi in less than 15 minutes. Yes I was only 60 yo at the time of test, but I reckon, and I have consulted actuarial tables, it would still only take me 30 mins now...
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Follow Up By: Gramps - Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 at 06:07

Thursday, Oct 29, 2020 at 06:07
I'm sure I'd need the RFDS in a hurry.

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