A portable air compressor is just one of those tools that you must have in your car at all times. You’ll never know when your car tires need more air in it. One excellent portable air compressor is the VIAIR 85P portable air compressor. It is the successor of the famous 70P that was widely known for its quality.
The VIAIR 85P portable air compressor is powered through the cigarette lighter power port in your car. One important thing you must note is that the maximum power is 14.5 amps. If you car has 15 amp power source you’re going to blow the fuse. Make sure you check that before plugging the power cord in. On a side note the power cord is long enough for you to reach all four tires on most vehicles though if you have a fairly large truck the cord may not be long enough.
This small 12v portable compressor works really fast. It’s much better than the old 70P. This is especially good when you’re out on the road during rough weather. Quick compressor means you won’t need to spend too much time outside of the car to inflate those tires. The gauge on the top of the compressor is pretty accurate in monitoring the pressure but it is more accurate when you turn off the machine.
There’s an LED work light that glows when this compressor is blowing air. It may not sound much but it’s actually important because the VIAIR 85P is a quiet machine so that little LED helps in letting you know that it’s actually turned on. The 85P also stays in place while working. It just sits tight pumping the air instead of wandering around here and there.
With solid brass twist-on tire chuck there is virtually no air loss. It is definitely much better than any “high-quality plastics” you’ll find in cheaper portable air compressors.
Unfortunately the VIAIR 85P is still not good enough for inflating a completely flat tire (a portable air compressor is just not good enough for that). If inflating a completely flat tire is what you want you’re going to need to buy a bigger air compressor. By the way this compressor doesn’t come with a carry bag so just keep the box and use that when storing this compressor in your car.