A reliable portable air compressor for tire fill

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I have a couple Viair's, the bigger one, 450 maybe? I use to fill my E rated tires from 15psi to 65 up front and 55 rear, takes a while but does it well enough, its a big diesel with a camper, soooo.

Lets not forget deflation, best so far for me is the ARB that pulls your valve stem. quick air down matters!
 
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@Code Red thank you for sharing all that info about ARB vs Bushranger vs Viair. Sorry for the thread hijack, but I was shocked at how much 4X4 stuff you can buy just walking into a store in Dubai. These are pics I took at an Ace Hardware for example. Way nicer than the Ace Hardwares over here in the US!!

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69 Dirham for the Jerry cans is a great deal, that's like $17.
 
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@Code Red thank you for sharing all that info about ARB vs Bushranger vs Viair. Sorry for the thread hijack, but I was shocked at how much 4X4 stuff you can buy just walking into a store in Dubai. These are pics I took at an Ace Hardware for example. Way nicer than the Ace Hardwares over here in the US!!

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I bought mine from the display in your photo in 2013. Check out AD 4x4 if your looking for someone to ride with. They're a little saner than most and don't flip as often. I brought back three of those jerry cans when we moved back to Atlanta.
 
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Found an article on the subject: The Top 4 Portable Air Compressors for Jeeps in 2019
After I read it I stopped on these variants:

- ARB CKMP12 – Highest Quality Portable Air Compressor. Looks like it comes in both 12V and 24V configurations depending on the amount of power you need and comes in both portable and on-board versions.

- Smittybilt 2781 – Best Multipurpose Air Compressor. It has long air hose for getting to multiple vehicles. And with this I can save my money.

Which one is better in your opinion? Can this article be trusted? Money is no object.
 
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I’m happy with Viair. Some of the more expensive ARB’s may be better, or if you are using air lockers you could use an aux tank and an air chuck.
 
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If money is truly no object then buy this: Item # XD3000-12, XD3000 Extended-Duty Air Compressors On Oasis Manufacturing for the low price of $1950.

Or if you didn't actually mean that buy this: Product : Extreme Outback
I had one of those Oasis compressors in my G-Wagen, what a beast of a compressor! It could hold a small tank at over 80psi while filling a 37” tire, running about 70% duty. According to their site the model I had could run a 1/2” impact wrench without a tank.

I currently have a Slime portable compressor that I got for around $70 on amazon. Works great on my 31” and 33” tires. I’ve used it to air up 2 rigs back to back, it did just fine.
 

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I’ve be completely satisfied with Viair... never had one die... never had to rebuild one.

I’ve been carrying a Viair 00088 in my truck for years... I use it to top off tires on my truck and trailer. I forget the duty cycle, but it’s low enough that I have to take care not to overheat it. Run it only with the engine running.


I have a Viair 380C hardwired, under the hood of my 40... it’s a 100% duty cycle and I use it to air up, using a 4-way hose system that sits all four tires at the same time. It doesn’t overheat.., even under an FJ40 hood. It does the job, quickly and efficiently. NOTE: I have to run my hand throttle up to 2500rpms, to prevent draining the battery.


Edit: I’m not running lockers or an air tank
 
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