AA Car Essentials 12-Volt Digital Tyre Compressor £13.50 @ Amazon
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AA Car Essentials 12-Volt Digital Tyre Compressor £13.50 @ Amazon

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Found 31st Jul 2012
It's a great little device - well worth spending £13.50 and have in a car - just in case

The AA Portable Air Compressor Unit is a multifunction unit designed to inflate vehicle tyres, sports balls and inflatable objects. The required pressure can be preset and it has an automatic cut off. Its digital gauge allows accurate and easy reading of pressure in PSI, BAR and KPA at your selection

Product Features
Pre-set pressure mode with automatic cut-off
Tyre deflation valve
LED lamp and flashing beacon
PSI, bar and kPa settings
Technical Details

Power input: 12 volts DC
No-load current: less than 10 amp
Full-load current: 10 amp
Maximum pressure: 100 PSI
Pressure gauge: digital, selectable reading in PSI, bar or kPa
Lighting: 7 LEDs for illumination, alert and SOS help
Dimensions: 17.5 cm x 17 cm x 7 cm
Weight: 1.1 kg
Capacity: 20 L/min
Cigarette lighter plug cord: 2.8 m
Accessories: 2 adaptors for inflatables
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These are superb. This a great price. I use mine for my mountain bike with shrader valve. Set the psi you want, press the button and a few seconds later it's done.
Superb for bikes only.
pstuart

Superb for bikes only.



Why for bikes only?
pstuart

Superb for bikes only.



That's rubbish, I purchased one of these some time ago from a listing on here (similar to the AA one)

And it works perfectly for my car tyres and I've used it on at least 3 other cars!
Ok but price not, pick a cheap version up in home bargains for £3.99 and it works just as-well..
how long do these take to inflate a car tyre from flat?
Searcher2

The reviews aren't great compared to the Ring models - but the Ring … The reviews aren't great compared to the Ring models - but the Ring models are more expensive. However, you may need to use this in an emergency so it may be better to pay a bit more get a good one.



I've got one of these and it's completely identical to the Ring RAC600 that I got from Amazon on here a while ago that it replaced - it's exactly the same unit (controls, display etc all identical) apart from the AA branding
Searcher2

The reviews aren't great compared to the Ring models - but the Ring … The reviews aren't great compared to the Ring models - but the Ring models are more expensive. However, you may need to use this in an emergency so it may be better to pay a bit more get a good one.



These are all exactly the same. The Ring ones are the same as the AA which are the same as the unbranded ones available from the likes of Gizoo. I've had an unbranded one for nearly 12 months and used it on average once a month with no issues. I've compared it with the Ring version a friend of mine has and it is 100% identical in every detail - except that he paid nearly double what I did.


Edited by: "useless_57" 31st Jul 2012
useless_57

These are all exactly the same. The Ring ones are the same as the AA … These are all exactly the same. The Ring ones are the same as the AA which are the same as the unbranded ones available from the likes of Gizoo. I've had an unbranded one for nearly 12 months and used it on average once a month with no issues. I've compared it with the Ring version a friend of mine has and it is 100% identical in every detail - except that he paid nearly double what I did.



Well in that case it is a good deal.. I think that's the model I have and it is fine. I think for slightly non-techie people the analogue version may be simpler to use as I have to get the manual out sometimes to remember how to change the preset cutoff pressure. It's no problem if all of your tyres have to have the same pressure in them but if not you have to change it.

Great price then!
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ring-Automotive-RAC610-Analogue-Compressor/dp/B0030FBSQ2/

This one looks better and is cheaper too
Edited by moderator: "trimmed link" 31st Jul 2012
Thanks - looks like some are good, others bad, but Amazon will replace.
cell6

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ring-Automotive-RAC610-Analogue-Compressor/dp/B0030FBSQ2/This one looks better and is cheaper too


It is cheaper - but it's analogue.
with AA for £3 more you get digital compressor. You can pre set pressure - hook it up - press a button and off you go.
Much easier to use
Would this do an airbed whilst camping?
rob5110

Would this do an airbed whilst camping?


yes, with one of the two adapters you get with it
Edited by: "si1234" 31st Jul 2012
What is the best way to power one of these from the mains ?
only 1 used one left
No longer available....

Well I got the last 2nd hand one. Just hoping it hasn't been returned due to fault and they resold.
Edited by: "BeerGoggles" 31st Jul 2012
I managed to get one from warehouse deals for 10.80
max_1980

It is cheaper - but it's analogue.with AA for £3 more you get digital … It is cheaper - but it's analogue.with AA for £3 more you get digital compressor. You can pre set pressure - hook it up - press a button and off you go.Much easier to use



But as mentioned above you have to set the pressure you want it to fill to. If you need to change it you have to know how to do it. It is not self evident. My mum would never be able to work it out... and I have to check the manual every now and then to do it.
gmd

What is the best way to power one of these from the mains ?



I tried with a mains to cigarette lighter adapter I use for charging my satnav in my house.... the adapter started smoking so I haven't tried since - just use the car!
Footpumps can be had for a fiver and are quicker and much quieter. These are pretty rubbish at inflatiing airbeds, they will do it but you will wear out the compressor quite quickly. For high volume ike airbeds, paddling pools you are better using a hair drier type inflator that fans the air in, these compressors are good at delivering high presure but dont deliver much volume, so inflating a car tyre from flat will take ages, and a double airbed will take 20-30minutes! And make a lot of noise!
Anyone know how long it would take to fill a doll?
Cheaper ones take much, much longer. I've had both. This one is fast.
I have one the same but StreetWise branded. Had it for a couple of years, great investment, works well on kids bikes, motorbikes and cars. Also has a red flashing warning light and a torch, very handy if using in the dark!

Very noisy though, will wake your neighbours up if you use it early in the morning. Takes me roughly 60 to 90 seconds to inflate my motorbike tyre from almost flat to 30PSI.
Oh dear, the OP has been banned..
kaidee

Anyone know how long it would take to fill a doll?



Fill it with what? oO
Inactive

Oh dear, the OP has been banned..



why ?
Ive had both the analogue and digital - and found the analogue one more reliable!

The digital one kept giving me weird readings each time i used it, whereas the analogue one is pretty consistent - though it doesnt have the emergency light.

Am going to buy another analogue one as someone borrowed mine and not seen it since!
I've on like this without the aa on it and its brill ...i use it for tyres, rugby balls, bikes, dingys etc...well worth having...especially now with the charges for air at garages

Edited by moderator: "* swear filter avoidance" 31st Jul 2012
kaidee

Anyone know how long it would take to fill a doll?



Depends how quick you can get hard and which hole you use.
cooldude01

why ?



Apparently you're not allowed to ask questions like that. It's like China - the people in charge here are apparently beyond reproach.
Tarquin8484

Apparently you're not allowed to ask questions like that. It's like … Apparently you're not allowed to ask questions like that. It's like China - the people in charge here are apparently beyond reproach.



That's not democracy. With right of information,we need to be aware why the OP was banned
Purchased one of these as a present and it arrived today but is quite obviously second hand - there's a couple of big scratches on the front, fingerprints all over it, manual dog-eared etc. Not what I expected from Amazon, it's obviously a customer return or second hand unit being passed off as new.
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