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Ring Automotive RAC600 12V Digital Air Compressor - £19.31 @ Amazon
Ring Automotive RAC600 12V Digital Air Compressor - £19.31 @ Amazon

Ring Automotive RAC600 12V Digital Air Compressor - £19.31 @ Amazon

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Just bought one of these tyre inflators. I was so impressed with the quality, accuracy and inflation speed I thought I would share with HUKD.

This tested second best in which (see below - only 1% less than the top rated inflator) and tested no. 1 in What Car magazine.

The RRP is £26.99. Amazon's price of £19.31 delivered is the cheapest I can find on the web.

If you are fed up paying the big oil companies money everytime you want to put a bit of air in your tyres, then invest in one of these.

NB it also has a built in torch and flashing hazard light.


Which Said - Ring RAC 600
Score: 79%

Price: £30

The Ring RAC 600 portable tyre inflator uses the 12V supply from your car’s cigarette lighter and inflates tyres more quickly than any other 12V model we tested.

It’s easy to use, has a clear digital display and you can take the pressure reading in psi, bar or kPa scales.

You can set the pressure that you require, let it pump, then it cuts out when it reaches that pressure. Readings are accurate to within one psi.

There’s a torchlight and red light for use in a roadside emergency.

32 Comments

I've got one of these.... well worth the cash !

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Monkeybumcheeks

I've got one of these.... well worth the cash !



I agree. Had a cheap inflator and tried to pump up the tyres on my wife's car during the week. Ended up deflating them instead due to poor seal on the connector. Well worth splashing out £19 on a decent one.

I have one of these too, good quality. Heat added

these are good but they can still break easily, not as well made as you would like, but they are cheap and fantastic when they do work.

garbage456

these are good but they can still break easily, not as well made as you … these are good but they can still break easily, not as well made as you would like, but they are cheap and fantastic when they do work.


Mine has lasted very well gets quite a lot of use and it appears reasonably well made
It's reasonably quick and my gauge appears to be accurate
Best pump I have ever had
Edited by: "stevehaley" 2nd Apr 2011

Have one of these myself ,well impressed with it, good quality and easy to use.

Voted hot, brilliant item.

May sound a bit stupid but can it inflate other stuff like air beds and such when camping or not really?

Its an ok pump and lasted longer than others i've had, but it too died recently afetr a couple of years.

The digital display went faint and eventually gave up altogether so not allowing me to read the pressures.

It's good, but certainly not great IMO

It has some adaptors with it so should be good for air beds and footballs etc.

Got one of these myself last week and it's very good, doesn't leap around like a box of frogs like some cheap ones.

Whats the different between this the 600 and this: amazon.co.uk/Rin…mtd The 630? Both same price!

Also if you didnt want a digital one theres this: http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/ring-automotive-12v-compressor-now-9-30-delivered-amazon/908654?page=2

Slightly cheaper!

In theory anything can be inflated, but adaptor it comes with is for car tyres, hi-pressure bike tyres, and footballs. Some airbeds have large openings for the air inlet. Has been lower price than this at Amazon (marginally).

What's the maximum psi ? There's no mention in the product description

does anyone know if you can get adapters to get this working off the mains in the house?

bprrowed my brothers one on sunday. you have to screw them on. by the time its taken off tyre loses some air. i ended up going to the petrol station to pump up tyres. can they not have as handle that you just push against the nozzle just like the petrol station ones?

it's been this price for quite some time.

montana78

bprrowed my brothers one on sunday. you have to screw them on. by the … bprrowed my brothers one on sunday. you have to screw them on. by the time its taken off tyre loses some air. i ended up going to the petrol station to pump up tyres. can they not have as handle that you just push against the nozzle just like the petrol station ones?



I would never use the garage ones. Unreliable and rarely calibrated. I used one a few years back then checked the pressure with my own gauge and found they were 6 psi under what they should have been.

The screw on inflator on this is batter than the push on and clamp connectors that other inflators use. I find the clamps tend to snap or the seal becomes weak and won't inflate properly. The amount of air you lose unscrewing this doesnt even read on a gauge so is tiny.

Waterboy8535

I would never use the garage ones. Unreliable and rarely calibrated. I … I would never use the garage ones. Unreliable and rarely calibrated. I used one a few years back then checked the pressure with my own gauge and found they were 6 psi under what they should have been.The screw on inflator on this is batter than the push on and clamp connectors that other inflators use. I find the clamps tend to snap or the seal becomes weak and won't inflate properly. The amount of air you lose unscrewing this doesnt even read on a gauge so is tiny.



Correct on all counts there. If you can find one working in a petrol station you've done well. The one in our Sainsburys is the only one for miles around and when it is working there's virtually always a 3-4 car queue to use it. Even then it is slow and inaccurate.

As for the screw on adaptor on this Ring inflator (which I own), it is miles better than the clamp on ones. It even has a little button so you can release air if you over inflate. Try getting one of those clamps on in freezing temperatures - not easy and I've taken half a fingernail off before trying it.

The best thing about this inflator is the speed which it inflates. It's faster than any other I've used from the 12v socket. Comes in a nice little case too.

Thats not cheap. £20 for a compressor, lol. I have seen this one for a bit cheaper before

You are better off buying the RAC630 which is the same price on Amazon and has a higher spec.

Noticed with my Mondeo the compressor works faster with the car started and ticking over. Obviously you need to be carful no one jumps in and drives off!

yes, RAC630 for the same price

Clarioner

Hello … Hello Sagor:http://www.maplin.co.uk/mains-to-12v-cigarette-lighter-power-supply-36397?c=so&u=strat15[url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FRING-Power-System-Mains-Adapter%2Fdp%2FB000URDGQS]http://www.amazon.co.uk/RING-Power-System-Mains-Adapter/dp/B000URDGQS[/url]



Thanks for that Clarioner, i was hoping they would be cheaper as i need to inflate a couple of airbeds in the near future and i already have one of these compresoors, it seems cheaper to just buy a separate mains compressor.

Original Poster

The RRP for the 630 seems to be less and not attracting the same endorsements that the 600 is. Never used the 630 so can't say which is best but I do like the 600 and this price is the best current price for it (can't comment if it has been cheaper as I only started looking last week.)

I've got one tesco branded for 3 quid, although it noisier and slower inflation, but, the same job

good pump but mine recently started playing up after having it over a year.

It basically always says it has a much higher pressure, so when not even plugged into a tire its reading 45+psi, then when I plug it it it goes much higher. Still works to inflate but pure guesswork with pressure now.

still at £20 not bad

Thanks, timely advice & product info!

BadKarma

Noticed with my Mondeo the compressor works faster with the car started … Noticed with my Mondeo the compressor works faster with the car started and ticking over. Obviously you need to be carful no one jumps in and drives off!



When your car is running the voltage would be around 14v rather than 12v when it's off so they do tend to work faster

ronmanager

Correct on all counts there. If you can find one working in a petrol … Correct on all counts there. If you can find one working in a petrol station you've done well. The one in our Sainsburys is the only one for miles around and when it is working there's virtually always a 3-4 car queue to use it. Even then it is slow and inaccurate.As for the screw on adaptor on this Ring inflator (which I own), it is miles better than the clamp on ones. It even has a little button so you can release air if you over inflate. Try getting one of those clamps on in freezing temperatures - not easy and I've taken half a fingernail off before trying it.The best thing about this inflator is the speed which it inflates. It's faster than any other I've used from the 12v socket. Comes in a nice little case too.



Thanks for the confidence guys. I didnt really read the manual oO

Maybe I'll give it another go. I was thining if I like it then I'll get one myself

montana78

bprrowed my brothers one on sunday. you have to screw them on. by the … bprrowed my brothers one on sunday. you have to screw them on. by the time its taken off tyre loses some air. i ended up going to the petrol station to pump up tyres. can they not have as handle that you just push against the nozzle just like the petrol station ones?

You must have fingers like pigs titsoO

These are really good. They inflate the tyre really quick and the pressure gauge is really accurate
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