12 V Portable Air Compressors are a great tool for making your jobs go faster and easier. They can be used anywhere for filling a flat tire to running your favorite power tools.
Stationary professional compressors are used in gas stations and car shops, but portable air compressors are relatively common household appliances, and pumping up the football, to airing up bike tires, to doing small building projects that require a brad gun or stapler.
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Here at Portable Air Compressors, you will find the best in compressors regardless the job you are trying to complete. With a portable air compressor as one of your many tools, you can finish that construction site project in no time or even use it for small jobs around the house.
In general, when shopping for the best air compressor, there are several main functions and characteristics which you should take into consideration, depending on your specific needs. Some of these include portability and size, power, discharge pressure (PSI), compressed delivery rate (CFM), price and others.
How air compressors function
Before you head to the store, I would like to give you some general guidelines about how tire inflators and portable air compressors work, the types which are being offered and what to look for when choosing the best one for you. I have also included reviews of my top picks according to their different main functions and characteristics.
The various air compressor types and designs
There is a big choice of different types, sizes, shapes and designs of air compressors. They also vary in power, discharge pressure, air flow and other functionalities.
Portability, size, CFM, and power
The power of a compressor is a combination of different factors, including the air tank size, the horsepower and its discharge pressure (CFM). So, when you are selecting one for yourself, you should be aware of the fact that it is the combination of these factors and not only the horsepower which you should take into consideration.
First, and foremost always pick your air compressor to suit your actual needs. The bigger its tank, the more work can be performed before it has to fill up with air again. But also, the more gallons the air tank is, the bigger the air compressor, and the higher the price of the unit will most likely be.
The horsepower of the motor can vary, but in general, if the compressor uses a standard 110v outlet, the actual horsepower will reach 2hp.
Along with the above characteristics, also look at the CFM and PSI values and the combination between the two.
The different power source options â€“ gas and electricity
The ultimate benefits of air compressors which are gas powered are their mobility and their continuous operation. Obviously, they donâ€™t need cords or a power outlet so they can be used anywhere. They are usually preferred for heavy duty jobs for outdoors since the fumes produced are rather toxic, and the gasoline is very flammable.
The electrically powered compressors are more common for home and non-professional use. They are cheaper, and usually, they are smaller and safer to use. They are more fitted for occasional, non-heavy duty use.
Buy The Best Rated Portable Air Compressor
Are you Looking for the best handheld compressors? Here is a list of some great 12v portable air compressors and tire inflators. One of them could be the one you’ve been looking for. We have 12-volt air compressors from Viair, Goodyear, Q Industries, Slime, Masterflow, etc.