When you buy an air compressor, you want it to pump up tyres, that goes without saying. What a lot of people don’t realise, is that many of them do more. Let’s look at a couple of those features, so you know what to look for when you’re looking at car tyre inflator reviews.
It’s obvious when you know, but they aren’t just great for putting air into your tyres, they’re great for telling you whether you need to do so too. The more reputable brands that you find on the review sites are also particularly popular because they give a reliable pressure reading.
All you need to do is plug them into your power outlet socket in the car, connect the device to the tyre valve, and you’ll get a reading of the current tyre pressure in BAR, PSI or sometimes a few other measures of pressure.
Make sure you repeat for each tyre – sometimes you’ll find that a front tyre looks softer than a back tyre due to the weight of the engine, so always compare each tyre’s pressure to that recommended in the manufacturer’s handbook.
A great safety feature that’s common on compressors is an orange flashing light. That’s useful if your car electrics are misbehaving so you can’t use your hazards and you’re stopped in a risky place. Of course, you still need a power source so it may be that your 12V supply is unavailable too, but worth a try and could keep your family safer if disaster strikes.
Similar to the warning light, there’s often a white light too – great for seeing under the bonnet at night in the event of a breakdown, or more likely to help you see what you’re doing to pump up a tyre in a dark lay-by or car park. There’s nothing worse than fumbling around i the dark trying to connect to a tyre valve, so it’s a really helpful added extra on the device.
Your car tyre inflator is therefore a really helpful safety device, offering more than just a way to pump up tyres on the move. When you’ve bought yours, be sure to familiarise yourself with all the features, as you may not have time to spend reading instructions when you find yourself needing them!