FORTEM Portable Air Compressor, 150 PSI
Last updated date: August 7, 2020
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This portable air pump is ideal for storing in your trunk, at a weight of only 1.9 pounds along with a small form factor. You'll also get an LED light to keep you safe if you have to inflate your tire by the roadside late at night. Auto shutoff will ensure you only add as much air as you need. In our analysis of 151 expert reviews, the FORTEM FORTEM Portable Air Compressor, 150 PSI placed 3rd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.
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We all know how stressful it is to encounter problems with your tires, especially if you’re stuck with a flat in a remote area and you don’t have a spare on hand. It’s bad enough when you’re on your own, but when you have your family with you, too—especially if you have young children—things are even more worrying, and safety really becomes an issue. Well, now you can have a peace of mind with the reliable and universal FORTEM DIGITAL TIRE INFLATOR. With a maximum pressure value of 150PSI, this robust, powerful inflator can take care of your inflation needs on a number of different vehicles, from cars to RVs, leaving the tires filled with nice fat air so that you can get your vehicle back on the road. And, because the inflator is light and portable, you can be sure that you’re never without it! But don’t think the FORTEM DIGITAL TIRE INFLATOR is only good for blowing up tires! This handy tool has a whole manner of uses, from blowing up balls and dirt / mountain bikes for the kids to inflating air mattresses when you go camping or when you have a guest over to stay. On top of that, the inflator is a cinch to use! Simply attach the desired tip to the inflator hose and watch as it inflates before your eyes. This best-selling FORTEM product is bound to quickly become one of the handiest pieces of kit you own! image 2 image 3 image 4 Compact, lightweight, and portable design Large, easy-to-read digital display gauge for simple PSI reading Compatible with all vehicles with a DC-12V power output Set Includes - 1 FORTEM Air Compressor - 3 Nozzle Attachments - 1 Extra Fuse - 1 Carrying Case Automatically shuts off at desired pressure to prevent over inflation Extra-long power cord to reach any deflated tire Image 1 Specifications Power Input: DC 12V Power: 120W Maximum Current: 10A Maximum Pressure Value: 150PSI (bicycle tires only) Continuous Maximum Working Time: 8mins (IMPORTANT!) Power Cord Length: 300cm / 9.84ft Hose Length: 50cm /1.64ft Dimension: 19.4 x 15.6 x 7.5cm / 7.64*6.14*2.95 inch Net Weight: 0.88kg /1.94lb
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An Overview On Portable Air Pumps
A flat tire never happens at a convenient time. Whether you’re on the road or your car is parked, changing a flat tire can be a pain, even if you have a handy spare in the trunk. That’s where a portable air pump comes in. An air compressor can fill your tire to help you get from where you are to a tire repair shop without having to try to switch out a spare.
But the best place to keep your air pump is in the trunk of your car, which means portability is essential. With a portable air pump, you aren’t limited to storing it in your garage. Just pop your trunk and you’re ready to go. Look for an air pump that’s small and lightweight enough that it won’t be in your way when you’re transporting groceries, luggage and other essentials.
Expert Vicki Liston is writer, producer and narrator of “On the Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show. She’s personally seen the value of a portable air pump, which has helped her out with a flat tire or two. She’s also found that some air pumps can even come in handy for those around-the-house emergencies.
“Ensure you have a set of various nozzle adaptors and the possibilities are almost endless,” Liston says. “Unexpected house guests? That air mattress will fill up quickly and you are ready to entertain in no time. Do the kids need the wading pool and all 24 of their inflatable toys blown up? No problem and you can enjoy the rest of the afternoon out in the sun and watching them play. Have a dust-laden item you need to clean? Use your pump like a mini blow gun and be done in a few seconds. Arrive early to a birthday party only to find the parents dizzy, out of breath, and still blowing up that 100-count pack of balloons? Yes, your portable air pump will prove that not all heroes wear capes.”
Ease of use is another important feature to look for in an air pump. Many models feature auto-shutoff, which means you simply input the desired PSI — which refers to the pounds of air per square inch — and the unit stops pumping once you’ve reached it. Most auto manufacturers recommend a PSI of between 32 and 35 when the weather is cold, but check the sticker inside your drivers-side door to get information specific to your own vehicle.
DWYM Fun Fact
The days of flat tires may be numbered, thanks to a partnership between Michelin and GM. The companies are working on a tire called Uptis, which eliminates its reliance on air to keep its shape. The key to Uptis’s shape is a series of flexible spokes. That doesn’t mean you’ll never have to head to the repair shop with your tire, though, since you’ll still have to worry about tread wear and internal damage. Air has long been the preferred method for tire interiors due in large part to the fact that it keeps the tire lightweight. But the spokes on Uptis tires absorb shock to provide a smoother ride than drivers experience with air-filled tires.
The Portable Air Pump Buying Guide
- One of the handiest features on today’s air compressors is auto shutoff. Instead of monitoring it as it inflates your tire, you just input the amount of air you need and it automatically stops once it gets there. The EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor and VacLife 12V DC Air Compressor Tire Inflator, 150 PSI both use automatic shutoff. Although FORTEM Portable Air Compressor, 150 PSI has auto shutoff, it’s important to note that the PSI tends to read high, which means it may shut off before it’s reached your desired inflation level. With any air pump, though, you should monitor it until it’s finished and make sure it shuts off when it should.
- You’ll find while you’re shopping that many air pumps are built to operate from your car’s cigarette lighter, which is a 12-volt socket. The Kensun Portable Air Compressor Pump, 12V will connect both to your car socket and a wall plug, making it something you can use in your garage. The EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor, FORTEM Portable Air Compressor, 150 PSI and VacLife 12V DC Air Compressor Tire Inflator, 150 PSI will work only with your car’s 12-volt plug.
“I recommend purchasing a unit that has two power plug options – a 12V car socket and an AC wall plug,” Liston says. “This will allow you to power the unit whether you are stuck on the side of the road or working out of your garage.”
- Liston also recommends a power cord that’s at least 10 feet long to give you the reach you need. With the VacLife 12V DC Air Compressor Tire Inflator, 150 PSI, you get a power cord length of 11.5 feet. The EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor and FORTEM Portable Air Compressor, 150 PSI come close, at just over nine feet. If you opt for an air pump with shorter reach, you’ll need to keep an extension cord with your air pump so you’ll have the cord length you’ll need in an emergency.
- The power of your air pump will determine how long it takes to fill up your tires. The Kensun Portable Air Compressor Pump, 12V puts out 11 liters per minute thanks to a 120-watt motor. With the FORTEM Portable Air Compressor, 150 PSI, you’ll only get eight minutes of use before needing to let it cool down.
- The EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor has a safety measure in the form of an overheat protection system. If the device reaches 1670 degrees Fahrenheit, the unit will shut down to protect it.
- Some air pumps come with special nozzles that increase the variety of items you can inflate. The nozzles that come with the EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor, Kensun Portable Air Compressor Pump, 12V, FORTEM Portable Air Compressor, 150 PSI and VacLife 12V DC Air Compressor Tire Inflator, 150 PSI allow you to inflate various vehicle tires as well as basketballs and swimming pool toys.
- Chances are, you plan to keep your air pump in the trunk of your car, making portability essential. The FORTEM Portable Air Compressor, 150 PSI is both compact and lightweight, at only 8 x 6.5 x 3.3 inches and 1.9 pounds. The EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor and VacLife 12V DC Air Compressor Tire Inflator, 150 PSI are also lightweight, portable options at just around three pounds. The Kensun Portable Air Compressor Pump, 12V is better for garage storage, at five pounds and 11.8 x 4.3 x 6.7 inches.
- Emergencies typically don’t happen when it’s most convenient. If you find yourself stranded with a flat tire late at night on the interstate, a light will come in handy. The EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor, Kensun Portable Air Compressor Pump, 12V, FORTEM Portable Air Compressor, 150 PSI and VacLife 12V DC Air Compressor Tire Inflator, 150 PSI all have built-in LED lights so that you can see what you’re doing no matter how dark it is.