Helteko 12V Portable Air Compressor Pump, 150 PSI

Last updated date: October 31, 2019

DWYM Score
8.8


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 153 expert reviews, the Helteko Helteko 12V Air Compressor Pump, 150 PSI placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note November 18, 2019:
Checkout The Best Portable Air Pump for a detailed review of all the top portable air pumps.

Expert Summarized Score
8.8
19 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.8
1,593 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
If it is dark outside and it is hard for you to do the job, an emergency light will come along to make sure that the user can inflate the tire correctly.
- Products Browser
It actually feels like something industrial in the way that it’s so robust and durable. You could get this out on the side of a road with cars zooming past and throwing dust your way, but it wouldn’t matter.
- Byways
It is also very portable thanks to the light material. However, this doesn’t mean that it’s prone to breaking, cracking or getting dents.
- iPerfect List
May 21, 2019 | Full review
It comes with a 3-metre long cigarette lighter cord that gives the optimal length required when you want to inflate the rear tires.
- Top Best Spec
The pump is powerful, and in 3 to 4 minutes, the tire of your car will be fully inflated. The cable is long and strong, and there are LED lights.
- All Top Stuffs
January 23, 2019 | Full review
Overall it’s a sturdy and durable unit and made with high-quality plastic material as covered by chrome steel to keep it safe.
- Mechanic Base
July 3, 2019 | Full review
It’s also very versatile and will inflate a range of tires including those for SUVs, minivans, light sucks, motorcycles, and bicycles. The unit can also be used to inflate basketballs inflatables, dinghies and other things.
- Best Selected Products
Made of high-quality ABS plastic and stainless steel, the air compressor pump comes with robust construction. The digital tire inflator also comes with the automatic shut off technology.
- The 10 Pro
October 5, 2019 | Full review
One of the convenient features of the tire inflator is its noise level. At 50db, it is not the loudest in its class, which comes to complete its elegant design.
- Auto Quarterly
The LCD digital display makes it easy when calculating the pressure values. It is a fast operating unit which can inflate a car in less than 5 minutes.
- Globo Gears
September 25, 2019 | Full review
Thanks to its digital LCD display you will have no problems with reading the pressure even at night and LED light will illuminate your car even in the darkest place.
- Auto Expert Guides
August 8, 2019 | Full review
It can inflate any standard midsize vehicle tire within 5 minutes. Also, it features long cable of about 3.5m. It’s compact design and LED lighting are impressive too.
- The Keen Hunter
It comes with 3 additional nozzles so you can inflate household items such as basketballs and other sports equipment.
- Auto Guide
September 16, 2019 | Full review
Only the best quality ABS stainless steel and plastic is used in this air pump. You can use the digital tire inflator for more extended time compared to the other products because it merely is durable.
- Air Compressor Advice
Another impressive thing about the inflator is, it operates very quietly. There is also a flashing LED light which benefits you inflate the tires easily at night.
- Route Vibes
The device is powered by plugging the cord to an external power socket or the cigarette socket in a car.
- AirCompressorHelp
July 19, 2019 | Full review
It inflates the tire pretty quick and produces less noise compared to some we reviewed.
- CarCareHunt
September 15, 2019 | Full review
This compressor inflates a standard vehicle tire in just 3 to 5 minutes and comes with a very long cable which helps inflate the wheels of bike, car, SUV, etc.
- AIR COMPRESSOR MACHINE
September 20, 2019 | Full review
One of the best features of this air compressor pump is the automatic shutoff using a useful and simple technology.
- THE TECH KIT
What experts didn't like
Does not include an adaptor to connect it to wall
- Mechanic Base
July 3, 2019 | Full review
Adds a bit more air on occasion
- Auto Quarterly
Need a separate power source
- Globo Gears
September 25, 2019 | Full review
No wall socket adapter
- Auto Expert Guides
August 8, 2019 | Full review
Continuous work time rated at 10 minutes, some reports of early failure
- Auto Guide
September 16, 2019 | Full review
The noise level is more than 50 DB
- Air Compressor Advice
A bit quirky.
- Route Vibes
The only thing I’d consider a downside is its display. Not only is it dim and fuzzy, but it is also small and might be difficult to read on a bright sunny day.
- CarCareHunt
September 15, 2019 | Full review
Powered as 12v DC, but you can purchase 120v AC
- AIR COMPRESSOR MACHINE
September 20, 2019 | Full review
Valve attachment issue
- THE TECH KIT

From The Manufacturer

Features & Benefits: ▪️ Get 100% BEST SERVICE AND 18 MONTHS EXTENDED WARRANTY your purchase HELTEKO is totally risk-free! ▪️ AUTO SHUT OFF - The digital air pump will automatically shut off when the pre-set tire pressure is reached, this prevents over inflation. ▪️ DIGITAL LCD DISPLAY - You can easily read the pressure you program, even at night. ▪️ EMERGENCY LED LIGHT - Air compressor tire will illuminate your car even in the darkest place. ▪️ LONG STRONG CABLE - Car air inflator with a cable 3.5 M (11.5 ft) easily connects to a 12V cigarette lighter. ▪️ FAST INFLATING SPEED - Airflow 35L/min will allow you to pump a standard wheel in 3-5min, the max pressure of the tire inflator is 150 PSI. ▪️ 3 ADDITIONAL NOZZLES - It’s easy for you to inflate tire of cars, bicycles, motorcycles, suv, basketballs and also sport equipments and other inflatables.. ▪️ PORTABLE AND EASY STORAGE - Mini air compressor is very compact and lightweight, it is easy to carry and store in any trunk. ▪️If you want to you use the air compressor at home you should buy a AC to DC power adapter 110V-12V (120W) Our high-quality, durable, heavy duty and portable tire inflator is suitable for people who value quality and excellent functionality in use. Specification: ▪️ Power Source: 12 Volt ▪️ Power: 120W ▪️ Material: ABS Plastic & Heavy Duty Metal ▪️ Display Unit: PSI, KPA, BAR, KG / CM² ▪️ Pressure: 150 PSI ▪️ Flow rate: 35L / min ▪️ Cable length: 11.5ft (3.5m) ▪️ Noise level: <50db ▪️ Continuous work time: 10 min Package includes: ▪️ 1 x Digital Air Compressor ▪️ 1 x Storage Bag ▪️ 1 x Piece Fuse ▪️ 3 x Additional Nozzles ▪️ 1 x User Manua

Overall Product Rankings

1. EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor Pump, 70 PSI
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 19
2. Kensun Portable Air Compressor Pump, 12V
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 16
3. FORTEM Portable Air Compressor, 150 PSI
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 17
4. VacLife 12V DC Air Compressor Tire Inflator, 150 PSI
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
5. Helteko 12V Portable Air Compressor Pump, 150 PSI
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 19
6. Kensun 110V Portable Air Compressor Pump, 100 PSI
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 18
8. sanipoe Battery Powered Air Mattress Pump, 0.38 PSI
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
9. Breezz 12V Air Compressor, 150 PSI
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 13
10. AUDEW 12V Portable Air Compressor Pump, 150 PSI
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 18

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.

DYWM 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.