Best Tyre Inflators in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update April 11, 2021
You probably know that car tyres should be inflated properly for a safe ride. How to pump them quickly and easily? With a tyre inflator, of course. In this review, we have included some of the best inflators out there so that you'll be able to make the right choice. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Power
Max Pressure
Air Output
Convenience
Extras
Dimensions
Warranty
 
PROS

Using this tyre inflator, you will be able to inflate a regular 13-inch tyre from flat to 35PSI in just 2 minutes, which is incredibly fast. The included deflation valve will come in handy for decreasing the pressure when needed.

CONS

The placement of the light indicator might appear inconvenient for right-handed users.

OUR VERDICT

The Ring Automotive RTC1000 is a great tyre inflator to have around. Packed with tons of useful features, this device will lend you a helping hand in many road situations and make sure you never drive on flat tyres. Includes a handy bag for neat storage. 

detailed parameters
Type

Air compressor

Power

180 W

Max Pressure

100 PSI

Air Output

~ Up to 35 litres per minute

Convenience

Air Line: 0.7 m

Power Cable: 3.5 m

Extras

Backlit digital screen, Quick-Set Auto stop, The deflation valve, 3 valve adaptors, Valve cap storage compartment, Built-in LED light, Storage case, Latex gloves, Spare dust caps

Dimensions

22.5 x 20.5 x 9.5 cm

1.5 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The flashlight is really bright, so you'll be able to illuminate a larger area and there's a better chance that you'll be seen from a further distance. Plus, the company's supplying their inflators with the kind of LED lamps that last for a really long time, so you won't have to change them as often.

CONS

Can be difficult to fit the device and all of its cables into the case.

OUR VERDICT

We like the Ring RAC635 for the controls. The sizable backlit display will be equally easy to use during nighttime. Using the dial, you will be able to operate the digital tyre inflator with remarkable ease. The three-piece adaptor kit makes the model suitable not just for cars but also for motorcycle tyres and footballs.

detailed parameters
Type

Air compressor

Power

120 W

Max Pressure

100 PSI

Air Output

Up to 30 litres per minute

Convenience

Air Line: 0.7 m

Power Cable: 3.5 m

Extras

Digital display, Built-in LED flashlight, carry case and valve adaptors included

Dimensions

20.5 x 10.8 x 18.5 cm (with carry case)

1.17 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The inflator's operating noise doesn't exceed 50dB which makes it one of the quietest models out there. The digital display is large and high precision and shows readings in the following values: PSI, BAR, KPA, and KG/CM².

CONS

The power lead is a bit flimsy.

OUR VERDICT

The Akface AK-01 Tyre Inflator has one of the best performance-to-price ratios. It boasts a high max power rate, can inflate pretty much all tyres and works really fast taking just 2-5 minutes. Besides, it's equipped with overheat protection, meaning it can be used for a longer time.

detailed parameters
Type

Air compressor

Power

120 W

Max Pressure

150 PSI

Air Output

Up to 35 litres per minute

Convenience

Air Line: ~ 0.5 m

Power Cable: 3.3 m

Extras

LCD screen, LED light, Auto shut off, Overheat protection, Storage bag, Piece fuse, 3 additional nozzles

Dimensions

21 x 10 x 15 cm

1.06 kg

Warranty

18 months

PROS

The controls include just one button. The construction, especially the ventilation holes, will prevent the motor and all of the internal components from overheating, so you'll be able to use the device for a long time without having to take a break for it to cool down.

CONS

Some find the analogue display inferior to the digital one. 

OUR VERDICT

A flat tyre situation is something that will happen to you sooner or later. But, with the Ring RAC610 tyre inflator, you'll be more than ready for it. This traditional gauge combines the power of electric inflation with the analogue simplicity. Add to that the affordable price and what we have here is nothing short of a steal.

detailed parameters
Type

Air compressor

Power

85 W

Max Pressure

80 PSI

Air Output

Up to 20 litres per minute

Convenience

Air Line: 0.5 m

Power Cable: 2.9 m

Extras

Analogue display, valve adaptors included

Dimensions

16.9 x 8.6 x 14.7 cm

0.73 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

With a 550 100% copper motor at its core, the unit is recognised for its rapid operation, durability and high accuracy. Includes an auto-stop function and shows readings in several values. 

CONS

May overheat. Therefore, making short breaks every 5-10 minutes is recommended. 

OUR VERDICT

Very few inflators can tussle with the expensive rivals, but the Airsnigi 150PSI is surely in this league. Though cheaper and simpler in appearance, this inflator gets the job done and has all the features you'd need to pump up not just for car tyres but also bikes, bicycles, balls, and other inflatables.

detailed parameters
Type

Air compressor

Power

~ 100 W

Max Pressure

150 PSI

Air Output

Up to 35 litres per minute

Convenience

Air Line: ~ 0.5 m

Power Cable: 3 m

Extras

Digital display, Emergency LED light, Auto shut off, 3 nozzle adapters included

Dimensions

21.5 x 8.2 x 15.8 cm

0.85 kg

Warranty

30 days

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Ring Automotive RTC1000

Best in All Aspects

You can find a whole lot of tyre inflators on the market, but if you are looking to invest in a high-quality thing, the Ring RTC1000 will pique your interest.

First and foremost, it's one of few tyre inflators that include a safe-guard feature. This is a great advantage that can swing many drivers towards this model, as it will give you nice peace of mind by automatically turning the machine off once the pressure in its tyres reaches the preset level.

Secondly, the Ring RTC1000 is very fast and accurate. Using this tyre inflator, you will be able to inflate a 13-inch tyre from 0 PSI up to the desired target of 35 PSI in just 2 minutes, which is half the time most other tyre inflators usually take. It is also pretty accurate and doesn't drop down too much as most inflators do, which means there will be minimum deviation in the readings.

To add to all that, the unit comes supplied in a neat small bag that also contains 3 adapters and a pair of gloves. This is a handy addition that will protect your hands from getting dirty when you touch valves and the wheel. The inflator itself is pretty neat too. Measuring just 22.99 x 21.58 x 19.7 cm and with a weight of just 1.36 kg, it won't take up a lot of space in the boot of your car or car boot organiser. Despite that, the size of its screen has not been compromised. In fact, it is quite large and backlit so you should be able to see the current reading at a glance without squinting.

When it comes to negatives, some users complain about the light indicator being placed on the wrong side, which makes it a little inconvenient for right-handed users to screw on the inflation tube. That, however, is just a minor quibble and doesn't detract from the advantages of the tyre inflator. So, if you're in the market for one of the best models with some added perks, the Ring RTC1000 with the auto-stop function will hit the mark.

Review of Ring Automotive RTC1000 Tyre Inflator, Air Compressor Pump

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Last updated price £35.60
Stock In stock
ASIN B07MVVMCBD

 

Ring Automotive RAC635

Inflation Made Easy

The Ring RAC635 is one of the most well-balanced inflators on the market. Featuring 120 W of power and 100 PSI of maximum pressure, the model is neither the most powerful pump nor is it a slouch in any particular category. The air output of 30 litres per minute isn't too bad either.

Of course, these kinds of numbers are a dime a dozen as far as tyre inflators are concerned, so they couldn't be enough to justify such a high place on our list. And that is where the LED flashlight comes in.

The flashlight comes equipped with 3 settings. You get your usual bright white for general illumination purposes. The flashing white is suitable for attracting or directing attention. And the flashing red light can be used as an SOS signal in case of emergencies.

The flashlight is really bright, so you'll be able to illuminate a larger area and there's a better chance that you'll be seen from a further distance. Plus, the company's supplying their inflators with the kind of LED lamps that last for a really long time, so you won't have to change them as often.

Other than the flashlight, we would like to highlight the autostop feature. Using this feature, you will be able to preset the pressure that you need so that the compressor will automatically stop inflating the moment the specified pressure is reached. This way, you will get accurate inflation every single time.

All in all, we like the Ring RAC635 for its convenience. The sizable backlit display will be equally easy to use during nighttime. Using the dial, you will be able to operate the digital tyre inflator with remarkable ease. Plus, the three-piece adaptor kit makes the model suitable not just for cars but also for motorcycle tyres and footballs.

Review of Ring Automotive RAC635 Digital Tyre Inflator

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User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £30.78
Stock In stock
ASIN B00OP0WZGI

 

Akface AK-01

Great Value

The Akface AK-01 might not push any boundaries but when it comes to its inflating capabilities, it's definitely no slouch. In fact, it offers some of the added advantages that you wouldn't always get even with more expensive models.

To start things off, the Akface AK-01 is very simple to use. All you need to do is attach the hose to the tyre, trigger the switch, and the air compressor will do the rest of the work for you, needing no more than 4 minutes to inflate a completely flat tyre to the 35-36 PSI mark. What also adds appeal to this unit is the fact that it can be used for inflating tyres not just for cars but also for bikes, motorcycles, SUVs, and balls. Besides, it is quite powerful with its max pressure reaching 150 PSI and comes including 3 adapters to inflate different types of tyres.

Bringing on the question of how accurate the Akface AK-01 is, most users have no issues with it and say that the shown numbers and the actual ones do not differ more than just by 0.025 Bar, which's a good result. Plus, the unit instantly stops when it reaches the desired target, so you can get an equal amount of air for each tyre.

Other features that make the use of the Akface AK-01 convenient are tiny rubber feet which prevent the pump from scratches and a LED light. The addition of the latter makes it suitable for use in emergency situations when you need to attract the attention of other drivers on the road.

In sum, though the Akface AK-01 might not be the fastest, the most powerful or the most accurate tyre inflator out there, it offers great value for the money and will lend you a helping hand in many situations.

Review of Akface AK-01 Tyre Inflator, Portable Air Compressor
Last updated price £29.99
Stock In stock
ASIN B07SD4GMV6

 

Ring Automotive RAC610

The Digital Power with Analogue's Simplicity

First things first, the Ring RAC610 is an analogue inflator, which is something that people may see as a downside. But we can't say that we agree with them. Sure, it may not look as impressive as its digital counterpart, but the analogue display has its advantages too. First, there are no complicated settings here. It's just one button. You push it and the device will start inflating the tyre. You push it again when the compressor is done inflating that tyre of yours.

Other than the simple operation, there are a couple of things that the tyre inflator has going for it. First off, there are the model's dimensions and weight. The whole thing adds up to precisely 16.9 x 8.6 x 14.7 centimetres and the inflator weighs a smidge above 700 grams. It makes transportation simple. It also makes it easy to find enough storage space for the device.

Just like the rest of them, RAC610 lugs directly into the12V DC socket (more commonly known as the cigarette lighter). It makes for tyre maintenance consistently easy whether you happen to be on the road or right outside your house.

The model isn't as much of a powerhouse as some of its more expensive competitors but it will inflate your average car tyre in about four and a half minutes, which isn't too bad at all. But if there's one thing it has on those expensive inflators, it would have to be the model's well-thought-out design.

The body's construction, especially the ventilation holes, will prevent the motor and all of the internal components from overheating, so you'll be able to use the device for a long time without taking a break for it to cool down.

All in all, despite our best efforts, a flat tyre situation is something that will happen to you sooner or later. But, with the Ring RAC610 tyre inflator, you'll be more than ready for it. This traditional gauge combines the power of electric inflation with the analogue simplicity. Add to that the affordable price and what we have here is nothing short of a steal.

Review of Ring Automotive RAC610 Tyre Inflator

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User Manual     Manufacturer

Last updated price £12.80
Stock In stock
ASIN B0030FBSQ2

 

Airsnigi 150PSI

Budget-friendly

Now, if you think that budget-friendly devices mean low quality, the Airnsigi 150PSI tyre inflator will prove you wrong. Costing a little less than ~24 quid, it's a great digital compressor that is able to compress up to 150 PSI with a speed up to 35 litres per minute, which is nothing short of impressive. What's more, it's surprisingly quiet for an inflator, so its operating noise will unlikely bother you or people around.

Speaking of the construction, the unit doesn't look cheap too. It is a bit bigger than the other models reviewed here, but it's not too big. Besides, given that it houses an air line, cable and accessory adapters, its slightly larger dimensions are easy to understand. In addition, the Airnsigi 150PSI has a snap-on tyre attachment - a tiny detail making the whole procedure of blowing up tyres easier and mess-free. Thanks to that, you'll be able to avoid a lot of messing and finger dirting. The included power lead on this unit is quite long too, so you should have enough reach for all the wheels.

What else is there to add? Just like more expensive tyre inflators, this one has an auto-stop function so it will stop the machine once the set pressure is reached. Also included are several nozzles enabling you to use it not just for car tyres but also for bicycles and other inflatables like sports balls. The addition of a LED light is nice too so you can use it at any time of the day including those occasions when you need to use the inflator in the dark.

All told, while you've got a wide choice of options across a wide price range, the Airnsigi 150PSI is surely the one that's worthy of the attention. It's quick, accurate, and it gets the job done while coming at a fraction of the price of its fancier digital rivals.

Review of Airsnigi 150PSI Digital Tyre Inflator
Last updated price £24.96
Stock In stock
ASIN B088ZW2FLT

 

What Is a Tyre Inflator?

We don't like it but a flat tyre situation is unavoidable. Sooner or later, you will puncture your tyre and you will have to inflate the spare one. And, as you would imagine, that is where a tyre inflator comes in. With the help of these devices, you will be able to inflate your tyres in no time at all. And that's not just something you have to do to get back on the road. Properly inflated tyres improve the fuel efficiency. They also reduce the wear and tear, so you end up spending less money on car maintenance.

Generally speaking, tyre inflators are not the most complicated pieces of car maintenance equipment. Sure, the digital ones are a tad more intricate. But the bottom line is the same: you have to take into account the vehicles that you deal with and choose the model that has the power, the air output, and the maximum pressure to support the tyres of those vehicles. Other than that, keep in mind all of the extra features like an LED flashlight or valve adaptors and you should be able to make the right choice.

While we're on the subject of car maintenance equipment, you might want to consider getting a new set of jump starters or car battery chargers because you do not want to end up in an emergency situation without those.

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Publish Date: 2018-10-12 13:32:47