Best Tyre Inflators in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 12, 2018
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
BEST 2018
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
Type
Power
Max Pressure
Air Output
Convenience
Extras
Dimensions
Warranty
 
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

80 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

With this device, you will be able to inflate an average car tyre in less than 3 minutes. It comes equipped with 2 USB ports, so you can charge your smartphone or any other portable gadget. The rubberised feet are sturdy and reliable. They keep the inflator in place and reduce the unwanted noise and vibrations.

CONS

The LED flashlight isn't as bright as it could be. 

OUR VERDICT

The TireTek RX-i Digital is arguably the best inflator performance-wise. It has its flaws but you cannot afford to miss the model if you need a versatile piece of equipment that will allow you to inflate just about any tyre of any vehicle, as well as a few other things that have little to do with vehicles.

detailed parameters
Type

Air compressor

Power

160 W

Max Pressure

150 PSI

Air Output

Up to 40 litres per minute

Convenience

Air Line: 0.45 m with a 3.5-m extension hose

Power Cable: 2.75 m

Extras

Digital display, Built-in LED flashlight, 12V and 2 USB charging ports, carry case and valve adaptors included

Dimensions

34.8 x 12.6 x 23.4 cm (with carry case)

~2.5 kg

Warranty

1 year

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

The usual 0.5-metre air hose comes equipped with a clip-on connector. This little part will minimize the air loss that you inevitably encounter when you attach and detach the connector. The digital LCD screen is easy to read. It displays pressure in 4 different units.

CONS

There are only 2 valve adaptors in the kit. 

OUR VERDICT

What makes the Fylina AU01001 such an attractive option is its powerful nature that hides behind the unassuming, compact, and lightweight construction. You'll easily be able to find enough space for it in your boot. And you really should as it likely won't fail you when the time comes.

detailed parameters
Type

Air compressor

Power

120 W

Max Pressure

120 PSI

Air Output

Up to 35 litres per minute

Convenience

Air Line: 0.5 m

Power Cable: 3 m

Extras

Digital display, Built-in LED flashlight, valve adaptors included

Dimensions

17 x 6.7 x 15 cm

0.8 kg

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Though fairly powerful, the device is surprisingly quiet and the noise levels that it produces do not reach the 40-decibel mark. It's also sort of a 2-in-1 device as you can use it as a tyre pressure gauge. The display features a progress bar that will allow you to control the inflating process and set the right values.

CONS

The threaded connector to the valve is of poor quality (hard to screw and unscrew).

OUR VERDICT

The TACKLIFE ACP1C is a bit more practical than most of its peers and a lot more convenient than some of them. With it, you will forget about manual pumping. It is as much a tyre inflator as it is a useful device that will prove to be helpful around the house and on a trip.

detailed parameters
Type

Air compressor

Power

120 W

Max Pressure

100 PSI

Air Output

Up to 35 litres per minute

Convenience

Air Line: 0.67 m

Power Cable: 2.8 m

Extras

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

Dimensions

26 x 13 x 19.8 cm (with carry case)

~2 kg

Warranty

2 years

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 80 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 Preset Digital Tyre Inflator, Air Compressor Tyre Pump, 3 Min Tyre Inflation, LED Light, Carry Case, Valve Adaptors, 12V

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TireTek RX-i (TT-303-EU)

With Great Power Comes Great Air Output

The TireTek RX-i Digital is one of the most powerful air compressors on the market right now, so adding it to our list was a bit of a no-brainer. The model boasts 150 PSI of max pressure and no less than 160 W of raw power. Add to that the inflator's air output that will give you 40 litres per minute and you have yourself a real powerhouse.

Using this professional device, you will be able to inflate an average car tyre in less than 3 minutes. Of course, it's pumping capacity makes the model just as suitable for trucks, SUVs (caravans), buses, minivans, and just about any other vehicle out there.

But it isn't just about power with different tyres, it is also about the point of entrance. Fortunately, the manufacturers had the foresight to include 4 additional nozzle adaptors. With them, you will be able to inflate any tyre of any car or a motorbike, as well as loads of different camping and sports equipment.

The power and the nozzles aside, there are still a few things that made the model such an attractive option in the first place. First, it comes equipped with 2 USB ports, so you'll be able to charge your smartphone or just about any other portable gadget. Its heavy-duty construction is no joke either.

It's nothing groundbreaking but we also liked the rubberised feet. They're sturdy and reliable. They keep the inflator in place and reduce the unwanted noise and vibrations. Finally, we would be remiss not to mention the 3.5-m extension hose as it will give you that extra reach required for other applications.

Again, the TireTek RX-i Digital is arguably the best car tyre inflator performance-wise. It has its flaws but you cannot afford to miss the model if you need a versatile piece of equipment that will allow you to inflate just about any tyre of any vehicle, as well as a few other things that have little to do with vehicles.

Review of TireTek RX-i (TT-303-EU) Digital Tyre Inflator/Car Tyre Pump - 12v Portable Compressor With Auto Cut Off FREE Bonus Deluxe Carry Case

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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 12V Analogue Tyre Inflator, Air Compressor Tyre Pump, 4.5 Min Tyre Inflation, Valve Adaptors

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User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Fylina AU01001

No Pressure on You

There are a couple of things that make the Fylina AU01001 a particularly attractive option. To get the ball rolling, we would like to start with its power-to-size ratio. Well, either that or power-to-weight, both of them work, really. The device features 17 x 6.7 x 15 centimetres in overall dimensions. On top of that, its lightweight construction adds up to just 800 grams of weight. The numbers alone make the model one of the most compact and portable options out there.

But the best part about it is the power that hides behind the modest weight and size. You get 120 W of power and the same number of pounds per square inch that indicate the maximum pressure. You also get up to 35 litres of air output. As some of you may know, these numbers mean that the inflator will be able to inflate just about any tyre in no time at all.

Moving on from size and performance, there's one small but particularly significant detail that's worth talking about. The usual 0.5-metre air hose comes equipped with a clip-on connector. This little part will minimize the air loss that you inevitably encounter when you attach and detach the connector. It may not sound like much but it makes for a hell of an advantage over its screw-on counterpart.

With all of that out of the way, there isn't much that differentiates this inflator from the rest of them. The digital LCD screen is easy to read. It displays pressure in 4 different units. The 2 additional nozzles will allow you to inflate basketballs, beach inflatables, and a whole bunch of different equipment.

Again, what makes the Fylina AU01001 such an attractive option is its powerful nature that hides behind the unassuming, compact, and lightweight construction. You'll easily be able to find enough space for in your boot. And you really should as it won't fail you when the time comes.

Review of Fylina AU01001 Preset Air Compressor Tyre Pump, 12V 120W 120PSI Tyre Pump with Larger Air Flow 35L/Min, 2 Nozzle Adaptors , 3 Mode LED Light

 

TACKLIFE ACP1C

A Bit More Practical

One of the best things about the Tacklife ACP1C is definitely its construction. The motor is made of pure copper. It's the driving force behind the inflator's impressive 120 W of power and the ability to reach a pressure of 100 PSI. But the improved metal impeller is just as responsible for the model's speed as the motor, as well as for making the compressor a lot steadier. There're also the upgraded inflating piston and the overheat protection that allow the device to last.

For the most part, the Tacklife ACP1C doesn't differ that much from any other high-end tyre pump. But there are a few things that work in its favour. Despite its powerful nature, the device is surprisingly quiet and the noise levels that it produces do not reach a 40-decibel mark.

It's also sort of a 2-in-1 device as you can use it just like a tyre pressure gauge. As you'd imagine, that means it can measure your tyre pressure without inflating the said tyre.

The ability to pre-set the desired pressure is also there. Using the simple dial, you can set the desired pressure and the device will automatically stop at that pressure level.

The digital display is surprisingly accurate. Its standout feature would have to be the progress bar that will allow you to control the inflating process and set the right values. The LED flashlight comes equipped with an SOS feature that will project a bright red light to notify and alert the drivers of a roadside emergency.

Using the 4 additional nozzle adaptors, you will be able to inflate different balls, swimming rings, air cushions, and anything that the nozzles will fit.

In short, the TACKLIFE ACP1C is a bit more practical than most of its peers and a lot more convenient than some of them. With it, you will forget about manual pumping. It is as much a tyre inflator as it is a useful device that will prove to be helpful around the house and on a trip.

Review of TACKLIFE ACP1C Preset Air Compressor Pump, 12V Tyre Pump with Larger Air Flow 40L/Min, 4 Nozzle Adaptors , 3 Mode LED Light, Extra Fuse and Progress Display (Robust Carry Case Included)

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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