Mini compressors

stutrump

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Hi Folks.
Sorry this has probably been done before but a quick search didn't find anything. Can any of you recommend a good mini air compressor that can be carried on the bike. Smaller the better.
Thanks in advance for any ideas.
 

yoyo

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I use a really cheap one from the likes of Home Bargains/Poundstretcher, take off the plastic case and pressure gauge and its really small (put a bolt in the hole where the gauge was)

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I have the Antigravity Micro Start inflator LINK $24.99 and works very well. They offer another version that comes with a SAE to SAE power cord for $5 more too. I just cut off the end of the cig plug power cord and put an SAE plug on myself, since my un-switched power on the bike is an SAE panel mount. This is the smallest, reasonably priced tire inflater I've seen.

I had been using a relatively small, ($10 on sale), Slime pump for years, which worked great too, but when I down sized bikes I wanted something smaller than what I was carrying in the Pannier. Previous bikes I had a WalMart $10 unit that I stripped out of the plastic case, trimmed off the fan blade and tied a leather boot lace to. That also worked great for literally years before I gave it to someone else after buying the Slime pump to fit into my nice square Zega Pro pannier on the S10.

I'm keeping it in a small MTM case under my license plate.
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If price is no object, then this is supposed to be a top of the line mini-compressor...

https://bestrestproducts.com/product-category/cyclepump-ez-gauge/cyclepump-expedition-tire-inflator/

I've always used one of the cheap Slime compressors that you find in auto parts stores. This is the one I bought years ago; I don't think they make this particular model any more.



It's given good service, and I've even used it to seat the bead on a tire. I eventually took it apart and cut out the built in pressure gauge to make it smaller, so it looked like this:



And one final rebuilt to make it even smaller, so it looked like this:



Same pump mechanism through all three versions. If I was going to someplace remote with help a long way off, or I had to use it every day because I was in and out of the dirt regularly, I might splurge for something expensive like that Cyclepump, but so far the $20.00 Slime pump hasn't let me down.
 

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I have the Antigravity Micro Start inflator LINK $24.99 and works very well. They offer another version that comes with a SAE to SAE power cord for $5 more too. I just cut off the end of the cig plug power cord and put an SAE plug on myself, since my un-switched power on the bike is an SAE panel mount. This is the smallest, reasonably priced tire inflater I've seen.

I had been using a relatively small, ($10 on sale), Slime pump for years, which worked great too, but when I down sized bikes I wanted something smaller than what I was carrying in the Pannier. Previous bikes I had a WalMart $10 unit that I stripped out of the plastic case, trimmed off the fan blade and tied a leather boot lace to. That also worked great for literally years before I gave it to someone else after buying the Slime pump to fit into my nice square Zega Pro pannier on the S10.

I'm keeping it in a small MTM case under my license plate.
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I use the same pump and really like it. Compact, reliable and cheap.

As it draws quite a bit of power, I've connected a SAE power cord with a 15 amp inline fuse directly to the battery instead of using the cig plug with it's smaller fuse (2 or 3 amp..?).
 

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The issue with the smaller units is they over heat and unsolder the wires, it's worth upgrading to thicker wires and a decent solder job.

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Kruzzin5

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I have the Antigravity Micro Start inflator LINK $24.99 and works very well. They offer another version that comes with a SAE to SAE power cord for $5 more too. I just cut off the end of the cig plug power cord and put an SAE plug on myself, since my un-switched power on the bike is an SAE panel mount. This is the smallest, reasonably priced tire inflater I've seen.

I had been using a relatively small, ($10 on sale), Slime pump for years, which worked great too, but when I down sized bikes I wanted something smaller than what I was carrying in the Pannier. Previous bikes I had a WalMart $10 unit that I stripped out of the plastic case, trimmed off the fan blade and tied a leather boot lace to. That also worked great for literally years before I gave it to someone else after buying the Slime pump to fit into my nice square Zega Pro pannier on the S10.

I'm keeping it in a small MTM case under my license plate.
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brilliant idea attaching it to a box on the license plate! Also like the idea of converting it with an SAE plug to minimize the size.
 

Kruzzin5

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If price is no object, then this is supposed to be a top of the line mini-compressor...

https://bestrestproducts.com/product-category/cyclepump-ez-gauge/cyclepump-expedition-tire-inflator/

I've always used one of the cheap Slime compressors that you find in auto parts stores. This is the one I bought years ago; I don't think they make this particular model any more.



It's given good service, and I've even used it to seat the bead on a tire. I eventually took it apart and cut out the built in pressure gauge to make it smaller, so it looked like this:



And one final rebuilt to make it even smaller, so it looked like this:



Same pump mechanism through all three versions. If I was going to someplace remote with help a long way off, or I had to use it every day because I was in and out of the dirt regularly, I might splurge for something expensive like that Cyclepump, but so far the $20.00 Slime pump hasn't let me down.
I like how you cut the pump down to size. In your last picture, is that the original box cut down or did you put the pump into some smaller box? Awesome.
 

RCinNC

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Thanks Kruzzin. I built the box for the final version of the pump. I designed it to fit inside my tool tube. There's a thread on here showing how I built the pump, but at some point in the past all the photos that were stored on the site disappeared, so none of the photos are attached to my post any more.
 

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I ride 2 motorcycles and have 2 $10 Slime pumps, pretty rare that they get used but they have always worked fine, I actually used the one in my Goldwing yesterday because I had a flat rear tire about 35 miles from home, plugged it with a rope plug, whatever punctured the tire must have broke a belt because it vibrated like crazy all the way home But i made it, fortunately had a spare wheel and tire waiting in the garage ready to go.
 

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Motopumps user, designer and owner is local. I’ve got the micro for the bike and the bigger one for the car.
 
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