Which Portable Tire Pump is Best? Let’s find out!

Which Portable Tire Pump is Best? Let’s find out!


In the United States alone, there’s over 220 million flat tires a year, that’s one every seven seconds so it’s not a matter of if you’re gonna have a flat tire, but when Often times a portable tire pump can help. So the question is which portable tire pump should you keep in your vehicle? Today we’ll be testing nine different portable tire pumps for several different things to see which brand is the best in the first test We’re gonna see how long it takes for each tire pump to inflate this flat tire up to 35 psi We’ll be using this air tag to determine if these tire pumps can handle up to 100 psi I’ll measure the loudness of each pump using this sound meter using this tire pressure gauge to compare the accuracy of the tire pressure pumps I’ve already checked this one for accuracy. We’ll be keeping an eye on the energy consumption using this kilowatt device also I’ll be using a power converter instead of using a cigarette lighter this converts 120 volts to 12 volts near the end of this video we’ll do a teardown inspection on the pumps that broke during the testing since most of these tire pipes require a cool-down period After 10 minutes of use we’re going to limit this test to just 10 minutes the least expensive pump We’ll be testing is the ATE Pro costing only $12.99 this maximum output is 280 psi It has a 22 inch nylon air hose and a 10 foot power cord It doesn’t provide any information regarding the amount of time it takes to inflate a standard sized tire This is why I normally keep an air-pump in the original packaging is to avoid having loose cables in the back of the vehicle according to a warning label You’re not supposed to use this pump for more than 10 minutes to keep it from overheating And you’re supposed to allow it to cool for 30 minutes Looks like it’s around 15 pounds of pressure according to this gauge. I’ll disconnect air hose and use my other gauge Right at 15 pounds of pressure. So it appears that the tire pressure gauge on the pump is pretty accurate Costing $18.99 the smallest tire inflator we’ll be testing is this Audew tire inflator It’s supposed to be able inflate a tire to 35 psi in 10 minutes. According to this manufacturer Their rating is based upon a 195/65R15 tire. The cable length is between 9 and 10 feet Its hose length is 4 to 5 inches I’m really impressed with the compact size of this compressor. The question is can it keep up with the competition? I have to admit I’m really impressed with this little tire pump 24 pounds of pressure at least according to its gauge is Definitely better than the last pump we just tested. I’ll remove the air hose. It’s how much pressure we have in this tire Looks like we have right at 22 pounds of pressure So the pressure gauge on this tire pump seems to be a little bit off costing only nineteen dollars and 88 cents the hyper tough Digital tire inflator is supposed to be able inflate a standard sized tire in just seven minutes It also has a max pressure rating of 100 The nice thing about the hyper tough pump is it includes a storage space for both the hose as well as the power cord The Hyper Tough tire pressure pump We’re going to go ahead and set the pressure to 35 pounds and the way to do this is to hold the plus sign Okay that says 35 psi So as soon as we hit the start button, it should inflate the tire to 35 pounds and then shut off 35 pounds of pressure in under eight minutes with the hyper tough pump I’ma go ahead and remove the air nozzle and get a tire pressure reading. That’s right at 35 pounds of pressure Costing $1.39 this is a Goodyear brand tire inflator It’s supposed to be able to pump up a flat 14-inch tire from zero to 28 psi in just seven minutes The Goodyear inflator 3000 seems to have a pretty good design for Keeping the hose as well as the power cord contained. Since the Goodyear tire inflator doesn’t have a tire pressure gauge I’m gonna have to guess when I think this has reached 35 pounds of pressure and then we’ll stop the test I’m guessing we’re at around 35 pounds of pressure So I’m go ahead and do a tire pressure check, if we’re not will continue the test. Okay, I’m way off We’re only at about 24 pounds of pressure. I’m go ahead and continue the test Okay about 28 pounds of pressure after 10 minutes we may have lost a pound for me connecting and disconnecting So maybe 29 pounds of pressure. To protect the tire pump from getting damaged I always like to keep these tire pumps in the original packaging Look at the difference in size though between the smallest pump we’re testing and the largest. Four of these would fit into the box for one of these. Costing 23 dollars and 89 Cents this Campbell Hausfeld tire inflator is by far the largest pump we’ll be testing. And it says its size for trunk or glove box storage. It claims to have a high volume air outlet for low pressure inflatables. It can inflate a standard sized tire from 0 to 35 psi in just eight minutes Looks like around 31 pounds of pressure. Right at 31 pounds of pressure, so the pressure gauge seems pretty accurate costing Costing $24.99 the CarAir pump made by CZK-3650 includes a digital tire pressure gauge Tire pressure pump will automatically shut off once we reach a certain tire pressure So I’m going to set this up for 35 pounds of pressure All you have to do is hit the plus or the minus to dial in the amount of pressure you want to use According the gauge we’re at 35.6 pounds of pressure in under eight minutes. I think this is the fastest pump we’ve tested yet. 35 to 36 pounds of pressure So this tire pressure pump gauge is pretty accurate. Costing twenty-seven dollars and ninety seven cents the Slime digital tire inflator is supposed to be able to inflate a tire up until it reaches a set pressure and then it’s supposed to shut Off. And it’s supposed to be able to inflate a standard sized tire in just six minutes It has a two-foot air hose light and a power cord length of 10 feet To set the target tire-pressure just hit the plus or the minus and then once the tire pressure is set hit the power button The tire Slime pump was set up for 35 psi, and now reads 34 in achieve 34 psi in under 8 minutes So we’ll go ahead and see how much pressure we have in the tire. Okay, it’s shown right at thirty-five pounds of pressure. Costing $35.99, the most expensive tire pump we’ll be testing is made by Pittsburgh and sold at Harbor Freight. Now Harbor Freight does sell a yellow tire pump That’s a lot less expensive but it’s not designed for car tires It claims it can fully inflate a car tire in just three and a half minutes It has a 5 foot coiled air hose and a 10 foot power cord for total reach of around 15 feet So the Harbor Freight Pittsburgh brand air pump has this nice little carrying case For it’s very small compact size. This is a very heavy tire pump So it’ll be very interesting to see just how well this performs against the competition So the harbor freight pump is definitely the fastest yet well under six minutes I’m gonna go ahead and see how much pressure we have in this tire The dial is not the most user-friendly to read but looks to be around thirty-five thirty-six pounds of pressure Between 35 and 36 pounds of pressure. So the gauge is pretty accurate. Some newer vehicles are now coming equipped with 120 volt outlets So the question is, is this style of pump more durable than a 12-volt pump? The air hose is only about a foot and a half long and the power cord is only a couple of feet long So if your gonna use this for a vehicle, you’re gonna definitely need an extension cord I May have stopped this a little too soon at five minutes and two seconds Looks like this is around 34 pounds of pressure now that I take a closer look at it So imma go ahead and get the pump going again to see if we can get to 35 Looks like it’s between 35 and 36 psi, so the Husky tire gauge is pretty accurate There was a wide range in prices for these pumps but all the pumps tested were under $40 only five of the pumps tested were able to inflate the test tire to 35 psi in 10 minutes or less the tire used for testing was slightly larger than what the pump manufacturer considers to be a standard car tire 120-volt husky pump and the Pittsburgh pump from Harbor Freight inflated the car tire in just five and a half minutes and the CZK 3650 slime and hyper tough pumps needed between Seven and a half and eight minutes as you’ll see in the next segment of the video going past ten minutes can cause catastrophic air pump failure. Depending on what you drive you might need a tire pressure pump that can handle a lot more than 35 pounds of pressure. We’ll be using this 5 gallon portable air tank And we’re going to inflate it all the way up to 100 pounds of pressure and we’re gonna see how long it takes We’ll be testing the ATE Pro first Hey, not bad 55 pounds of pressure for the Audew at 20 minutes 14 minutes and 15 seconds into the test the Hyper Tough pump quit on us and unfortunately It’s losing pressure. Now that the hyper tough pump has had a chance to cool off, I think it’s going to work again Up next we’re gonna test the Goodyear For about the last minute this pump is blowing a lot of smoke in this thing is hot. Over 225 degrees Fahrenheit and it quit building pressure at 65 psi Up at this point the best pump we’ve test has only gotten up to 75 psi. So can the Campbell Hausfeld pump beat that number Looks like the Campbell Hausfeld pump is the pump to beat. It’s up to 76 pounds of pressure in 20 minutes Well it did get pretty hot, I don’t smell any burning plastic like I did with the Goodyear pump Okay, we’re about 12 minutes when this pump failed and as you can see there’s smoke rollin’ out this thing, this thing is very hot. Apparently we’ve run this pump and we only got up to about 69 pounds of pressure It appears that the hoes gave out where it goes into the machine. The best we’ve seen so far is 76 psi from a tire pump It’s not supposed to be used for more than 10 minutes Just like all the other pumps and this one is the Harbor Freight pump costing almost $36 Let’s see if this pump can do any better Okay, looks like the harbor freight pump is stopped at 13 minutes and change at 76 psi, which is tied for the lead So this pump is not damaged, it’s just overheated and once it cools off it can continue pumping. The final pump we’ll be testing is the Husky pump Well I’ll have to say I’m really impressed with the 120 volt Husky pump, it reached 100 psi in 19 minutes and 30 seconds I tried to find a 12 volt pump when I was out looking and unfortunately, I just couldn’t find one So very impressive results by the Husky pump. Let’s tear into this CZK 3650 tire pump to see what broke We saw a lot of smoke come out of this tire pump, it’s definitely the electric motor that failed This little pump has a little plastic piston and a little rubber o-ring. That’s not going to take too much before it fails Quick look inside the tire slime pump. This is where the hose blew out, everything else is still fine So replacing this hose and this thing should be back in order. Just like the CZK 3650 this one too uses a plastic connecting rod and piston and also a plastic gear set. You can see where the hose failure occurred Okay, the Tire Slime pump is back in service and good as new. The Harbor Freight pump is cooled off, let’s see if it still works Let’s take a look inside the Harbor Freight pump The Harbor Freight pump uses an aluminum connecting rod as well as a aluminum piston also has a metal sleeve Since these pumps are not designed for greater than 10 minutes of continuous use Running these pumps past 10 minutes will likely cause failure If you need a tire pump for high Capacity and high pressure the first four brands this chart survived the tire pressure tank challenge without any damage The Husky did the best achieving 100 psi but the Campbell Hausfeld Pittsburgh and Hyper Tough did great by inflating the tank to over 70 psi. While all the pumps are noisy the Harbor Freight pump was The least noisiest of the brands depending on the vehicle a tire pressure pump could draw too much energy resulting in a burned-out fuse for full size pickup in SUV owners You want a pump that has enough reach from the power source to the tire that needs inflated Harbor Freight came out on top with 16 feet of total length which includes the air hose and power cord Goodyear Campbell Hausfeld and Slime all had at least 13 feet Which is more than enough for most vehicles. If weight is a big factor the Audew is the lightest weighing in at only 419 grams which is less than one pound while the heaviest pump weighed just under four pounds. If storage space inside your vehicle is a big factor, the size of each pump within its original packaging shows just how much difference there is among the nine pumps tested with the largest pump more than five times the size of the Smallest pump. When it comes to portable tire pumps one thing for certain something is better than nothing I always keep a portable tire pump in each one of my vehicles. Now None of the tire pumps that we tested failed when I followed the manufacturers instructions Unfortunately when I ran several over past 10 minutes, we had a couple of failures So making sure you buy the right size tire pump up front to inflate that full-size tire is obviously pretty important 100% of the videos on this channel our viewer recommended So if you have a video idea, I hope you’ll take time to leave a comment I read and reply to as many comments as possible Thanks so much for watching the video, please take care, and I look forward to next time

100 thoughts on “Which Portable Tire Pump is Best? Let’s find out!

  1. Thank you all for requesting this one. I plan to give away all the tire pumps to random people I meet when I'm out and about buying stuff to test. Also, sorry it's taken me so long but finally have some new merch: https://teespring.com/stores/project-farm

  2. Viair 88p portable air compressor $60ish.๐Ÿ‘ Have had for years. Top heat sink might get hot inflating all four suv tires but cools quickly. Long lasting pump and inflates quickly, the gauge is kinda useless though i always use a dial hand gauge anyways.

  3. There's 31,536,000 seconds in a year so one flat every 7 seconds would be 4,505,142 flats in one year? Maybe my calculator is wonky.

  4. I was wondering why Viair was not tested. They are pricey but very reliable pumps. I have 2 Viair pumps of two capacities but have since fallen in love with my Milwaukee Tools Portable cordless pump ($69.00 tool only less battery pack).

  5. Wow. Glad I watched. I've been doing reviews I hope a company with pump gets with me. I really need one bad mine so old and it was good had 2 over 12 years one broke years ago. But mine well lost lol but when I find it yea hate loosing stuff. But truck blew got new ride well old ride lol but had prob for while had to go to get air alot. Finally got some better tires but never now. But my pump got so slow need another one bad but funds so low right now so be cool if one of the companies has one for review. But good thing people like you do these reviews helps us find a good one. Digital one would be nice. But thanks sir learned something. Thanks for doing what you do. Hey if you got to many I could use one. Lol Jk yeah miss my working days. If I needed I went got one. Sometimes if I didn't need got one anyway we all did. Lol. But glad I did when I become disabeld was nice having to much cause it helped me or helps friends. Well you have a good week sir. God bless

  6. I had one of the husky 120v inflator very good but the hose is the akelies heel mine kept breaking where it connects to the compressor due to heat the rubber hose would fail

  7. I have the same Harbor Freight Tire Inflator, it does work quiet well and I keep it in a box in the back of my truck…inflates my 205/75-R15's in about 6 minutes or less…this also depends on if you have your vehicle running or not, highly recommend you have your vehicle running when operating these it boosts your battery voltage, otherwise you are looking at 7 minutes or longer and could possibly discharge your vehicle's battery to the point you cannot restart the vehicle then you have yet another problem LOL.

    I forgot to mention I also have one of the yellow Harbor Freight tire inflators, it does work, its quite a bit slower than the one used in the video and its all plastic. The yellow one would work ok to inflate like a basketball or similar, but for car tires it takes forever and you gotta let it cool down quite frequently, I don't recommend that one, but the larger one in the video is great and with a 20% off coupon it'll drop the price to about $28 before tax…well worth the money for an emergency. Mine came with some other inflation needles and such too which I've got no use for but could be quite handy for some people.

  8. I got this guy a while back, before you made this video. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01L9WSTEG/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 . it has been reliable, have used it to top off the air in my vehicle tires 3 to 4 times, and the kids bike tires several times as well. accurate on PSI, and reliable so far.

  9. "Something is better than nothing"
    Absolutely right, if you can at least pump it up to 20psi, that'll get you home if you drive under 50mph.

  10. Thanks for the video. I have a Viair pump which I like very much. It costs more than the ones in your video, but so far it has been worth it. Far faster and quieter than a "cheapie" which I had before. It avoids issues with the power source by connecting directly to the battery. It comes with a soft nylon case for storage in the trunk.

  11. Great vid as usual. I usually keep my high volume MTB pump in my car. I've been successful in pumping my car tires up to 45 psi (though it gets considerably difficult after 35psi). I'd like to see a vid on the best portable jump batteries.

  12. Hey the Goodyear one is versatile because you could cook an egg on it to while at the same time pumping your heavy duty tire lol

  13. I'm in the market for a couple pumps for our cars and your video popping up in my suggestions is perfect timing. Off to Harbor Frieght I go!

  14. My $15 Walmart Special (not hypertough) is 5in by 4in by 1.5in. I've got a whopping 6in of hose and 12ft cord. It takes 15 minutes to pull a flat 205 15 to 34 psi.

  15. I bought a cheap 16 dollar Canadian Tire pump about 8 years ago and it will pump up to 200 psi. no problem, you just have to put a drop of oil in it once in a while. I like it because the air intake is on top. I used J&B weld to glue a piece of copper tubing to it and now I can draw a vacuum with it too

  16. That Audew pump will fit nicely under my motorcycle seat to complete my roadside tool kit! I was checking this one out on Amazon, after seeing this test I think it'll be perfect! Thanks for this in depth test!

  17. Add Viair 88p or any other viair product. That's what many people ended up with when researching them on Amazon.

  18. I bought the harbor freight to carry on my motorcycle. It has helped me get many people on the road again. It fits snugly in my saddlebags. Thanks for doing the test and letting me know I got the right one.

  19. I personally have the Viair 88P. It's about $66 on amazon and is built quite a bit better than most that you tested. Also it has direct connections to the battery preventing you from blowing a cigarette lighter fuse. Pair that with a jump-n-carry and you have a fantastic trunk kit to deal with flats and dead batteries. You can also run the pump directly from the jump-n-carry making it very portable. I don't have any affiliation with either product, they are just what I personally own and have used multiple times dealing with extreme temperature changes working in the desert and changing several thousand feet in elevation wreaks havoc on stable tire pressures.

  20. Great video! I'm really astonished by how well thought these tests are, I mean, comparing those pumps in so many ways in such a different trials, thanks for thinkig it through and putting all this time and effort into making that video!
    By the way, interestingly, in Russia all those "randomly shaped plastic box" pumps are generally considered cheap junk that no caring car owner would buy. Only the ones, designed as the Pittsburgh Harbor Freight one (and Husky, talking about its looks, not household voltage input and short wire and hose) are considered worth buying. And it seems to have a point, Harbor Freight one looked to be the best balanced one. But for the reason of this consumer stereotype we also have a lot of cheap unreliable junk in that design too))

  21. Good video, but was wondering would this test times be different if the tire was jacked off the ground ?? Like fixing a tire on the side of the Road or highway ..

  22. The high pressure test should have been done at a smaller volume first. It would be good to know if they could go to 100 psi at a lower volume like some bicycle tires.

  23. Your channel is fantastic and these tests are very helpful. Would love to see a test of battery jump packs and trickle chargers. Thanks! Keep up the great work.

  24. If you're located somewhere with high humidity could you do a video showing how much water a gas station air pump puts into your tire? I four-wheel my Jeep so I have to rely on gas station air regularly thus, as much as I have to use them I'm wondering how much water is now in my tires.

  25. I seem to remember a product on the market that used the engine exhaust to inflate a tire. Some kind of rubber seal that expanded inside the exhaust pipe with a hose and an air chuck on the other end. It worked, but really not the best idea in the world.

  26. Have been following you for a long time and I don't ever really comment on youtube videos, ever. Just want to say thanks for all of the unbiased tests you do. I would love to see you test jump packs

  27. I have husky 12w with cigarette litter plug. Pump is fast ๐Ÿ’จ but it born my fuse one day and i seen same fuse born on another person as well… witch is kind of sucks you canโ€™t just risk to run it until 35 psi…

  28. Thanks again. I have a Ford heavy duty, rear tires go up to 80psi and front tires at 60psi. I'll most likely go with the husky. Great video, as always!
    God bless!!!

  29. The best in my opinion is mine. The Master Flow Cyclone MF1040. I found it after it was thrown out. Had a broken cigarette lighter plug and a leg was broken. I added a length of wire, battery charger type clamps and hook it directly to battery. I also relocated the rubber on the one good leg to the center. It has performed beautifully for many years. Well worth what I paid. Zero dollars. I laugh when I see people spending cash or using a credit card to air up their tires. Thanks to those who throw away perfectly good equipment.

  30. it's really a beautiful product! I buy one with a nice design in reduction at Fenix, if you want also here is the link:
    https://www.fenixgadgets.com/produit/portable-wireless-inflatable-air-pump/

  31. OMG incredible! Next I'd like you to take apart a ford and gm truck and verify that they're built to high standards ๐Ÿ™‚ I love my 19 year old toyota!

  32. Have you seen the Milwaukee one? I do construction and have a bunch of batteries and everything for them and was wondering if it's worth the money to keep in my girlfriend's car.

  33. Now we need a HD 12v compressor test. Direct battery clamp. I found the MV50 to be the most cost effective but would be interesting to compare vs via-air and some of the other brands. A lot of the offroad community would be interested (33-35" tires).

    Here's my quick review of the MV50. https://youtu.be/E9JRHsruDjI

  34. Years ago I opened my 12 volt compressor and applied motor coat to the piston and cylinder. It lasted and lasted. Then my son forgot to put it up and ran over it. You could see if motor coat would make them last longer and run cooler.

  35. Honestly when i heard harbor freight throughout the years, i think what junk but after this video i was fairly impressed. Seems like a good little pump thanks project farms for all your time and research. I really enjoy all the videos and efforts you put into them. I appreciate how thourough and persise they are. Great job like always keep it up ๐Ÿ‘.

  36. For me a Ryobi inflator works best. Itโ€™s portable and fast pumping air than most plugin pumps I had + the battery can use for other stuff such as work lamp or power drill ๐Ÿ˜†

  37. We had the best luck with an Interdynamics HD Truck Air, and a HD Slime air Compressor (It's the larger Slime model). I have pumped up big tractor tires with them. That Interdynamics might not be on the market, nowadways.

  38. I bought a Family Dollar tire pump for $10 bucks many years ago(about 10 if I remember right) and the damn thing still works great to this day. I go past that 10 minute working time and it never dies, might blow the fuse in the car, but the pump just keeps chugging along. Best $10 bucks I ever spent. It's the pump that is round and shaped to look like a car tire.

  39. Don't ever…. Ever buy a Harbor freight air pump.
    The yellow ones are total garbage and the metal ones are fairly OK as long as you run them for VERY VERY short times but they either
    A. Melt the cord/12v plug
    B. Blow a fuse in addition to A.

    I don't recommend ANYONE use a inflator that plugs in the 12v outlet get one with alligator clips that allows direct connect to your vehicles battery.

    Don't be fucking cheap when it comes to your emergency roadside kit the shit will save your life. Buy a $100+ pump and a tire repair kit with plugs a quality jump-start pack that's overrated for your vehicles battery.

    My recommendations for emergency gear for those 2

    Superflow MV-50 inflator – Strong enough to quickly inflate 30"+ mud tires and passenger car tires take no time under 60 seconds

    Quickcable Rescue 3000 jump-start pack it's large but powerful as hell.

    NOCO has some nice LiOn packs but they are very expensive for high amp versions the Rescue 3000 puts out 1500CCA for $150 for the pack and battery

  40. I have the 12 volt Husky pump and I can tell you it performs pretty good since I used it to inflate tires on an Isuzu NPR street sweeper more than a few times and it's still in good condition…

  41. Been using the โ€œSlimeโ€ pump shown here (identical but bought at Autozone) for over 2 years. Have a Prius and a 4Runner. Running 32โ€ tires on the Runner. It definitely has been run continually over ten minutes many times. Itโ€™s slow but it gets the job done and no smoking or complaints. I guess Iโ€™m recommending it.

  42. just wondering, have you tested the combo units with air and jumper in one unit, if not do you think you might in the future, great vid by the way

  43. The Husky sucks. The gauge is not very accurate and the hose will puncture on the inside, leaking air.It also vibrates like a porn film tool. I got maybe 20 inflates out of the Husky before I trashed it.

  44. Great video, I notice that you test all you products to the cold end of the spectrum, but here in OZ it can get to 60deg. C in a car in summer, why not test these at this range. Also the same when doing oil tests etc.

  45. I own the HF pump. Probably around the 3rd or 4th time I used it it died. After a few months I took a look at it and found that the switch was bad. So I rewired it without the switch. I've had it for 6 years. It's a pretty good little pump.

    If you would have read the instructions they recommend that you start the pump before you hook it to the tire. For a completely flat tire I don't see why you would want to do that but for a partially filled tire I get it. You don't want to be starting against pressure.

  46. Great video! I would only make the noise chart a bit different, since dB is a logarithmic scale. Therefore, a pump 3 dB louder is DOUBLE louder.

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