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Fix Flat Tires Quickly With These Top 3 Tire Inflators Of The Year

Does A Flat Tire Fill You With Dread?

One of the most important factors with auto performance is the role of tires, and it is crucial that they are in the best condition possible. For a car to handle the road safely, the tyres need to be in optimal shape.

The internal pressure always needs to be at optimal level, and the easiest way to achieve that is with a tire inflator. But with so many to choose from what points do you need to consider when buying one?

Portability and Storage – It should be easily stored in your car so that it’s there when you need it.

Reach – All your tyres need to be easily reachable for any inflator cable.

Automation – Do you want it to be pre-set, or input the PSI settings manually? Once the pressure has been reached, do you need it to switch off automatically?

Inflation Speed – This could be important depending on your circumstances.

Adapter Size – Will it fit your tires?

Other Features – Some inflators include flashlights or warning lights which will make things easier at night and can alert other drivers.

So, now we know what to look for, let’s get on the road to test drive the best selling tire inflators.

1) EPAuto Digital Tire Inflator



Plugging straight into the cigarette lighter, this heavy duty inflator includes additional adapters, and can inflate anything that needs it – tires (obviously), bicycle tires, inflatable toys, and so on. With an clearly read LED display, flashlight and auto switch off, this portable inflator is available in a range of bright colors.

What We Like

EPAuto have designed a great looking, very sturdy inflator. The cables are a great length and can easily reach all around a large SUV. Programme in your desired PSI and away it goes, switching off when it’s done. It doesn’t overheat, has a built in flashlight, and it isn’t too loud. It’s test performance was exemplary, and it tackled every tire on our cars with ease.

What Needs Improving

It isn’t the fastest inflator, but for us, the speed is perfectly okay.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

For a budget friendly inflator, this is a great buy. Super efficient, multi talented and perfect to throw in the trunk for emergencies.

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  • Convenience: Plug directly into Cigarette Lighter Socket of your Vehicle. 12VDC, 10 to 15 amps, 120 to 180W. Equipped with 12V-DC Cigarette Lighter Socket Plug, NOT 110V AC plug.
  • Multiple Uses: Inflate tires on cars, bikes, sedan and midsize SUV. (Engine size under 3.5 liter) Universal valve connector for schrader valve is ready to use. Additional adapters include needles value (for basketball, balls), short cone/long cone adapters (for inflatable kayak, swimming pool accessories, etc)
  • Capacity: Does NOT Support truck tires, for instance: light truck tires (LT), heavy duty truck tires or any truck tires.
  • Easy to Read: 4 Display Units: PSI, KPA, BAR, KG/CM; LED FLASHLIGHT: Bright Torch
  • Prevent Over Inflation: Auto shut off when reaching the desired tire pressure. Overheat protection shuts off automatically when overloading. USPTO Patent NO:D875,788


2) Kensun Portable Tire Inflator

Kensun AC/DC Power Supply Portable Air Compressor Pump with Analog Display to 100 PSI for Home (110V) and Car (12V), Tire Inflator with Adaptors for Cars, Trucks, Bicycles, Balls


Kensun, with their usual flair for innovation, have given this sturdy, compact inflator the unique ability to switch effortlessly between the car cigarette lighter and wall outlet, making it useful anywhere. The classic style large print pressure gauge is easy to read and decipher, and it comes with several adapters.

What We Like

This looks and feels like a quality product with its hardcore black and yellow styling, and durable handle for portability. The included case keeps it dust and dirt free whilst packed away in your car’s trunk. The two heavy duty motors inflate tires quickly and efficiently, and with the extra nozzles, it can be used on multiple items. We really like this tire inflator – it’s honest, does its job very well, and can survive being kicked around.

What Needs Improving

The addition of a flashlight would improve this inflator.

9.7Expert Score
The Final Verdict

If you’re looking for a decently priced, heavy duty tire inflator, this is a great choice due to its efficiency, mobility and versatility.

$59.99  in stock
as of June 27, 2022 6:10 pm


  • You get enormous customer service support from one of the most trusted names in automotive accessories.
  • The tire inflator is perfect for use indoors and during the travel as it is designed with AC and DC power cords.
  • This portable air compressor comes with a pair of accessory nozzles. If you have Presta valve, you may need an additional adaptor.
  • Specific characteristics: analogue pressure gauge; maximum range of pressure: 120psi; continuous working time: 30 minutes at 35psi.
  • Specifications: Black woven hose (outer length): 19in (48cm). Cable length: DC - 9ft 2in (2.8m). AC - 9ft 10in (3m).(6ft longer than the Kensun Model H compressor) LpM (Liter per minute) - 18(DC) / 20(AC).


3) Helteko Digital Tire Inflator


This inflator from Helteko is reassuringly tough and has a large LED display which can be easily read from the other side of your SUV, although thanks to its auto shut off, there’s no danger of overinflating. Well designed with extra long cables and emergency warning lights, it can also be used to inflate other items – bicycles, toys, swimming pools, and air mattresses.

What We Like

This has an airflow of 35L/min, allowing super fast inflation. We like the safety conscious addition of emergency lights, and with the large LED display, you’re all set for driving anywhere at anytime. The extra nozzles and long cables means you can inflate just about anything, while its lightweight and compact size allow it to fit neatly in your car. It performed well in our tests.

What Needs Improving

Whilst emergency lights have been provided, a flashlight would be great, too!

9.8Expert Score
The Final Verdict

Flat tires need never be a problem again with this great inflator. Fast, easily adaptable, and ready to be used anywhere, this is easy to recommend.

$29.99  in stock
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  • High-Quality Materials - We used durable ABS plastic and stainless steel to make our portable air compressor pump. Their high-grade and resistant structure can withstand unforeseen damage, so you can use our digital tire inflator with confidence for a long time.
  • Powerful & Multi-Purpose - Our auto air compressor has enough power to inflate a standard middle car tire in 3-5 min. Tire pump also comes with a 11.5 ft (3.5M) long cable cord, so you can inflate the tires of your car, bike, vehicles, bicycles, motorcycle or SUV.
  • Digital Display - Our electric tire pump has a large, high-precision and bright display that is essential not only during a day, but also at night. You can also choose a desired unit of measurement for pressure: PSI, BAR, KPA or KG/CM².
  • Auto Shut Off - The car air pump has a simple and useful thermal protection feature. It means that when our auto tire inflator reaches the desired pressure, the car air compressor turns off automatically, so you don’t need to wait to press the Off button.
  • LED-Lighting and Compact Design - The tire inflator pump comes with the LED lights and accurate pressure gauge to use it in emergency situations. Our electric tire pump is also compact and lightweight. Get 100% satisfaction and 2 years extended warranty!

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