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Portable Air Compressors That Fit Right In Your Trunk

Air Down For More Traction & Comfort Offroad

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As overlanders and off-road enthusiasts, we often find ourselves in situations where we need access to compressed air. You may be trying to drive on snow, ice, rocks, or sand and need to air down your tires in order to get around an obstacle. 

After you’ve navigated to safety, you need some way to put air back in your tires. You might find yourself with a flat due to a puncture from road debris or sharp rock. After repairing the hole, you need to re-inflate. Or maybe you just want to blow up a raft, camping chair, or air mattress. Fortunately for us, portable compressed air has become more efficient and affordable than ever. Check out these great options to keep you rolling.

Our Top 5 Picks For Portable Air Compressors Under $200:

Don't Get Stuck Without Air In Your Tires

Our friend Gaston (follow him on Instagram @offroadwagon) uses his Viair portable compressor to air his tires back up before hitting the paved roads.

Things To Consider When Choosing Portable Air Compressor For Your Car

  • CFM (Cubic feet per minute) – This will determine how quickly it fills your tires
  • Size & weight
  • Air hose length (Will it reach all of the tires on your vehicle easily?)
  • Power cord length
  • Your tire size (Is the compressor rated to handle your tire size?)
  • Price

Best Portable Air Compressors For Small SUV's

Our Top Pick For Good Value & Performance

We tested this unit out and have really enjoyed it. Some folks have said that it gets extremely hot during usage, but we haven’t noticed that yet. We like the weatherproof power button and the beefy carry handle. It also comes in a heavy-duty carry bag.

  • Extremely affordable for anyone running larger tires
  • 10 foot power cord
  • Easy to use air hose reaches to all tires easily
  • Rated at 5.65 CFM
  • Heavy duty padded base keeps it from vibrating around
  • Extremely quick – we filled a 35 inch tire from 10-25psi in under 1:40
  • Hooks up directly to the battery via clamps for more power

Trustworthy & Affordable – Won’t Leave You Stranded

  • Usually under $200
  • Includes a convenient anti-vibration tray
  • 8 foot power cord
  • 30 foot air hose
  • 2.3 CFM
  • Fills a 35 inch tire from 0-35 psi in under 5 minutes
  • 33% duty cycle
  • Weighs only 8.5 pounds
  • Hooks up directly to the battery via clamps for optimal power and less chance of electrical damage to your vehicle

Best Option Under $100

  • Extremely affordable price point (usually under $70)
  • 10 foot power cord
  • 16 foot air hose
  • 1.47 CFM
  • 42% duty cycle
  • Great rugged, compact design
  • Can refill most all terrain tires in under 3 minutes
  • Hooks up directly to the battery via clamps for optimal power and less chance of electrical damage to your vehicle
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A Great Value For Occasional Use

  • 8 foot power cord
  • 22 foot air hose
  • 1.9 CFM
  • Built-in LED light for safety and convenience
  • Inflates smaller passenger tires in about 2 minutes
  • Convenient handle for ease of use
  • Hooks directly to 12V battery terminals via the convenient included clamps
We tested this unit and it worked well. However we did have it malfunction on us after a few months of heavy use. Slime replaced it, but we had to drive back into town on 15psi. This isn’t typical, but something to be aware of.

Most Compact & Inexpensive – Good for emergency use only

  • Weighs only 2 pounds
  • Usually costs less than $25
  • Plugs directly into the 12V cigarette lighter
  • 10 foot power cord
  • 18 inch air hose
  • Perfect for commuters or anyone wanting a compact compressor for emergency use
  • We would not recommend this unit for anyone who is airing down regularly.

Disclaimer: Lifted Imports cannot be held responsible for any modifications made to your vehicle or any negative outcomes you may experience. Please consult with a professional before installing any aftermarket parts on your car and before making any modifications.


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