Tips on buying a 12v compressor for you 4x4 or car

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v Air Compressor, which one to choose?

There are a lot of 12v air compressors out there. Many different ebay stores selling compressors that look virtually the same. We often get asked: Are they all the same air compressor? The straight forward answer is no. Whilst they might look the same, colour, shape and design, we can tell you there is very big difference in some of the compressors. There are many manufacturers from China and Taiwan with varying degrees of build quality and price.
An example of this is, we had a number of samples sent over from China before choosing the one we was happy to put our brand on.These samples were as much as $17 difference between the cheapest and dearest manufacturer. What we found was, the cheapest compressors were slapped together with not much care taken-gaskets on crooked, loose bolts, air leaked from seals after a few months testing, even the paint wasn't as tidy-Thinly coated, most likely enamel as opposed to 2 pac.

A good starting point when buying a compressor is to ask the seller a couple of questions.

  • How quickly does the compressor pump up a certain size tyre?
  • What is your warranty policy?
  • Where on the vehicle can I mount the compressor when hard wiring?
  • Can the compressor be hard wired in?
If the buyer responds by saying, please refer to the listing, all our information is contained there, its a good idea to look elsewhere, as they obviously know nothing about the product they are selling and have most likely brought the cheapest compressor they could find to turn over a quick buck.
We have also noticed a number of sellers advertising their compressors with names such as "Gold Series" and "Genuine Gold Series". We will tell you right now, all this is, is a marketing gymic. The only difference between thee "Gold Series" and "Silver Series" that we see floating around, are 500ml of paint.

The moral of the story is, you get what you pay for, if you are buying a compressor that you will only be using once in a blue moon, by all means, go the cheaper one. If you are using it on a regular basis, spend the extra few dollars on a better one. After all, nobody wants to be stuck on the side of the road~Cheers for reading
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