Portable air compressor powered via alligator clamps direct to battery.
12 VOLT – 120PSI Max Working Pressure, engine must be running during use.
1.47CFM Free Flow @ 0 PSI.Max. Amp Draw: 20Â Amps
LED/Power indicator, 10 Ft. Power Cord, 16 Ft. Air Hose, 3pc Inflation Tip Kit
Good for small ATVs, trucks, SUVs, and sedans with up to 33″ Tires.
Viair 00088 88P Portable Air Compressor Reviews
After purchasing 3-4 cigarette lighter plug in compressors and finding them totally inadequate for airing up larger tires, I started looking at on board and portable 12V air compressors. I have a 5 hp 220v compressor in the shop so I just needed this for airing up tires after 4 wheeling or helping someone out with a flat. I read reviews and priced compressors ranging from $800 down to $40. I kept seeing reviews and people were claiming the Viair 88P was the best value on the market. For $58 I figured I couldn’t go wrong. I received the product two days later and went out to the shop to unbox and test the compressor.I was impressed with the design and materials used in this compressor. The hose is heavier than I expected and the brass screw on fitting provides a positive seal with the valve stem, prevents leakage and eliminates the need to hold the chuck on the valve stem. The alligator clips are well constructed and provided a solid electrical connection. The electrical leads are long enough to reach from the battery on my passenger side to the compressor sitting on the floor next to the driver’s side tire. My Jeep Rubicon has 275/75R/17 tires and I run them on the road at 36 psi. I used an accurate tire gauge to drain the driver’s side tire down to 20 psi. I hooked up the Viair 88P and the gauge on the compressor read 22 psi. With the engine off I timed the compressor inflating the tire up to 40 psi on the 88P gauge. I wanted to go a few pounds past 35 psi. The first cycle, from 22 psi to 40 psi with the engine off took only 1 minute 28 seconds. I unhooked the compressor and checked the pressure with my good tire gauge and found the tire was reading 38 psi. The compressor was warm but not hot. I was able to place my hand on the top of the metal cylinder head without getting burned. The wiring and alligator clips were cool to the touch.I was so impressed with the first test that I repeated the whole process again, The second run took 1 minute and 29 seconds. The noise level was lower than I expected and there was very little vibration from the compressor. The only negative I noticed was that the work / power indicator light is on the back of the unit and the built in gauge is on the top. I haven’t used this at night, but I think it would be difficult to read the gauge without a flashlight.Other reviewers mentioned to hold on to the factory shipping box for storage since the compressor doesn’t come with a carry case. I looked around the shop and found a small heavy plastic "dry box" for transporting and storing ammunition. I put a bundle of shop rags in the bottom to cushion the compressor and the coiled hose and electrical cord slid right in along side the compressor. I placed another bundle of shop rags on top of the compressor. The top of the "dry box" has storage compartments so I put in a complete tire plug kit, some spare plugs, two spare valve stems, a couple tire pressure gauges, a small Mag Lite flashlight a a couple spare AA batteries for the light. This whole kit only weighs about 4 pounds and takes up very little room in the storage area behind my rear seat.Now I’m waiting for my next off road trip where I drop all 4 tires down to 15 psi. I want to see how long it takes to re-inflate all 4 tires back to 35 psi and if I can air up all 4 tires without overheating the compressor or exceeding the 45% duty cycle. I think unhooking the compressor, checking the pressure and moving the unit to the next tire will probably be enough time to allow the unit to cool before the next inflation.Don’t let the small size or the amazingly low cost of this unit keep you from considering it.
Do not buy this product. I would give it a zero rating if it was available. The units burn through compressors with light use. I bought this several years ago as a contingency for my truck and used it less than 2 dozen times to keep tires at recommended psi when on the road. About 2 weeks ago the fuse blew when I tried to use it. I went to store bought new fuses inflated a tire thought great it’s fixed. Tried tire # 2 and poof. Another blown fuse. Tried a 3rd time for good measure and a 3rd blown fuse. I went online and there are all sorts of reviews saying the wiring on the compressor is faulty and this is a common problem. I’m thinking how does this company continue to sell an obviously defective product and also why does it get good ratings. My recommendation to anyone considering this is do your homework and review online (not Amazon) before spending your hard earned money. Oh and check the warranty on Viair’s website as that may help you decide to keep your money in your wallet or purse!!
I’ve had one of these pumps for several months now and it has worked great so far. I keep it in my 4Runner for off-roading trips and I run 33″ tires. I air down to something like 18-20 psi when driving sand or trails and use this pump to air back up to 36 psi. This pump does a good job and it’s fairly quick. It ends up getting fairly hot by the time I’m done but it still gets it done in a reasonable amount of time. Takes me something like 15 minutes to air up all four tires.I am a firm believer in 2 is 1 and 1 is none so I bought a second pump as a backup in case I end up with a failure on a trail somewhere. The new pump came with a nice carry bag. I came up with a dewalt bag for the first one but this new carry bag is more compact and a good addition to the packaging.I have read a few reviews from people about these things being DOA and not finding out until they were in a bind and needed it. ALWAYS test a piece of equipment like this that you may need in an emergency when you first get it and put it through it’s intended use to see if it’s going to work and get things done. I air up my tires in my driveway with these when I get them to make sure everything is good to go and so far no problems.
Leaking air straight out of the box when I needed to use it for the first time!!! Very disappointed and now need to reach out for warranty.After some fiddling I found that the air tube attachment near the handle broke. Be careful pushing down or putting pressure on the handle!I eventually tore it apart (useless warranty) and fixed it myself with hose clamps. Now it works great.
Absolute quality, great price of kit and very sturdy