The Best 12-Volt Tire Inflators

When you’re a vehicle owner, there are a lot of decisions to make. One of those is usually what type of, if any, emergency road-side assistance options you’ll carry in your vehicle. An often overlooked, but very valuable accessory item to keep in your car is a 12-volt tire inflator. How many times have you come out to your car in the morning, running late or in a hurry, only to find you have a tire that’s low or almost flat? Having a 12-volt tire inflator on hand is an excellent way to save time and get back on the road quickly until you can get the problem properly examined. Here, we have compiled a list of our top 12-volt tire inflators that are currently available on the market. Read on to see which ones we recommend.

Our pick for the best overall 12-volt tire inflator is the EPAuto 12V DC Portable Air Compressor Pump, Digital Tire Inflator. This tire inflator will quickly inflate your car tires, but also midsize SUVs, bicycles, motorcycles, lawnmowers and other small landscaping equipment, and more. It should be noted that this tire inflator is constructed to work with engines under 3.5 liters in size and it is not equipped to inflate truck tires of any kind. It simply plugs straight into your 12-volt cigarette lighter or power outlet. It comes with an easy-to-read display that shows PSI, BAR, KPA, and KG/CM. It also has a handy and very bright LED flashlight for nighttime use and safety. This tire inflator even comes with additional adapters that make it suitable for blowing up air mattresses, pool accessories, basketballs, soccer balls, and volleyballs.

If you’re a budget-conscious buyer, you’re going to love the Lifeline AAA 300 PSI 12 Volt DC Air Compressor. This 12-volt tire inflator is offered in three different models, standard, digital display, and mini inflator, all of which are offered at one of the most competitive price points on the market. Not only is it offered at an amazing price, but the standard model comes equipped with a motor powerful enough that it can inflate a standard car tire in approximately eight minutes. With a 300 PSI capability, this tire inflator is one of the few 12-volt inflators that is equipped to inflate truck tires. This tire inflator is truly a bargain. It also comes equipped with a 10-foot power hose, an easy to read built-in pressure gauge, and multifunctional nozzle adapters for added versatility.

Our award for most aesthetically pleasing tire inflator goes to the Helteko Portable Air Compressor Pump 12V DC This sleek and futuristic-looking 12-volt tire inflator has an outer shell that is constructed from durable and tough ABS plastic with stainless steel components that promise to deliver years of reliable use. The digital LCD display is bright and easy to read so that you can accurately calculate PSI, KPA, BAR, and KG/CM. For added safety, this tire inflator is equipped with a convenient automatic shut-off feature so that you don’t overinflate your tires past their ideal pressure. Lightweight and portable, this 12-volt tire inflator will go anywhere and is capable of inflating tires on your car, sedan, SUV, motorcycle, bicycle, spare tire, and other small vehicles. It will inflate a standard mid-size car tire in approximately three to five minutes.

If you’re looking for a tire inflator that offers versatile power options, consider the Avid Power Tire Inflator Air Compressor, 12V DC / 110V AC Dual Power Tire Pump. This smartly designed tire inflator works not only on 12-volt DC supply, but also on 110-volt AC supply for the ultimate power versatility. Because of this feature, this tire inflator is ideal for either outdoor use or indoor use. As an added feature, this tire inflator also offers a handy deflating feature for even more versatility. It comes equipped with two types of hoses, a high-volume hose for inflating high volume items, such as pool floats, inflatable boats, air mattresses, etc. and a high-pressure hose ideal for inflating high pressure items, such as car tires, bike tires, sports balls, and more. Automatic shut-off and easy to read display make this tire inflator even more user friendly.