Tires that lack air pressure have the potential to burst due to overheating. On the other hand, tires that are overpressured have an impact on control. That is why checking the tire pressure so that it is always in ideal condition is very important. One easy and practical way to maintain tire pressure is to use a portable air compressor. You might also need a garage air compressor at home.
Currently, portable air compressors are widely available at accessory outlets with a variety of prices, brands, and operational capabilities. The use of portable air compressors is quite easy because the power source comes from the lighter which supplies the 12 Volt electric power. The physical size of a portable air compressor is also quite compact so that it can be carried in the trunk of a car. Portable air compressors are available with a wide selection of capabilities to produce compressed air. For small cars such as city cars, hatchbacks, sedans, MPVs, a 150 psi class portable air compressor is sufficient. Meanwhile, large cars such as SUVs and double cab pick-ups need a portable air compressor with higher capabilities (class 300 psi).
Technically, the use of a portable air compressor is only to increase the air pressure, not to fill the tire pressure in a flat or empty condition (without air pressure at all). We recommend that you do not use a portable air compressor continuously for more than 30 minutes because it has the potential to overheat and damage. On the other hand, pay attention to the electric power capacity that can be supplied by the lighter. Some portable air compressors require electric power above 60 Watts (60 Watts = 12 Volt x 5 Ampere). So don’t let the good intentions of filling the tire pressure cause a problem in the form of a fire in the lighter circuit due to excessive electrical loads.
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