We will be starting off with small, compact air compressor models that are predominately intended towards tire inflation, and pretty much any inflation for that matter, including air mattresses and such. IT is powered by a 12-volt outlet from your car, making it a great, cost-efficient and important addition to your on the road kit. This unit is a lifesaver in difficult road situations and can mean the difference between calling for assistance and continuing your journey in a matter of minutes.
This air compressor runs smoothly and quietly and is one of the best-constructed units currently on the market. The great thing about it is the fact that it is small and compact, not to mention uncomplicated for use. This totally beats those heavy to transport pancake or hot dog air compressor that are definitely not fit for the road.
There is one snag with this model, however. It uses a screw-top valve rather than a quick release one. This means that you will have some leakage when unscrewing the valve and that is why we recommend over doing it by a PSI or 2. Screw-top valve is great on the other hand as it ensures that there are no leaks during the inflation process itself. Most users report that this is not a major issue, however, and definitely not a deal-breaker.
Master Flow MF-1040 Cyclone High Volume Portable Air Compressor is a great pick for anyone who goes out camping or cycling a lot as it provides you with a fast and efficient way of topping up your tires or inflating an air mattress. Considering its relatively low price, it is definitely worth considering as an addition to your on-the-road gear pack.