|Item Weight||0.2 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2.6 x 6.6 x 6.8 inches|
|Item model number||40001|
|Manufacturer Part Number||40001|
|OEM Part Number||40001|
|ABPA Partslink Number||13|
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Slime 40001 Motorcycle Tire Inflator
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- Versatile and compact air inflator capable of airing up a standard car tire in 10 minutes
- Adapts to any 12-Volt power source
- Includes a main harness wire with fuse, an alligator-clip cord, an A/C power cord, and a pre-wire cord
- Comes with a quick-clip air hose, pencil pressure gauge, and a rugged carrying case
- Great for motorcycle saddle bags
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Slime's Power Sport Tire Inflator is a versatile, compact air compressor with a capability of up to 300 PSI. Capable of airing up a standard car tire in 10 minutes. It adapts to any 12-Volt power source, and includes a main harness wire with fuse, an alligator-clip cord for any battery, a power cord with A/C adapter and a pre-wire cord to attach directly to the battery. Also included with the inflator are an air hose with quick-clip, a valve core removal tool and filler tube, a tire pressure pencil gauge, and tools and adapters for tires, balls, beach toys and other inflatables. This unit and its accessories are protected by a rugged carrying case.
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I'd like to address small compressor issues that others have commented on.
Noise. If you have never had experience with 12 volt compressors they're all noisy. The smaller the louder. If you want quiet then you need to add extra bulk for soundproofing + mufflers for air intake and output. The whole idea is to make a small, light weight unit that packs easy and doesn't take up "space", which is a premium in most vehicles. I used to carry s larger Campbel-Hausfeld unit in my SUV. They aren't that big but compared to these, you can pack 5 or 6 of these into the same space.
Run time & heat are a compromise to size and weight. A small diameter compressor piston only displaces .5-.75 cu.in.. At that rate it takes a long time to compress the volume of air in a tire.
Heat, if you have ever been around any air compressor - regardless of size - they get hot, very hot. Larger compressors have bigger cooling fans, some even have radiators to remove excess heat. The process of compressing air creates heat. Yes, it gets hot but not hot enough to burn anything but your bare hand and you should have on gloves when riding or working on a tire anyway. As far as putting the hot compressor back into your saddlebag. Well, it comes with a protective case that will keep the hot compressor from damaging delicate items.
Now,about this particular compressor. It is a good tool for a lot of vehicles. Small enough to fit in most glove boxes/saddlebags/top case or under-seat storage area. The zipper case, without the extra battery clips and power plug, is large enough to hold a small tire plug kit as well. This gives you everything to make a good repair on the spot if you get a puncture. Larger slashes or cuts are a different matter and require more tools and a tire patch kit.
Another plus is this brand is inexpensive, really inexpensive. At under $30 you can afford to have one in every vehicle. Check out one of the other "MOTORCYCLE" compressors and you will pay over $100 for a equally small,noisy,hot running air compressor - only in a cloth bag with a drawstring instead of a substantial square hard zipper case.
Alternative uses; I've used this same compressor for large SUV tires several times. Run it for 8 minutes, shut it off for several minutes and turn it back on to finish filling the tire. If you don't want to take that long to fill you tire then you need to lug around a larger size compressor. This company, or others, sell over many different sizes of 12 volt compressors. They will fill a large passenger tire in as little as 1 minute or as long as 14 minutes. The one minute compressor won't fit in most saddlebags. However a 4 minute unit will but it will take up 2-3 times as much space. This will also fill air mattresses and other inflatables.
The bottom line: this is a good, small, economical 12 volt compressor that will air up your tires, air suspension, air mattress, beach-ball, etc. It will last under normal occasional use (3-4 times a month) for years. (mine has been doing that for 7 years).
As a disclaimer, I don't work for or own stock in Slime. I just hate to see a product get "SLIMED" by people who don't have enough information to write a good review.
Edit: My hopes of never needing this pump ended last week. I got a nail flat, plugged the tire with a rope patch and pumped up my 160/60/17 Metzler Z8 tire to the recommended 36 pounds in 4.5 minutes. I won't get on my bike without this in my top box or a saddlebag now.
It doesn't have a built in pressure gauge. So buy it, test it, and figure out how long it's going to take to pump your tire, then let any extra air out.
Other people complain it's noisy, which makes me wonder what they think this is for. If you want to inflate your tires at home, get a real compressor and leave it in your garage. This unit is for roadside emergencies and is small and light for portability, don't expect to use it like a compressor twenty times its size.
I'm sure that at this price point, some units will have problems. So test it and make sure it works. If not, exchange it.
UPDATE: I got a slash in my tire running over debris 70 miles from home. Pulled over, patched the hole with a rope plug and ran the pump while the bike was idling. Took about 5 minutes to pump up to 40 psi. But! I didn't patch the hole entirely. I added another rope plug and pumped it up again, still worked like a champion, no overheating or lame issues. Got me home and saved hundreds of dollars and hours of waiting for a tow. Keep in mind with CO2 cartridges you have one shot to make a good seal to the valve and if you didn't patch the hole completely, you're hosed. By the time you carry enough cartridges for two attempts you could just carry this.
I've not had to use it in an emergency, but just to test it, I did use it some time ago to add some air to my bike's tires. It did the job, simply put.
Did it quickly inflate my tires? No. I only needed to add about 3-7 psi to each tire, and it took the pump a few minutes to do it. Am I glad I bought this? You bet. While it won't quickly inflate your tires, it does have a valve stem lock, so as long as you attach it to the tire's valve stem correctly, it will inflate a tire, even a punctured one that's lost all it's air. And again, it's very compact and I like the fact that it has multiple leads included. I used the 12v car adapter for my test, but I keep the lead with the two alligator clips with the pump in my bike so I can just hook up to the bike's battery should I need to use this on the road.
I may never have to use this on the road (I hope I don't), and while my tire plug kit has CO2 cartridges for tire re-inflation, I'm glad I have this as a back up should the cartridges fail.