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Wagan EL2050 Heavy Duty Air Compressor

3.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Inflates 16 inch tires in only 1.5 minutes
  • Features 100 PSI and maximum flow rate is 35 liters per minute
  • Plugs into the cigarette lighter of the vehicle and is easy to use
  • Includes one sports needle as well as two nozzle adapters
  • Over heat protection, heavy duty handle and heavy duty head and 12 V Plug
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Technical Details

Brand Wagan
Item Weight 5.2 pounds
Product Dimensions 19 x 8 x 6.5 inches
Item model number EL2050
Manufacturer Part Number EL2050

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ASIN B000KJ12EY
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3.3 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

3.3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #948,770 in Automotive (See top 100)
#534 in Automotive > Tools & Equipment > Tire Air Compressors & Inflators
#6,466 in Automotive > Wheels & Tires > Accessories & Parts > Tire Accessories & Parts
Shipping Weight 5.2 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Date First Available November 1, 2000

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Product Description

Wagan Heavy Duty Air Compressor helps to inflate the tire quickly and easily. It features 100 PSI and maximum flow rate is 35 liter/min in only 1.5 minutes. This compressor plugs into the cigarette lighter of the vehicle and will inflate a 16 inch tire. It includes a 10 feet cord and comes with 1 sports needle as well as 2 nozzle adapters and a pressure gauge for convenient readout. This compressor is ideal for inflating rafts, sport balls, bikes, motorcycles, cars, motor homes and much more. Specs: Voltage: DC 12V-13.5V, Flow Rate: 35 L/Min, Current Consumption: Max. 14 Amp, Max. Pressure: 10 kg/143 PSI, Working Pressure: 7 kg/100-140 PSI

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By T. Chan on June 5, 2009
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After receive this compressor, I did a test and found that it was not for my cars. The one page instruction was printed in two foreign languages. I had to go to Wagan web side to find English instructions.

Even this product claimed the maximum current is 14A, it burned my car's 15A fuse on the second time I switched it on. I put in a 20A fuse, and tried it again, the pump did not start. After disconnect tire, switched it on, it started. I did more tests, and found that if it was connected to the tire, and air pipe had some pressure in it, it might not start. This is definitely not "Heavy Duty"!

Since both of my cars use 15A fuses, and it appears not working reliable, I made my decision to return this pump. I have shopped with AMAZON for more than 10 years. This is the first product I returned.

Update on September 16, 2010:

I got a feedback on my review from BT (see Comments bellow). BT had the same problem sometimes. This implies that the problem may have broader base. According to BT's suggestion, if your car has a 12V sockets that connects with car's battery directly, you should use that socket. If your car only have a cig lighter as a 12V power souse for this pump, I suggest you to change your car's fuse with a bigger one (making sure it does not violate your car's warranty). These solutions will help to avoid burning your car's fuse. However, the pump failing to start problem still exists.

As on this update written today, the product is still labeled as "Heavy Duty"; and product description says: "Current Consumption: Max. 14 Amp, Max.". These claims are very questionable.
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As a proffesional mechanical and industrial field engineer, I give high marks to this unit. It's compactness and performance are well appreciated. It performs quietly and efficiently. I have owned several portable automotive compressors over the years and this unit easily out-performs them all.

It would, however, greatly benefit by being suppied with a storage case of some kind!
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The compressor had obviously been used as the styrofoam packing in the box had been damaged and the compressor wasn't packed neatly. Also, there was a damage on one of the mounting brackets. Next, the valve wouldn't fit a standard tire schrader valve; I had to make some adjustments to make it fit my tire valve. Also, the hose leaked at the compressor end. Finally, the thing stopped working after less than two months so I had to purchase a different compressor.
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By Fred Derf on September 10, 2009
save yourself some pain and just never buy from this company, damaged box, damaged product, and they do all they can to avoid any responsibility for what they sell.
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By Peter Ortisi on November 18, 2009
Yet another example of Wagan Corp. making false claims about products that
can't deliver. I bought this product based on Wagan's claim that
"It inflates one 16" car tire in only 90 seconds". First off in my opinion
this unit was used, not new.There was grime (not grease) all over the base. The box also looked worn. Second, this compressor would have a hard time filling a bike tire in 90 seconds. I tried to fill a partially deflated 16" tire and ten minutes later the unit was red hot and still wasn't close to being finished. If you want to inflate a beach toy or a basketball this unit would probably do the trick. A car tire? Forget it. Don't take my word, look at reviews of Wagan's other products.
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I can't give this unit any stars because the connection between the compressor
and the high - pressure hose' tore open and the piece of ******* machinery (?)
does not inflate anything. Only buy a unit that has a plastic or rubber bushing
where the hose inserts into the main unit, absolutely, no stars here !
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This Tire Inflator Compressor is the worst one that I have ever Purchased. Do not Purchase this Compressor if You want something that will last. I very rarely use it and after a few uses it did not have Pressure. My brother found that the inflator hose had melted and was leaking. We cut it and reattached the hose and it worked for a few more times. The hose melted again and now there is no pressure, so the problem is not just the hose this time. I am purchasing a new inflator and hoping that the Viair 85P will last longer.
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It was my very first time to use this supposedly brand new air compressor (yesterday, Saturday afternoon) since I received it about two months ago. I was extremely disappointed, the compressor looked brand new but, defective. It took me awhile before I even got to start it. It just won't start. I was still able to use it twice but, when I was about to add some more air to my car's tire, it just won't start anymore. It's a piece of junk!!! I am sorry but, this is very true. I don't even know how this air compressor passed the quality control.... Not recommended... :(
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