You never really think about it until its too late when it comes to tires on your ATV. I’m busy and bending down to inflate or even check my tires before I go out in the field is easy to forget. I’ve recently bought a 12-volt air compressor that I keep on my ATV at all times.
You can get these pumps just about anywhere, but a lot of them are junk.
I wanted to show you the very few air compressors that I trust for my machine. These pumps have saved me and many people out on the trails. Along with these pumps, I still carry a ratchet strap just in case I need to put a tire back on the bead.
Why Carry an Air Pump
Why? because many don’t. You can be the hero and the hero always gets a beer.
Its really simple too. They don’t cost much and plug into any 12-volt plug on your machine. Shoot some even have alligator clips so you can connect right to the battery.
What Kind Should You Buy
When buying an air pump for your quad you really only need to keep one thing in mind. It needs to be portable. You can get some monster units but storage on an off-road machine is a premium.
Slime 12 Volt Air Compressor
You’ll hear Slime get thrown around a lot. For good reason, the Slime Compressor is the one I use and recommend. It’s not fast but its reliable.
The Slime Air Compressor is my go-to for a simple tire inflator.
The built-in gauge works great and will feel an ATV tire up quickly if its low on air. It will not push enough air to reseat the bead but using a ratchet strap with it can. You got to keep in mind that portability is key.
Kensun Portable Air Compressor
The next compressor I would recommend is the Kensun one. It’s a little bigger than the slime one but packs a bigger punch. Also, the features really make this a nice compressor. You can also plug into a wall outlet and inflate just about anything.
Just like the slime compressor you have a built-in psi gauge. The gauge on the Kensun doesn’t seem to be fully true, It doesn’t seem to go past 40psi which is ok with us since we ride on 7 psi on our ATV’s.
One Huge reason to buy this compressor is the ability to inflate things like Mattresses, Rafts, and so on. If you go camping with your ATV then you need this compressor. You can use your ATV as a generator that powers your air pump that inflates your mattress. The only thing that sucks is that inflating a mattress will take some time.