Your browser isn't supported
It looks like you're using an old web browser. To get the most out of the site and to ensure guides display correctly, we suggest upgrading your browser now. Download the latest:

Welcome to the MSE Forums

We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. Please exercise caution & report spam, illegal, offensive or libellous posts/messages: click "report" or email forumteam@. Skimlinks & other affiliated links are turned on

Search
  • FIRST POST
    • WLM21
    • By WLM21 17th Jul 17, 8:52 AM
    • 1,064Posts
    • 346Thanks
    WLM21
    Electric Tyre Pump .. Any good recommendations please ?
    • #1
    • 17th Jul 17, 8:52 AM
    Electric Tyre Pump .. Any good recommendations please ? 17th Jul 17 at 8:52 AM
    I want to buy one of those 12V electric pumps to leave in the car ... just in case.

    Now, my daughter has just phoned from work stating she has a flat tyre, with the added words ... Can you help please dad !

    Do folk here know of any good / reliable 12V pumps please.

    I did see one in Tesco a short time ago, at about £10 but I always like to read reviews / get advice before buying anything

    thank you.
Page 1
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 17th Jul 17, 9:11 AM
    • 9,733 Posts
    • 6,758 Thanks
    neilmcl
    • #2
    • 17th Jul 17, 9:11 AM
    • #2
    • 17th Jul 17, 9:11 AM
    This is a good one and highly recommended - https://www.tesco.com/direct/ring-rac610-12v-analogue-tyre-inflator/215-5128.prd?skuId=215-5128

    They also do a digital version (on sale at the moment), which I have

    https://www.tesco.com/direct/ring-rac635-12v-preset-digital-tyre-inflator/336-6000.prd?skuId=336-6000
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 17th Jul 17, 11:30 AM
    • 1,699 Posts
    • 607 Thanks
    Stoke
    • #3
    • 17th Jul 17, 11:30 AM
    • #3
    • 17th Jul 17, 11:30 AM
    My old man bought me one years ago from B&Q, this one:
    http://www.diy.com/departments/torq-tyre-inflator-12v/285784_BQ.prd

    but looks like it's not on sale now. It's been excellent and I still use it to this day.

    However, considering a lot of them look the same, perhaps they're just a single manufacturer and rebadged Ring, Torq, AutoTechnik or whatever.
    • mcpitman
    • By mcpitman 17th Jul 17, 1:14 PM
    • 494 Posts
    • 323 Thanks
    mcpitman
    • #4
    • 17th Jul 17, 1:14 PM
    • #4
    • 17th Jul 17, 1:14 PM
    [QUOTE=neilmcl;72848183]This is a good one and highly recommended - https://www.tesco.com/direct/ring-rac610-12v-analogue-tyre-inflator/215-5128.prd?skuId=215-5128

    They also do a digital version (on sale at the moment), which I have

    https://www.tesco.com/direct/ring-rac635-12v-preset-digital-tyre-inflator/336-6000.prd?skuId=336-6000 [/QUOTE]


    And a further £10 saving over Tesco available here;
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00OP0WZGI/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1161 H3PZD43U7&coliid=I22VWLWKHAONA4&psc=1
    Life isn't about the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away. Like choking....
    • neilmcl
    • By neilmcl 17th Jul 17, 1:40 PM
    • 9,733 Posts
    • 6,758 Thanks
    neilmcl
    • #5
    • 17th Jul 17, 1:40 PM
    • #5
    • 17th Jul 17, 1:40 PM
    [QUOTE=mcpitman;72849314]The Tesco price was £24 when I posted it earlier, and also the price I paid for mine when I bought a month ago.
    Last edited by neilmcl; 17-07-2017 at 1:43 PM.
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 17th Jul 17, 2:27 PM
    • 2,755 Posts
    • 2,774 Thanks
    DoaM
    • #6
    • 17th Jul 17, 2:27 PM
    • #6
    • 17th Jul 17, 2:27 PM
    The Tesco price was £24 when I posted it earlier, and also the price I paid for mine when I bought a month ago.
    Originally posted by neilmcl
    It was this morning when I looked too. However it's now showing as £39.99.

    Amazon has the model down for £21.99. Only real difference is the style of the light, size of the LED display and 60 cm hose versus 70 cm.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000UPEHJU
    Last edited by DoaM; 17-07-2017 at 2:31 PM.
    Diary of a madman
    Walk the line again today
    Entries of confusion
    Dear diary, I'm here to stay
    • ringo_24601
    • By ringo_24601 17th Jul 17, 2:58 PM
    • 16,792 Posts
    • 27,238 Thanks
    ringo_24601
    • #7
    • 17th Jul 17, 2:58 PM
    • #7
    • 17th Jul 17, 2:58 PM
    i bought this a month ago because our tires seem to need pumping up every week.. does the job nicely

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00N94L21U/
    • Crag30
    • By Crag30 17th Jul 17, 3:05 PM
    • 160 Posts
    • 99 Thanks
    Crag30
    • #8
    • 17th Jul 17, 3:05 PM
    • #8
    • 17th Jul 17, 3:05 PM
    Just don't buy the Halfords one. I may have had it over 12 months, but how many times would you expect to use it in that time?
    I charged it after purchase which was fine, but some months later when a time came that i wanted to use it, i went to charge it again to find the inbuilt battery won't charge.

    http://www.halfords.com/workshop-tools/garage-equipment/tyre-inflators-pressure-gauges/halfords-rechargeable-multi-purpose-tyre-inflator

    i should have read the reviews
    Last edited by Crag30; 17-07-2017 at 4:09 PM. Reason: addition
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 17th Jul 17, 3:19 PM
    • 1,699 Posts
    • 607 Thanks
    Stoke
    • #9
    • 17th Jul 17, 3:19 PM
    • #9
    • 17th Jul 17, 3:19 PM
    Just don't buy the Halfords one. I may have had it over 12 months, but how many times would you expect to use it in that time?
    I charged it after purchase which was fine, but some months later when a time came that i wanted to use it, i went to charge it again to find the inbuilt battery won't charge.
    Originally posted by Crag30
    I'm guessing the inbuilt battery has depleted and has probably packed up. Lithium batteries can do that.

    To be honest, I see no reason for one with a lithium battery to begin with? Lithium batteries are notoriously expensive and most/all cars are fitted with 12v sockets. Even the ones that are fitted with USB convenience sockets still usually have a generic 12volt'er somewhere.

    The pumps don't use a huge amount of juice either. I run mine off the car battery with no engine, and have yet to experience any issues with doing so.
    • Herzlos
    • By Herzlos 17th Jul 17, 3:22 PM
    • 5,343 Posts
    • 4,790 Thanks
    Herzlos
    I saw a fairly basic compact one in B&M for £6 at the weekend. Probably won't last you forever but it's small enough to leave in the boot and inflate a tyre in an emergency.
    • Stoke
    • By Stoke 17th Jul 17, 3:28 PM
    • 1,699 Posts
    • 607 Thanks
    Stoke
    I saw a fairly basic compact one in B&M for £6 at the weekend. Probably won't last you forever but it's small enough to leave in the boot and inflate a tyre in an emergency.
    Originally posted by Herzlos
    I think I've seen the same one. Not all that keen on it, but tempted to buy one for my girlfriend as she doesn't like having mine in the back of her motor.
    • cjdavies
    • By cjdavies 17th Jul 17, 5:27 PM
    • 2,400 Posts
    • 2,265 Thanks
    cjdavies
    I have this from Argos
    http://www.argos.co.uk/product/3566101
    • facade
    • By facade 17th Jul 17, 6:19 PM
    • 2,728 Posts
    • 1,388 Thanks
    facade
    I have this one

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/p/heavy-duty-air-compressor-12v-140psi-a31hu

    Manages to blow a tyre up from flat without setting on fire (unlike the £6 ones).
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science )
    • Johnmcl7
    • By Johnmcl7 18th Jul 17, 2:34 AM
    • 2,294 Posts
    • 1,492 Thanks
    Johnmcl7
    It was this morning when I looked too. However it's now showing as £39.99.

    Amazon has the model down for £21.99. Only real difference is the style of the light, size of the LED display and 60 cm hose versus 70 cm.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000UPEHJU
    Originally posted by DoaM
    I have that one and used it a few times with no issue.

    John
    • droopsnoot
    • By droopsnoot 19th Jul 17, 12:46 PM
    • 1,033 Posts
    • 650 Thanks
    droopsnoot
    I bought one from the random tat shelves at TK Maxx, I think it's badged Rolson. I wouldn't be paying extra for a digital pressure gauge, I view these things as a means of pumping up a tyre temporarily to get me out of a problem, and I'll check the pressure properly once I'm mobile again.
    • vikingaero
    • By vikingaero 19th Jul 17, 5:32 PM
    • 10,278 Posts
    • 12,969 Thanks
    vikingaero
    I would err against electric pumps because after a couple of years the cord will be hanging off or the hose will split from the ultra foldy design. Plus you won't be a good neighbour when you most need one at an ungodly hour.

    Got for the Lidl/Aldi double barrel footpump when they have them in stores for £5.99 - for £5.99 EVERY car in your family can have one. Failing that get a RAC Footpump from Euro Car Parts - normal price £12.99 - loads of discounts so £7ish should be achieveable.
    The man without a signature.
    • Huskydays
    • By Huskydays 19th Jul 17, 7:41 PM
    • 55 Posts
    • 235 Thanks
    Huskydays
    Got for the Lidl/Aldi double barrel footpump when they have them in stores for £5.99 - for £5.99 EVERY car in your family can have one.
    Originally posted by vikingaero
    ^^This ^^ They had them in Lidl today (£5 I think), definitely more reliable than any electrical gadgetry imo.

    I had a breakdown kit that came with one of these bad boys:

    It lasted an impressive four minutes before catching fire. Great for keeping warm on those winter breakdowns but probably not the best idea for your daughter (more of a recommendation on what to avoid!).
    A witty saying proves nothing
    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 19th Jul 17, 9:26 PM
    • 11,310 Posts
    • 6,283 Thanks
    Strider590
    Mine is from the mid 1980's, a freebie my father got from a Shell (IIRC) station, i've had to shorten the hose as it split at the pump end and i've had to repair the power lead a few times, but it's still going strong.

    These days they don't make stuff like they used to...............
    Last edited by Strider590; 20-07-2017 at 6:55 AM.
    Having the last word isn't the same as being right.......

    "Never confuse education with intelligence"
    • facade
    • By facade 20th Jul 17, 6:20 AM
    • 2,728 Posts
    • 1,388 Thanks
    facade
    Got for the Lidl/Aldi double barrel footpump when they have them in stores for £5.99 - for £5.99 EVERY car in your family can have one. Failing that get a RAC Footpump from Euro Car Parts - normal price £12.99 - loads of discounts so £7ish should be achieveable.
    Originally posted by vikingaero
    They break instantly.

    They are so rickety that they are very hard to use without hurting yourself, if you treadle so your heel is in fresh air, when your foot slips off the pedal scrapes your shin, so if you use it sideways, your foot slips down and touches the plastic gauge, which just snaps the gauge off.

    I did manage to find one with metal fittings, but blowing up a flat rangerover tyre a couple of times wore it out, so I got that heavy duty electric one from Maplin. It is quite quiet, but I wouldn't be blowing up a tyre at 3 O'clock in the morning anyway....
    I want to go back to The Olden Days, when every single thing that I can think of was better.....

    (except air quality and Medical Science )
    • Strider590
    • By Strider590 20th Jul 17, 6:58 AM
    • 11,310 Posts
    • 6,283 Thanks
    Strider590
    TBH, are we missing the point? They're not mean't to inflate a flat tyre, they're mean't to top up one that's lost a bit of air.

    If the average person has a flat tyre, then the chances are it needs looking at and repairing.
    Having the last word isn't the same as being right.......

    "Never confuse education with intelligence"
Welcome to our new Forum!

Our aim is to save you money quickly and easily. We hope you like it!

Forum Team Contact us

Live Stats

3,679Posts Today

8,107Users online

Martin's Twitter
  • Byebye! I'm about to stop work & twitter, to instead spend glorious time with Mrs & mini MSE. Wishing u a lovely summer. See u in 10 days.

  • WARNING Did you start Uni in or after 2012? The interest's rising to 6.1%; yet it doesnt work like you think. See https://t.co/IQ8f0Vyetu RT

  • RT @JanaBeee: @MartinSLewis Boris is the anomaly (coffee), the others are versions of normal (beer). Lots of same candidates = vote share d?

  • Follow Martin