These days, an electric car pump that is small, portable and easy to use, is an essential item to have stashed away in the boot. If its got a read-out screen, like this digital and many others have, that’s even better. Of course, there’s always the spare tyre should you get a flat while on the road. But how many cars have you had which have one or two tyres that just seem to lose air over the course of a week that you intend on getting sorted out but never actually get round to doing. I’ve had this more than a few times, on many different cars.
Faulty valve, rim leak, a very slow puncture, or just for topping up. Whatever the reason may be, it’s always smart to have a reliable electric car pump at your disposal that can quickly give you enough air to ensure you’re up and running at the correct pressure to safely continue on your journey.
If problems persist you should always get it sorted out rather than keep pumping it up. However, for a quick fix, an electric pump fits the bill very well. I would also always recommend a manual foot pump also, just in case of car battery drain / failure. Foot pumps are very cheap, so its better to be fully prepared and buy one than not bother and potentially get caught out.
When it comes to 12V tyre pumps, there are lots of different, very well-known brands to choose from. Ring, RAC, AA, Michelin etc. And they are all very good products. However, none of them have a higher customer review score than this best-selling digital QZT inflator. With that type of competition to contend with, it’s quite surprising that the China based brand QZT comes out on top.
QZT Electric Pump Features
- Very easy to operate + Accurate
- Clear blue backlit digital display
- Sturdy clickable on/off button
- Powered by 12V auxiliary (Cigarette lighter)
- 27 Litres per minute inflate speed (approximate)
- Up to 150 PSI / 10.4 Bar (approximate)
- Built in LED torch-light
- Pressure preference options (show as kPa, PSI, BAR, etc)
- Click down attaching to tyre valve (not screw on)
- Additional 3 different valve attachments (for footballs, bicycle wheels, mattresses etc)
- Slightly longer than average 3 meter extension cord
- Spare fuse included
- Sturdy build quality.
- Weighs under 1KG (Still fairly heavy)
This QZT uses the very convenient auto stop feature. Set it to the pressure level you want, and when reached, it will stop inflating. This also prevents the user having to be crouched down next to the wheel in order to monitor the tyres pressure as it increases. It’s much safer too when using it on roads where traffic is flowing.
Always make sure your engine is running when using an electric tyre inflator for anything longer than 30 seconds. Like car stereos that are wired to powerful amplifiers, electric pumps can be quite demanding on battery power, and you don’t want to end up with a nice fully inflated set of tyres and then have a dead battery!
Maximum operating time for this unit is eight minutes. That doesn’t mean it can’t handle longer, just that it will need a rest when operating for anything longer than eight minutes. To be safe, I wouldn’t let it operate continuously for anything over 5 minutes before stopping it for a while.
A product improvement suggestion for all brands. While most portable / handheld electronic tyre inflators in this price range can also be used to pump up other things like footballs, inflatable mattresses and push bike wheels, they all seem to suffer from the same problem. Or should I say, the same design hindrance.
They only have a 12V connection socket. But most of the other things air compressors can be used to pump up, especially air beds, are more conveniently inflated in the comfort of your own home. I mean, what if you don’t have a drive way and park down the street but want to pump up your inflatable mattress.. I had this exact problem not too long ago.
Needless to say, it would be the icing on the cake if the designers could make an inflator within, or close to this price range that had both a 12V and mains connection. You can always buy a 12V to mains adaptor, but good quality examples aren’t exactly cheap. I would hope to see some inflators hitting the shelves with both options incorporated at some point in the near future.
There’s always the super portable, cordless Air Hawk PRO. But that’s considerably more expensive, and nowhere near as highly rated as this model. However, overall, the QZT is an excellent product for the price. It’s not the number one best seller on Amazon for nothing.