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Old 28th December 2010, 22:00   #106
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So I got conned.. But I think the thing works so it is OK - no regrets !!


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Never mind,it happens in these kind of purchases.
well,its build is decent enough,just hope that it works.
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Old 21st February 2011, 22:30   #107
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A friend of mine got this tyre pressure gauge for me from a RadioShack store in the US.

RadioShack® Tire Gauge with Light - RadioShack.com

It has a built in mini-flashlight [which doubles up as a swivel / emergency light] and a tyre tread measurement mechanism which uses the following readings and statuses:

> 6 mm - Green light - Safe
2 - 6 mm - Amber light - Check tyre
< 2 mm - Red light - Replace tyre

Got this gauge more for novelty value than anything else

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I too bought a similar product that claims 300 PSI,and has a flash light.
I got it for 750 bucks.
Used it to fill Scorpio's tyre,which was totally flat with 0 PSI.
It filled the tyre in 5-7 mins to 30PSI.

Same product is on sale in Metro for 1200.
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I am planning to purchase SLIME DIGITAL INFLATOR
Digital-Tire-Inflator-(40022)

Please provide your valuable suggestions
+ any reliable shop in Chennai where I can buy
+ any idea on Price
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Old 28th February 2011, 21:28   #110
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I am planning to purchase SLIME DIGITAL INFLATOR
Digital-Tire-Inflator-(40022)

Please provide your valuable suggestions
+ any reliable shop in Chennai where I can buy
+ any idea on Price
Anybody having information, please update.
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Old 3rd March 2011, 16:49   #111
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Same product is on sale in Metro for 1200.
Available for Rs.1000 in Metro.
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This is what I got few days ago from eBay for about 500 bucks.
Any users have any comments about its durability?
I got a similar pump from eBay a couple of years ago, costed me ~700 then. Looks almost identical to the one you've got. I've used it only a couple of times & as you've mentioned, it takes ages to inflate a tire ! I felt I was better off using a regular foot-pump. Anyway, last week my pump stopped working so I thought I'd open it up...
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This is all there is inside the plastic cladding !
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The motor (supposedly 120W) drives 4.5:1 reduction gearing which is used to drive a tiny tiny "pump" (about the size of a small syringe).
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The piston inside the "pump" is about as wide as a AA size battery. The one-way valve was a very thin peice of metal with a rubber blob at the end for better sealing. Incidentally, my pump had stopped working because of poor soldering at the electric motor terminals. If the tire already has some pressure, there's quite a bit of leakage around the piston & in a way contributes to the noise the pump makes ! I doubt this pump can handle 300 psi ?!?
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I am searching for a tyre inflator too. I saw one at the TVS Car Plus store here but it was for around 3500/- with 1 year warranty. The store guy was telling me it is a heavy duty one and would not heat up and stuff.

I just checked their website and they have 3 tire inflators listed there.

.: CARPLUS :.

The first one is the one which is for around 3500/-. It is listed as a Tropicool one. No idea how it performs actually.

Please advise about buying a good inflator.

I am also looking for a hydraulic jack by the way but I guess I will have to create a separate thread for that.
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I have been using the type in im_srini's post for the past 20 years. I fund they take about 2-5 minutes to top up a tyre. The problem starts when the cylinder starts ageing and leaking. I typically keep it for about 5-6 years. After about six years the rubber used in the seal at the tyre valve end starts going off in any case. Rs.600-800 is not a bad deal. The biggest life saver is that you never find the spare at a decent pressure when you need it. Also, with tubeless tyres you can pump up and go for quite a few km.

If you buy a real good one at say Rs.2500 the rubber in the valve connector still lasts the same. Only problem I find is that in some of them the gauge goes kaput. So I keep my own tyre pressure gauge.
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I got a similar pump from eBay a couple of years ago, costed me ~700 then.
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Thanks a lot for posting pics of your dissected compressor. Nice to see what is inside. So yours lasted just couple of years and 2 usage sessions?? Or maybe yours would have been serviceable for longer if you would have just soldered the terminals back?

One question that comes to mind - how is the piston lubricated? The gears I guess are not, since they seem to be made of plastic.
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Thanks a lot for posting pics of your dissected compressor. Nice to see what is inside. So yours lasted just couple of years and 2 usage sessions?? Or maybe yours would have been serviceable for longer if you would have just soldered the terminals back?
I have soldered the wires back & the contraption's working now, I've also added a switch near the motor. This "compressor" could've been packaged much much better. It's as sophisticated as a child's toy & I don't think it deserves its asking price of ~ Rs. 600...

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One question that comes to mind - how is the piston lubricated? The gears I guess are not, since they seem to be made of plastic.
The piston was very lightly greased, & it was the cylinder itself (more than the motor) which was getting hot. I've now lubricated the piston with lithium grease & done away with the cowling, it appears to be working much quieter & cooler now.
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So all of you who purchased electric air pumps, where are the long term reviews?

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I brought one of those and got some good service out of it.



For 600Rs (or was it 500Rs) electric pump that I brought from ebay, I would say that I got my money's worth. It served me well for close to a year but knocked off few months back.

It was working, when it was with me, so not sure if the "death" was due to mis-use of just due to the end of its life line.

So, to sum up - value for money, especially when it did save me a couple of times on the highway, when I had developed a leak in a wheel due to rim bend (tubeless).
Thats the thing - what if it fails when you are in a remote place and its getting dark with no civilization around?

I would rather pay more and get one that is reliable. Guess we may still need to carry some rubber parts/spares ... ?

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One question that comes to mind - how is the piston lubricated? The gears I guess are not, since they seem to be made of plastic.
The oil which is used for lubricating condoms does not degrade rubber, plastic, skin, etc. Hence very suitable for such applications where there is friction. You can find this same kind of oil in Johnson Baby Oil

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Dears,

I'm currently in Paris and found Michelin Foot Pump here for 30 Euros on a reputed super market.
It was written on the box that it can handle up to 17 bar (250 PSI). Readings are in Bars not in PSI.

Not sure how good it will it be. Any idea?

Will be returning back to India within few days and thought of buying, if it worth.

Let me know if you need any details.
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Dears,

I'm currently in Paris and found Michelin Foot Pump here for 30 Euros on a reputed super market.
It was written on the box that it can handle up to 17 bar (250 PSI). Readings are in Bars not in PSI.

Not sure how good it will it be. Any idea?

Will be returning back to India within few days and thought of buying, if it worth.

Let me know if you need any details.
My friend has the same foot pump of Michelin.I find the build quality to be superior than the normal foot pumps.And fills up air pretty efficiently too.
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