Top five air pressure readers and compressors

News entry dated 10th Aug 2017

Ensuring that you keep your car tyres inflated to the correct level is an important part of maintaining your vehicle. Having the correct tyre pressures will help to keep you safe on the roads, especially if you’re making a long journey.

Underinflated tyres heat up quickly, making them susceptible to failure. This is very dangerous, especially when travelling at high speeds on the motorway. Being at a low pressure also means that their tread wears out unevenly, and faster than you would expect. This makes your car less economical, and can affect its braking and handling too.


Many drivers check their car’s tyre pressures at a petrol station, or take it into a garage, but another option is to invest in your own air pressure reader and compressor. These handy devices can travel with you in the boot of your car, meaning you can use them at any time and in any location.

Here at PetrolPrices, we’ve put some time into researching the best air pressure readers and compressors available on the market, so you don’t have to. We’re have looked at examples to suit every budget, so you can find one that suits your requirements, however much you intend to spend.

1. The funky one

Discoball® Portable Tyre Inflator

With its quirky design and unusual shape, the Discoball® Portable Tyre Inflator Pump is a budget option for those who want to feel secure in the fact that they can pump up their tyres while on the road, without needing anything too high-tech.


  • Inflates tyre in 8-10 minutes
  • Fun shape and a choice of colours
  • Small size – easy to transport and takes up minimal space


2. The Amazon bestseller

Ring RAC600 Digital Tyre Inflator

Rated as one of the top air pressure readers and compressors on Amazon, the Ring RAC600 Digital Tyre Inflator is very easy to use and, due to its auto-stop feature, guarantees that your tyres will be inflated accurately to the correct pressure.


  • Inflates tyre in 3.5 minutes
  • Has 3 LED light settings including an SOS option
  • Boasts a long cable to reach all tyres
  • Comes in a handy storage case


3. The compact design

GHB Tyre Inflator

Boasting a small, compact design, the GHB Tyre Inflator is ideal for those who want something that isn’t going to take up a lot of space, but can inflate their tyres quickly and accurately with minimal fuss.


  • LCD screen to display tyre pressure
  • Choice of units to measure in
  • Will stop automatically when pre-set tyre pressure is reached
  • Fully charged within 1.5 hours


4. The powerful option

Heyner MaxxAir Premium Power Air Compressor

One of the most powerful air compressors that we could find, the Heyner MaxxAir Premium Power Air Compressor is extra powerful and will inflate a flat tyre in just 2.5 minutes, which is perfect for getting out of emergency situations quickly.


  • Inflates in 2.5 minutes
  • Base plate and anti-slip feet for stability
  • Includes a storage box with a handle
  • Comes with a two-year manufacturer’s guarantee


5. Extra functions

Portable Car Jump Starter and Air Compressor Pump

If you are looking for something that can do more than inflate your tyres, the Portable Car Jump Starter and Air Compressor Pump could be the option for you, as it can also jump start your car should you experience engine difficulties.


  • Emergency power source and air compressor
  • Inflates a flat tyre in 7 minutes
  • Jump starts your car without needing another vehicle
  • Features an LED flashlight for emergencies in the dark


Whichever air pressure reader and compressor you choose, always ensure that you read the instruction manual thoroughly so that you know how to use it safely, without causing damage to your tyres.

Be sure to check the air pressure of your car tyres before long journeys, and after the car has been parked for at least three hours, to make sure that you get the most accurate reading possible.

With so many options to choose from there’s sure to be a model which suits your requirements and budget, and which will give you peace of mind while on the road.


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