Sometimes the best things do come in small packages!
Usually, when I tour I carry a tire inflator and repair kit. Currently, I’m using a tire pump from Moto Pumps. I have had it for around 3 years and it has never let me down.
Whilst having a browse around a few sites the other night, I came across a US$35 (£27) lithium battery-powered tire pump that had a very small footprint on AliExpress. To be honest I thought it was a bit of a toy, looked more like an iPod than a tire pump. Surely it couldn’t possibly be of any use as a motorcycle tire pump? Wow was I wrong!
According to the stats on the sales page, they had sold 9,510 units, 3,501+ plus excellent reviews, with an average of 4.9 out of 5.0 stars. Pretty damn good!
Nuts & Bolts!
So what do you get and what comes in the box?
- Tire Inflator
- Instructions (Chinese)
- Two different nozzle ends
- Charging cable (Micro USB)
- Soft carry case
The instructions are in Chinese, but don’t let that put you off, as this tire inflator is stupid simple to use. You can also take a look at my review video below to see how it works.
On the front, you have 4 buttons in a circle around a central button, it’s intuitive and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to work out what they do. The design is a straight-up copy of the iPod, I guess they thought it best not to re-invent the wheel 🙂
The “Mode” button allows you to select either PSI or Bar on the display.
The “Light” button turns on an LED so you can see the inflation nozzle in the dark
The “Inflate” starts and stops the pump.
The “Pressure Setpoint” buttons allow you to set a desires PSI/Bar pressure so the pump auto shuts off at the setpoint pressure.
Tire Inflation Test
I thought the best way to test this pocket-size tire inflator was to see how many times it could pump up a fully deflated tire. I used the front tire on my Honda CRF 250 Rally as the guinea pig. Honda states the tire should be inflated to a pressure of 22 PSI, so this is what I set the tire inflator at.
It took on average 2 min 40 secs to fully inflate the tire to 22PSI. After the 10th inflation, I called it quits! If you have to pump up your tire from fully deflated more than 10x per day, then you have bigger issues.
I would speculate that the tire inflator could have pumped up the tire another 2-3x before the battery finally ran out of juice. Impressive!
I also compared the tire inflator against the one I own from Moto Pumps. The Motor Pumps tire inflator is a lot louder as you can hear on my review video, but it’s about 1 min quicker in inflating the tire from fully flat. Also because it connects to the bike battery, you are not limited to how much you use it. You can run the bike while pumping up a tire if you think it will drain your battery.
My Motor Pumps inflator is not as compact, makes a lot more noise, and cannot double up as a power source for USB devices.
- Storage temperature: -10 ° C -45 ° C
- Product size: 124x71x45.3mm (without inflation tube)
- Product model: MJCQ01QJ
- Charging interface: Micro-USB
- Inflation pressure range: 0.2-10.3bar/3-150psi
- Charging parameters: 5V-2A
- Battery capacity: 2000mAh (14.8Wh)
- Sensor accuracy: ±2psi
- Working noise: noise less than 80dB from 1 meter
- Operating humidity: charging 0 ° C -45 ° C, discharge -10 ° C -45 ° C
- Inflation tube: 180mm, including nozzle (without thread) adapter
- Charging time: less than 3 hours
I’ll be honest, I no way expected this small footprint portable tire pump to be able to inflate up my CRF front tire more than 10x. I was very impressed!
The pump is light, small, compact, easy to use, and on the surface looks well built.
I would have absolutely no problems carrying this with me if I was touring.
The price is around US$35 (£27) and that includes shipping from China.
If you are interested in getting one, take a look at the AliExpress page.
Also, let me know your feedback if you do get one, I would be curious to know if it lives up to my experience.