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January 31, 2014

The Airgun might look like a drill, but it's a battery-powered compressor

The Airgun might look like a drill, but it's a battery-powered compressor

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Need to pump up a ball, bike tire or whatnot, but don't feel like doing a lot of manual pumping? You could take the item up to your local gas station and use its compressor, but Airman is hoping that you'll use its Airgun instead.

The Airgun is a battery-powered mini air compressor, that's very similar in form to a cordless power drill.

It has a 5-inch (127-mm) flexible hose on the end, which threads onto the Shrader-style air valve of things like bicycle tires. An integrated LED helps users see what they're doing when attaching that hose. There are also some adapters included, for use on recreational equipment such as balls and toys.

The Airgun includes adapters (at bottom) for use on recreational equipment such as balls a...

To use it, you first use its push-buttons to enter the desired air pressure, which will appear on its LCD display in your choice of psi, kpi or bar. You then hook up its hose, hold down its trigger, and start filling – it will automatically stop when it reaches the right pressure.

It can reportedly fill an "average city bike tire" to 58 psi (4 bar) in one minute, or bring a 10-liter tire up to 36 psi (2.5 bar) in three. If its lithium-ion battery gives out, it can also be powered via an included 12-volt car cigarette lighter adapter.

And on the topic of cars ... although Hammacher Schlemmer is now promoting the Airgun for use on automobile tires, Airman itself lists it as not being rated for anything heftier than ATV or quad tires. So, make of that what you will.

Pricing for the Airgun starts around US$70, depending on the retailer.

Source: Airman

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Ben Coxworth An experienced freelance writer, videographer and television producer, Ben's interest in all forms of innovation is particularly fanatical when it comes to human-powered transportation, film-making gear, environmentally-friendly technologies and anything that's designed to go underwater. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where he spends a lot of time going over the handlebars of his mountain bike, hanging out in off-leash parks, and wishing the Pacific Ocean wasn't so far away.   All articles by Ben Coxworth
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7 Comments

Filling balls has never taken enough time or energy for me to even consider the need for a powered compressor.

Topping off a tire that is a little low is entirely different than filling one that is sitting on the rim.

Slowburn
1st February, 2014 @ 06:28 am PST

You can find air compressors on Amazon or any other buying site much cheaper and pretty much do the same thing.

This looks to be a solution in search of a problem.

kaw
1st February, 2014 @ 06:31 pm PST

Ultimate consumer product? (^_^)

asdf
2nd February, 2014 @ 12:56 pm PST

I agree with KAW - Small compressors abound in auto or camping accessory shops already.

Most come with adaptors to fill almost anything, plus lighter socket and alligator clips for power.

Off-grid campers may appreciate this one, but the market is smaller.

The Skud
2nd February, 2014 @ 11:33 pm PST

If you've only got one or two balls to inflate, then it's easy to do it with a hand pump. If you've got a lot of balls to inflate, then you would use a mains powered air compressor. I imagine a lot of people have a car tyre compressor.

Obviously a lot of work has gone into this product, but I think the market research is probably a bit poor. It seemed like a good idea at the time!

windykites1
3rd February, 2014 @ 09:02 am PST

Great adjunct to this if you into that sort of thing.

http://www.geek.com/geek-cetera/homemade-airsoft-machine-gun-gets-backpack-upgrade-4-simplified-version-1468725/

DonGateley
3rd February, 2014 @ 10:05 am PST

Probably very noisy. Too bad it cannot provide enough pressure for a bicycle tire (75 psi +) - we could use this at field bike repair sites or in the shop.

Mcs Eacock
3rd February, 2014 @ 12:38 pm PST
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