HARBOR FREIGHT BAUER CORDLESS INFLATOR

WHAT IT IS: HARBOR FREIGHT BAUER CORDLESS INFLATOR

The Harbor Freight Bauer cordless inflator is a 20 volt, handheld compressor powered by a rechargeable Bauer 20V lithium-ion battery pack. The hand-drill-shaped tool has a 19-inch hose with a lever-type, quick-connect tire-valve connector. Adapters are included for sports equipment, Presta tire valves and air beds. The inflator is claimed to be able to produce up to 160 psi. The tool is $24.99, in the same range as common 12V compressors that plug into vehicle power ports. The Bauer inflator does not come with the $24.99 Bauer 20V battery pack or the $22.99 Bauer Hypermax Rapid charger. The inflator can also be powered with a higher-capacity Bauer 20V 3.0-Ah battery that costs $44.99 and uses the same charger.

The Bauer inflator’s 0-to-160-psi gauge is accurate and probably useful to bicyclists, but a 0-to-90-psi gauge would be easier to read and more useful for UTV, truck and trailer tire pressures.

PERFORMANCE:

Small handheld compressors are extremely handy for UTVs and the trucks and trailers that haul them, because tires always seem to need air, even when you’re not dealing with a leak or a flat. What’s not handy about common 12V corded compressors is dealing with the cord and getting power to the compressor. Cords don’t always reach from the truck to trailer tires, or you may not have the key to the UTV on the trailer to power up its power port. Even when a corded compressor does the job, stowing the long power cord and the compressor isn’t always convenient. The whole process becomes more of a hassle at night.

The Harbor Freight Bauer 20V cordless power inflator removes the headaches of corded compressors by removing the cord. The battery pack has enough power to fully inflate flat UTV tires or top off many low tires with run time to spare. Like any small compressor, you shouldn’t run the Bauer inflator for more than 10 minutes without a 15-minute break for cooling. The trigger-type momentary on/off switch helps prevent overheating because it can’t be locked on, but holding the trigger to fill a flat tire can be inconvenient.

Even so, cordless convenience makes the Bauer inflator our favorite handheld compressor. We also like its lever-type valve stem connector much better than screw-on connectors that don’t work on damaged or muddy valve-stem threads. This small compressor has some room for improvement, too. Its 0-to-160-psi gauge is accurate and probably useful to bicyclists, but a 0-to-90 psi gauge would be easier to read and more useful for UTV, truck and trailer tire pressures. We’d also like a backlit gauge and a small LED to make it easier to use the compressor at night.

THE VERDICT:

The best tools make jobs easy, and that’s exactly what the Harbor Freight Bauer 20V cordless power inflator does.

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CONTACT: Harbor Freight stores or www.harborfreight.com

RATING: ★★★★

PRICE: $24.99 (tool only)

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