Sometimes a 12v tyre inflator just doesn’t cut it, especially if you’re changing pressures regularly or looking after more than one car. It also helps to have a rapid pump that you can use for footballs, bikes, motorbikes, airbeds etc
Well the Michelin 240V Superfast 4X4 SUV Tyre Inflator has you covered and is yours for around £90.00.
A mains powered compressor that can inflate a 20 inch tyre in under 4 minutes, making it ideal for 4x4s and SUVs as well as cars.
Inside there’s a double piston, most of the smaller 12v type inflators use a single piston and can eventually wear out over time or with heavy use.
There’s a backlit LCD screen where you can select the desired pressure, this can be switched from PSI, KPA and BAR. There’s also a bright LED in case you need some extra light at night.
A three-piece adapter is included, these snap into the side of the inflator for secure storage, and at the top is a fold out carry handle.
A long 85cm hose makes the Michelin inflator easy to use, and there’s a storage bag for when it’s not in use.
We tested it by deflating one of the dinky tyres on the 106 GTi, leaving just a 2 bar of pressure in it the Michelin had it reinflated within around a minute.
Most compressors have a fairly inaccurate pressure gauge, so it’s always worth checking your tyres after you’ve inflated them with a standalone digital gauge.
You don’t need to with this bad boy, inflating to the correct pressures we then tested to make sure they were right. All four were bang on where we had set them, double brownie points Michelin.
Build quality is high, the plastic is sturdy, and none of it feels hollow. On the top by the controls sits a small plastic stud, that’s where you store your dust cap when inflating – a great idea, those lil things are always off on adventures.
The only slight gripe is the lack of cable management, the airline has a piece of plastic on so you can clip it to itself, but the mains cable has nothing. You can wrap the cables around the compressor, clip the airline to itself then weave the power cable between that but it’s not exactly ideal.