Air Compressor Reviews: Black & Decker ASI300 Air Station Inflator
Powerful and portable, the Black & Decker ASI300 Air Station Inflator is the portable solution to household and on-the-go inflation needs. An illuminated pressure gauge gives you precise control, with an automatic shut off feature to make inflation easy. The ASI300 draws power from any home outlet or your vehicle’s lighter socket, so you can set it up where you need it.
Air Compressor Reviews – Powerful Inflator Meets a Range of Needs
With inflation power up to 160 PSI, the ASI300 can take care of a range of inflation tasks. Pump up an air mattress for an impromptu guest room, top off your bike tires for a long, worry-free trail ride, or just tuck it in a corner of your trunk for added peace of mind.
Convenient, Easy-to-Use Integrated Gauge – Air Compressor Reviews
The ASI300′s integrated gauge keeps tabs on air pressure, so you don’t have to remove the hose to take readings. And you won’t ever have to worry about over inflation–dial in the pressure you want and the ASI300 automatically shuts off once it’s reached. The red-faced gauge is illuminated, perfect for use when setting up camp after sundown or inflating a tire along a dark road.
A Portable Package That Goes Where You Need It – Air Compressor Reviews
The ASI300 is ideal for small tasks around your home or garage, and its compact size makes it a handy tool to have in your vehicle, RV, or watercraft. Store it in your car or truck to keep your tires at optimal pressure for on or off road use, or stow it on your boat to quickly inflate rafts, inner tubes, and towables. At just 6 pounds, it’s light enough to carry from home to car to boat. And because it conveniently powers from any electrical outlet or your vehicle’s lighter socket, this inflator is easy to use in a variety of situations.
Product Specifications and Technical Details
- Inflates lawnmower, bike, and vehicle tires, sports balls, and other items quickly and easily
- Space-saving, portable design
- EZ air dial for instant shut-off when correct air pressure has been reached
- Weighs 6.1 pounds; 2-year warranty
- Includes standard tire nozzle, needle inflator, and extension nozzle
Air Compressor Reviews – What Others Are Saying
I am pleased with this inflator so far. (I hedge a bit, given the reviews stating that the device has failed for other users. But that’s what the warranty is for.) It is easy to use, effective, and convenient with its storage compartment for power cords and inflation hose. I especially like the automatic cutoff feature; I can turn it on and let it do its thing while I’m doing something else. I run my automobile tires at higher pressures than most (60 PSI), and it had no trouble with those. It takes a couple of minutes, of course, but that’s to be expected — this is not a mechanic’s air compressor, and I don’t expect that level of performance. I haven’t tried them on my higher pressure (90 PSI) bicycle tires yet.
Negatives that other reviewers have mentioned and my comments:
* Gauge readability: Yes, it’s a little hard to discern small PSI increments on the gauge. But I never rely totally on any pump’s or inflator’s built-in gauge for my tires; I always verify with a good quality tire pressure gauge. The inflator’s gauge and cut-off get me in the ballpark, and then I fine-tune using the tire pressure gauge. They are within 1 or 2 PSI of each other.
* AC power cord length: Not an issue. I likely would have to use an extension cord anyway. And the short power cord adds a bit to its portability — no fiddling with it or trying to store a long (and useless while traveling) power cord with the device as it sits in my trunk.
* Noise: No worse than any other inflator I’ve used.
* Small storage compartment for cords and hose: Not too much of a problem, though it might take a little practice to get them coiled up the right way. It’s handy to have the compartment.
* Short inflation hose. No shorter than other inflators in this price range I’ve used. Plenty long enough to reach a valve stem at top dead center with the device on the ground next to the tire.
* Plastic connector that *might* break. I’ll judge it if or when it actually breaks, not before.
* Having to cut the power switch off and then on again to run it after an automatic cutoff: Gimme a break, how big a deal is that??
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Black & Decker – Air Compressor Reviews
Overall works pretty well.
- All hoses and wires and adaptors store inside the unit, for neatness.
- built-in handle is nice
- long 12V auto power cord
- two-year warranty
- When it stops automatically after inflating one item (such as a tire), it must be turned off and back on to inflate another item, or to increase pressure setting and continue filling.
- the AC power cord is extremely short. Pretty much requires an extension cord.
- the air hose is fairly short.
- The noise it makes is quite loud, though not as loud as some I’ve heard.
- fitting the cords and hose back into the storage compartment is not easy.
- the valve adapter is plastic, not metal, and doesn’t seem sturdy. It works so far, however.
Black & Decker ASI300 Air Station Inflator – Air Compressor Reviews
I have used it for about a week now. It is much better than the one I got from Walmart. The major issue I see is that the pressure gauge on this machine is rather small and it will be hard for you differentiate between 27psi versus 29psi without using an external gauge. My Toyota Camry calls for 29psi and my other car asks for 34psi front and 36psi rear. It was impossible for me to read 34 vs 36 psi on this machine’s gauge.
Tip: To get the best out of this machine – get a good external mechanical pressure gauge with a relief valve (you can get a decent one for under $10 at Walmart). Then set the dial on this machine to be slightly over (2-3 psi more) the pressure required (I set it to 30psi when filling my Camry which needs 29 psi). Fill the tires with air using the machine. Then use the external gauge to measure the pressure and release the air using its relief valve until the pressure is at the desired reading. Works like a charm for me.
Other than this, the machine is quite nice and with a 2 year warranty it is a good buy. Amazon’s price was amongst the lowest I could find. Hope you enjoyed my air compressor reviews!