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I'm considering the purchase of a combination power inverter, battery booster, air compressor. Does anyone have any real-life experience with these things?

Duracell and Black & Decker have models that fit this description. Do any other brands have these available?

Do they have enough energy to pump up a flat tire if I use a plug kit on the roadside or on the trail? Can they bring 4 low-trail-pressured tires up to high-road-pressure without overheating? Do they have a high volume air setting for a raft or mattress?

If they're plugged in to the battery or cig-lighter, do they act as a normal inverter of the car battery, or do they just charge their own built-in battery and then invert that?

Can they really start a Tacoma that has a battery so low it won't start itself?

Please let me know your opinions on these things and whether or not you feel they're worth trying.

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Anyone? Anyone...

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I carry a battery booster all the time in my truck. If it gets cold enough and I have to do a few glow plug cycles with the diesel I may rely on that booster pack.

Don't bother with one with a 12v plug in compressor. It will take days to fill a full size tire and u need to leave the truck running or u will kill the battery u just boosted!! Buy a good on board air setup or co2 for filling tires.

Yes it will start a taco. I charged my iPad and speakers while camping than had to boost to a friend with a full size Chevy and it wasn't even barely moved off of a full charge. U can do multiple boosts off of one packs charge.


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Thank you for the feedback. I've been also hearing from other sources that these all-in-one units, while seemingly useful and loaded with features, are not strong enough in their individual components. I was told to get the features separately, like you implied and suggested.

From what I gather from you and others, this compressor isn't sufficient to air up after being off the road unless I'm willing to wait for long fill-ups and cool-off times between tires.

I've also been told that these specific units aren't as strong as regular stand-alone battery boosters and won't start a mostly or completely dead battery. This could be a concern, because often I use the Taco's factory power inverter to charge power tool batteries and run other a/c power tools such as bushwhackers. This causes the battery to drain, and if I'm not careful to start the truck and recharge the battery soon enough, I'm stuck with a dead taco.

Any worthwhile suggestions for on-board air or battery boosters? Or links to relevant threads?
 

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I went with a powertank for on board air. No electrical draw. Truck can be off and there is no faster way to fill a tire. Can re seat beads and run air tools.


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