Fill portable air tank with tire pump?

by ed
(NJ)

can i fill up portable air tank with tire pump that plugs into cigarette lighter?


i just acquired a portable napa air tank, but don't have a compressor to fill it. i only have the pumps that plug into an automobile's cigarette lighter. will this work?

my model tank is napa air tank 821-1171.

please advise

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Aug 17, 2018
Fill portable air tank
by: Bill

Hi Ed, sure you can.

The issues you should be concerned about include the length of time the tire pump will take to fill the tank, and whether the tire pump that you have is rated for high enough pressure to fill the tank to the pressure level that you wish.

Some of the small 12 V, cigarette lighter, type air compressors can actually deliver up to 250 or even 300 PSI. Since they are not run with a pressure switch, you must monitor to ensure that the little pump doesn't fill the tank to too high a pressure.

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