Even if you’ve got a big-ass air compressor around the shop or house, it’s always handy to have a smaller unit around for crap like blowing up bicycle tires or pumping up a car tire when the car’s out of easy reach of your big compressor. Enter Black & Decker’s latest version of the small, portable air pump — the Air Station.
The ‘Station’s big claim to fame is that it runs on either 12V DC or 120V AC power so you can use it in the garage or house by plugging it into the wall, then carry it out to the car and plug it in a
cigarette lighter power port to air up that aforementioned flat.
It weighs six pounds, which means it should be pretty easy to move around, and B&D claims it stores all its cables internally, which is always a big plus with these kind of tools. (It really sucks to have to wrap cords around ’em when you’re storing ’em in the trunk or a closet in the house.)
It also features an auto-shutoff setting, which means you can dial in the pressure you want, then wait for it to shut off automatically when it reaches the set pressure. This also sounds slick, because these little compressors can take a while to reach high pressures — or to inflate high-volume items like car tires.