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While we have yet to test any of the products in Black & Decker’s still-new VPX line, we’re truly impressed by their choice of applications — like this single-VPX-battery-powered inflator. It looks way more practical than lugging around a 12V cigarette-lighter-driven box — especially if you’re just planning to inflate soccer balls or bike tires.

Besides the needle shown in the picture, the inflator also includes a short hose with an integrated gauge and the clamp required to fill bike tires via standard Schrader and (with an adapter) Presta valves. And the hose/gauge combo actually stores away within the inflator.

We’d certainly like to know how long this device will run on a single charge — would it, for example, pump up two mountain bike tires from flat? — but unless it’s dramatically underpowered, it looks like a winner to us.

Street pricing starts around $30.

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5 Responses to Black & Decker’s VPX Inflator

  1. eschoendorff says:

    Has anyone else actually picked up and messed with any of this VPX stuff besides me? I played with some of it at Home Depot and then promptly putt hem back down. Man tools they ain’t!

  2. Simon says:

    They look cool in the pictures but seem like junk as the above comment says. (The little drill is single speed) For a little more money (or a lot depending on your viewpoint) you can get better. Of course Bosch doesn’t offer a tire inflator .

  3. I believe that Craftsman offers a cordless inflator that works off of their power tool batteries. It doesn’t seem too popular however.

    A nice thing about the inflator is its size. It’s not too large to make it pack-prohibitive for biking, and the battery *should* last quite a few months without leaking any charge.

    On a long bike ride, one should carry either a manual pump, or a hybrid pump – CO2 inflators alone are risky in case a tire goes flat more than once, or both tires go out.

  4. Dano says:

    The VPX AC/USB Power Source intrigues me. It cost about $20 without a battery. You can charge your USB chargeable device (Treo, MP3 player, etc) or AC stuff like batteries for digital cameras on the go from the LiOn battery. No wall outlet needed.

    http://www.vpxsystem.com/products/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductID=18377

  5. Brad Justinen says:

    Agreed

    VPX tolls are for “girly men”

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