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.