If you’re on the market for a decent air compressor, you can generally expect to pay at least one hundred dollars. Throw a grinders or a sander into the mix, and you can expect to double that. But what if you just something small to inflate the odd bicycle tire?
Apparently, EDMBG have just the solution. It’s on the market for less than 25 dollars, it weighs less than three pounds, and frankly, it seems like the perfect tool to throw in the boot of a car whenever you go out on a day trip.
Unfortunately, sometimes you really do get what you pay for. And in this case at least, EDMBG have somehow managed to provide even less.
In the interest of fairness, I’ll start with the products pros:
- It’s probably the cheapest compressor on the market.
- It easily one of the lightest at 3 pounds.
- It’s small enough to leave it in the car boot full time.
- It can be powered by a cars cigarette lighter, ideal for day trips.
- It does genuinely inflate small items (eventually).
- It probably won’t break the first time that you use it.
- It’s actually made by a pretty reputable company.
Now, I’ll move on to the purpose of this review which is basically a long list of reasons why this product is a poor purchase.
First off, we have the noise issue. Air compressors are loud machines. Aside from a few CAT products, high decibel levels pretty much come with the territory.
Given the purpose of this product however, I was expecting something a little quieter. In a word, I was wrong.
This product is just as loud as some compressors that are twice its size. Now, I’m an air compressor consumer, not a designer, so perhaps I’m wrong here. But I can’t help but think that something went very wrong in the design stage.
Next, we have the actual operation. There are two problems. First, it takes forever to inflate a damn bicycle tyre. And secondly, while you wait, you need to keep your foot firmly on the device to stop it shaking uncontrollably.
In other words, this product is a pain to use.
Finally, we have what is arguably the products biggest fault. It has a strange tendency to break down soon after purchase.
Despite its faults, I left it in the boot of my car thinking that I could at least use it on the odd day trip. It managed three day trips. Despite being used on nothing more taxing than an inflatable chair, it gave up without warning.
This left me sitting on the grass, it also left me determined to avoid cheap power tools in the future.
A quick look at customer reviews on Amazon shows that my experience was far from an anomoly either.
At the time of writing, it’s been reviewed 38 times for an average rating of 2.7 stars out of 5.
Some negative reviews can be discounted. If you bought this compressor to power a nail gun, the onus is on you not the manufacturer.
Most negative reviews, however, match my own experience, it’s loud, it’s a pain to use, and it’s about as durable as a beach ball on a beach of broken glass.
Needless to say, I don’t recommend this product at all. The good news is that I am still on the market for an ultra portable compressor, so I’ll update this review in a month or two when I find one that actually works.