Compressor or Co2 for airing up.
Compressor or Co2 was a question I asked myself pretty often. So far I have tried all of them. My first air compressor was a Vair 88p, super slow airing up but small enough to throw in the back of my 3rd gen 4Runner. The more I went out camping the quicker I realized it wanted something with faster air up speeds.
After purchasing my 5th gen 4Runner, I went through 2 air compressors, first was the ARB Single Air compressor, then was the ARB Twin air compressor. Both of these were mounted under the hood in a onboard air configuration. After picking up the ARB Twin, I was pretty happy. I used the air compressor to inflate air mattresses, bikes, and even helping other on the side of the road. Having onboard air compressor is awesome. Only complaints that it isn’t portable like my Vair 88p or anyone running a Co2 system.
I sold my 5th Gen 4Runner and picked up a 2019 Tundra, decided to go with a Co2 system for this build. I went with Powertank and picked up two 10lbs tanks. I liked the idea of having two tanks as I can already see multiple situations where I would be lending a tank out to someone else. Surprisingly, lending a tank scenario happened pretty often even when I wasn’t camping. Having a Co2 system compared to onboard air was nice, being able to walk my tank up the trail to help others air up without the use of a battery was pretty awesome. Air up times were extremely fast even faster than my ARB twin compressor!
After using multiple air up systems, I honestly prefer Co2 for the convenience and air up speeds. Yes you have to pay to get it refilled, but a 10lbs tank has lasted me multiple trips, I highly recommend going to powertank.com site and checking out their air chart (link here) and make your decision that way. If you see yourself having to refill tanks often then maybe onboard air system is the way to go!
I have linked a few videos down below that show you some examples of air up speeds as well as some tire repair tools you should carry on you when you’re out camping.
YOUTUBE VIDEO: POWERTANK VS ARB AIR