-AUDEW-
Portable Air Compressor

The Audew compressor comes in many different sizes, shapes, colors and designs. From a dual cylinder model reminiscent of a classic laydown style compressor like the one I review here to a more modern style tri-side design, all with one thing in common, they all blow. 

Air that is. 

If you all of a sudden find yourself stuck on the side of the road staring at a low tire and you just don't want to, or can't drive to the nearest service station to air it up, this little plastic and metal gem just may save your day.

 


 

The virtually perfect ratcheting screwdriver

 


Actually, it likely won't do a darn thing for the tire, because there's a hole in it! But what you can do is go air up your spare because you and I both know that you haven't checked the air in that one probly ever and it's likely in just as bad a shape as the one kissing the ground at your feet. 

The saving grace with the spare though, is that it shouldn't have a hole in it and you can air it up because you were smart enough to carry this handy little compressor with you!

Running on twelve volts from your car battery by either plugging it in to the cigarette lighter or using the provided clamps to connect directly to the battery (the preferred method), it's easy to set up and get to pumping.

 

Grade:

-General Home Maintainer-

 

Manufacturers Claims

Some of the manufacturers (I don't actually know who manufactures it, maybe "Camel"? Audew just distributes them) feature claims are:


  • A 150 PSI max inflate pressure
  • Heavy duty cylinders
  • Fast inflation
  • Stabilty technology
  • Portable
  • Comes with multiple nozzles

It comes with-

  • A positive lock connection on it's air hose
  • What they call a heat sink
  • Anti-slip and shock absorbing mat
  • A portable handle
  • Double cylinders

Let's cover each one in turn...


150 PSI max inflate pressure

You'll see in my test that I tried to merely raise the pressure in a low tire a little and it took almost 7 minutes to merely raise it from 40 psi to 60 psi with the last 10 psi taking all the compressors ability to barely move the needle. 150 psi looks completely out of the range capabilities of this compressor.

Maybe what they are referring to is the max point on the gauge, which is clearly in the red by their own design.

Audew Compressor Pressure GaugeAudew Compressor Pressure Gauge showing 150psi max claimed pressure is clearly in the red zone

Heavy duty cylinders

For heavy duty cylinders I would expect very thick steel with heavy duty cooling, but you can see by the pictures below that the cylinders are only slightly bigger than a quarter and don't show anything spectacular as far as the cylinder walls. 

See my comment below on the "heat sink" for cooling.

Audew Quarter Sized CylindersAudew's Quarter Sized Cylinders and Thin Walls With No Cooling Fins.

 

Fast inflation

See my 150 psi comment above for that.

 


Stability Technology

It consists of little rubber feet on the four corners that seem to do a good job of preventing the compressor from vibrating across the ground as you air your tire.

Audew Stability Technology = Little Rubber FeetAudew Stability Technology consists of little rubber feet

Portable

It is very light and portable. It's small enough to fit well behind the seat of a truck, in a small storage bin, and it doesn't take up much room sitting in the trunk.


Multiple nozzles

The selection of nozzles will help air up various different things with a small air hole.

Audew's Three Accessory Inflation TipsAudew's three accessory inflation tips for inflating smaller items

Positive lock connection

The positive lock on the air hose is a good feature. It's a standard type of connection used on full size compressors and works perfectly to positively lock the hose to any end you may need with the proper male connector or another hose to extend the length. 

Audew Posi-lock ConnectorAudew's Posi-lock Connector For The Hose Makes a Solid Connection

Heatsink

Now, the "heat sink" on the other hand, I thought was a joke at first. Some common materials used for heat sinks are aluminum and copper. They are used on everything from computer cpu's to automotive parts to dissipate heat. It will draw heat away from the source and then radiate it out into the air to cool the item that it is attached to. 

I was very surprised to find that the "heat sinks" on the Audew compressor were made from regular plastic. 

Now, to be clear, there are composite plastics that are used to dissipate heat but the downside is that they are much more expensive and they don't dissipate as efficiently. I think we can all agree that the plastics used in a compressor at this price point will not be using exotic plastics in it's construction. Which leads me to the conclusion that this is a standard plastic that will not dissipate heat and will likely melt at relatively low temperatures.

Audew's Plastic Heat SinkI shaved off a sliver of Audew's Plastic "Heat Sink" with my pocket knife just to prove to myself that it actually was honest-to-God plastic

Anti-slip and Shock Absorbing Mat

I'm not sure what they mean by "Anti-slip and shock absorbing mat" as there is no mat of any kind.

See my comments on their "Stability Technology" above.


Portable Handle

The "portable handle" would be better describes as "collapsable" but either way, it does a good job of easily folding down out of the way to make for a smaller package to pack away.

Audew Collapsible Compressor HandleAudew's Collapsible Compressor Handle

Double Cylinders

Double cylinders are pretty self explanatory and are kind of irrelevant as what matters is the overall volume of the compressing pistons that will give a larger volume of air the bigger they are. So twin pistons just allow them to keep the pistons smaller than a single piston compressor and give the same performance... but there are two of them so I'm not sure how that benefits us except maybe it vibrates less?


 

What I see

Upon first receiving the compressor from Audew, I was immediately suspicious. 


It came in a box made out of that very thin, cheaply made cardboard that had a label from a company called Camel as mentioned above. I thought I had been sent the wrong product and I still don't know who Camel is. 

But the compressor looked as it should and I proceeded to scrutinize the the thing to figure out what we were dealing with.

The first thing I noticed was that it came with a good compliment of parts and pieces to make a complete, useful tool.

The pros:

  • Rather than a short little hose, it had a separate, coiled hose that connected with a positive lock connector
  • It has an integral gauge conveniently located right next to the tire connector
  • The hose connects to the tire with a threaded connector so you don't have to hold it on. Which is good but you'll really understand why when you see the fill time
Audew's Threaded Valve ConnectorAudew's Threaded Valve Connector so you don't have to hold it while inflating
  • Rather than power being provided only from a cigarette connection (you shouldn't run a lot of amperage through that), it came with an adaptor to allow a direct connection to the battery
Audew's Battery AdaptorAudew's Battery Adaptor to connect directly to the battery
  • And of course, the handy, dandy carrying case is a nice feature
  • The case material is fairly thick
  • It has an integral holder for the extra tips
Audew's accessory tip holderAudew's integrated accessory tip holder

But, regardless of the well thought out pieces, that's when I started noticing the low quality of everything.

The Cons

  • The battery connectors were so thin, I accidentally bent them just by putting a little bit of pressure on them
  • The wires connecting to the battery clamps were incredibly small, they looked to be about 12-14 awg which is way too small for the max amperage of the motor of 30 amps and were just held by squeezing a piece of the metal over the wire with the copper just resting on the metal of the clamp rather than soldering them properly
Audew's tiny wire connectionAudew's tiny wire connection
  • The case had stitching that seemed to start falling apart by just rubbing my finger over it along with needle holes so big that it likely will start ripping there in a short amount of time
  • The craziest thing I noticed was the plastic cooling fins
  • And later, during my actual test, the gauge showed to be off by several pounds

 

Conclusion:

While I appreciate the opportunity to have reviewed this little compressor, I think my conclusion is fairly obvious. I would never pay any amount of money for this tool. It is a perfect example of the type of tool to stay away from. 

And it's a shame, really because it has a lot of really decent ideas but they are just so poorly executed. 

I give it a rating of three for the good ideas but that's it for the quality and poor performance.

3/10


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