This coronavirus pandemic has seen car use plummet — I think I’m getting about three months to a tank at the moment — but having a car standing for a long time isn’t good for its battery and tires.
My ZDNet tech buddy David Gewirtz has already looked at modern car battery charging technology, and I’ve looked at what I think is the best jump starter you can have for those emergencies.
But what about tires?
Lately I’ve seen a lot of people trundling around on what seem like rather soggy tires. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to have a portable tire pump that also doubled as a power bank for those times when your smartphone is going flat?
Enter the Sealey CTI 120.
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Sealey CTI 120 tech specs:
- Compact digital tire inflator with output of 12ltr/min.
- Pressure gauge reads up to 120psi.
- 140mm extension tube with Schrader connection.
- Micro USB rechargeable (cable not supplied).
- Supplied with sports ball pin adaptor and balloon/inflatables adaptor.
- Preset the desired pressure to begin operation and the unit will cut out automatically once that pressure is reached.
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The CTI 120 is a compact yet powerful handheld compressor capable of outputting up to 12ltr/min and pressures up to 120 psi (yes, I know that’s mixing units badly!). It features a built-in LCD display, and everything is controlled via a few buttons.
The compressor is kitted out with a 140mm extension tube with Schrader connection for car tires, and sports ball pin adaptor, balloon/inflatables adaptor, and also a Presta valve adaptor for bikes.
The compressor has an auto cutoff feature to prevent damage to the compressor or tire.
But there’s more to this than being a compressor. It features a built-in 1W SMD LED for working at night or in low light conditions, and there’s also a 5V/2A USB port for charging a mobile phone or other USB devices.
The who package has a built-in lithium-ion battery that’s recharged using the micro-USB port.
I like this package because it’s small enough to keep in the car, has more than one function (does away with needing a separate flashlight, and acts as a power bank), and it’s durable enough to stand up to being dropped and treated like it’s made of stone.