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Onboard Air Compressors for Off-Road Trucks & SUVs

How to Pick the Perfect DC Air Compressor

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If you're a mud-slinging off-road enthusiast, you not only thrive on getting out of tough situations, you seek them out. Whether it's the Rubicon, the Moab, or getting around town, nothing is going to keep you down... Unless, of course, you're unprepared.

You need a heavy-duty compressor that can handle tough jobs in tough situations.

You can't just throw a 600 lb. compressor in your Jeep JK and you should never rely on a tiny inflator either. Instead, you should outfit your vehicle with a DC compressor.



Extremely powerful and rugged, yet efficient and lightweight, DC air compressors are the perfect off-road companion.


Tank vs. Tankless
DC Compressor With TankHaving an air tank allows a compressor to start less often, but when it does it will have to run for longer periods to fill the tank.

If you need to power tools which require lots of CFM, you'll want an air tank. Also, if you are powering an air suspension system, an air tank will allow your vehicle to get up extremely quickly.

Tank-less DC CompressorWithout an air tank, the air compressor doesn't have a reserve from which to draw, but that doesn't mean it has to work harder, it'll just run more frequently.

Powerful DC compressors can make air tanks unnecessary. They pack so much power and are so efficient, you can run powerful air tools like socket and impact wrenches with ease.


Cooling Fan
DC Compressor FanDC compressors work very efficiently to produce a great amount of power from a small unit. This can cause the compressor to overheat, and in the worst case, cause a failure.

Look for a model with an air cooling system with two powerful fans: one for the housing and one for the electric motor. The cooling mechanism will keep the compressor from failing while delivering peak performance.


More Tough Features
You'll want to keep your eyes peeled for other features like:
  • Continuous-Duty Rated
  • Anodized Pistons
  • Precision Bearings
  • Built-in Check Valve
  • Overheat Protection
  • Heavy-Duty Mounts w/ Isolation Pads


Expert Advice
When it comes to conquering the road ahead, you need the right plan with the right advice so you can map it all out and claim victory. Getting the best onboard DC compressor is no different and the experts at Air Compressors Direct are here to help you become king of the road.

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