Review & Install Video
Hey, guys. Joe from AmericanTrucks. And today we're gonna be taking a closer look at the Smittybilt High Performance Air Compressor. And this one is going to drop in at 2.54 cubic feet per minute. And for the metric folk out there, we're looking at around 72 meters per minute with this one. So, who is this air compressor going to be for? Well, this is for the Silverado owner that's maybe looking to blow up some toys or air mattresses at the campsite, maybe you're doing a little bit of off-roading, you've aired out your tires, you're looking to air back up so you can get back on the road.
So, right off the bat here, let me hit you with some quick facts about this Smittybilt air compressor. This is going to be a 30 amp draw, 150 max PSI. We're looking at a 12-volt direct drive motor, 10-foot power cord with alligator clips. At the end, we have some more wires here. This one is going to have a nice pressure gauge that goes all the way up to 150 PSI. We have a 16-foot coil hose right in the middle that's going to give you all of the reach you need to make sure you can operate this all the way around your truck at all four tires if you need to.
We also have a reusable air filter over here and a built-in thermal cutoff switch. So, if it does start to get a little bit hot, this is going shut off before it does any permanent damage to itself. A nice touch there by Smittybilt. We also have some rubber feet on the bottom, back here there is an in-line fuse, you get a couple of spares as well. And it comes with a storage bag so you can make sure this stays nice and tidy in your truck.
Now, a couple of other things I did wanna make sure make it into this video that I felt I needed to touch on. This is going to be the 2.54 CFM version of this pump and that stands for cubic feet per minute. And that's going to be the volume of air that this thing is able to move. And that's going to be a crucial thing when you're blowing up tires, in particular, that's more about the volume of air you could throw into it more than the pressure. So, if you plan on using this just to blow up tires, I would spend the extra bucks, get the 5.65 CFM version of this pump from Smittybilt.
That's going to cut down on the time you spend blowing up tires immensely. This is going to be more for air mattresses, beach balls, footballs, stuff like that at the campsite. Now, that's not to say this can't blow up tires, it can definitely get the job done. However, you are going to be waiting a little bit longer. But on the flip side, this is going to be a little bit more of a cost-effective unit than that larger one, the 5.65 CFM version that I mentioned earlier.
Now, another thing here. This is going to have screw-on needle fittings. Now, you might lose a PSI there. I felt like it was worth it to touch on that. I don't think it's going to overall negatively affect the performance of this pump but definitely worth mentioning. Also, the fittings for the quick disconnects are not USA standard. I believe they're Japanese standard fittings. So, if you plan to run any tools off this, that's definitely just something to think about. You'll probably need to pick up an adapter as well to make that fit with whatever fittings you have on the end of your tools.
Now, another thing I wanted to touch on is this is hard mountable. You can do that if you want. You can hardwire this in your truck with some sort of switch, that's really up to you. But this is really intended to be a portable option here. You get this nice long length of hose and that 10-foot power cable. That's going to make it really easy and this is basically designed with this handle here to be a great portable option.
Now, pricing for this unit, I think, is gonna be one of its best features. We're looking at around 100 bucks here and at that price, if you're looking for an all-in-one air compressor to use in a pinch every now and again, this is going to be a great option for you and well worth that $100 price tag. Now, also included in that price is going to be a limited one-year warranty from Smittybilt. Like I said, this isn't really intended to be hard mounted. You can, if you really want to, wire in a switch, all that sort of stuff.
That's really up to you how you want to do that, but this is mainly a portable option. So, we're gonna show you exactly what that looks like. I'm gonna give it a one out of three wrenches. Should take you 5 to 15 minutes to get set up and up and rolling with this thing. So, without any further ado, let me show you what it'll look like.
So, to start off the demonstration here, I have the hoses all connected. This is pretty much the setup you're going to be running here. I'm gonna drop that for now. We have the accessories on our Silverado already started up. We're just going to take our alligator clips here and plug these onto the terminals on the battery. So, we're just gonna peel back that cover there, that's gonna reveal the positive terminal. We got a nice little post there to connect to. Negative, that could go to ground. I'm just gonna go to the negative terminal. And that is pretty much set.
And then we can come back to the pump. And down here, I'm just gonna remove the valve stem cap, obviously, and thread on our new hose. Cool. So, we're looking pretty good. All set. No leaks. All we're going to do now is flip on the pump. So, real quick, I'm just gonna stop the pump here and check the PSI. You do have a little release valve underneath here if you did wanna let some air out of that. Right now, we're looking at about 21, 21 PSI. These tires are rated for 35 over on the doorjamb on the driver's side so we're just gonna air this up a little bit.
Okay. So, it's been about a minute or two. Probably closer to two. We're looking at about 27 PSI right now. So, another two minutes later, we're looking at about 33. The cooling fins on top are definitely a little bit warm to the touch here. But again, we have that cutoff switch if we need it. This thing isn't going to damage itself. We're probably gonna let this go for another 30, 45 seconds. And right there we are just a tiny bit past 35. So, all in all, we went from about 21, 22 PSI all the way up to 35 in under 5 minutes. And a little bit lost there, that's why I typically go over. We're just gonna replace that valve stem cap and call it a day.
All right, guys. And that is gonna do it for my review and install of the Smittybilt High Performance Air Compressor, the 2.54 CFM or 72 LPM version. Thank you for watching. Make sure you subscribe for more videos like this one. And as always, keep it right here at AmericanTrucks for all things Chevy.