The Q Industries MV50 is a portable air compressor that is lightweight and compact. It maxes out at about 120 PSI, making it a relatively powerful portable compressor. Like other portables, the MV50 is ideal for inflation, but not much else. This makes it a good tool for people who enjoy travel and off-road vehicles.
The features are fairly standard. The unit comes with a storage bag, as well as a 16-foot coiled hose, power cord and alligator clips, built in pressure gauge, and, to be expected, an oil-free pump for low maintenance. The simplicity of this unit, and the oilless pump, make it easy to use and store in vehicles for on-the-go use.
- 11.5 pounds
- 11.5 x 9 x 8 inches
- 3,500 cubic inches of air flow
- 12 volt
- Electric-powered by a car battery
- ⅓ HP
What it’s Good For
Per the manufacturer, SuperFlow by Q Industries, this small inflation unit was designed for 4×4 truck, SUV, and RV tires. The duty cycle is 20 minutes on, 20 minutes off, so it does allow you enough time for inflation. Beyond the fact that it is a low-power pump, the fact that this unit cannot be used for anything other than inflation is reinforced by this relatively short duty cycle. This model is great for car, bike, trailer, and motorcycle tires up to 35 inches. It is not, however, recommended for use on air mattresses or large inflatables. For this reason, the best use for the MV50 is really to be an emergency inflation machine to be kept in a vehicle.
This unit is powered by your car battery. The power cord can plug directly into your car’s “cigarette lighter” power adapter, and alligator clips are provided to hook the unit up to that power source. Because the unit needs this battery power to run, we further recommend keeping it in a vehicle such as a car or RV. If you are going biking, you will not be able to power this unit if you do not transport your bike with a car. Luckily though, the power cord and hose provide enough reach for easy inflation of back tires and tires on other vehicles parked further away.
The Pros and Cons
The cons of this product are obvious. It can only be used for inflation. If you need an air compressor for any other kind of task or project, this is not a product that will suit your needs. The pump is only ⅓ horsepower, and the duty cycles are short. You can only use this unit in the presence of a car battery. You may have problems with melted and blown fuses, so be sure to keep extra fuses in the storage bag in the event that the fuse blows. The melting is a different problem, as it will melt the plastic inside the unit as well, making the fuse difficult or impossible to remove and replace.
What are the upsides of this product? Well, if you keep it in your car, you never have to worry about whether or not it is charged – you will always be able to plug it into your car and utilize the car battery. It is extremely lightweight and very small, making it easy to carry and store in almost any motor vehicle. It can inflate tires up to 35” and can do so with the hose that is included – you will not have to buy a hose separately to utilize this product.
This unit is really less of an air compressor and more of an inflation device. Buy it for your at-home and on-the-road inflation needs, but don’t plan to use it for anything else.