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Ryobi 18V One+ Power Inflator

Gauging the Situation

Unlike the Dual Function Inflator/Deflator, the Ryobi 18V One+ Power Inflator rocks a dial gauge, but don't let it fool you. The one I purchased doesn't have anything resembling accuracy. When my $12, 5-year old parts store tire gauge measured 32 psi, the Ryobi measured 38. Also, there's a considerable fluctuation in the reading between active inflation and the inflator at rest of about 2 psi causing me to need to inflate the tires to 42 psi on the gauge under pressure to get enough air in the tires to correct with. Now, to be fair, I'm pretty certain my parts store tire gauge is getting long in the tooth and losing some accuracy, itself. At least based on my ultra-sensitive hand gauge (that's my hand on the steering wheel). From what I can tell, the parts store gauge is off by 2 psi now, measuring 34 when the tire is actually 32. All of that is very subjective and not tested against a certified pressure gauge, but, believe it or not, my seat of the pants testing has proven to be more often than not, fairly accurate — at least in the past. So, I'll be replacing the tire gauge with something more accurate as soon as I can convince myself to spend my non-existent money. Realistically, I need a road gauge and a shop gauge. You know, for my non-existent shop. FYI, I have a lot of non-existent things. It's cheaper that way and it can all be purchased with the non-existent money I keep stashed in a coffee can buried in the backyard of my non-existent house. Photo: Ryan King, 2019.

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