Viair 85P Portable Air Compressor Review

Viair 85P Portable Air Compressor Review
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​Viair 85P Portable Air Compressor: QUICK OVERVIEW





What We Like

  • ​Super lightweight and quiet use
  • ​LED power indicator is a good addition
  • ​Twice as fast compared to previous models

What We Don't Like

  • ​It doesn’t stop automatically when maximum air pressure is reached

​Having an air compressor in your home or vehicle is a great help especially if you like going on camping and long road trips. You’ll be able to use it when you run into trouble or emergencies down the road.

Just imagine how it would feel like being stuck in a long, dark road with a flat tire. You can also use it in a number of other ways such as filling an airbed for sudden guests who wish to stay overnight, for RV camping, and for filling swimming flotation devices.

​Viair 85P Portable Air Compressor Review

​To do all those, you need a reliable compressor such as the Viair 85P Portable Air Compressor, which we will go in-depth with in this review.

​What are the important aspects of the Viair 85P Portable Air Compressor?


This air compressor is highly portable, weighing only 1 pound. Unfortunately, this product doesn’t come in a high quality bag like its predecessor so you shouldn’t throw the box if you have no other container to store it in.

This is recommended to be stored in the trunk of your vehicle to serve when emergency arises or take with you in your RV camping. It’s good to have this stored in your garage as well for filling airbeds, flotation devices, and sports equipment.

Power Source:

The Viair 85P Portable Air Compressor works through the use of major home electric sockets. It can also be plugged into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter socket in case you need to use it on the go.

However, make sure to turn your car engine on; the engine must be running in order to generate enough Amp or power for the Viair to work.

Not doing this puts your Viar’s fuse at risk; many owners have complained about exploding fuse when using it to fill their vehicle’s tire and reported it to Viair’s customer support. The latter recommended to operate the air compressor when the engine is running, an important note that they should add in their manual if they haven’t yet.

Performance Rating:

The maximum working pressure of this device is 60 PSI. To give you a background about this, the air pressure generated by the compressor is measured in Pounds Per Square Inch or PSI. Some light duty compressors that can power up pneumatic or air tools are around 90 PSI while powerful compressors may generate at least 150 PSI or higher.

In the case of the Viair 85P Portable Air Compressor, it has enough power at 65 PSI because its only task is to inflate wheels and other inflatable stuff.

Therefore, the power it can give is sufficient and reliable. The fill tire rate of an average wheel is about two to four minutes depending on the size of the wheel or object.

Additional Features:

This machine comes with a bright LED work light that would greatly help you in case you encounter a flat tire when dark. It illuminates the way for you to easily set it up for filling.

It also has an easy to read tire pressure gauge mounted at top rear of unit but some users suggest checking the air gauge through a digital console, although not really required.

It has a three-piece inflation tips kit and the power cord is 10 feet long, to save you the hassle of having to use an extension cord. The air hose fitting is also made of brass, which is sturdier than others. The fitting end screws onto the air valves of tires for a more fixed and secure filling.

​What other things should you know about the Viair 85P Portable Air Compressor?

​This machine is sturdy compared to cheaper models, as reviewed by users. The vibration doesn’t cause it to bounce off its place despite being very lightweight, weighing only one pound. The end of the air hose also screws onto the air valve of the tires, giving users an added security while filling their tires.

When compared to toggle type of hose fittings, the Viair doesn’t leak a substantial amount of air when you attach or detach it in the air valve. This machine also prides itself of having a very accurate air gauge that you can always rely to.

It also comes with different types of inflation tips so you don’t have to hassle yourself going to the hardware to buy different tips for filling mattresses, sports equipment, bike tires, etc.

Viair also has some really good technical support going on. Even if you haven’t bought your product yet, they would help you decide if it’s the best one for you by answering any technical questions you may have. After buying, Viair still has your back with their one-year manufacturer’s warranty.

If you raved about Viair’s older model, the 70P, then you should pick up this new model because this is twice as fast. You’ll still get all the other perks the old model had: Super lightweight and quiet use.

The LED power indicator is a good addition and you can definitely rely on the gauge as its spot on. Only downgrade is it doesn’t come with a storage box so don’t throw away the box.

Unlike other portable air compressors, you need to check and read the pressure gauge while inflating the tire so you’ll know when to turn it off. It doesn’t stop automatically when maximum air pressure is reached. It would be really handy if Viair can add this feature.

​The Verdict

​If you’re looking for a no-nonsense air compressor for your tires and for air filling in general, then consider getting the Viair 85P Portable Air Compressor. It does a good job with filling any of your inflatables without problem and only in a matter of minutes.

The product is made of secure and sturdy materials so you won’t have to worry about safety or durability issues. Viair has some also note-worthy customer support that is always ready to take on queries and technical help.

Although it’s quite pricey compared to other air compressors of the same function and size, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth with Viair because it’ll last you a good while.

Also check our article on the "​​What are the best Portable Air Compressors?", for more ​​air compressor choices.

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