This, my friends, is the new Dewalt 20V Max cordless inflator, DCC020IB.
The new Dewalt inflator looks to be an all-in-one weekend (or professional?) cordless fill-it-up device. There’s an on-board rubber hose – the small one – for inflating tires and sports balls, and a larger high volume hose for inflating things like air mattresses, pool toys, and other inflatable products.
It has an LED light, which Dewalt says is for inflating things in dark areas, on-board accessory storage, and rubber feet to help keep the inflator in place when in use.
There’s a threaded chuck, for secure connection to inflation valves.
On the hose-size, there’s a enclosed compartment. The inflator can be powered by a 20V Max battery pack, 12V DC source, or 110V AC (via optional adapter N557514). So, I’m guessing that this compartment houses the 12V DC power cord.
There’s nothing notable at the rear of the inflator. So… maybe there’s a 110V extension cord adapter on the bottom near or within the battery connection port?
It’s 11.9″ wide, 9.8″ tall, and 5.2″ long, weighing 5.5 lbs (presumably without battery). That seems pretty compact and portable.
The inflator comes with:
- High-pressure tapered nozzle
- Inflator needle (for sports balls and similar)
- Presta valve adapter
ETA: July 2018
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It comes with a 12V DC power cord, which I’m guessing is stashed inside the compartment, and is said to be 110V AC-compatible, which I’m guessing is done through an extension cord-type adapter. That seems convenient for those that don’t want 20V Max cordless operation, or at times when they might run out of battery juice before an inflation task is done.
The inflator has a high-pressure inflation mode with automatic shutoff.
What’s the top pressure? They don’t say.
Looking at the front control panel, there’s a “play/pause” button – creative – and it looks like the same button can be turned to set the pressure.
There’s another button for on/off, a button for the LED worklight, and the middle button looks to switch operation modes between the high pressure hose and high volume hose.
Compared to Milwaukee M12 Inflator
I’ve been asked to do this comparison. A full comparison won’t be possible until the Dewalt inflator is launched, but here’s what we can tell you so far.
Right now, you can buy the Milwaukee M12 cordless inflator bundle for just $79. If you’ve already got any M12 or M18/M12 charger, you’re all set to go. If not, you’ll have to get a charger somehow.
The Milwaukee inflator and battery bundle is $79 right now at Tool Nut, which is just $10 more than the bare tool inflator.
The Dewalt inflator can be powered by a 12V DC auto port, or 110V AC (although they don’t mention how). The Milwaukee inflator is cordless-only. This also helps the Milwaukee inflator stay a lot smaller. If you’re tossing something like this in the back of the car, or storing it on a shelf, the size of the tool can make a difference.
On the Dewalt, you have what looks to be a rotary dial for setting the pressure. On the Milwaukee, you have buttons.
Both come with common inflation accessories and have on-board storage.
The Dewalt has an added high volume inflation hose. That means more bulk, but it could also mean more convenience.
Both tools are very different, and at this point I can’t tell you which is better.
Milwaukee could take feedback they receive on the M12 inflator and later come out with a larger and fully-featured M18 version. Will Dewalt come out with a smaller 12V Max inflator? Probably not.
I have the Milwaukee and love it. I have 2 compressors, a 33 gallon for my impacts, hammer, etc., and a 10 gallon Cal Air Tool (super quiet). I sold the Cal Air to my buddy as I need space in my tiny shop/garage.
Sure would be nice if SBD made something like this in the Black & Decker 20V lineup. The cheesy cordless 20V inflator they have now isn’t that great.
I didn’t even know about the Milwaukee 12V…geez. It’s really too bad Bosch doesn’t have anything like that at all. I’d definitely get one around that price point.
I really do want a cordless inflator at some point, cordless stuff is just so much easier to grab & go do whatever the task is you want to do with it rather than having to break out the extension cord, find an available outlet, get another extension cord, get out the compressor, air hose, etc.
I got my parents a similar B&D 20v Max/12v DC/120v AC model (BDINF20C). He says it works perfectly for him. It was $50 and they had a B&D drill/impact.
I am on the Dewalt system and I am going back and forth between getting this or getting the Ryobi system as a “complement” as another poster mentioned.
I could get behind the cheap inflator/fan/caulk gun, etc.
I had the Ryobi combination inflator for about 2 years and it worked well until I burnt it out repeatedly filling an 80 psi truck tire that had a slow leak. It was total abuse of the tool but it filled that tire probably a dozen times before it quit. Im sure if I had limited it to 40 psi tires it’d still be chugging away.
I tore it down afterwards to see if I could repair it and discovered that I had burned the motor out. One of them anyway. Turns out it had two separate motors, one for high pressure and one for low.
I replaced it with a DeWalt flexvolt compressor, which seems to be up to bigger jobs like that. Then, deciding that the Dewalt was too big and cumbersome for most inflating tasks I went out and bought one of the $27 Ryobi tire inflators as well.
Having used three varieties of inflator now, I wouldn’t go with a combination low/high pressure inflator again. The single purpose tire inflator is just much smaller and more convenient and for those 2 or three times a year that I need to fill air mattresses, rafts or pool toys I’ll use a shop vac. It’s probably less than half the size and it doesn’t have that extra plastic hose on it that’s always coming loose and flopping around.
I’m sure the Dewalt is better quality than my Ryobi, but it appears to be just as large as my old inflator and it’s also got that second hose on it that I found was always in the way.
Also, I found the electronic pressure setting to be a PITA. At first glance it seems like a good idea, but it can actually take quite awhile to set the pressure using it. Say for example you want to inflate something high pressure like a 100 psi bike tire. Well, with the Ryobi, you turned it on, and then starting from 10 psi, you pushed the “+” button over and over again until you finally reached 100. Once there you could turn it on and walk away, but despite that I’ve found a trigger and a gauge to be much more convenient.
I was always torn about the electronic setting, although I finally figured out you can hold the plus button on the ryobi dual and eventually it’ll increase on its own like you’d expect. For a 100psi bike tire, that doesn’t take a lot of air so holding a trigger up to 100psi isn’t so bad. For an 80psi truck tire, even just airing up from 60 will take a while, so I wouldn’t want to sit and hold a trigger for that duration. Filling a spare from flat to 50 took several minutes, would have been a long time to sit and hold the trigger.
Plus i found the digital gauge on the larger one to be more accurate, it matched my standalone gauge very close, less than 1 psi off, and usually spot on. The gauge on the smaller ryobi high pressure inflator I had started life at around 1 to 3 PSI low from real and got worse from there even without hardly using it ever. When I finally trashed it, the gauge was consistently low between 5 and 10 PSI on a 32 PSI tire, and not repeatably where I could compensate. I suspect there was a leak in the gauge connection, but it wasn’t worth enough taking apart to find out, or try to fix. The little M12 one has been spot on so far, plus has the threaded chuck, which I like a lot better than the levered chucks the ryobi inflators have.
I guess it depends on what kind of inflating tasks you do with it. What I’ve found is that 95% of the inflating jobs I do only take a few seconds and for that a trigger and gauge is more convenient. For airing up a car tire from empty, the set it and forget it feature is great, but for just adding a few psi to a bike or riding mower tire, I found it to be a pain.
What Tim said, 99% of the time if you see a plus/minus digital button press and hold should either allow you to auto fast forward or skipping in large increment (typically 10+).
The THREE ryobi compressors i have/had all go up with the digital PSI when i hold the + button down.
Not sure what the issue is.
It’s not something I even thought about myself until I replaced my original inflator and realized I liked the trigger style a lot more.
I was going to ask if anyone had a comparison to the ryobi combination unit. It seems like a better item to use in the ryobi platform that I have been using to fill small gaps on my DeWalt stuff. (Mainly small OPE, glue gun and the tire inflator so far.) Thanks for the info.
I carried the ryobi larger dual inflator one around in the trunk of my car, the added space requirement was made up for by the set and forget convenience. It’s astounding the number of times I’ve wound up using it to fill buddies’ spare tires that they haven’t checked in years when suddenly they need it, it can run while we’re wrenching the tire off. Also works great for filling up the motorcycle and mountain bikes and similar, much easier than getting a hose out to use the compressor. Been wishing for Milwaukee to make one for a while, and the M12 one doesn’t disappoint. Much smaller space used in the trunk of my small car, and uses batteries I carry anyway for the impact wrench and light. I’ll keep the ryobi for now for use in the garage on other tires, so the M12 can just live in the trunk (or for camping when I need the high volume side too), but it would still be nice for a larger M18 one to come out that is like this and does both pressure and volume, and I’ll can pass on the ryobi one.
I’m on my 2nd Ryobi inflator but hey they are only 20 bucks! I use DeWalt as my primary constuction tools and use Ryobi to supplement…. and this is another case of supplemental “tools” that lime green is just fine.
I’ve talked to a few smaller GCs after spotting a small herd of lime green machines on jobs sites, “Craziest thing, the Ryobi rarely ever get abducted, havnt had to issue an Amber or Red alert.”
Lol, I’ve had a few corded 12V & 110 inflators burn out on me, even after running them no-load for 5 minutes and letting them cool down and then for 10 minutes.
I’ve had good luck with the portable jump box/inflators and have used them for years, before cordless tool makers for in the game.
That said, I’ve looked at the Rybois when they have been on ad around the $20-25 price point and the trigger version was a deal killer for me, but I can see it being useful for some of the hi-psi bike tires that can fill fast.
If I was in an area that I needed several walk behind or ZT mowers, the Dewalt could be invaluable in the took box, esp if a crew use’s LiON OPM for early morning residential work. But I can also see just keeping a jump box as well.
The other reason is the 3 year warranty an a local factory service center, if a motor burners out.
I would like to see an M18 Fuel Combo Inflator and Battery booster at the $99/$119 bare tool price point. Heck charge $169 and add the ability to charge 12/18 while driving, I think it would be perfect (granted -improvements in battery life and quick charge times , I would imagine mobile charging sales may have declined.
I don’t like how the accessory tips on the DeWalt appear to be mounted in an exposed manner. They _will_ fall off from there at some point. Probably when you are on the side of the road in the dark…
If the three ryobi inflators i have/had i have never had one of the tools “fall off”. More than not the kids would play with it and it would be gone forever…
The dewalt looks like a vertical copy of ryobi’s. They have the same tools mounted the same way.
I just tingled in ways that I shouldn’t tingle over tools. I need one of these puppies. It can’t get here soon enough!
Geez, I just bought the ryobi dual inflator not 24hrs before this announcement. So far it is ok, but time will tell. On the flip side, I have 90 days to decide if I am satisfied.
I’ve had the Ryobi for years. It’s held up well. I love the set it and forget it functionality. Also, it doesn’t chew through batteries. Enjoy!
I love you Milwkaee, but this makes me happy to still have some Dewalt tools! Why are people using these for regular duty truck tire inflation?! These should be in every dad’s kit. Bike tires, rafts, inflatable crap. No more mini blower, no more huge compressor for a bike tire! I’ve also bought the Ryobi several times but never could pull the trigger on adding a 3rd line of batteries.
this gets me thinking, I already have the 20v / 110v dewalt vacuum. Could this be adapted to fill up air mattresses you think? Just need a reducer of some type right? anyone tried?
This looks like a dang near copy of ryobis dual inflator.
Same layout. Same tools on the same side that are stored the same way.
It seems like they put the inflator off for a LONG time because it would be deamed as “not professional”.
Good for them for finally coming out with one, im sure the dewalt boys will be enthused.
I wish that Ryobi had added 12V and 110 power options to their larger inflator model. Not that I would have had to use them but just in case the battery was dead one could use the cig lighter.
I really like being able to set the pressure on the Ryobi then check other stuff while a tire is topping up. But if I had to set the PSI for a larger vehicle tire it would be a pain.
The Ryboi hand held unit is a great size for carrying to lawn equipment, carts, but it isn’t “set and forget.”
I keep the larger Ryobi and a battery booster pack in my car.
If you hold the pressure plus button, it starts increasing faster.
I wonder if the 12-volt Milwaukee performs less well than the 18-volt Dewalt, simply because of the lower voltage.
In fact, and maybe this is wonkish, but I wonder how you would compare the performance usefully. In a physics/engineering sense, I guess the metric would be work accomplished (by pressurizing air) per amp-hour. But that would probably change depending on whether you are creating a little high pressure air or a lot of low pressure air (because there would be more waste heat in the first. ) And anyway, that would be an abstract number until we learn to understand it.
So maybe something like “number of tires the thing can fill on one charge,” or “number of tires the thing can fill in an hour” would be more useful.
I was excited to see the Milwaukee but was honestly really disappointed it didn’t include a high volume inflator as well. For the money it looks like this Dewalt wins hands down. No need out of the box to have to buy into a battery platform or have one just to use it as well. Next iteration Milwaukee take note, add high volume and multiple power options as this.
I’m intrigued – if I owned a camper and or camped/rv/had a boat etc I’d have already ordered one.
for my use today I don’t need one as most duty is done with a 6gallon pancake that I also use with my nailers. But price is right, time is right etc I’d probably pick this up.
Biggest thing I like that I don’t see on the ryobi model (also don’t own one) is that this will plug into the car. My Daily doesn’t have a spare – but it has an inflator with a tire goo can setup. if that inflator were to die – before buying another replacement I’d buy one of these in a heart beat – and I’d keep a dewalt battery in the car with it – that I’d probably trade out once a month.
If I was invested in the milwaukee system I’d probably do the same with their setup.
The back of the unit says max working pressure of 150 PSI so I’m assuming that is the cut off point.
Overall looks like a winner. I’m going to throw it in my car. Without battery of course.
I was in between Ryobi and M12 inflator but chose M12 for the size and set&forget thing. Very good little device, which performs flawlessly. I thought that it would be a keeper but now, with Dewalt coming up with this dual function inflator, red will go back to store. Volume inflation option is worth extra money for it. This will be my first yellow tool because of that.
Any chance this is also a deflator? Storing those inflatable pools is a real pain.
Any idea if the unit will support both 110V and 230V? DeWalt tells me they have no information of a release outside of the US right now – but nearly everything is multi-voltage these days so I was thinking of picking one up on my next trip stateside 🙂
If I had to guess, I’d say just 110V.
PS. pictures of the AC receptacle here:
Confirmed by DeWalt:
“This unit will not accept 240v input. ”
does it work with flexvolt batteries?
I don’t see why it wouldn’t.
I have the Milwaukee inflator, been using for over 2 weeks and have inflated dozens of tires. Brought all my collector car tires up to full pressure, my wheel barrows, my 118 PSI trailer tires, and been topping off my friends car tires when they stop by to visit. This is a very fun tool, easy to use and I am greatly enjoying the convenience.
The inflator will inflate a completely flat 15″ tire to 35psi on one battery charge. That is a lot of air for a small unit. This is a tool designed for homeowner use, not for professional heavy duty use but as you can see I use it a lot more than most home owners ever will.
Wow. October 26th and the one I ordered during that Labor Day acme sale with expected ship date of 9/15 now at 12/26.
Anything your sources know Stuart?
Have you contacted Acme Tools?
There’s a chance that they sold way more than they were expecting in, or maybe Dewalt supplies are scarcer than expected.