With another heat wave approaching, I’m going to have to tweak my car’s tire pressures accordingly in preparation for a weekend road trip. And then when temperatures drop back down, I’ll need to add in a bit more air. I’m sure you’ve heard this before, but in addition to providing a smoother and safer ride, properly inflated tires can improve gas mileage.
I have a number of tire pressure gauges, but no clue as to where they are at the moment. After a few minutes of shopping around, I came across this Joes Racing glow in the dark gauge, for $24 on Amazon. I have been wanting a gauge like this for a while, but didn’t really need one until now. Wherever they are, I also have an Accuture digital gauge and maybe 2 cheap/free stick gauges.
Not that digital gauges don’t perform well enough, I was looking for something a little more flexible and with greater resolution.
- 0-60 PSI dial (0-15 and 0-30 gauges also available)
- 17-inch flexible hose
- glow in the dark face
- rubberized body
- air-bleed valve
- ball and angle chucks
It’s hard to get excited over a tire gauge, but the Joes Racing gauge made pressure readings ridiculously quick and easy. Reaching the tire valves was made easier with the 17-inch hose while I held the dial at a favorable angle.
Because the portable inflator I was using never inflates tires to the right setting, I had to set the desired pressure to 2-3 PSI greater than the target pressure. This worked for 3/4 of the tires, but led to one being slightly overinflated. I attached the gauge, let some air out via the push-button valve, checked the pressure, and repeated until I reached the desired pressure.
The dial does glow brightly in the dark, but this didn’t really make a difference since I used the gauge outside during the day. Readability is great under all conditions I could test the gauge in.
This is the best tire pressure gauge I have ever used. There are pricier, more accurate, and more durable models on the market, but this one seemed appropriate for my level of usage. It’s quick and easy to use, and the measurements seemed to be spot-on.
One thing I’m slightly concerned about is how a single drop onto concrete will ruin the gauge. The rubber grip around the gauge will do nothing to protect against that type of shock, and is probably just there to provide a better grip. I had better be careful!
If I break, misplace, or give away my Joes Racing gauge, I will definitely buy another, or maybe even one of their digital models.
The hose says Made in USA, and so I am assuming the entire product is made in the USA.
The sample tested was purchased for personal use at full retail pricing.