Makita has come out with a new 12V Max CXT cordless inflator, MP100DZ, that’s designed for common tire and recreational inflation needs.
It can top off car and light truck tires, inflate bicycle tires, sports balls, and other such things.
The inflator can deliver up to 120 PSI and has a backlit digital pressure gauge for setting the pressure. It has an auto-stop function that automatically stops inflation once the preset pressure is reached.
Additional features include a built-in LED light, 25-1/2″ hose length, on-board storage for included accessories (Presta valve adapter, sports ball needle, tapered adapter), and a clip to help the attached air hose stay close and neat during storage or transport.
Price: $70 for the bare tool (MP100DZ), $149 for the kit (MP100DWRX1)
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While the runtime and capacity of 12V-class inflators can be limited, they are incredibly convenient for seasonal tire pressure adjustments, sports balls, or bike tire inflation. They can also be used for things like inflatable pool toys.
A 12V-class cordless inflator can be good to have around, even if it might only see occasional use. A few years ago, on two separate occasions, a 12V cordless inflator bought me time until I could get a slow tire leak patched.
So, about Makita’s 12V Max cordless inflator – yes, please. This is one of those tools that every compact cordless power tool platform should have.
This tool in 12v is a good option for every house.
So does this new Makita offer a similar “set it and forget it” pressure regulator like the Dewalt does?
You mean does it remember the last pressure very time you turn it on? I don’t know.
I believe they are referring to an “auto shut off” function when it has reached a set PSI.
Yes, it has that. I don’t think I’ve seen a cordless inflator that doesn’t.
Ryobi has their hand held inflator that doesn’t have that. I really don’t think it is meant to inflate car tires from flat to full though.
I really like 12v tools that make sense as 12v tools.
E.g. I have some Bosch 12v stuff. I can’t see myself ever buying the reciprocating saw knowing the 18v version is usually priced cheaper and is inherently more powerful (though I realize someone could only own 12v and want that as a “core” tool in the portfolio).
This seems to fit the bill as a tool I would add to my 12v selection. Just need Bosch to come out with one so I don’t have to get into yet another battery platform.
Too late for me. Had to add Milwaukee because Bosch is just just too slow to innovate (for me) in too many product categories.
So I’m stuck with two.
(Okay and Hilti)…
I am also a little disappointed in Bosch’s apparent lack of creativity. I’m not interested in duplicating tools unless there’s a really compelling use-case why I need a small version.
I’ve heard others who are enthused by having a small drill for lighter-duty task for example, but it wouldn’t be useful enough for me to justify. I want tools that just make more sense in a compact format.
E.g. a small inflator I can keep in the truck, the M12 ratchet, the M12 Stapler, Bosch’s 12v grinder/cutoff tool (if only I could get it here at a reasonable price), Ryobi auto hammer (if someone made that as a 12v tool), a rotary tool… These are tools that just wouldn’t have the same utility to me with a big 20v battery pack on the bottom.
I’ve got Dewalt 20v & 12v, Porter cable 20v, Bosch 18v & 12v already. It’s madness. There’s no possible way I’m going to add another battery line (like M12) to my collection (though Ryobi is perpetually tempting me…).
It would be nice if there was an 18V version available for those of us who don’t really want to have multiple battery platforms.
Once again this should be an 18V tool I think. It would make more sense that way but I guess it depends on how big their pool of sales are.
Meh – I wouldn’t buy this as the 12V even if I was in the makita system.
side note – only reason this makes sense at 12 volt is if they happen to include a plug/port to connect to your car’s 12 power point.
I’m on their 18V line and would get one if it matched that platform. Not going to jump over into a 12V line just for this tool.
I’m wondering… Between the fact that Milwaukee and I’m sure others make 12VDC automotive charging adapters and many cars/rigs offer in-vehicle native 120VAC receptacles, in my case on two cars, why the tool manufacturers don’t promote more auto/truck tool compatibility’s? Hmmm.
and you could just as easily make your inflator run on an 18V battery system and still plug into the car’s 12V powerpoint system.
I have to say I like what dewalt did with theirs as it’s not that much bigger but so much more capable. But if I was designing from scratch – I would make an inflator runs on 18V – that also has a high capacitor setup that also could jump a car/truck.
I mean – most could do the job although only once or twice on a tool battery.
I really like that idea of a capacitor to be able to jump start.
Dewalt makes two models that do that. I own the jump starter / inflator by dewalt, it lasts a long long time and recharge is by household current.
18v for sure…and a set it and forget it pressure. I bought the Surebonder Makita to Ryobi adapter and a cheap Ryobi inflator. Saved me many a tractor tire.
They should make this in the 18v “sub-compact” line up.
Too bad that I don’t have any Makita tools, because I like that they included a clip on air valve head.
Milwaukee uses a screw on air valve head which is really annoying to use, especially in cold weather or if you’re wearing gloves. Not only that, but the screw on air valve head also releases a small amount of air when removing.
Hopefully Milwaukee will correct this oversight in a future generation.
Still a great tool. I love not having to run an air hose to fill tires.
Not to be a total buzzkill, but to “top off car and light truck tires, inflate bicycle tires, sports balls” we use an old fashioned butter churn manual pump. Cheap, easy, fast due to it always being ready – seems to fit the bill this thing’s shooting for. And it’s got a cam chuck, pops on & off.
The major issue with this inflator is that appears that you have to keep the trigger depressed for it to operate. So its not a case of press a button and wander off til it shuts itself off like the Ryobi and M12 inflators.
I have both M12 and CXT tools and this is enough of a flaw for me to give it a miss and stick with the M12 inflator even though I prefer the layout and shape of the CXT inflator.
They could fix it with the simple addition of a button style trigger lock though.
I volunteer at a center that provides hand and foot powered bikes for people with disabilities. Handheld battery inflators are a godsend for people who cannot stand up. We have the Ryobi version. It gets frequent use by people who want to hold onto every bit of independence they can.
How long does it take to air a tire up on the average vehicle to 32 psi from 0 psi ?
A long time, IF it has the charge capacity to handle such a task, depending on the size of the tire. Cordless inflators are generally better suited for topping off tires, say from 32 PSI to 35 PSI.
I actually wrote Makita last year asking them to consider an inflator for their 18v LXT line… and this is what we got. Yeah, I’m sure they will get around to an 18v version; but for now, it’s going to be an ultra low volume sales item for the company. Poor decision for a company marketing high end profession tools.
As a Makita fanboy I say meh. I’ve had a Cambell Hausfield 12v portable inflater that’s going on 20 years old and working perfectly. Sure it doesn’t have a fancy cordless design. Just a 12v cigarette lighter cable and it’s loud, but I’ll be damned if it isn’t built like a tank and got me out of several jams. Oh yeah it was a whole $15 at Kmart to boot.
Makita released this in 18v in March.
Added it to my wish list this morning.