70mai Midrive TP03 12V Portable Car Tyre Inflator

Tyer Inflator from Banggood

Ok, I’ll grant you, not very high-tech – but when I got the opportunity to get one of these to test back in late 2020, I happily jumped at the opportunity as I don’t trust the tyre pressure inflators (British spelling) in the few garages out here in the wilds that actually have one (I think from WW2 in one case) as they all give different readings.

works well and reliably. I’m going on nothing more than experience (several decades of driving) for accuracy – it feels and sounds right.

When the inflator arrived I could not understand why it would not charge – then quickly realised that’s because it doesn’t have a battery – you plug it into the car cigarette lighter to use. My second thought was – will the power lead be long enough for the unit to reach the spare tyre in the back of the car? Yes, though in a BIG car you might wish to ensure you have a second power socket (cigarette lighter socket) in the back.

The unit is small and sturdy, comes in a nice container and I can’t think of any reason NOT to leave it in the boot permanently. The stock photos at the top and in the link above are much nicer than my photos but then if I used the former throughout, you would have no idea if I’d actually used this thing.

70mai TP03

The TP03 offers a clear display (I ended up with strobing effects in my photo attempts), shows readings in 3 formats including BAR and PSI – I use PSI. From memory I knew my tyres should be 30 PSI – on checking with the TP03 they were around 22-24 PSI – and the SPARE in the boot was around 8PSI. They are now all at exactly 30 PSI and they even LOOK about right. Next time I’m in a big city I’ll compare with readings from two brand new garages but for now I’m happy the result is near enough.

As a last comment, the steering FEELS much lighter so clearly my tyres WERE too far down (we last checked them after a drive to the nearest garage in the height of Spanish summer heat – not a good idea now I come to think about it) whereas today I filled the tyres in front of our house with outside temperatures around 18c. The TP03 comes ready to work with normal car tyres but comes supplied with 3 adaptors – see link above if you’re interested.

So, am I happy? Yes, absolutely.

Update June 2021

At the time I wrote about this it seemed like a good idea but I wasn’t sure if it would be a gimmick or a lifesaver. Well, it’s been sitting in the back of our little runaround Seat Ibiza for months doing nothing then all of a sudden, a few days ago, Maureen (my wife) pointed out that one of the front tyres was “a little low”. Knowing we had the 70Mai in the back, we left it to sort out at the weekend – well, it’s the weekend and the front tyre was down to 18PSI….. it isn’t any more. The other front tire was at 30psi. I’ve just been up to where we park the car, plugged the 70Mai into the cigarette lighter socket and both tyres are now a comfortable 32psi. I’ll check again in a short while to ensure they stay that way. Good gadget, handy and easy to use.

Update July 2021

As it turns out, the front left tyre may well have a very slow leak – or someone’s taking the mick – as I checked again in the first week of July and the pressure was a little down, I’ve blown it back up and adjusted the pressure in the other tyres. It turns out that our local garage no longer has an air pump so being able to DIY the tyres truly is a life-saver. I’m so glad we decided to keep it in the car along with the also-reviewed TM-D28A jump starter.


4 thoughts on “70mai Midrive TP03 12V Portable Car Tyre Inflator

    1. That’s a very good point Nigel. I’ve just asked the question – thanks for the prompt. My original tire pressure monitor got damaged at a UK garage back, I believe, in July while removing a tire and I’m expecting a new model.

  1. Really? A car tire inflator? Let’s get back to home automation! Thats why I follow you….Andy

    1. Hi Andy – as a follower you’ll have realised by now that I write about lots of things that come under the description of “gadget”, not just home automation, however, just for you, if you check in later today I’m working on a general home automation update right now.

      You may not be aware but like much of the world, my present location is currently in “lockdown” – and playing with any kind of new gadget surely beats the alternative “Covid-boredom” 🙂 I can only thank the postal service for keeping deliveries going.

      Sneak preview – I’m finally abandoning Blynk in part because of the space-consuming “Zergba” – I’ve been warming up to Node-Red Dashboard for some time but I’m also playing with the popular “Home Assistant” – not without issues and I’m not ready to do a full writeup on the latter yet but I will talk briefly about the latest update v0.1.1.7 which strangely enough only came out this week along with the matching Tasmota update ( which came out at the same time.

      More on all of that and more in the update later today.

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