It's lightweight and easy to use. It easily fills up any area with the appropriate amount of air.Cons
It's expensive; the cord is not long enough to accommodate bigger tasks.Verdict
Despite the price, it's worth the buy if you're constantly filling up things such as tires or balls.
REVIEW: Black & Decker ASI500 12V Cordless Air Station
- Lightweight design makes it easy to move
- Easy-to-use device means anyone can use it
- Does the job well--pumps nearly anything with a stream of air
- Very pricey, and likely out of everyone's price range
- Device can be too loud at times
- The plug-in cord is too short, customers complain
Design-wise, there's nothing much to say about this device. Like most portable air stations, this device is slim, lightweight, and doesn't contain much bells and whistles: But this isn't a problem. At a little over 5 pounds, it's also easy to move and store as well; if you can lift a jug of water, then you'll be able to use this easily. The air station also comes with a plug-in cord, which can plug into any vehicle power outlet. For those with bad vision, you'll be glad to know that its display screen is reader-friendly: It displays the various settings in crystal-clear digital format.
While it isn't a pretty device by any means, the Black and Decker Cordless Air Station is designed for function, not looks, and it does the job well.
Like its design, the Black and Decker Cordless Air Station has few features--it has a hose to pump in air, a couple of inflation settings (should you need to vary them), and a built-in recharging system, allowing for simple, hassle-free charging regardless of where you are. As simple as these features may be, they all work optimally with few issues.
The hose itself, the air station's main feature, is not a hassle to use. It connects easily to the device and easily fits over any hole that needed to be filled. Customers report filling up flat tires with just one use; many of them filled up sport balls easily with the nozzle. Few malfunctions were also reported with the air dispensing system, which is a good sign.
Its recharging system, which, as I mentioned before, is built into the device, was also fairly easy to use. Simply plug it into any standard jack and you're good to go--there is no need for setup beforehand. Customers only had an issue with the length of the cord, which was oftentimes not long enough to accommodate its use outdoors.
Overall, the Black and Decker Cordless Air Station is an ease to use--it's compact, sturdy, yet lightweight and able to fill mostly anything. The only problem, as I mentioned before, was the length of its cord, which you need to use as the device's main energy source. When filling up something movable, such as a soccer ball, the length isn't a problem, but when tasked to fill up something such as a car tire, you may need to move the device a longer distance. Not being able to move it as far because of a lack of length is a big problem, and evidently something that has customers upset.
Aside from this, however, this air station has few issues--some complain it is too loud, but this only seems to be an intermittent complaint.
What the Customers are Saying
Although it may contain a few problems, most customers are satisfied with this product. Here is what they had to say:
"I am very pleased with the performance and ease of use. Someone mentioned "older people" might have trouble with the instructions. I'm a 59-year old female and didn't have any trouble with the instructions or operations."
"I would strongly recommend this for anyone coaching sports or uses air mattresses or anything that needs air for that matter. Well worth the price."
Although the air station may be too loud or difficult to maneuver around for some, overall it appears to be a well built device with few flaws. If you need portable air on-the-go, either as a backup for a flat tire or for filling up air mattresses or sport balls, this device will serve you well. I give it 9 out of 10 stars. For a good alternative, consider the Porter-Cable Pancake Compressor instead.
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