About Air Dragon

Because Air Dragon simply plugs into your car’s 12V outlet and fills your tires wherever you go, the manufacturer calls it “the easiest and fastest way to fill your tires.”

With its “powerful” micro-compressor, ergonomic handle, easy-to-read gauge, and long, flexible pressure hose, the company promises that Air Dragon will help anyone take away their fear and guesswork from inflating tires. Simply keep Air Dragon in your glove compartment or trunk and pull it out whenever needed, without having to rely on roadside service.

It’s easy to see how a device like Air Dragon could come in handy, whether you’re just looking to top tires off with a little air, or need to buy some time until you can safely make it to a repair shop. But can you expect Air Dragon to work as quickly and easily as the manufacturer makes it seem? Even if you can, is Air Dragon your best option? We’ll explore all of these factors in this review.

How Does Air Dragon Work?

While the precise details are far outside the scope of this review, traditional air compressors essentially work using a piston to draw air into a chamber, which is then routed into a holding tank. The more that’s added to this tank, the greater the pressure. Then, once the air pressure gets high enough, it can be used to inflate tires, power different tools, and even power cars.

We’re not shown exactly how Air Dragon works, but instead of a holding tank, it appears Air Dragon draws in outside air and routes it directly through a flexible hose, into your car’s tires.

Now, Air Dragon’s manufacturer makes this “micro compressor” seem unique, but is it?

Are There Other Products Like Air Dragon?

We could tell you, but finding out the answer to this question is as easy as typing “handheld tire inflator” into any search engine (hint: there are a lot). Of course, not all of these will be designed exactly like Air Dragon, but from a functionality perspective, they’re essentially identical.

Perhaps the biggest differences between Air Dragon and the competition are price (which we’ll talk more about in a second) and power. What’s this mean for you?

The majority of these handheld tire inflators are powered by interchangeable battery packs that can also be used to power other cordless tools, like drills. In a lot of instances, these batteries provide about 19 volts of power, which translates into about 200 PSI.

On the other hand, Air Dragon’s 12V battery is attached to a cord that plugs into the cigarette adapter in your dashboard. While the manufacturer doesn’t tell us how long this cord is or how much pressure Air Dragon will generate, we found some similar options from third-party manufacturers with 11-12 foot cords that claimed to fill tires to 30 PSI in about 90 seconds.

How Much Does Air Dragon Cost?

One Air Dragon handheld compressor is priced at $39.99 plus $9.99 S&H. You can purchase a second at checkout for an additional $19.99 S&H.

Each Air Dragon includes a home adapter kit that can help you inflate anything around the house, including balls, pool floats, bicycle tires, strollers, and more.

Air Dragon comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H. If you purchased the BOGO offer, this means you’ll immediately lose $30, plus whatever it’ll cost to ship them back to the manufacturer.

To request a refund, Telebrands’ customer service department can be reached at 855-668-1655. What do we know about Telebrands?

What Kind of Reputation Does Air Dragon Have with Customers?

The HighYa team specializes in reviewing many ASOTV products as soon as they’re launched, so there weren’t any online customer reviews for Air Dragon at the time of our research.

However, Telebrands is the top dog in the As Seen on TV industry, having launched hundreds of products during its 30 years in business, including recent options like Pocket Hose Ultra, TouCan Can Opener, Mighty Blaster, and many others.

Overall, these products (and most As Seen on TV products in general, including those from other manufacturers) tend come with 2-star or lower average ratings here on HighYa. Why? Common complaints center around failure to work as advertised, poor quality, and difficult customer service experiences.

From a company perspective, Telebrands was recently in hot water with the NJ Attorney General’s office for allegedly violating the Consumer Fraud Act. The company ended up settling for a $550K fine and admitted no wrongdoing.

Telebrands also had a C- rating with the Better Business Bureau based on 955 closed complaints (as of 5/12/16), most of which referenced the same concerns above.

Does all of this have any bearing on what you’ll experience with Air Dragon? We’re not saying this is the case—only that it’s worth considering.

Will Air Dragon Help You Say “Goodbye” to Roadside Assistance?

Like we mentioned at the beginning of this review, it’s not difficult to foresee dozens of instances where Air Dragon would be useful—stranded on the side of the road with your little ones, as but one example. Whether or not it’ll help you avoid calling roadside assistance, though, depends on a variety of other factors.

Is your tire punctured so severely that it’ll no longer hold air? If so, that means it will need to be changed, rendering Air Dragon obsolete. Then, do you have the necessary tools to accomplish this? Do you know how to change a tire safely? Even so, are you in a safe enough area where you can change your tire without risking injury (e.g. not the narrow shoulder of a busy freeway)?

Taking these factors into consideration, there seems to be a fairly narrow set of car-related circumstances ideally suited to Air Dragon; namely, if your tire is running a little low from normal use. Outside of this, it seems like Air Dragon might only be useful as a replacement for a manual air pump to inflate things like bike tires, balls, and so forth.

However, if you’ve had your eye on one of these handheld tire inflators for a while but balked at the price, even with Air Dragon’s fairly steep S&H, you’ll still come in $30+ less than much of the competition. And if you spring for the BOGO offer, you could get two Air Dragons for less than one of the other guys—just keep in mind that you’ll lose a ton in S&H if you process a refund.

What’d you think about Air Dragon? Did it perform well, or was the commercial just full of hot air? Give us your insight by writing a review below!

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28 Customer Reviews for Air Dragon

Average Customer Rating: 1.2
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 1 4 star: 0 3 star: 0 2 star: 2 1 star:  25
Bottom Line: 0% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 6 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Air Dragon failure

    • Franklin, MA,
    • Aug 17, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I used Air Dragon twice to inflate a tire with a slow leak. It worked but took a long time to increase the pressure from 22 PSI to 30 PSI. I had to stop temporarily each time in the middle of the inflate process because the unit felt warm and I didn't want it to overheat.

    The third time I used it (about one month between each event), shortly after I started, it stopped working. It wasn't overheated, and I was using it the same way I did on previous inflations. It just stopped working.

    It's well beyond the 30-day refund period, so I lose. Don't buy this product!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 38 out 38 people found this review helpful

    Disappointed

    I purchased two units, one for my vehicle and one for my wife's. The first time I used it, I took my unit out, plugged into the DC port, set the PSI and started airing up a tire. After a minute or so the unit started squeaking and quit working. It sounded like the compressor piston seized, but the tire wasn't nearly inflated to necessary pressure. When detaching the air hose I noticed the screw on the fitting was very hot.

    Realizing that any product could have a bad unit slip through quality control, I took out the second unit. When attaching the hose, it split at the crimp at the fitting at the compressor end. Okay, that was unfortunate, being persistent I took the air hose attachment from the seized unit and put it on the second unit. After a short run time, unit two also seized and had an extremely hot fitting as the first unit did. Fortunately, I had my roadside assistance card and got help.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 32 out 33 people found this review helpful

    Garbage

    I bought three of these Air Dragons for Father's Day gifts. I am so embarrassed and I wish I had read the reviews before buying them.

    My son's broke on the first use. The plug will not stay in so he has to hold it to the battery, so he has to have someone else help him to be able to use it. What a joke. DO NOT buy this piece of junk! My brother won't even talk to me about it. I am sure he doesn't want to hurt my feelings. My husband hasn't even tried his. Probably again because he doesn't want to hurt my feelings. The only thing that hurts is my pocket book.

    I will never buy another thing from Telebrands, or what ever they want to call themselves. I will think twice before I spend any more money on as seen on TV if this is what they sell to the people.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 25 out 38 people found this review helpful

    Awesome product!

    • Lenoir, NC,
    • Jul 10, 2017
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    This is a fascinating product that is evidently capable of making people think that it works. I give this product five stars because if just one person believed that this product could back up its claims, it must be a miracle and will probably solve all of our worldly problems like widespread hunger and global peace. Reminds me of the pressure washer water hose nozzle that would allegedly take paint off concrete walls with no compressor. Another modern miracle.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 28 out 28 people found this review helpful

    This is garbage

    I have one thing that I can say; this is JUNK. I am out $99.00. I gave this as a gift for my son-in-law. He thought this was a joke. I said, "this is supposed to work." Ha ha. Don't waste your money on this!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 21 out 23 people found this review helpful

    Broke after first time use

    • Fort Worth, TX,
    • Jul 1, 2017
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    We bought two units, one for my car and another for wife's car. Today I needed it for the first time. The first unit broke when removing from the socket, with the piece still inside the plug of my car. Now I will have to go to the car dealership to have it safely removed. Next, I tried the other unit in another socket and couldn't believe it broke too! At least a part didn't remain in the socket.

    I am very disappointed in the cheaply made product. I called to get money back and no they won't return it. they said it must be within 30 days. They are willing to send replacement units, but I would rather have my money back because now I don't trust the product at all.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 24 out 24 people found this review helpful

    Worst purchase ever.

    First, it took months to get the Air Dragon. When I got it, I opened the battery compartment, and the clip broke. I charged the battery overnight. The first time I used it, it worked good. That was it. After that, the battery will not hold a charge. Plugged up it will not air up a bicycle tire. It only worked once. That was it. A total waste of money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 39 out 39 people found this review helpful

    Air Dragon

    This thing is a joke. I opened the box and tried to use it for the first time 2 nights ago to blow up a pool toy. It makes noise and seems like it works but after 10 minutes, the toy was still almost totally flat.

    I ended up blowing it up with another old compressor I had, which was the one in had hoped the Air Dragon would replace.

    I don't see any way this thing could blow up a bike tire, let alone a car tire like it shows on TV! And to room if off, since I called today and it was over 30 days past when it was delivered, no exchange and no refund.

    Guess it will just sit in the garage cabinet until the next garage sale. Don't buy this.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 44 out 45 people found this review helpful

    Two Air Dragons failed

    I purchased two Air Dragons. The first failed after filling four tires. The second failed on the first attempt. I followed instructions by the letter provided. Very disappointed in this product. I purchased the battery pack that did not solve the problems. I did not save the return policy instructions.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 51 out 51 people found this review helpful

    Do not buy, this is junk!

    • Tuscaloosa, Alabama,
    • May 26, 2017
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    I ordered this product in December of 2016. I finally received part of my order in mid-February, with no batteries that I paid for. I call, and they say they are on back order. They said they would refund my $10 I paid for expedited shipping, but never saw it. I finally use the Air Dragon to put 10 pounds of air in a tire, and after 15 minutes and 8 pounds of air, I stopped because the product was so hot I could hardly hold it.

    Here it is May 24, 2017, and I still have no batteries. I call, and they offer to resend the batteries. I tell them I want my money back and they said the 30-day warranty was up, even though the thing is junk and I haven't received the whole order.

    Do not buy; junk! You'd be better off with a bike pump. I picked one star because this website made me chose at least one.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 45 out 45 people found this review helpful

    Air Dragon

    I did the "two for" offer. One worked, and one did not. I want to return it. Anyone know how? The one that worked did help out on the interstate, but I would not recommend it to anyone.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Aug 13, 2017

      george

      I was going to get the Air Dragon because the Air Hawk I got broke just like the air dragon. So I'm WARNING all the customers! Do not get the Air Hawk either. I am in the process of getting my refunded. If I don't get a refund I will be filing a complaint with the Better Business Bureau.

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