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.

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22 Customer Reviews for Air Dragon

Average Customer Rating: 1.1
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5 star: 0 4 star: 0 3 star: 0 2 star: 2 1 star:  20
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  • 5 out 5 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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  • 20 out 20 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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  • 27 out 28 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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  • 36 out 36 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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  • 31 out 31 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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  • 37 out 37 people found this review helpful

    This product is a joke

    I was given two Air Dragons for a project I'm working on, which may need some pneumatic wagon and bike tires kept inflated properly.

    Neither one of the Air Dragons would pump any air. Both made noise as if their compressor was functioning, but even with the balloon adapter, NO AIR would come out of the pressure hose.

    I contacted the company, told them the problem, and they sent out a duplicate order, which just arrived. I opened the first box, reread the instruction just in case I missed something (I didn't) and connected the pressure hose. Then I connected the pressure hose to a small inner tube and turned it on. NOTHING HAPPENED. It made noise, but no air came out. Then I opened the second box and the second unit didn't work either. Four units in a row did NOT work!

    This doesn't make sense. This product is a joke. This company should be put OUT OF BUSINESS. Do not buy this Air Dragon product!

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

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  • 33 out 33 people found this review helpful

    Buyer beware

    • Bakersfield, CA,
    • May 23, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    This product is as big a piece of junk and is as worthless as their so called 100% satisfaction guarantee. I don't know how they get away with marketing such utter garbage as this. I literally threw it away!

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

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  • 47 out 47 people found this review helpful

    Junk

    • Stratford, CT,
    • May 1, 2017
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    This product is so terrible that when I received it today I tried to use it and it didn't work, so right in the garbage it went. That was cheaper than sending it back because I would have had to pay for shipping. I should have known better!

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

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  • 47 out 51 people found this review helpful

    Stupid to buy

    • Natchez, MS,
    • Apr 25, 2017
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    What a joke. I got a cigarette lighter pump for $12 that works better at Advance Auto. It pumped up a big 19" front ADV bike tire in six or seven minutes. I did it four times back to back to burn it up, or to see if it would hold up. They are really small too, and easy to stash. Get some. String tire plugs too. They're cheap and work best; they bond to the tire. I've run tire slicks with a string plug still holding. I also have a Dyna plug that I put in the junk drawer.

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

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  • 50 out 51 people found this review helpful

    I just threw it in the trash

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Apr 25, 2017
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    Mine came yesterday. I wisely refused their "two-ffer" offer and got only one.

    The first thing I noticed is that the bottom where the wires are stored would not close. The cheap plastic case was somehow bent out of shape. A few minutes ago I tried to use it to increase my car tire pressure from 35lbs to 37lbs. Although I tightened the hose as much as I could, the air pressure would hit 37, then drop to 36.5, then to 35. After a while, I realized this thing could not hold the air pressure, so I closed up the car and dropped the Dragon in the trash can.

    I will waste no more time or effort on that piece of crap.

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

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  • 73 out 73 people found this review helpful

    Junk

    • Wisconsin,
    • Apr 11, 2017
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    The Air Dragon takes 15 minutes to fill a tire, and you will burn your hand unscrewing it from the valve stem. The Air Dragon is junk; save your money.

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

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