About Air Hawk Compressor
The handheld, cordless Air Hawk Compressor promises to pull in the outside air, compress it, and route into whatever you need—whether car and bike tires, toys, sports equipment, air mattresses, and more.
According to the company, Air Hawk is fast, convenient, and easy to use, and is able to inflate any tire “in just seconds,” while its compact design allows it to be stored in just about any cabinet, car, or a drawer.
We’re also told that Air Hawk comes equipped with 3 different nozzles, a digital LED display, a built-in light, and an auto-stop feature that will shut down when once the correct tire pressure is reached, as well as a rechargeable battery.
Sure, a device like the Air Hawk Compressor might help you avoid bulky compressors and messy canned air, but will it deliver a solid value? Can you expect it to be there for you in the event of an emergency? Will it last?
You want to know as much as possible about Air Hawk Compressor before handing over your money, and we aim to deliver. So, let’s start with compressor basics.
How Do Air Compressors Work?
Whether you’re talking about small handheld devices like Air Hawk, or giant machines that have to be pulled behind a truck, air compressors can be useful in just about every aspect of life.
In order to do their job, most air compressors use a reciprocating piston to create a temporary vacuum, which pushes open a valve to allow a small amount of air into a holding tank.
From there, the more strokes the piston performs, the more air enters the tank, where it’s stored under pressure. When this pressure is released, the energy it contains can be used to power tools, air up your tires, and much more.
Given what we just learned, does Air Hawk mean the definition of an air compressor?
Taking a look at the picture below, it appears that Air Hawk doesn’t feature any kind of holding tank. Instead, it seems like it’s simply pulling the outside air straight through and forcing it into whatever’s needed.
Given this, we think a more appropriate name would be ‘Air Hawk Tire Inflator’ than Air Hawk Compressor. Let’s continue this thought in the next section.
Does the Air Hawk Compressor Have Any Competition?
Using what we just learned, if you search online for “handheld air compressor” or “handheld tire inflator,” you’ll find several options that are meaningfully similar to Air Hawk, including the Airman Rechargeable Inflator (which also features an LED gauge), the Craftsman Cordless Inflator Compressor Digital Pump, and many others.
And if you slightly change your search term to “portable tire inflator,” you’ll find dozens more options that might be slightly larger than handheld devices like Air Hawk Compressor, but could foreseeably meet your needs just as well.
In fact, except for the color scheme, the Air Hawk Compressor appears to be essentially identical to another ASOTV product named the Airman Handheld Airgun Compressor—although it’s priced much higher at $80.
Speaking of price, you’ll find that many of the handheld options fall between $40 and $70, while the slightly larger portable models come in lower at between $30 and $50. Comparatively, what will you pay for the Air Hawk Compressor?
How Much Does the Air Hawk Compressor Cost?
The Air Hawk Compressor is priced at $39.95 plus $14.95 S&H, in addition to a $1 web service fee.
For this price, you’ll receive one Air Hawk unit, a rechargeable battery, AC charger, and 3 nozzles. However, all orders are automatically upgraded to the Deluxe model, which comes with a carrying case, car charger, and built-in LED light.
All Air Hawk orders come with a 60-day money back guarantee, less S&H. To request one, OnTel’s customer service department can be reached at 844-570-9860.
What Can We Learn From Air Hawk Compressor Reviews?
In order to make sure you have the information you need, when you need it, we tend to review products as soon as they hit the market, which means they often don’t have any customer feedback yet.
HighYa readers seem to rate these products an average of 2.5 stars. While many claimed to have had positive experiences, the most common complaints referenced lower quality than expected, that they didn’t perform as advertised, and inflated S&H charges.
Does this mean you’ll encounter the same after placing your order for the Air Hawk Compressor? Without testing it ourselves, we can’t be sure. But given the reputation for ASOTV products in general (not just those from OnTel), we think you should have a full understanding of the situation before placing an order.
Who Might the Air Hawk Compressor Work Best For?
As we explained above, in order for something to be considered an air compressor, it must 1) compress air and 2) store the air and use it to create energy. However, Air Hawk appears to do neither of these.
Instead, it seems to simply route air from one location (the outside) to another location (the inside of a tire or ball, for example). As such, Air Hawk seems to fall into the tire inflator category that it does the air compressor one.
Given this, if you’re looking for something to power tools, clear debris, or quickly seat tires (such as on a mountain bike), you’d probably be better served by a more traditional compressor.
On the other hand, if you simply need something that can quickly and easily inflate tires, then Air Hawk seems like it might fit the bill.
Just remember that we’re not told about the type of battery it contains, so we can’t know how long it’ll hold a charge. As such, if you’re thinking about keeping one in your glove compartment for emergencies, be sure to test the battery and recharge often.
Finally, it’s worth noting that you’ll be putting at least $15 in non-refundable S&H charges (plus whatever it’ll cost to ship back if you’re dissatisfied) on the line by giving the Air Hawk Compressor a try.
What’d you think about the Air Hawk Compressor? Tells us your thoughts by writing a review below!
73 out 82 people found this review helpful
Waiting for Airhawk
Cannot review the product because I am waiting since mid-October 2016 (it is now early Dec. 2016) and no word on what is going on. Have called them many times, and after being on wait for at least 30 minutes each time I am about to give up.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend