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 2 payments of $29.95 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.

For Canada orders, according to www.buyairhawk.ca, Air Hawk Compressor is priced at 2 payments of $39.95 plus $9.95 for shipping & handling.

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.

However, we’ve reviewed dozens of other OnTel products over the years, including Big Vision Eyewear, Veggetti, Foot Angel, and many others. What’s everyone saying?

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.

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41 Consumer Reviews for Air Hawk Compressor

Average Consumer Rating: 1.8
Rating Snapshot:
5 star: 4 4 star: 2 3 star: 4 2 star: 2 1 star:  29
Bottom Line: 20% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Air Hawk Pro tire inflator

    • Massapequa, NY,
    • Jan 11, 2018
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    The first one I bought was this past April 2017. It worked great, but then after a few days, the Flexible Air Hose would not tighten into the attachment lock. I had to buy another one! The feature I like is that you can program it to the correct PSI of the tires and it will shut off automatically.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 11 people found this review helpful

    Avoid like the plague

    • Illinois,
    • Jan 3, 2018
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    The first attempt to use it, and it wouldn't connect to the tire and left all the air out. It's a piece of junk. Beware of this commercial on TV. I wouldn't recommend it to my worse enemy. I'll buy a reputable one from Home Depot.

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

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  • 26 out 28 people found this review helpful

    Garbage

    What a waste of money! I got one for Christmas, and of course, my wife got a flat tire that day. Good time to put it to the test.

    Out of the box, I had a terrible time just putting it together. The instructions don't tell you much, and I pretty much had to figure it out for myself. The battery only lasted about 5 seconds and quit, so I had to use the DC adapter. It worked but took like half an hour to inflate the tire enough that I could take it to the shop and get it fixed.

    The unit got extremely hot while I was using it and I was not impressed at all with its performance. I put the battery on the charger and charged it until the indicator light turned green. I removed the battery, put it in the unit, turned it on and it ran for about 8 seconds and quit.

    I tried to contact customer service but the email address is not valid, and the phone number I called just plays piano music which after 10 minutes I just gave up and hung up, twice. Don't waste your money on this piece of junk. It belongs in the trash, not on the shelf. I would not recommend it to a friend, or even an enemy for that matter.

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

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  • 44 out 45 people found this review helpful

    Piece of crap

    • Rothschild, WI,
    • Dec 10, 2017
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    I bought this a while ago but I had not needed to use it. A couple of weeks ago I noticed my car tire was running low on air so I opened up the Air Hawk to go blow up the tire and there was no way for the gadget to hold on to the stem of the tire; it kept falling off. I contacted customer service and they said it was only a 90-day guarantee, so I paid $70 to $80 and I never even got to use it. This is what I call a real scam.

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

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  • 41 out 42 people found this review helpful

    Good tool, built cheap

    I bought this tool and paid $80 for it. It worked great, although it took some time.

    After a month of use, every 4 days, the plastic gear that runs the air pump stripped out. It still runs, but can't compress air.

    This is a good tool if you are using it on something that does not require a lot of air pressure. I would say 20 PSI max. It is not to inflate car tires.

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

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  • 53 out 54 people found this review helpful

    Junk

    • Howard Beach, NY,
    • Nov 16, 2017
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    I purchased it at BJs for $45. It wouldn't inflate a balloon. My neighbor saw me struggling, so he brought over his Craftsman inflator, and it worked fine. The Craftsman cost him $39. I went out and purchased one the next day. It's fantastic, and the Air Hawk went into the garbage.

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

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  • 54 out 55 people found this review helpful

    Not what it says it is

    Not as powerful as advertised. It takes 3 hours to charge the battery that lasts only 15 minutes. You can only use for 15 minutes or it overheats and takes 15 minutes to cool down. I took 2 lbs of pressure out of a tire to test and it took 1-hour operational time (plus 1-hour down-time) to reinflate tire. It took 3, plus 3 hours to inflate 4 tubes for under pool cover. Blew up 4 more tubes by mouth in 45 minutes. It is only good if you're in the middle of nowhere and need enough pressure to get somewhere safe.

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

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  • 63 out 63 people found this review helpful

    Air Hawk

    I purchased this product a few months ago. I used it on my lawn tractor, and it worked okay. The second time on a car tire and the air compressor locked up. As far as it being able to air tires quickly, that is bogus at best. The truth of the matter is, I wasted my money. The product is a fraud, and I'm going to let people know via social media not to buy this product.

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

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  • 52 out 55 people found this review helpful

    Junk

    • Seattle, WA,
    • Oct 16, 2017
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    I got mine at Walmart today where they had the "Seen as on TV" selection. So I spent like $60 on it and thought I would give it a try. Well, I'm using it a part breaks. The other part works, and it gets so hot that I had to quit using it. I was lucky enough that I didn't break it when I dropped it. But this thing is very poorly made. I suggest the ones that just have a cord.

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

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  • 68 out 69 people found this review helpful

    Absolute waste of money!

    This unit is garbage, period. There is no reason inflating a car tire should make a unit HOT enough to burn my hand when I grab the unit to shut it off. Dry compressors often have this issue, however, they usually do not get this hit at only pumping up 15 psi! The attachment lock behind the red cap is missing somehow, and I didn’t even unscrew it all the way.

    Save your money and just get a tire inflator from AutoZone or Advanced Auto Parts. This Chinese sweat shop assembled piece of crap is not worth the effort or the money!

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

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  • 58 out 60 people found this review helpful

    The Air Compressor nozzle

    • Alabama,
    • Sep 13, 2017
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    I bought one of these Air Hawks for convenience, but it is giving me a headache trying to keep the nozzle on. I followed the instructions, and it is not secure, it falls out. I am very disappointed spending that much money on something I have to fight to use. You can tell it was cheaply made or I just got a defective device. I can't take it back to the store because I don't have my receipt, so I guess a loss for me.

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

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