We recently had the opportunity to spend a few days with the Ridgid 18V Air Compressor R0230 ($179, bare or $299 kit) and really had some initial doubts about how practical it was to put batteries on an air compressor or how useful that might be. We’ve been using a Porter Cable 4 gallon for many years and since we’ve gotten our hands on various cordless nailers have really used it less and less. Currently the only other cordless air compressor on the market is the Dewalt FlexVolt DCC2560T1 ($299, Kit) which we will look at as well.
In use we were surprisingly impressed by the Ridgid 18V air compressor for several reasons, first the smaller 1 gallon size is very practical if you are looking for portability. This unit is light, compact and easy to take around from point to point. One of the big reasons we find ourselves use cordless nailers over air nailers was the compressor hassle. Air nailers are still lighter and more maneuverable than cordless but we are willing to add weight to the tool for that convenience. Going to a cordless air compressor solution balances the two well so if you’ve got charged batteries it’s very convenient. Second with 2 batteries the compressor charges extremely fast, roughly a minute and you can fully fill the tank as you walk, from the truck to the job or between tasks. Third for those with air tools already this provides a cordless solution to use all of them. Finally the