Many adventure riders and tourers carry a tyre inflator in case of a flat, but they can be heavy and bulky.
The Norshire Mini tyre inflator is no bigger than a torch and is claimed to be the world’s smallest, making it ideal to carry on your bike.
The aluminium cylinder measures only 208mm in length and 40mm in diameter and features a powerful cooling fan.
The Hong Kong company has launched two successful Indiegogo crowd-funding campaigns, raising almost $400,000.
They offer discounts to supporters, but be aware that your pledge money may not be refunded if it doesn’t go into production.
Inflator for your bike
The inflator comes in several versions, but the one suitable for motorcycles is the Power Version with a Presta valve.
The Power version has 12 bar (174psi) of pressure and will pump 10 litres of air per minute.
They say it will pump up a motorcycle tyre in about five to eight minutes which is the limit of a battery charge.
It takes about 40-90 minutes to recharge the lithium iron phosphate battery.
You can charge it with a cigarette lighter or a 5V/2A adapter used to charge your phone.
They claim battery life of 3000 cycles of charging/discharging, compared with 500 for the Li-ion battery used in phones.
You can also power the Norshire Mini inflator directly off a cigarette lighter output, but be aware this will also drain you bike’s battery.
Norshire Mini shows pressure in bar, psi, kpa and mpa and they say it is accurate to 0.2bar.
The built-in microcomputer measures the tyre pressure and automatically stops when it hits the preset pressure.
The stand-by power consumption is less than 1mA, so they claim it can sit idle for a year after a full charge without being over discharged.
Norshire Mini has four touch buttons for power, start/pause and +/- buttons to set the pressure.
It is powered by a high intensity ferromagnet 380 motor with 30,000 revs, 56W and 18kg of torque.
They also claim the tight seal makes it quieter than most other portable inflators.
Their lithium iron phosphate battery works from -20℃, is less prone to spontaneous ignition and explosion than other types of battery and has a life of use up to seven years. It contains no heavy metals, rare metals or toxins.