What is it?
The Ring RTC1000 Tyre Inflator is a 12V digital rapid pre-set air compressor from Ring Automotive. The inflator comes in a storage bag (always useful!) but also contains some protective gloves, which are ideal for protecting you from the dirt on your wheels and valves. It has a large digital display that shows the current pressure reading and your target pressure, plus a status indicator across the middle.
When attaching the pump to your tyre valve using the screwed air hose the current tyre pressure will be displayed on the screen after a few seconds. Using the small yellow dial on the front you can set your desired pressure and then press it in to confirm your selection. Then at the bottom is a big power button that you can't miss - this gets the inflation process underway.
There is a button on the front for the light that is located on the right-hand side of the unit, and a small indent for you to put your valve cap for safekeeping while inflating your tyre.
On the left-hand side is a storage gap for the inflation tube and connector, and on the underside is the 3.5m 12V power cable that is on a reel for easy tidy away.
The pump claims to inflate a 13" tyre from 0 PSI to 35 PSI in just 2 minutes - which I believe is one of the quickest in their range. In the real world you will be inflating tyres on your drive most of the time, so a few extra minutes wouldn't be too much of an issue.
The Ring RTC1000 is easy to use and no louder than any other pump we've used really. The power cable is easy to wind back in, but you need to manually manipulate the inflation tube back into the recess, but it's not difficult. On the end of the inflation tube is a screw-on fitting that generally we find easier than the clip-on ones, then on the fitting is a pressure-release button to allow you to deflate easily.
It currently retails at around £45.
How we tested it?
We've tested this one with a few different sized tyres and vehicles.
We didn't like:
Overall, I think the Ring RTC1000 is an excellent digital tyre inflator and does everything we ask of it. We were clutching at straws to find negatives with this really as it does everything well and is well priced for the quality you'd expect from Ring.
Before this one we owned the RAC630 which has been a great servant over the years, and I fully expect this one to live up to expectations too. Would I recommend it? Yes.