I was specifically looking at the old one because they turned the battery 90 degrees in the new one and it would be difficult to fit a Makita battery with an adapter. I have a big twin cylinder compressor for the Land Rover tyres so wouldn't expect big things from it, it's so I can top up the tyres in the Tesla without running a cable inside every time and so I can top off the summer tyres in the garage.I have the Ryobi one (it looks like they've replaced it now with a newer version). I'd say it's actually decent. The low pressure inflator does work great for air mattresses; it moves more air than one of those lead-acid battery Coleman inflators. The tire inflator isn't the fastest in the world but it's far from the slowest. It gets the job done. If I'm topping off car tires with a few lbs of pressure I can do it faster with that than it takes to turn on my big compressor, get the hose uncoiled, etc. I wouldn't use it to air up the Jeep after airing down for off road runs, but it isn't meant for that.
True, it doesn't have a 12V adapter, but it doesn't seem to drain the battery overly quickly, and that's with a dinky 1.5 mAh battery.
We sell an off-brand inflator at my job. The feature it has over my Makita is that you don’t have to hold the trigger. We found out the side effect of this when we left it alone to air up the forklift and came back to a tire that was flatter than when we started. Once it shuts off, air starts leaking back out through the pump.
Obviously this can be fixed by fitting a one-way valve at the factory, but there’s no guarantee you got the seal around the schrader valve 100% tight anyway.
So, anyone ready for "One more thing"?
I wasn't aware of Affinity, just looked it up and it's Serif! What a throwback. My first computer came with Serif DrawPlus and PagePlus on it, along with Lotus Smartsuite. Damn.
If they also had a video editor I'd consider switching, the £50 a month Adobe subscription hurts as a hobbyist. If I didn't use Illustrator or Premiere Pro I'd go for the photography subscription at a much more reasonable cost.
Part of me says just get the DeWalt as it does everything I want, is well built and I know it's safe to plug into the car. Some things are worth paying extra for. Battery adapters from Makita to DeWalt are cheap and easy to find. Part of me wants to be cheap and get the dumb Ryobi inflators with analogue gauge, it's not accurate but I can put a T-piece on the valve and use my accurate gauge. This is dumb enough for me to wire in a pressure switch, clamp the trigger and use it to constantly top off my pressure oil fill tank too.