Looknath Ramkissoon said on May 1, 2015
always give incorect reading and one way valve leak after the second use
Norberto Luis said on May 3, 2015
Nice feel and size but not accurate. I used it on my car on which I had just put my summer tires on. The gauge read 24psi. which I was kind of expecting since the tires had been in storage all winter. Filled up all 4 tires until gauge read 36psi. Today I decided to recheck the the tires this time with a stick gauge. Stick gauge was reading 45+ psi on all 4 tires. I checked then with a cheap digital gauge and it too read 45psi. Checked a 4th time with a gauge on the compressor filler and it too read 45+psi. All the while this new gauge was now reading anywhere between 28psi and 32psi (each reading was inconsistent) Even more so disappointed because I have a track event coming up and was going to be relying on this gauge.
not as good as I thought it would be
reggie277 said on May 4, 2015
not as good as I thought it would be, difficult to use and read, gauge does NOT stay on reading, but sticks on reading lower than actual tire pressure, though it would be simpler and better quality, would not recommend
The reviews were all so nice, that I purchased it
Venkatesh Ramakrishnan said on May 23, 2015
The reviews were all so nice, that I purchased it. The construction is good and sturdy, feels nice in the hand. But when I used it first time and then the second time, the readings were different. Only in a matter of minutes. Then I tested the next tire and then the next. Same story. It is perhaps the time for which the reading is taken that matters. I am yet to figure out, how that works.
Good build quality, bad design.
John Mckay "Cedar" said on May 30, 2015
The build quality is nice, and it seems to be accurate, but it has one big design flaw, and a couple of little ones.
The big flaw is the angled, rotating head. At a glance this looks very handy. The problem is that the most useful angle (straight) is impossible. On my car at least, a straight angle would be perfect, but any angles that both engage the valve, and allow me to see the guage are awkward and press the gauge against the tire.
Since the head rotates freely, and doesn't lock in place, even if you get an initial seal, it often rotates a little, and starts leaking. In fact, it's pretty darn hard to keep it engaged without leaking.
Also, the bleed valve is very slow, taking several seconds per lb of pressure to be released.
All in all, a pretty finicky performer, despite good build quality. Look elsewhere.
The swivel chuck usually allows tire air to bleed out ...
Gerald Wood said on May 31, 2015
The swivel chuck usually allows tire air to bleed out when trying to get a reading. It usually takes several tries to get the chuck to add air rather than let air escape from the tire.
Highly dissatisfied with this product
sun selva said on May 31, 2015
Not satisfied at all with the product. Gives highly variable results with each consecutive use. There seems to be a leak and so the last read pressure doesn't hold and starts to fall even without the use of the pressure release button.
... below 20 psi and I primarily got it to fine tune my low pressure for sand use around 14-16 ...
Sd3 said on June 3, 2015
Seems well made but the problem was it would not hold a reading below 20 psi and I primarily got it to fine tune my low pressure for sand use around 14-16 psi. It worked great airing back up to 33-35psi just bummed it didn't work well at low pressure. Maybe it's not for low pressure and I misread. Other than that nice legible read out, seems nicely constructed. If it didn't bleed air out at low pressure reading it would get five stars
Solidly constructed but inconvenient to use
James Hawkins said on June 6, 2015
The TireTek tire pressure gauge seems solidly constructed but not well-designed. I purchased this item specifically to replace a Slime tire gauge which became completely inaccurate after dropping it on the floor (once). I'm hopeful the rubber molding around this unit will prevent such inaccuracies when I drop this one.
- Rubber molding (supposedly) will maintain the accuracy of the gauge in the event of a fall.
- Offset (45 degree) tip requires engaging the valve stem laterally instead of directly.
- Air release valve feels cheap: there's a lot of play in all directions when engaging this valve. It's too easy to accidentally engage it and release air.
- Tip is too difficult to create an air-tight seal. It takes me a few tries to get a solid read without air leaking from the tip.
I'm giving two stars for the TireTek pressure gauge because I find it inconvenient to use for two reasons. First, the angle of the tip of the gauge (offset from the body by ~45 degrees) requires one to put a lot of force directly behind the tip; this force is separate from the force required to hold the gauge with your hand. Compare this to the Slime gauge which has a tip directly inline with the gauge itself, so one can just hold the gauge and apply pressure once the tip is engaged with the valve stem. I have to use the index finger of the hand holding the gauge to apply the pressure on this model, and that often leads me to accidentally pressing the air-release valve (which is way too sensitive and easy to engage).
The second inconvenience (and more important to me) is that it is very difficult to get an air-tight seal when engaging the tip in the valve stem. I'll often get what seems like a direct fit, but a very tiny stream of air is being released from somewhere in the tip, causing the reading to be about 10 PSI lower than an accurate reading. I've been using this gauge for a while now, and it still takes me about 3 tries on each valve stem before I get an air-tight seal and thus an accurate reading.
Are you willing to send another 2 dollars for a solid product ?
Scholar Sam said on June 8, 2015
This is an okay level product at this price range. I have written a detailed comparison of this gauge and the "Longacre 50417 (0-60 PSI) Tire Pressure Gauge" in the review of the Longacre gauge. Take a look at that review if you are looking for a product in this price range. Longacre is 2 dollars more than this one, but i am keeping that and returning this one due to the reasons i mentioned in that comparison. This may work good in some cars, but did not in mine.