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JACO FlowPro Digital Tire Inflator Gauge Review

Post by WingAdmin » Mon Oct 29, 2018 9:22 pm



That's it. I've had it.

I will never again buy an Accutire tire pressure gauge.

Accutire Pressure Gauge
Accutire Pressure Gauge

I have bought and used these little Accutire gauges for YEARS. They're dirt simple to use. Push it on the valve, it turns itself on, the pressure shows up in glowing red on the display. Push it on quickly and release, and it calibrates itself to ambient pressure. They are extremely accurate, and very easy to use on motorcycle tires, bike tires, car tires, pretty much anything with a Schraeder valve. They're cheap, around $10 each.

So why am I abandoning them?

They are as delicate as a fine china vase. Drop one on the concrete garage floor, and it dies instantly - it will never turn on again. I've taken them apart to do an autopsy, and there is nothing obvious broken inside, the battery (non-replaceable) is still good as new, I can't figure out why they die. I've had three or four of them die this way over many years, so it's no coincidence - it's obviously a design failure.

After dropping yet another one last week and having it (of course) die, I swore, threw it in the garbage, and proclaimed I would never buy another one.

My wife told me, "just go get a good one that won't die!"

Really? Go buy tools? Well, OK, if you insist...

I did some research, I read a LOT of reviews. And I picked the JACO FlowPro gauge/inflator:

JACO FlowPro Digital Tire Inflator Gauge
JACO FlowPro Digital Tire Inflator Gauge

All I can say is, WHY didn't I buy one of these years ago? It has a pressure gauge with an illuminated display. You turn it on, plug the chuck (more on that in a moment) on the tire valve, and it shows the pressure. But wait, there's more...

I can snap the quick-disconnect fitting into the air hose (I have an inertial reel on my garage ceiling) and use it to FILL the tires, too. Goodbye old tire chuck!

In operation
In operation

And it makes this operation dirt simple and quick. You put the chuck on the valve, read the pressure. If the pressure is low, you press the little valve, and air flows into the tire. Let go of the valve, and it shows the new pressure. Bringing the tire up to pressure takes seconds, and it's so easy. If you put too much air in, press the little button on the side, and it lets air out. All without disconnecting it from the tire.

But wait, that' s not all!

Quick chuck
Quick chuck

The chuck on this thing is a wonder. You shove it onto the tire valve, and that's it. No buttons to press, no locking lever, just shove it on. It seals perfectly and instantly, effortlessly. And it locks itself in place.

When you're done, you press the little button on the side of the chuck, and it release from the valve, with no air lost from the tire.

The gauge comes with two AAA batteries, and has a button that lets you switch between PSI, KPa, BAR and Kgf/cm3.

Is it perfect? Not quite. I wish:

- That it would turn itself on when you connected it to a tire, without having to press the power button.
- That it would stay on longer before turning itself off

Other than that, I love the thing. It's rugged (yes, I've already dropped it), it's accurate, and it's super easy to use.

And...as of this writing, it's been discontinued.

So why am I writing a review? Because they have replaced it with a 2.0 version, that improves on the comfort of the grip, and combines the inflate and deflate functionality into the single grip control, so it can be easily operated with one hand. Early reviews are that everybody likes it even better than the 1.0 version. Check it out for yourself:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07C25C4CQ/?tag=goldwingdocs-20



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Re: JACO FlowPro Digital Tire Inflator Gauge Review

Post by Coop19742 » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:51 am

I had to reply because I also have the same Accutire and Jaco FlowPro gauges. Both have been working for over a year now but I only keep the Accutire Gauge for overnight trips and the Jaco is for my air compressor. The one additional thing I have on my tires that has made checking pressure 100% easier is Fobo Bike Bluetooth sensors that connect to it's app on my phone. No more kneeling down and getting my hands dirty just to find the pressure is already fine. Only have to use the Jaco when I am filling my tires cold to hit 36/41. You can buy Fobo Bike at multiple places but the manufacture site is https://my-fobo.com/product/fobobike .

Last but not least when you are on the road for a week or more and have to travel to a gas station for air, the tires have already heated up so accurate tire pressure is a challenge. I usually gas up at the end of a day and if I see that my Fobo pressure is only 1 or 2 #s over the normal cold pressure of 36/41 I will put a few pounds of pressure in the tires and then ride over to the hotel. In the morning I check the pressure cold on my Fobo and if needed adjust it using the accutire guage which I adjust because of the 1 pound difference between the Jaco and Accutire.

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Re: JACO FlowPro Digital Tire Inflator Gauge Review

Post by WingAdmin » Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:25 am

I've been using the Tire SafeGuard TPMS for years on my bike. It gives me instant notice if I'm losing pressure, and I can too check my tire pressure at a glance without getting on my knees. Plus it doesn't need my phone for a display, it has its own display panel on the bike. And plus plus - it also can be configured to show the pressure in my trailer tires as well! Or a trike, for that matter.

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Re: JACO FlowPro Digital Tire Inflator Gauge Review

Post by dtrider » Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:03 am

I had the Tire SafeGuard system on my bike. When I first ordered the system through Amazon it showed up with a cracked display. Dealing with his "customer support" was a pain, but I finally got a new system after several weeks. Then when I took the display off while I was washing the bike a while back I dropped it a couple inches onto my workbench and the display shattered and it's now completely unusable. Now I know why the original one showed up with a cracked display. In general it can be a nice system, but it's just too brittle to use on the bike.

It irritates me that I now have two sensors that I can't use. I'll probably be going with the Fobo system in the spring.

/dwight


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