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post #1 of 7 Old 07-02-2014, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Slime Tire Pressure Gauge Review

I check the air in my tires every day before my first ride. My old Slime digital gauge had seen better days. The "chuck" or whatever you call it is all wallowed out so I had to hold it just right on the valve stem to get an accurate reading.

Happened to be in the auto parts store today and decided to pick up a new gauge. This Slime offering caught my eye. It was a digital gauge, nice and compact with a short hose, a feature I like. I paid like $8.50 for it.

Brought it home and tried it out. I liked the one-button operation and preferred the fabric hose over the kind of rubber hose my old Slime gauge had. It fit nice and tight on the valve stem: no leakage with very little downward pressure.

The clear cover over the digital readout is convex and reflects light so badly it's basically impossible to see the green readout when you're out in the sunlight.

So, in the end. Nice size, nice design and seems to be of good quality at a reasonable price, but unfortunately I consider it pretty much unusable as a daily-use tire guage due to not being able to easily read the display.

I'll keep it around, but I'm going to have to select another tire gauge. The "With Easy Read Screen" legend on the packaging is quite misleading.





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post #2 of 7 Old 07-02-2014, 07:53 PM
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I have this one, seems easy to read in the sunlight. Think I paid around $12 Cdn for it? Only bad thing is no hose, so you have to have unrestricted access to the stem... Spokes get in the way sometimes and you have to angle the unit. Otherwise it seems to work fairly decent.

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I have this one, seems easy to read in the sunlight.[/URL]
+1 and you can have three types of readings Kpa, psi, and bar. mine is not that clean anymore but the battery lasts...
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I use the term "spinconvenience" to describe the phenomenon where your valve stems invariably wind up in the worst possible location for checking tire pressures, making it necessary to roll the bike a couple of feet forward or backward for better orientation.

If I could check pressures in the basement where there's no glare the new gauge would work fine, but my parking space is confined so I pretty much have to roll it out to check them.

I think my wife has some leftover screen protector film she bought for her phone that might have anti-reflective properties. I'm going to steal a piece of it and try to apply it to the readout screen to see if that helps with the glare if I'm able to get it to mold to the convex surface.



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I use the term "spinconvenience" to describe the phenomenon where your valve stems invariably wind up in the worst possible location for checking tire pressures, making it necessary to roll the bike a couple of feet forward or backward for better orientation.
that is why I love the center stand, just spin the tire...no moving the bike out of the garage... and it comes in handy when changing a tire as well...
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The fault was mine, but another reason I don't care for this gauge, even though I'm still using it....

Went to check my tire pressures today for tomorrow's ride to work. My front tire seems to lose more air while sitting than my back tire and I'm used to that. I checked the front tire and it read "18." I thought, "Man, that's pretty low since it hasn't been that long since I checked it last." So, I aired it up to my usual "30."

I checked the rear tire and was surprised to find the pressure was so low, so I pumped some more into it. My rear hardly ever loses any air even after sitting for awhile.

I started thinking, "Something's not right," so I pressed the button to activate the gauge and maybe pressed it a couple of times more since I couldn't really see the readout and I wound up with fairly normal pressure on the rear tire even though I'd just given it a brief shot.

It turned out I was reading the pressures in k/PA or whatever it is instead of "PSI" So, when I went for my last ride, my front tire was seriously overinflated, like up to 42 psi.

Like I said, the fault lies with me, but it would be nice if you could set the thing to read either Kpa, Bar or PSI. The first time you press the button, it defaults to Kpa, the second time it defaults to Bar and the last time it resets to PSI.

I will be more careful in the future......



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I put a dot of white out on each side of the tire where air valve is. It saves a lot of time in the long run....
My question, tagged here, anyone know of a GOOD valve extension?? With, or without a 90 degree bend??
Thanks for any help!!

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