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Tire pressure gauges

Slime 2005-A
 
Approximate retail price:
$2.66
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About - Slime 2005-A

The Slime 2005-A is part of the tire pressure gauge test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, tire pressure gauge models like the 2005-A are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Type:

Stick-type pressure gauges resemble a ballpoint pen are simple and compact, and don't need batteries. Pressure is read off of a sliding scale proportional to the air pressure.

Digital gauges have an electronic LCD readout, like a pocket calculator's. That makes them easier to read than the scale on a stick-type gauge. Some digital readouts light up. That's handy for checking pressure in low-light conditions.

Dial gauges, the other main type, have an analog dial like a clock face. Most are easy to read but those with an extension hose take two hands to operate. Some come with an extension hose, and they are often more feature-laden than pocket-sized gauges with a bleeder valve and dual-scale dial.


Accuracy:
Accuracy is based on a comparison of each model against a known calibrated master gauge at various pressures, and at cold, room, and hot temperatures. Cold and hot temperatures simulated storing the gauge in a car in winter and summer temperatures.

Ease of use:
Ease of use is primarily an assessment of pressure readability and how easy is it to take a pressure reading on an inflated tire.
User Reviews - Slime 2005-A
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4.0
Good, simple and inexpensive
10/20/2013
Pros
Easy to use
Inexpensive
Sufficiently Accurate
Cons
Prefer Over Angled Type
Prefer Straight Type
Best Uses
Check Car Tire Pressure
Comment:
It seems almost necessary to have tire gagues now that cars have low pressure warning lights which frequently give incorrect or misleading warnings, particcularly following overnight cold weather. This gague read 1 psi higher than my gauge for our other car and 1 psi higher than the recent inflation at a local tire dealer. This seems a very reasonable error for a casual user. I [refer the straight type of pencil gague, but the angle is a minor inconvenience for me.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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