Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 64
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by camorgan Pretty good, handy but the major fault is significant.
I didn't have the trouble installing this by myself that many seemed to. I'm no Hercules (though I am quite stunning in my own right) but I was able to lift and hold this with one hand (my left and with a slightly separated shoulder) while running the lag bolts into the joists.
It'd probably be easier with two people but it's not impossible to do by oneself. I did pre-drill all my holes and had the lag fully inserted to make it as easy as possible.
The lights are bright, but not included, and the handheld light works well but the switch requires enough effort that it feels broken until you gets used to it. I'd describe the feel as "mushy."
The real and only problem, albeit a pretty big one, is that the pressure gauge is nearly worthless. It reads completely incorrectly when I try to air up my tires. For instance, my motorcycle tire had 32 psi but the gauge on the Chamberlain read over 40 psi and at one point nearly 50. I'm going to experiment this weekend to see if there is any consistency. Normally it hovers around 100 psi when not in use but charged which is the norm.
Overall, it's very convenient but one might have to expect to have another pressure gauge handy.
August 2, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MarilynB Useful Addition To The Garage!
This power/air/light station is a great addition to the garage. It weighs 17lbs. and appears to be a very wholesome piece of equipment. It measures 20.25" x 12.75" with a height of 6.5".
The convenience of having three functions is really nice. I don't have to lug out the air compressor for just a small job, have an extra LED work light (with an on/off button) to look at things in awkward places and quick access to an electric outlet. Just pull out the cord to a position where it does not retract and the task lights turn on, the compressor runs about 3-5 seconds, and the electric outlet is on. Retract hose to turn them off. The 25 foot cord/hose retracts easily when finished using it (I really hate to wind cords up when finishing a project, so this feature is wonderful!)
The main unit has 2 task light and uses 2 MR16 bulbs, which unfortunately are not included. It would have been nice to have them in the box. The sockets are made of ceramic. Even though they were wrapped in bubble wrap, I found pieces of it inside the wrap. However, it still functions.
The section of the garage where I wanted this installed had no room on the ceiling. After consulting with Chamberlain Customer Service, we found that we could install it on the wall studs with the cord/hose pointing down (the mounting holes have 16" centers, as our studs have). The Chamberlain logo is upside down, but everything works just fine. This worked out much better for us, as it would have been very cumbersome at our age to mount it onto the ceiling.
July 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Aayan Adds functional mobility to your garage
This power station offers number of great features. There are two light sources within the main unit that mount on the ceiling. Work light assembly contains a power outlet, a work light and vehicle or bicycle tire inflator. The air pressure scale is in 5 lbs. increments making it difficult if desired pressure is not evenly divisible by 5. There is an additional needle connector for inflating sporting goods which have inflation needle input. The inflation needle connector also has a rubber molded funnel connector that you can use to inflate the balloons. Its 25 feet long retractable cord provides you abundant flexibility to move around the garage with work light assembly. You can adjust the work light assembly cable drop by adjusting the docking ball. The lights in the main unit turn ON automatically as soon as you pull the work power assembly out and turns OFF as soon as the cable is completely retracted back into the cable housing.
When you are pulling the cable out of main unit, you will hear crank sound, that’s when the cable stops retracting.
Mounting of this power station is a 2 person task. The whole unit is hung by two 2.25” lag screws which must be screwed into joist or stud which require pilot holes.
Tools you will need are; a powerful drill, a stud finder, 3/16” drill bit, 7/16” socket wrench and 6” socket extension.
Mounted unit requires two bulbs that are not shipped with the box which should’ve been clearly advertised. You need to buy two MR16 GU10 120 V Halogen bulbs (50 Watts maximum). The retainer rings for the bulbs don’t really hold the bulbs in one place; you have to tweak it so the bulbs stay in one place.
This power station certainly has added functional mobility to our garage and we love it.
July 7, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Camano Pretty good, needs a better pressure gauge
I liked the idea of this power station and it's generally well executed except for a couple of issues.
It took about an hour to install. I removed the light covers and disconnected the ground wires (4 screws), then removed the plastic cover (another 4 screws). My joists have 24" spacing and I wanted to install the power station perpendicular to the joists so I fit a 2 x 4 between the joists to mount the power station.
To bolt the power station to the 2 x 4 I used two ladders and had my wife hold one end of the power station while I used my drill to install the lag bolts. This went smoothly. Reinstalling the light bulbs and covers while working over my head was tedious.
The hose reel works smoothly. The air chuck locked on securely, and an auxiliary needle tip is provided. The "trouble light" is reasonably bright, but the switch requires a firm press to turn it on and off.
1) Having read other reviews complaining about the missing MR16 bulbs, I planned ahead and ordered a pair of MR16/GU10 LED light bulbs so I wouldn't ever have to replace them. But, when it came time to install them they didn't fit in the metal holder and I had to bend the holder arms so the bulb would fit and the bulb is still not centered. It would have been better to have built-in LED bulbs - they aren't that expensive these days. Since the power station is installed right next to my garage door opener which has lights in it anyway, the lights in the power station don't add much.
2) The pressure gauge isn't useful. For some reason it measures to 180 psi when the power station compressor only goes to 105 psi. The scale reads to the nearest 5 psi, making it hard to read the 33 psi I need for my tires. But the real problem is that the gauge read 60 psi when attached to my tires. I double-checked with two of my regular gauges to make sure the tires were really inflated to 33 psi. Would have been nice to have a standard NPT connection so I could provide my own chuck with a better pressure gauge.
June 27, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Judson Handy Garage Addition
First off, I love the whole concept of this garage power station. It packs a lot of functionality into a little space, and then it gets it out of the way by hanging it all on the ceiling, finally giving you a reason to utilize that neglected outlet space across from the one your garage door opener uses. Once installed, everything works as it should - it puts off a good amount of light, the air compressor works well (though I did notice some curious fluctuations on the pressure gauge) & there's a needle attachment built in, which is handy. Having the electrical outlet is a huge bonus as well.
With that said, installing this station was quite a chore. Installation wasn't so much difficult as it was awkward. This product would be greatly improved by the inclusion of a mounting plate. Alas, until that feature is added - I definitely recommend having two people (and obviously, 2 ladders) to complete this install. The unit is fairly heavy & holding it over your head gets tiring pretty quickly. You'll also need a tool with an extension as the holes for the lag bots are inside the station's housing, which is deep enough to require some added length.
Other than an awkward installation, this product is well thought out & well executed. It's a great upgrade to any garage.
July 1, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by massreviews Great concept with a few glitches.
Installation was not all that difficult for one person depending on the ceiling height. Installation plate would have made for a more efficient install. MR16 halogen were not included and should be part of the power station. Lack of LED down lighting does not make sense regarding this new design. Very difficult to control air pressure on inflatable items other than tires as unit always stays on with no on off button.
Well built with nice quality workmanship. Great idea for the garage, especially for have an LED light with receptacle built in. Not sure how fast the compressor fills up tires so stay tuned. Overall a nice addition for the garage, no lamps along with model of MR16 just makes no sense. Compressor tool hose gets in the way with the LED pull light. Still happy with the purchase overall despite a few minor details.
June 12, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rusty Works great and easy to install
This a 100% improvement over my old trouble light. Everything I need in an easy to use hand control for my garage. Yes the weight made it hard to hold up while installing but I am a 60 year old office pinky and I didn't have any trouble. I predrilled the first hole and used my cordless drill with a socket attachment to install the lag bolts. The rubber grommets help to keep the bolts from coming out while you install them. It only took me 1/2 an hour tops to install. I had the bulbs already because they are the same as my recessed lights I bought from HD that are over my sink. I love how the lights go out when your retract the cord so I won't be letting them on.
June 28, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by IronAvatar Great product, could use a few tweaks to make it excellent
I found this very easy to install when going the route of taking the whole cover off. Took about 10 minutes and everything was ready to go. The LED light is bright and focused at a good distance, the power plug is very handy, and the compressor is a nice touch. I do wish that the unit had an on/off switch for the compressor rather than automatically turning on when the cord is pulled. It would also be a better value if LED bulbs were included.
July 4, 2013