Want to know which of our product models suits your needs? With the extensive line of compressors we offer, the importance of choosing the right compressor cannot be stressed enough. That’s why we’ve created this guide to help you pick the right “C” model compressor.
VIAIR “C” model compressors are intended to fill air tanks. They are not equipped with an ON/OFF switch or pressure sensitive shutoff device of any kind. The use of a pressure switch and relay is required. All “C” model VIAIR compressors (except certain 100 series units) are equipped with a stainless steel braided leader hose and a check valve. This keeps the compressor from restarting under high pressure which can create an amp draw spike and can cause motor damage. Most VIAIR compressors are equipped with a thermal overload protector that will shut down the unit when overheated. When cool, the thermal overload protector will disengage allowing the compressor to restart as normal.
When looking for the right C-Model compressor for your application, here are the questions to ask.
What voltage does my application require?
Viair offers both 12 and 24v DC compressors to suit your needs.
How much PSI does my application require?
Viair offers multiple compressors in different sizes. The products are capable of filling from 0 to 200 psi in just a few minutes. It’s important to keep in mind what working pressure your application requires. A traditional air ride set up will require tank pressure up to 200 psi. Other applications such as air lockers or air horns may only require 150 psi or less. Air Cylinders or Air Brakes may operate around 100 psi so it’s always important to check your specs to make sure you choose the right compressor for your needs.
What duty cycle do I need to run the compressor at?
The run time of the compressor is important to consider. Do you need something to run continuously for hours throughout the day? Or are you looking for something that only needs to operate for a couple of minutes at a time?
Viair compressors feature duty cycles ranging from 9% to 100%. Duty cycle refers to the amount of time a compressor can be operated continuously in a given time period, at 100 psi, and a standard ambient temperature of 72 F. Duty cycle is commonly expressed in percentage format as compressor on time/ (on time + off time)= Duty Cycle %. For example, a 9% duty compressor has a max continuous run time of 5 minutes and a 100 % duty cycle compressor has a max continuous run time of 1 hour before needing to cool off and rest.
How much CFM does my application require?
CFM, which stands for Cubic Feet per Minute, can also play a huge role in choosing the right compressor. Certain applications may require a compressor that is pushing out a higher volume of air per minute. Though this may not be as important for all applications, it is always important to consider how this may affect your application. For example, most air tools like impact guns require at least 3.5 CFM. A single compressor may not achieve the desired CFM and two compressors may be required to fully operate the application. CFM requirements can be different for all job types but, adding a compressor with more CFM may be beneficial.
Applications of C Model Compressors
Our C Model compressors can be used for a variety of applications. Here are a few examples:
We hope this information helped. For more information please feel free to contact our friendly and knowledgeable customer service team.