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Tire pressure gauge: Analog vs Digital

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Aug 22, 2012
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Tire pressure gauge: Analog vs Digital

Hey guys,

Getting mixed opinions on accurate tire pressure gauges for car tires

Accutire digital: https://www.amazon.ca/Measurement-Limit ... 31&sr=8-15

Joe's racing analog: https://www.amazon.ca/Joes-Racing-32307 ... way&sr=8-1

My tires are 32PSI and the cheapo stick gauge from CT was off by 10PSI according to my dealership, so I need something better to check occasionally. I'd wait for a sale on the Joe's one if that's the way to go
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Aug 22, 2011
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I use the cheap analog ones and they are only off be 2psi.
Between the individual TPMS readings, tire guage pen and the inflator readout, I don't know which to trust...LOL
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Sep 25, 2018
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I got a 1 dollar tire gauge pen from ebay and it was as accurate as mechanic's gauge.
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I would definitely expect the Joes Racing one to be more accurate.

I have a 15 year old Autometer unit that still works well.
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Feb 9, 2006
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I usually use digital because it's just easier to read.
Either way between the freeones I get from tire shops (keychains) and the $20 ones I get from stores they're all within 0.5 PSI of each of each other. Which Is good enough. They're usually accurate to 10 kPa.
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denti72 wrote: holy jumpin'!!! $40 for a tire gauge!!!

I'm in the camp of el cheapo from crappy tire would suffice... i'm not racing so close enough will do.

Same price range as the ops 2nd link.

Of course you can by a $2 dollar store gauge which is enough for most people. But the Op wants something accurate.
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Enforcer22 wrote: Hey guys,

Getting mixed opinions on accurate tire pressure gauges for car tires

Accutire digital: https://www.amazon.ca/Measurement-Limit ... 31&sr=8-15

Joe's racing analog: https://www.amazon.ca/Joes-Racing-32307 ... way&sr=8-1

My tires are 32PSI and the cheapo stick gauge from CT was off by 10PSI according to my dealership, so I need something better to check occasionally. I'd wait for a sale on the Joe's one if that's the way to go
I don’t think analog vs digital makes a difference other than digital is easier to read.

A good digital one will be better than a poor analog one.

And a good analog one will be better than a poor digital one.

Therefore, take into consideration things like reviews, warranty, research, recommendations, etc. Ive been relying on the cheapie pen/stick ones and you have me worried now...so I’m going to stay tuned here to see what gets recommended here at a reasonable price to upgrade mine for some peace of mind!
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May 24, 2008
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I have the joes racing analog one and its very accurate. It also have the button to release air without releasing the valve which helps. I need it to be very accurate for tracking/autox purpose
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Been using this one for a few years, very solid and accurate enough for me. Tried those big dial type, pain in the butt to use and store. Had a few digital ones and after battery dies you'd have to buy a new one.

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B0002SQYTG/
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I use a Joe's racing gauge in my garage however Longacre is another very well regarded brand.
Smash that like button!
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Feb 11, 2007
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I have a few digital gauges I got from crappytire for about $10 on sale. They're all pretty accurate. I also have an analog racing gauge but rarely use it. The digital ones are actually more accurate.
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Remember the old school analog gauges that were heavy duty and were all metal?

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l69norm wrote: Remember the old school analog gauges that were heavy duty and were all metal?

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I still have mine, all metal, must be at least 50 years old. The small one even has a valve core tool. Small one made in England, large one made either in England, Toronto, or New York. Definitely not made in china...
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I have the same digital Accu tire gauge I got from ct 20 years back. Used it regularly on many cars through out the years. The latest car have TPMS and what shows on the gauge is same as what's shown on the car display.

Being a minimalist, buying something small, cheap instead of that bulking thing from Amazon. I remember buying something like the amazon one which was attached to my air compressor, but hardly use it.
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Two things I like about digital over analog are:
1) easier / faster to read
2) backlit for use in low light

But one bad thing I noticed about digital tire gauges and inflators is that they all seem to have a huge range on them. Usually up to 250 psi. I think it's generally accepted that a measuring device is most accurate when you're measuring something in the middle of it's range. So I can't imagine that trying to measure 32 psi on a 250 psi sensor is very accurate.

You'll notice that those fancy pressure gauges from Joe's, Longacre etc. give you the option to select 0-30 psi, 0-60 psi, 0-100 psi etc. So for example, a dragster with very low tire pressures would want to use that first option, a passenger vehicle with the typical 32 psi would use the second, and 3/4 ton pickup with 50-60 psi would use the third.
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Similar discussion was had here not long ago:
https://forums.redflagdeals.com/amazon- ... m-2268268/

I stand by what I said there--my Accutire has held up to the test of time (over 20 years, just like peteryourkuca) and has been better and more reliable than any mechanical gauge I've ever had. Mind you, I never had any expensive/premium mechanical gauges but pretty sure that first Accutire I bought was like $20 back then so not like it was expensive either.
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Go for a good analog that will last forever, be accurate, and never need batteries to be replaced. Hassle free, one less battery replacement cycle to worry about in life.

These days people buy *way* too many random battery powered items that inevitably have dead batteries when you need them some day.

Obviously replacing a $1 battery isn't a huge deal, but if you have 30 random battery powered items in your house that all randomly need batteries, to me that's a little annoyance that I'd rather opt out of.

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