Do I Need An Airbrush Compressor With Or Without An Air Tank?


If you have restricted space or need an Airbrush Compressor which is highly portable then you may wish

to select a model which is not fitted with a tank.

This type of compressor is often called an “on demand” compressor as it is activated when the airbrush trigger is pressed.

The compressor will stop running when the trigger is released. There is no air reservoir which means that the

Airbrush Compressor will run every time the trigger is pressed.

Mini Airbrush Compressors For Airbrush With Compressor Airbrush Compressor Set
BARTSHARP Airbrush Compressor TC802



The BARTSHARP TC802 Airbrush Compressor is supplied with an air pressure regulator / water trap (AFR 2000) which is used

to set the required air pressure. It provides approximately 23 - 25 litres of air per minute and operates at less than 49db.

Similar models, offered by other supplier, are powered by a 1/6th horse power electric motor.

The TC802 has a more powerful 1/5th horse power electric motor which is used to drive an oil-less piston system.


BARTSHARP Airbrush Compressor TC90
BARTSHARP Airbrush Compressor TC90


The BARTSHARP TC90T Airbrush Compressor is also supplied with an air pressure regulator / water trap (AFR 2000) and works

in the same way as the TC802 model.

It will, however, produce 30 – 35 litres of air per minute and is powered by a 1/3rd horse power electric motor which drives two pistons.

This model of compressor is capable of providing sufficient air to run up to five airbrushes as well as air tools

(which require less than 60PSI operating pressure)

Both the TC802 and TC90 Airbrush Compressors are pulse free

(this means that air is not initially pushed out a higher or lower pressure, when the trigger is first pressed,

before settling to the pre-set air level).


Space Not An Issue?


If space is not an issue then there are benefits to be had from purchasing an Airbrush Compressor with air tank / reservoir.

All of the Airbrush Compressors, within the BARTSHARP range, are “auto start / auto stop which is achieved

through an air pressure sensor.

This means that the compressor will, initially, run to fill the air tank to the required pressure; set by the pressure regulator / water trap (AFR 2000).

The compressor will automatically stop running once the required pressure has been reached and will then

automatically restart when the air pressure drops below a pre-set level.

Similarly the compressor will automatically stop running when the air pressure is back up to the required level.

This feature ensures that your Airbrush Compressor is not always running nor is it always activated

simply whenever the trigger is pressed. The main benefit is that the air tank provides a reserve of air which

reduces wear on your compressor and also provides periods of silent compressed air supply.


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