If you have ever purchased or used a cylinder compressor before, you may have noticed that in addition to all the wonderful features they offer such as multiple speeds, a regular deflection and safety valve controls, etc. that most are electric compressors. In fact, just about every style of gasoline based engine on the planet is an electric engine because it is the simplest way to power up these devices. Yet, many are still mystified as to why electric compressors are necessary if the gasoline engines can work just as well.
This is one of the few cases where it makes sense to use an electric compressor. After all, there are some parts of your engine that cannot function in a regular engine. For example, they may not have the correct seals or you may not have enough room for the spark plugs. And they are also essential to allow you to deflate the air filter quickly, maintain low pressure and have convenient portability for short trips.
The biggest benefit to using an electric compressor, however, is that they cost so much less than a conventional compressor. Unlike a regular compressor, this type of device has no moving parts that take up space. They simply run on electricity and can last almost indefinitely as long as the batteries are stored correctly. This means you can store them in your garage so that you can easily access them. Or you can keep them with you at all times for instant emergency pumping when you need to take your tires off the car to change a flat.