Introducing the Chamberlain Garage Power Station. Air, power and lighting, all within reach. The Auto-Retractable Utility Cord combines air and power in one cord, so you can pump up, power up, and light up anything from one tool. The unit is ceiling mounted, to keep your work space free of clutter.
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82%of customersrecommend this product23 of 28reviews
Rating Breakdown29 reviews
82%of customersrecommend this product23 of 28reviews
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.
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.
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.
Pros: Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy
Cons: inaccurate pressure gauge, requires an unusual bulb that wasn't included
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.
If your garage has a ceiling it will be difficult to install. I found the joists, then predrilled, but had great difficulty in finding the holes while holding the unit to the ceiling. I had to build a scaffold to support the weight while I tried to find the holes. But the biggest disappointment was in the strange air hose connection method to the car tire valve. It kept leaking and I had to apply a lot of arm strength to keep the connection from leaking otherwise the relative weak compressor could not keep up with the leakage. The pressure gauge is totally misleading and useless. I am taking it back.
Pros: Sturdy, good idea poor execution
Cons: air hose to tire stem connection poor., pressure gauge useless
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.
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.
Received this as an early Fathers Day gift. Reviews so far are correct. Very difficult to mount by yourself. Need 2 people. They should supply the light bulbs. Also had to run back to the store to pick them up. C'mon for over a $100 they can throw in some halogen light bulbs. When they say don't over tighten the lag bolts-they mean it. The unit does not fit flush to the ceiling so it wobbles from side to side a bit. I figured it needed to be tightened so I broke a lag bolt off. I assume the reason why it does not fit flush is to provide some air circulation. So far, it has worked fine. I am assuming that it will function for a long time.
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.
High quality hose and retraction mechanism. The 25ft hose reaches everywhere in my three car garage, and a few feet outside too. I've only had it for a few days, but I'm pretty impressed so far. It feels solid, and seems like it should last a long time. I do have a few complaints though. It does NOT come with the 2 mr16 bulbs that go into the base unit. This wouldn't be a big deal if these were just standard bulbs, but now I have to go back to the store to get these very specific 50watt Mr16 bulbs. Other complaint is it's pretty tricky to fill things up, Maybe I havent quite figured out how to do it effectively. But the device turns on as soon as you connect it to the tire. This makes it much harder to get smaller inflatables (bike tire, beach balls) to a specific pressure since to turn it off you have to disconnect the hose. It would be much better to be able to connect the inflater, and then press a button to actually inflate.
Pros: Durable, All In One
Cons: bulbs not included, inflater turns on as soon as you attach tire
This power station has been an absolute nightmare to install. It only has two holes for the lag bolts to mount to studs. Since the studs in my garage are spaced 24" apart, this left me few mounting options. I finally found a suitable location, but realized that there was not an outlet within 6' (the length of the power cord).
Since I had to install a new outlet, I opted for a recessed receptacle so that I could mount the unit over the outlet and completely hide the plug. Well, it turns out that a recessed outlet, plus the "wide" rubber spacers do not give enough clearance for the plug to fit between the unit and the ceiling. This would not be an issue, except that the slight pressure of the cord pushes one side of the unit away from the ceiling, causing the other side to touch the ceiling. Since the (only) two mounting holes are in a straight line, there is no other anchor point to level the power station.
Also, after unscrewing the four screws to remove the cover, I discovered that two of the screw anchors on the cover were broken. So I will have to glue those back together for the cover to stay attached.
As others state, the required (not included) halogen bulbs are not the standard medium base, but rather a GU10 plug that costs upwards of $5 per bulb. An LED alternative that fits in this unit will deliver about 20% less light at a cost of over $25 per bulb. Halogen lights are very hot, so unpleasant to work under in a hot garage for any length of time.
This power station definitely needs some improvements, or at very least a mounting plate with more than two anchor points to stabilize the unit. Be prepared to shell out a good bit more for additional mounting hardware and bulbs to get this installed, and be aware that installation is tedious, frustrating, and time consuming.
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.
Overall I am happy with the Chamberlain Garage Power Station. I think it helps perform certain tasks that otherwise would be possible, but a bit more tedious. For example, I like that the 2-50W halogen (or LED) bulbs provide enough overhead lighting to complete most jobs and that the added lamp at the end of the 25ft extension cord can be hooked in place or just placed closer to a job to really brighten up a work space. Also, the air compressor seems to have enough power to inflate just about anything a normal DIY’er would need to inflate. Installation of the actual unit was fairly easy. The instructions were straight forward and easy to understand. There were, however, several issues. I happened to have a 6” extension for my socket wrench that made securing the unit to the ceiling fairly easy; however, if I didn’t have that particular tool it would have been more difficult. And, like others have stated if Chamberlain provided a steel mounting plate it would have been much easier. Also, the bulbs don’t fit easily into the brackets provided to hold them into place. I’m not sure why, seems to be an easy fix on Chamberlain’s part. I did get the bulbs to fasten, but it was not as straight forward as one would imagine. Finally, the two lag bolts used to fasten the unit to the ceiling are parallel to each other and the directions state that ½” rubber washers/spacers be placed on the ends. This creates a space between the unit and the ceiling that results in a “wobble” when the cord is pulled. I imagine that a mounting plate would solve this problem as well. I simply placed a wedge between the unit and the ceiling that eliminated that wobble but still allowed the air to circulate. The Power Station performs as expected. When the cord is pulled, the 2-50W bulbs come on immediately and when the cord is retracted they turn off. I have tested how well it inflates too on several basketballs, bike tires, and briefly on a car tire. It has the power to inflate everything easily. Others have complained that the air does not turn off until the nozzle is removed from whatever is being inflated, I don’t particularly see this as a problem. What is a bigger cause for concern is the pressure gauge. It only reads in increments of 5 and does not seem to be accurate. I have 2 other gauges in addition to the gauge on the Power Station. When I inflated the bike tires and car tire, the 2 other gauges both read the same, however, the Power Station gauge was always 3psi – 5psi low. Not a huge cause for concern, but not accurate either. In the end, I do like the Chamberlain Garage Power Station because it makes life a bit easier, however, Chamberlain definitely has a few modifications to make that will result in a much better unit.
Pros: Easy to Use, All In One
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Example of the overhead light and the wedge to stabilize the unit.
This product needs an installation mounting plate. It is quite heavy and needs to be lag bolted to the ceiling joist(s). Even with pre-drilled, and pre-tapped holes it meant holding this heavy object while standing on a ladder. As supplied, it requires two men on two ladders.
You should provide an additional steel plate with a hinged receptacle for the base of the unit. The mounting plate can be permanently affixed to the ceiling without the necessity of awkwardly and dangerously holding the unit. The unit can then have one end slid into a the mounting plate and rotated upward, then requiring only a single machine screw to hold the unit in place. The final mechanical security can be through two or more heavy machine screws or lag bolts.
The device itself is ruggedly built and in each of its components you can see the thought that went into making its design durable.
First, the handheld's LED task light provides a nice amount of direction light that comes from a multi-LED array vs a single diode- so should it get banged around hard enough to cause one to fail the rest would likely remain functional. It is about the right amount of light for a task or inspecting something close-up but doesn't "white-out" what you are looking at like a high-output CREE flashlight might. The length of the extensions seems ideally suited for even a three car garage- with the right placement.
Secondly, The inflator works well, and this is one of my favorite features as I find myself no longer lugging out the compressor to air-up the family bike tires or the car-tires before that long road trip. Having the common tips at hand is a plus and helps make this an even handier tool. Still, I am a little disappointed in the choice of an analogue gauge. A back-lit LED gauge would have been a better choice. Primarily because when using it away from the base unit's directional bulbs (and since the handheld's LED light is on the opposite side) you might find yourself still wanting a flashlight in those dimmer hours when using the inflation function. In short, the inflator functions fine, it just seems to beg a design change.
The drop cord/power plug extension function works well. It has adequately supplied power to all the tools I've tried including drills, circular saw, reciprocal saw and angle grinder. Unfortunately, the plug receptacle is mounted in the middle of and perpendicular to the hand held unit. This placement causes the the plug to prematurely "pull-out" should you find yourself tugging on your tool. It's fine when you are stationary, but if you are dragging a shop vac around the garage you may want another drop-cord/extension as a buffer.
I have not tried using LED MR16 replacement bulbs on the main unit but plan on trying them in the near future.
Installation was straight forward but I wouldn't call it an easy job- you should certainly consider mounting it a two person job.
All minor complaints aside, it works well and is well built and it absolutely makes the day-to-day garage tasks easier, more convenient, and neater.
Pros: Durable, Easy to Use, All In One, Sturdy, Strong, Good Size & Weight
The design and concept are reasonable. It takes a bit of thought for location in my application, and I ended up struggling to get it installed where it did not interfere with my garage door. That was my bad. But when I went to use it the very first time and the cheap hook on the end came loose from its attachment, I was more than miffed. Like when I read that the package did not include the fixture bulbs. Just empty sockets. At the price point, I did expect more.
I have used the air compressor three times since I bought it 3 months ago. I went to inflate a tire and the compressor hose wouldn't hold the air pressure so it kept kicking on and off. the pin in the nozzle wasn't seated properly but now its working fine. it is a great item and worth the money.
This is a great idea but could be a bit more powerful. It hangs from the garage ceiling and out of the way. Which is great in our overcrowded garage but it really needs a bit more power. You could inflate a tire but be prepared to wait about an hour to do it. Some notes on this unit, it uses two special light bulbs not standard Edison base bulbs. These bulbs were quite expensive. In addition, something the instructions do not tell you, put the light bulbs in first into the clips then screw on the face plate. If you do it the way the instructions say to do it... your bulbs hang down about an inch and dangle.
Pros: Easy to Use, Sturdy, Strong
Cons: not that powerful, needs two to hang/heavy, light bulbs expensive
I love my new Chamberlin Power Station! The 25-foot cord and compressor hose will stretch outside my garage by several feet where I can use the inflator, utility light or power outlet. But, don't try to install the power station without using a 6-inch wrench extension.I didn't have one and had to take off the outer housing. It was quite a task to replace. It actually took longer to accomplish this than the rest of the installation. I drilled two holes 16 inches apart into old wooden yard stick to use as a template for placing my lag bolts into the ceiling. First, place the lag bolts into the unit and secure with the large rubber washers. I had help lifting the power station into position and used my electric drill as a power wrench to drive the lag bolts into the ceiling joist. Since I didn't have the housing on the mounitng plate, I had to find a phillips head screw driver long enough to exted to the six inches into the housing. Then I had to hold the cover in place while I tried time and time again to get the 4 screws to engage. I finally did it.