I received the Nomad compressor a few months ago and have been using it to charge my rifles in that time. Now that I’ve gotten some experience with it, I feel confident commenting on how it has functioned for me. Probably a good place is to start is talking about both what the Nomad is, and what it isn’t.
This compressor was designed to be a portable gun filling station, its dimensions are 10.6x8x8 inches and weighs in at about 20 lbs. Note that I said this rig is intended to fill your gun and not a tank. The Nomad charges a gun quickly, my Ataman M2 Ultra fills to 4300 psi in just over 8 minutes, and my AirForce Texan charges to 3000 psi in under 20 minutes. However, the system was designed to move a small volume of air and was not intended to run over s prolonged period, as required for filling a higher capacity tank.
While this Prevents you from filling a tank to take along on a shoot, the problem is mitigated because you can take the compressor instead, using the supplied jump cables to charge it from your 12v car battery. I’ve found that while it runs very well off the 12V battery, this is a bit of a hassle, and I’m going to see if I can jerry rig a cigarette plug adaptor for it.
The Nomad makes a bit of noise when running, but not too bad, I’ll shoot a quick video with audio on a future outing and post it on the blog. It’s worked well on prairie dog shoots where I ran it off the battery and filled one gun while I was out shooting another, keeping them in rotation so I always came back to the truck to find a filled gun. There is an automatic shutoff that you can set for the appropriate fill pressure, then all you have to do is bleed the line when you return.
I’ve been pleased with the Nomad so far, I’ve sent it in checked baggage twice and shipped it round trip once as I’ve traveled for hunts, and so far it’s held up well, I haven’t even had to replace an O-ring or burst disk (included) yet.