Alternative to the Air Compressor: Next Version of Bontrager’s TLR Flash Charger Floor Pump

“A floor pump, and a tubeless setup tool. Set to Charge for a pressurized chamber that makes at-home and on-the-fly setup of tubeless ready (TLR) tires a breeze.” – Bontrager

Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Digital Pump Review

The original Bontrager TLR Flash Charger has been part of Gravel Cyclist’s stable of tools for tubeless tyre setup for many years. 75% of our tubeless tyre installations are handled with this pump, the remaining 24% with the Topeak Joe Blow Booster, and the remaining 1%, visiting a mate’s house to use his air compressor… when all else fails.

Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Digital Pump Review

“TLR Flash Charger is the single-pump solution for daily use and at-home tubeless setup. It functions just like a standard floor pump when set to ‘Inflate’. Switching it to ‘Charge’ gives the ability to pressurize a chamber and ‘flash release’ the stored air in order to seat tubeless tires without a bulky air compressor. Plus, it has a broad, back-lit digital gauge that delivers accurate pressure readings all the way to 160 PSI.”

The Only Pump You Need

TLR Flash Charger has dual-chamber design that allows it to perform the functions of both a standard floor pump and an air compressor. It’s the single-pump solution for a unique all of your inflation needs, from topping off your pressure at the start of a ride to seating tubeless road and mountain tires.

Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Digital Pump Review

Goodbye Air Compressor

“It’s time to ditch the bulky air compressors you can’t carry with you to the trailhead. This pump’s dual-chamber design stores compressed air, which you can release with the simple flip of a lever to seat tubeless tire beads on a rim.”

Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Digital Pump Review

Easy-To-Read Digital Gauge

A broad, back-lit, digital gauge provides accurate pressure readings all the way up to the maximum 160 PSI.

Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Digital Pump Review

Discreet Handle Storage

Tired of searching for that lost needle? Sleek, handle-integrated storage ensures you’ll always know where to find those small, easy-to-misplace attachments for inflating things like basketballs and pool toys.

Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Digital Pump Review

Pump Up The Jams

The recommended pressure for setting up tubeless tires is 160 PSI. Once that limit is reached in the chamber, the digital gauge will show three dashes across the screen to signal you’re ready to rock and roll.

Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Digital Pump Review

To use as a standard floor pump:

  • Press-and-hold power button for 3 seconds
  • Set lever to “Inflate”
  • Attach to valve, then pump!

Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Digital Pump Review

To use for tubeless setup:

  • Set lever to “Inflate”
  • Attach to valve, then pump!
  • Press-and-hold power button for 3 seconds
  • Set levers to “Charge” and “Fill Tank”
  • Pump to 160psi – you’ll see 3 dashes on-screen when ready
  • Attach pump to valve
  • Set lever to “Pressure Release” for blast of air to seat bead onto rim
  • If additional air is needed, simply flip the lever back to “Inflate”

Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Digital Pump Review

Product Details

  • Dual-chamber design with Inflate setting allows for efficient use as a traditional floor pump
  • Set to Charge for a pressurized chamber that inflates tubeless-ready (TLR) tires without a compressor
  • Digital gauge provides easy-to-read accuracy up to 160 PSI (recommended maximum)
  • Compatible with both Presta and Schrader valves
  • Included inflation accessories conveniently stored in the handle
  • CR2032 battery for the gauge
  • Price at $US 129.99

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Bontrager TLR Flash Charger Pump

7 comments on “Alternative to the Air Compressor: Next Version of Bontrager’s TLR Flash Charger Floor Pump

  1. Bontrager also sells a stand alone pressure tank, which I recently purchased. If you already own a good floor pump – or several like me- then this is a less expensive option. The stand alone tank has a solid construction and a sturdy foot. It worked very well mounting several Gravel King SK’s for me. I don’t have JOM’s extensive tubeless experience; but I was delighted in how well the stand alone Bontrager flash charger performed. Another nice feature is that you can keep your floor pump attached to the charger and use it to correct the tire pressure after seating. Very well thought out design.

      1. Hi JOM- thanks. I’m sure that your review will be much more comprehensive than mine. BTW — I can’t thank you enough for all of the time and effort you put into your reviews and articles.
        Bob

  2. JOM.. Been reading your blog for sometime now….I cannot imagine how much ‘stuff’ is in you garage…Please inform of when you plan to have a clearance sale…
    cheers

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