Exclusive First Look At New Benjamin Traveler Portable HPA Compressor
The long holiday weekend gave the HAM team a first chance to see the new Benjamin Traveler portable HPA compressor.
So far, the Benjamin Traveler portable HPA compressor is not even featured on the Crosman web site, so this HAM report really is an exclusive first sneak peek at this exciting new product!
We first reported on this portable HPA compressor from the 2018 SHOT Show, where it made its debut appearance. There are – as you would expect – some differences between the SHOT Show sample and the one we have here. However, the basics are the same.
The Benjamin Traveler is a very small, portable compressor that’s designed to fill PCP air rifles directly. It’s not intended to fill large HPA tanks – it’s actually a product to replace these tanks for many users. And yes, it’s very light and portable…
The core product is this box. It provides High Pressure Air at up to 4,500 PSI. Power comes from a 12 Volt car battery or 110 Volt AC home supply, using an included transformer.
Now here we should also say that there MAY be differences between the model we’re seeing here and the final production models of the Benjamin Traveler. It’s scheduled to appear later in the Summer.
We’re saying that because the serial number of this particular unit is 20180001 and because it’s not in final packaging, nor does it have any documentation.
On one side of the box is a pressure gauge. This is graduated in both PSI and Bar. It also provides a means of setting the maximum fill pressure by adjusting the central, white knob.
The main Benjamin Traveler portable HPA compressor box is connected to an air rifle using this flexible connector tube. The brass screw looks like the bleed and there’s the expected standard female quick disconnect at either end.
The black and silver housing contains a filter that could be an inline oil/water separator. Multiple filters are included with this Benjamin Traveler portable HPA compressor we received.
The Benjamin Traveler portable HPA compressor is supplied with clips and cables to attach to a 12 Volt car battery. There’s also a second, much smaller, cable that is used to connect the compressor to the transformer.
Here it is!
And here’s the Benjamin Traveler portable HPA compressor and transformer connected together for use.
If you prefer the car battery approach, simply set up the Benjamin Traveler portable HPA compressor like this…
Here we see how the flexible hose connects to the compressor. That cut-out shape is the pressure gauge we saw in close-up above.
Also included with the Benjamin Traveler portable HPA compressor HAM received is a set of O rings and seals, a “dead head” and tiny screwdriver (for adjusting the pressure setting, we think). The fill probe with adapter looks like it could be for the Benjamin Pioneer AirBow. We’ll be checking that out, of course!
The ever-improving price/performance of PCP air rifles makes low-cost, reliable and simple HPA compressors the obvious next step for many manufacturers. Crosman is obviously getting there fast with the Benjamin Traveler portable HPA compressor!
Back at the SHOT Show, Crosman was talking about a price of around $650.00 for the Benjamin Traveler portable HPA compressor. No word yet on a final price, but that will doubtless be released fairly soon.
HAM will carry another report on the Traveler once we’ve had time to fire it up and fill some air rifles. Stay tuned…