Review: Badger Air Star V T909 Compressor

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On March 16, 2016
Last modified:March 14, 2016


About the manufacturer

First I will have to mention that no badger was hurt doing the writing of this article!

When that said, the Badger Air-Brush Co. has been manufacturing high quality airbrushes at a great value for over thirty years. Their products are made with pride and dedication. Each Badger airbrush component is machined to exacting standards, assembled carefully by hand and then tested in use to assure that it not only meets our high standards, but exceeds your expectations. Badger now manufactures Thayer & Chandler, creator of the ever popular Vega. Their products are made in the U.S.A. and highly dependable! They also praise themselves with great customer service and even providing a network consultants which provide you with education and a helping hand if you run into any airbrush trouble along the way. The production manner and the user support are the two things that make them different from other airbrush manufacturers.

Air Star V T909 Compressor

Badger T909 review
Badger Air Star V T909

This is an Air Star V T909 Compressor produce and given to the people by Badger Air-Brush Co. When you first get the compressor you will notice that is very lightweight. By turning it on you will realize it is actually pretty quiet for a compressor. It has an automatic shut-off piston compressor followed by an adjustable regulator and a pressure gauge. Another great feature which will come to your attention is the built-in moisture filter and an airbrush holder. The motor of this compressor has a thermal overload protector. This means if the motor should overheat, the overload protector will shut it down. If this should occur you have to unplug the compressor and allow the motor to cool for approximately 5 minutes. This is done for the good of your compressor.

What’s in the box?

Well, when you get your package, inside you will find just what you were asking for: the brand new Badger’s Air Star V T909 Compressor. In case that’s not enough for you, you can always get desirable accessories such as Badger Air-Brush 10-Feet Company Braided Air Hose and Iwata-Medea Cleaning Station.

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Dimensions and specific features

The product dimensions are 11 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches and it weighs only 10.8 pounds (approximately 5 kg). The motor is 1/8 inch horsepower and has an on-off switch. The maximum pressure results in 40 PSI and the operating pressure is from 25 to 30 PSI. The thermal overload protection is maintenance free and oil-less.

Pros and Cons


  • Lightweight
  • Quiet operation
  • Thermal overload protection
  • Great for hobbies and art
  • Excellent air pressure adjustment
  • Rather cheap


  • If while spraying, the compressor starts and stops during a continuous spraying stroke it is necessary to regulate the pressure switch adjusting knob.

Review and final verdict

When you look at the whole picture this is one excellent small compressor. I personally had the opportunity to use it with a Paasche VL airbrush and was surprised when I realized that it was a very quiet supply of dry and at the same time cool air. It is well designed for artistic and hobby users and I also have to praise the air pressure adjustment which works very well and is very easily accessible. To sum up, a compressor which is good for the money spent, rather cheap, and matches its features and description.

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