Full Review: Grex AC1810 Air Compressor

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On June 26, 2014
Last modified:July 28, 2020


The Grex AC1810 is a stylish, feature-rich portable airbrush compressor ideal for the artist on the go. Integrated pressure gauge for convenient pressure readings.

Grex Power Tools is committed to providing innovative, high quality products at competitive prices that exceed the expectations of every customer.  While originally introduced as a maker of power and pneumatic tools, the company has expanded to provide cutting edge airbrush equipment and compressors that are designed with both professional and weekend warrior artists.

Grex AC1810-A 1/8 HP 120V Portable Piston Air Compressor
Grex AC1810-A 1/8 HP 120V Portable Piston Air Compressor

Grex AC1810-A 1/8 HP 120Volt Portable Piston Air Compressor

The Grex AC1810 – A is a very stylish unit that provides numerous features designed to address the needs of artists who are on the go.  The unit is manufactured in Monterey Park, CA, with distributors located all over the world.  The compressor provides a feature rich user experience that allows for quick and easy setup, and easy transportation.  AC1810 is constructed using an oil-less piston design, which provides virtually maintenance free operation for the life of the unit.

What’s in the Box

The Grex AC1810-A is an 1/8 HP unit that comes with a locking regulator, integrated pressure gauge and moisture trap, a retractable handle, a fully integrated airbrush holder, a 12 foot plastic, coiled air hose, and 1/8” fittings.  This Grex air compressor comes complete with everything a serious airbrush artist needs to get started, all in a compact, easy to use and transport unit that is available at a great price.


This portable airbrush compressor includes many features that make it a great option for any airbrush user, including:

  • High performance, low maintenance oil-less piston motor
  • Set and lock regulator
  • Pressure gauge
  • Moisture trap
  • Retractable handle
  • Manual and auto shut off
  • Airbrush holder
  • Extra long air hose
  • Industry standard 1/8” fittings

This compressor provides everything needed to provide a feature rich user experience, without sacrificing quality or ease of use.  The Grex AC1810-A compressor weighs in at only 11 pounds, and measures 12x10x6.3 inches.  This provides a compact, easy to use design that is completely portable for those artists that are on the go.

The compressor has an oil-less piston design, which allows it to meet the demands of any airbrushing situation.  The included regulator features a set and lock design that ensures that air settings are maintained throughout a spraying session.

The moisture trap provides consistent results that are not marred by excess moisture reaching the airbrush.  This compressor also includes both a manual and automatic shut off, which ensures that the unit is not running unnecessarily, saving wear and tear on the motor.

The addition of the integrated airbrush holder, and the retractable handle rounds out the compressor to provide an easy to use set up that is compact, yet keeps everything close at hand.

Motor 1/8 HP AC
Pressure 60 psi (4.1 bar)
Displacement 0.7 cfm (20 L/min)
Noise level  55dB
Weight 11 lbs. (4.98kg)
Size 12 x 10.1 x 6.3 inches
Power 120V / 0.96 A / 60 Hz
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My Experience (2019 update)

We reviewed this product five years ago, meanwhile we tested it a few times in different
working environments and also talked to many of its users that were willing to share their
impressions. So, we give you the most honest review with all the good and the bad mentioned.
There is no doubt that the Grex AC1810 air compressor is a sturdy, effective and reliable unit. It’s the kind of tool you don’t have to worry about during usage. We used it for small job but also tested it for long lasting ones. When running at a lower PSI, like hobbyist do, you will hear the motor often.

So, if you’re a beginner hobbyist, don’t worry, everything is good. On the other hand, if the PSI is kept high, the unit will run occasionally as it stores a nice amount of air.

Now, this might sound stupid, but in some moments, you really get to appreciate the divine handle – more helpful than you’d think.

Another great thing is the built-in moisture trap that helps when you are moving around a lot. The suction feet aren’t perfect but they don’t scratch your hardwood floor, so that’s a plus.

Another minor complaint would be regarding the airbrush holster – it can break at the support base. However, you can fix this easily by getting a dedicated airbrush holder.

And of course, there’s the feature that your family or neighbors appreciate the most – the unit runs quietly. So, while you’re working no complaints will be made. This airbrush compressor has great performance and is made to run on a daily basis. The unit it completely user friendly and easy to set up.

The company really did a great job on the regulator that will certainly prolong the life span of the compressor. If you are in a hunt for an airbrush compressor, this one is a real catch!


User Reviews

Customers who purchase the Grex AC1810-A compressor are consistently happy with their results with this compressor.  The regulator and moisture trap allow the compressor to provide precise, even results throughout a spraying session.  The set and lock regulator also ensures that there are no changes in PSI, and the overall design allows for pulse-less refilling while the unit is in use.  Users are completely satisfied with the quality and craftsmanship of the unit, and highly recommend it to others who are looking for a high quality unit at an affordable price.


The Grex AC1810-A 1/8 HP 120Volt Portable Piston Air Compressor provides a feature rich user experience in a unit that provides reliable, consistent results.  The integrated regulator eliminates unnecessary running, which results in superior longevity for the unit.  The overall features, noise level, and compactness of the compressor provide everything a true airbrush artist needs, without breaking the bank.

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