Iwata-Medea Studio Series Power Jet Pro Double Piston Air Compressor
The Iwata-Medea Studio Series Power Jet Pro is a perfect example of what this industry leader has been building towards, and what they will continue to produce moving forward. A professional studio quality piece of equipment, there’s a lot to like when it comes to this particular air compressor.
For one, it comes with a 1/6 horse power motor that can produce variable pressure all the way up to 70PSI – and it’s capable of sustaining that pressure for long periods of time. This allows users of the Iwata-Medea Studio Series Power Jet Pro to take advantage of a consistent line of pressure that practically guarantees the best results for each airbrushing project.
Secondly, it has a 2 liter (1/2 gallon) air tank built right into it’s almost unbelievably small footprint. This makes sure that any artist working with the compressor has consistent pressure across the board without any interruption, helping to improve the quality of work as well. You’ll really appreciate the fact that the Iwata-Medea Studio Series Power Jet Pro gives you this extra edge and advantage when you’re blowing through projects much faster than you would have before!
What’s in the box
When you order the Iwata-Medea Studio Series Power Jet Pro, what you see is pretty much what you get. Inside the box you’ll find in the air compressor in itself, the necessary hose hookups to get started, and instruction manual and guide, and a power cord that you can plug into almost any household power supply. This is more than enough to get started using this particular air compressor, though there are accessories available that you can purchase separately and integrate into the this studio quality piece of equipment.
As far as features are concerned, the Iwata-Medea Studio Series Power Jet Pro includes:
- A 1/6 hp variable PSI pressure air compressor
- A 2 L air storage tank (half gallon for those on the standard system)
- Dual air regulators for precise adjustments and quick attachment and disconnection of tools
- On deck airbrush holders that are mounted directly to think unit
- Twin pressure gauges with built in redundancy and also moisture filter units for ease of maintenance and repair
Coming in at right around 10” x 6” x 7” (and weighing right around 27 pounds or so), this is a pretty compact piece of equipment and one that will fit right at home in your studio. It can also double as and “on the road” kind of unit thanks to its relatively small footprint, power hookup capability, and the fact that the tank is so small and light.
My Experience (2019 update)
This air compressor is what I would call “an elite compressor”. It definitely deserves to be talked about, so I will share my first-hand experience after a few years of usage. I have to say, that when my old compressor died (of old age) and I bought this Iwata-Medea product, the feeling was like going from driving a Yugo to driving a red Ferrari! And who doesn’t like a Ferrari?!
First thing I will mention is that everything you get is ready for usage right out of the box. It’s normal for a compressor to get hot after a few hours of usage, but believe it or not, this one just gets warm. This says a lot about its construction and high quality.
When I hold the trigger down at 45 PSI the tank shuts off and refills, which is something I didn’t experience with my previous compressor.
The thing that I personally liked about this double piston product are the two airbrush ports with independent pressure, air filters and air pressure adjustments. So, me and my colleague work at the same time and each sets its own conditions. Perfection.
Being an elite airbrush compressor, it would be completely stupid if it were noisy. So, it runs as quietly as a microwave oven, maybe even more quiet. It just purrs silently delivering a nice stream of air.
Definitely a family and neighbor’s friendly product.
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Like a Ferrari, this airbrush compressor is expensive. But is definitely the best investment that will pay off without a doubt! Iwata-Medea made a compressor that will last and to confirm this I will just say that I have been using it for five years and it still works the same as the first day I got it. When you buy it, I guarantee you will fall in love immediately. So, the only thing to worry about is that your partner doesn’t get jealous.
Customer views are definitely overwhelmingly positive towards this particular air compressor. One user on Amazon.com said that they have been using air compressors and airbrushes since 1984, and they’ve never found a compressor that offers this kind of quality, consistency, and silent operation – and that they are pretty much in love with this particular unit!
At the end of the day, you aren’t going to find too terribly many other small form factor compressors that allow you to unleash your creativity quite the way that the Iwata-Medea Studio Series Power Jet Pro air compressor can.