Papago GoSafe TPMS100 Tire Pressure Monitoring System review

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Your car’s tires are an integral part of your safety while driving, and responsible adults pay attention to them. But really, checking my tire pressure is way at the bottom of my list of things I want to do.   The Papago GoSafe TPMS 100 (TPMS: Tire Pressure Monitoring System) makes this task easy and much more pleasant.  The Papago GoSafe TPMS uses RF technology to wirelessly and continuously monitor each tire’s pressure and temperature and clearly display the information to the driver.

The Papago GoSafe TPMS comes with a display device that fits into your car cigarette lighter and four sensors to install on the valve stem of each tire.  (Don’t worry about losing your USB adaptor cigarette lighter plug in, the Papago GoSafe TPMS doesn’t force you to choose, the display device includes a USB port.) Each tire valve sensor has a CR1632 button battery that must be inserted before using. The system also comes with a few small tools to help with the installation.

I followed the simple instructions and was able to get my Papago GoSafe TPMS up and running in about 10 minutes.

The display device shows the tire pressure for each tire as PSI or Bar (“Bar” is a metric unit of pressure used in some countries). With a push of the only button, the centigrade temperature for each tire is displayed.

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The Papago GoSafe TPMS has a default tire pressure of 36 PSI with a high pressure setting of 46 PSI and a low pressure setting of 26 PSI.  The display unit beeps when the PSI goes beyond the high or low settings.

My tires are labeled with a maximum pressure of 45 PSI (it’s embossed on the side of the tire).  So after a short drive in the 100+ summer heat, the display device was showing 48-49 PSI and the alarm was going off, “Bi-bi-bi-bi”.  The alarm is not startling or obnoxious, but it’s not something you want to drive around with either.  The “Set” button (the only button) on the display device stops the “beeping”, but only for one minute.  Be sure to check and set your high/low settings before you go on a long drive. Changing my high pressure alert default up from 46 PSI was simple, but not something to do while driving.  It will also alert you when any of the batteries in the sensors run out. The manual says the batteries should last 1-2 years.

Tire pressure is important for safety, fuel efficiency and extending the life of the tires. Because it is so important and so easy to forget, some of the newer cars have built-in tire pressure monitoring systems.  This is a great device for the rest of us and a lot less expensive than a new car.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by Papago. Please visit their site for more info and Amazon to order.

 

Product Information

Price:129.99
Manufacturer:Papago
Retailer:Amazon
Requirements:
  • 1 car with cigarette lighter outlet.
  • 4 tires.
Pros:
  • Easy to install
  • Easy to understand
  • Easy to use
  • Peace of mind
Cons:
  • None.
Posted in: Car Gear, Reviews
{ 8 comments… add one }
  • Brian S June 6, 2016, 9:16 am

    Thanks for the review Joyce. When you have some time; can you please test the pressure of the tires with a gauge to compare with the display and let us know how accurate the system is? That seems to be the downfall with most of these TPMS’s.

  • Joyce Parker June 6, 2016, 5:13 pm

    My manual gauge reading is pretty spot on with the PSI displayed. Since my gauge is the analog pencil type, I may be reading it off by 1, plus or minus.
    That’s a good check to do though. Thanks for bringing it up.

  • Steve June 6, 2016, 9:09 pm

    Amazon says it is anti-theft. How does it prevent someone from stealing it?

  • Joyce Parker June 6, 2016, 10:34 pm

    The valve sensors “lock” on with a small nut. You put the nut on the stem first, then then valve sensor, then snug the nut up to the valve sensor with the included small wrench. I’m not sure how or why this works, but the sensor doesn’t screw off when the nut is snugged up to it.
    To remove the sensor, you must first move the nut backward, then unscrew the sensor. If someone knew they needed to move the nut, and had a little wrench, it would be easy. They might be able to muscle it off without moving the nut. But the sensors won’t do anything without the inside display unit.
    That said, people will steal anything. I just try not to get too attached.

  • Jeramie V June 7, 2016, 12:44 pm

    Just an FYI – you should inflate your tires to your car’s specs (inside driver’s side door-jam) and not what is stated on the tires themselves.

  • Joyce Parker June 8, 2016, 12:32 am

    You are so right Jeramie! Where were you when I was trying to figure this out?
    I am much more tire-wise now!

  • Jason June 8, 2016, 9:30 am

    Will this work with motorcycle tires if the bike has a 12v outlet to plug the display unit into? Tough to watch going down the road (most bike outlets are under the seat), but it would be nice to be able to just glance at it when you stop instead of using the old type gage.

  • Joyce Parker June 8, 2016, 11:15 am

    The display unit shows the pressure for each tire: FL FR RL RR, and the alarm goes off if one of the sensors isn’t in place. The pressure still shows for the sensors that are in place. So, while it would technically work, the alarm would be constantly going to alert you that you are missing two tires, making the alarm function meaningless to you, as well as irritating.
    Go for one of the TPMS specifically made for motorcycles.

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