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Compressors, like manual bicycle pumps have to be designed around the competing goals of high pressure vs. high volume. A compressor made for a raft or other high volume application probably cannot reach the pressures needed for a bike tire. Conversely a small compressor made for tires, especially for HP bike tires, will be designed as a low volume unit and be very inefficient for filling a raft.
You need to know the application and get a compressor designed for it. Larger compressors, like commercial paint sprayer units, can often do both because they they have enough power available to deliver high pressure ad decent volumes. Check the pressure and volume capacity, measured in cfm (cubic feet/munute) when choosing a compressor. For tires alone very little cfm is needed, but for a raft you'll need more.
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