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Old 23-07-2012, 14:30   #241
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Re: Coleman Stirling Power Coolers

Chris and Tom:

Thanks for the fast feedback!
My problem was also just as you described.
The fuse is indeed a brown box, about 1cm on each side, with 2 leads.
It has "8A" stamped on it and it's soldered to the board.

I fixed it just a little bit differently than you both did. I pulled out the fuse (melting the soldered leads and just gently pulling with pliers). I then spliced in a neat 1/2 inch solid wire connecting the old fuse pads. This makes the board effectively unfused.

Then I took the internal power lead (which runs from the cooler's power socket to the electronics board and cut the red power line and spliced in a 10A auto fuse there. There's lots of room to work since you're not dealing with a board anymore. If I had the part, I would have used an inline fuse holder like this one, but I just soldered the fuse leads directly to 6 inches of new wire. (They'll be easy to clip off if I ever need to again.)

My reasoning is that if there's ever another fuse failure, it will be much easier to switch that inline fuse than it would be to desolder and resolder that circuit board again, which is more fiddly work and also required pulling out the board and reinstalling it.

Anyway, the fix is not hard.. thanks very much for describing it. My trusty cooler is now working again!
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Old 24-07-2012, 18:03   #242
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Re: Coleman Stirling Power Coolers

hi while you are doing this you may need experts,

please contact us from http://www.sunsetmarine.com
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Old 16-09-2012, 19:34   #243
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2 Coleman Power Coolers on Craigslist right now. One is in Norfolk, va for 250.00 and one in Lincoln, Ne for 375.00.
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So I bought one of these Coleman coolers off Craigslist... Best $150 I ever spent. First thing I did was rip it apart it see if I could adapt it to use in my ice box.

Surprisingly easy... and it freezes. I am almost done, I'm going to make it a freezer inside the icebox, and have its excess energy cool the box to fridge temps. Haven't bought/carried/loaded a bag of ice in weeks... and have tons more space in the icebox because I don't need the ice. Uses about 2 amps.

I have the cheapest freezer in the marina!
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Old 18-11-2012, 15:31   #245
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I have not visited this forum in quite a while... Just found it again because one of my coleman coolers popped up with an error... Not a big problem.. just full of dirt.. blew it out with come compressed air and it is running again.

I noticed that my first post on this forum was sept. 2008.. when I only had one cooler.. THat fall I got a second one off of ebay and they have both been running flawlessly (well untill today)... for over FOUR YEARS now..
Just keeping my beer cold and handeling occational overload from the house fridge :-)... . they have saved my during long power outages (most recently Hurricane Isac) keeping my perishables cool and my beer cold when everyone else is throwing away all their food :-)

I certainly love my coleman coolers and I can't understand why this technology is not in mass production. If everyone had a refrigerator based on this system and a couple of hundred watts of solar power, long term power outages like the one that the east coast is still experiancing would be no big deal.
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Hi MysticGringo,
Hope your project carried on well.
Any chance of some pictures and an update?
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So I bought one of these Coleman coolers off Craigslist... Best $150 I ever spent. First thing I did was rip it apart it see if I could adapt it to use in my ice box.

Surprisingly easy... and it freezes. I am almost done, I'm going to make it a freezer inside the icebox, and have its excess energy cool the box to fridge temps. Haven't bought/carried/loaded a bag of ice in weeks... and have tons more space in the icebox because I don't need the ice. Uses about 2 amps.

I have the cheapest freezer in the marina!
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I've posted another thread, but it's not getting any responses.

Any there any other systems which are 12 volts which are comparable to the Coleman Sterling system?

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I've posted another thread, but it's not getting any responses.

Any there any other systems which are 12 volts which are comparable to the Coleman Sterling system?

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Free Piston Stirling Cooler: Products (FPSC Application Products)
Here you go.

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Ok, does anyone know any prices/retailers. I have seen these listed for the medical field, which usually means they are hard to obtain in the free market.

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Ok, does anyone know any prices/retailers. I have seen these listed for the medical field, which usually means they are hard to obtain in the free market.

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I guess first, Thank-you. Oh wait, that's you that's supposed to say Thank-you.
Second, call them or would you like someone to do that for you?
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I guess first, Thank-you. Oh wait, that's you that's supposed to say Thank-you.
Second, call them or would you like someone to do that for you?
Sorry......Thank you.....I do appreciate it.

No need to get your panties in a bunch.......

Just because the product is made, doesn't mean it is a viable product to have imported in the US. If it cost's $1000 but costs $3000 to import, than it's really not reasonable. Don't you think?

Also, because it's a Japanese company, it doesn't necessarily show up on a search.

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Re: Coleman Stirling Power Coolers

Just for those who may be interested in a Cryocooler;

They are available, but be sitting down when you look at the website linked here. They are not cheap. Not even close to the prices I viewed for the Coleman. This is mainly due to the fact they are marketed to the medical industry.

Medical Portable Freezers - Portable Medical Freezer - Biomedical Portable Freezer - Portable Freezers, Page 2

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BTW, no thank you needed.
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Guys,if you read back through this thread all your questions will be answered, the Coleman IS a re badged Twinbird cooler, the technology is licenced from a US company, the Twinbird products are available from them, being Global cooling, be prepared to pay a lot more than we paid for our Colemans though.

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Guys,if you read back through this thread all your questions will be answered, the Coleman IS a re badged Twinbird cooler, the technology is licenced from a US company, the Twinbird products are available from them, being Global cooling, be prepared to pay a lot more than we paid for our Colemans though.

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Steve,

They only list one portable cooler on their site, and I believe it is more expensive than the Twinbird, from the link I listed.

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Hope your project carried on well.
Any chance of some pictures and an update?
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It worked out amazingly. The most difficult thing was getting the actual ice box out of the insulation and enclosure. I had to bend the copper some to mount it properly, but as long as you're careful, it's not so hard.

I get a weird vibration from the icebox when it's on freeze, but I think I'll be able to solve that when I glue rigid insulation to it. The sterling engine is mounted in a cockpit locker that backs up to the icebox, so I had to drill some holes for the copper, and mount the engine on a shelf, but it all works pretty well.

I have to figure out how to extend the cable so I can mount the control panel in a more convenient location, but they only make the cable in certain lengths... so I might be doing some tiny soldering.

The coolers by global cooling have a newer control panel allowing you to select the temperature you want, and not 1 of 5 choices that the Coleman's give you.

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