I've had an Engel for about eight years and up until now have only used it as a refridgerator. This cruise
I only used it in freezer mode and it worked very well. I started my current cruise
with several frozen one liter bottles of water
(also had three frozen quarts of milk too). These where placed in the Engel freezer to start. I used a 48 quart Coleman cooler as the refrigerator. I bought two bags of ice to start in the cooler. After it melted I put two of the frozen bottles from the Engel into the cooler. Two in the morning and swapped them out at night with two frozen bottles from the Engel. This has worked for over two weeks. So I will probably use this method on future cruises. But, I am not putting the Engel in an enclosed cabinet. They are in the main cabin
where they help increase the size of the single
bunk and function as a convienent seat. It is also allows easier access to the food
IMO than the original ice box under the galley
counter which is now used to store beer
, wine and additional canned goods. My Engel uses 2.7 amps in the freezer mode. BTW using my laptop
uses the same amount of amps. My two 75 watt solar panels
easily keep up with demand during the day. But, I run my Honda
(I have electric propulsion
and no diesel
engine) just to make sure I don't allow the batteries to be drained too much. About a half hour in the morning and evening. This is my first time trying this and I am pleased with the way it has worked out. Plus I can even have ice for boat drinks.
I'm even starting to think about having ice cream on board since there is still room in the freezer for other items. I've got photos of my setup here:
THE BIANKA LOG BLOG: IS THIS A COOL WORLD OR WHAT!
All I can say is it worked for me. Refroze the bottles pretty quickly too. Plus the ice box does not get full of water
like when you use regular ice that melts.