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Old 07-04-2012, 12:26   #1
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portable 12volt fridges

anyone had experience with portable 12volt fridges such as edgestar 861 will it still operate when sailing heeled over? Any other general issues?

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Old 07-04-2012, 12:31   #2
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Re: portable 12volt fridges

We've been using a Waco for about 5 years now with no trouble.

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Old 07-04-2012, 12:38   #3
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Re: portable 12volt fridges

No experience with the Edgestar but, my ten year old Engel has been plugging along nicely.
Been knocked over a few times too but, keeps on working beautifully.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:43   #4
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Re: portable 12volt fridges

We have a Weaco CF18 that is now 7 years old. It has been dumped on more beaches and travelled further in soggy dinghies than I care to think about. I am constantly surprised it is still running.

Only down side to them is the cost is the same as a full size domestic fridge.

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Old 07-04-2012, 12:53   #5
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Re: portable 12volt fridges

I used Waeco and it did good job. Except it cycled in a wild and confusing way understandable only to a German engineer. It used more energy than by the book, but we were in hot climate which probably explains most of the wild difference.

It was a 45 liter (or thereabouts) unit.

I would buy one for my own boat.

They seem a bit pricey for what they actually are. Maybe there is some other make that sells the same thing for less money.

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Old 07-04-2012, 13:13   #6
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Re: portable 12volt fridges

ive got a110 quart dometic about 2 years old works great and handles alot of food and uses plenty of juice,now that daylight is getting longer [currently in the abacos] my 170 watts of solar combined with an air breze wind generator,do the trick for all electric needs
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Re: portable 12volt fridges

My 20-year-old portable is a Peltier effect, which means it doesn't make ice and it's not great in very hot climates but it is silent, low draw, and seemingly indestructible. It came with a transformer that allows it to be used on 110V when any is available. It holds a case of beer or a couple of boxes of wine.
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I'm using a Mobicool fridge. It's working pretty well but I'just found some rust spots that I consider premature.

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