Considering adding this
ARB Fridge Freezers for 4x4 Adventures
instead of an Alder Barbour cold machine and leaving my ice box an ice box. I have a small monohull
This unit (the ARB) apparently uses the Danfoss compressor
, and is rated for 30 degrees of tilt.
This material discusses the parameters of the Danfoss
Catalogue - Direct Current Compressors - Danfoss Compressors - (Version JPG)
I am assuming the Danfoss compressors in the Adler and ARB are the same, as I cannot find a more tilt tolerant compressor
than the 30 degree one on the Danfoss site. Anyone believe otherwise? And by extension is it reasonable to assume the ARB portable is as robust from a tilt standpoint as the Adler Barbour and would be therefore be acceptable in a monohull
Other portable refrigerators (Engel, Whynter/Edgestar) don't seem to have the danfoss compressor. Does anyone think these are inferior? They seem a little less expensive than the ARB. Edgestar, for example, if you read the pdf of the manual, says the unit must be level... I'm guessing a cheaper compressor?
Does the Adler Barbour have something these portable units don't in terms of marine
suitability beyond the heel issue? And obviously the installation
The portables are appealing to me as they cost less and the install is less involved. They have large capacities and don't seem too power hungry. I found some ARB reviews
on a 4 wheeling website where people had them in their vehicles in texas
with 130 degree fahrenheit conditions and were very happy with the performance. Even cruising near the equator would not be that hot (I am figuring ambient temp would effect cycle time and amp use as well as longevity).
By the way, I looked at the very long Stirling thread on this forum (well some of it). I saw the coleman on amazon... it is little. The ARB comes in an 82 quart (2.7 cubic feet) version.