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Old 13-10-2016, 20:30   #16
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Re: Portable refrigerator?

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Old 16-10-2016, 11:59   #17
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Re: Portable refrigerator?

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Our Engel recently stopped working, so I have been researching this quite a bit. I am still hoping to fix it, but if not I will probably buy an ARB.

It addresses most all of what I don't like about the Engel:

- temperature control moves of its own accord
- no built-in thermometer, so I don't know what the internal temp is
- the gap between the wall and the cooling unit is almost impossible to clean
- the lid falls off regularly and is not the easiest thing to get back on
- one big basket is less than ideal for organization

Thanks for everyone's input on the fridge issue. Raindog, I am curious about the ARB. I've looked at it online. It looks good. Do know of anyone who has used one in a marine environment?

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Old 16-10-2016, 13:00   #18
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I replaced the fridge/freezer unit in my boat with 2 of the Engel drop in fridge/freezers. The insulation on the original was shot so I tore out everything and installed the Engels.
They have been doing stellar duty for 3 years now, and we are in the tropics. Very happy with units, even more important, wife is very happy with units.
The inside is completely smooth, easy to clean and they draw very little power, somewhere in the vicinity of 2.5 amps(12v) each. Solar panels keep them running no problem.

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Old 16-10-2016, 13:11   #19
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Re: Portable refrigerator?

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I am considering a portable 12v/110v refrigerator in lieu of converting my ice box to refrigerator. My boat: 1974 Cal Cruising 35. Great boat but the ice box has 3/4 inch styrofoam taped around the outside. To properly insulate the box is a MAJOR operation: tear out existing cabinetry, etc. Instead I am looking at the Engel 40 quart 12/110 volt at $849 and the Whynter 45 quart at $476. BIG discrepancy in price. They both have 4 1/2 and 5 star ratings from customer reviewers on Amazon. Does anyone have experience with these units, particularly the Whynter?

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Old 16-10-2016, 13:22   #20
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The Engel's are good.
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Old 16-10-2016, 14:25   #21
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Re: Portable refrigerator?

I have bought a BUSHMAN SC35-52.
Absolutely brilliant and has digital temp controls.
It is fridge / freezer and expands from 35 - 52 litre capacity.
Unfortunately, it is an Australian based product but I bought mine online and had it shipped overseas to my yacht.
The bushman is hands down the best product on the market IMHO.

I have nothing to do with this company for information.
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Re: Portable refrigerator?

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Sorry for the thread drift but since we're on the subject of noise. ))

What CPAP machine are you using? Or could be the wrong mask or the wrong fit. There should be no noise whatsoever if the mask is a proepr fit for your face contour. Not even a hiss. I've been using ResMed models, different ones at home and on the boat, for 5 years and have no noise issues after I went through a few masks to find the one which fits me perfectly noise wise. And I'm a light sleeper on the boat and at night will hear people's phones chirping a few moorings away. For me it's the clanging of the rigging that makes life unbearable sometimes.

PS Sometimes when awake I'm thinking the thing is off because I don't feel any air moving nor any noise. And have to lift the mask to hear the "whoosh" and feel the air. That's what I call a perfect fit. ))
It's a resperonics, the only native 12V machine I could find. But a CPAP is of course a turbine, one that varies speed greatly as the CP stand for constant pressure, breathe in and it accelerates greatly, breathe out and it almost stops, it's the turbine I'm hearing, but this thing is within inches of my head too.
I'll likely put the thing on the sole if I can't get used to hearing it.
I also need to get used to not using the humidifier as that consumes a lot of power.
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The Engel is one of the best purchases I've ever made. Plug and play, simple, has worked flawlessly for three years.

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