I've found a source for cheap
vacuum insulated panels
, courtesy of military surplus, and would like to use them to add an extra layer of insulation
to my waeco portable fridge. I'd like some feedback to see if my idea makes any sense.
First, the panels
: If you go on ebay, there are a number of vendors selling containers made by golden hour that the military used to carry blood on the battlefield. Each container uses 6 separate VIP panels, each about 9"x9"x1". Taking this apart will give you a total of a little over 3 sqft of R40 VIPs at a cost of around $25 (or probably less in quantity).
Second, how to use them efficiently: Since these panels can't be cut, I'm thinking that I'd glue them on the outside of the cooler, covering as much of the surface area as possible, then filling in the gaps with regular foam insulation
. I'd then seal all the seams between the panels, and cover the whole thing with a layer of reflectix or something similar. Obviously, I wouldn't cover the vents or the side of the cooler where the compressor
Any ideas on whether this would work reasonably efficiently, and how much it would reduce the fridge's electric