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Old 03-10-2022, 06:35   #1
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12 Volt portable refrigerator/freezer

Any recommendations for a 12 Volt, portable fridge/freezer besides Engel, Dometic or ARB?
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Old 03-10-2022, 09:22   #2
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Weíve had good luck with the Alpicool.
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Old 03-10-2022, 09:32   #3
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National Luna and Trailblaza (Norcoast).
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Re: 12 Volt portable refrigerator/freezer

We have a Mobicool MCF 40 (Dometic?) which is far cheaper than the Dometic range. Used for 3 years now as a freezer only during the season in Croatia. It only freezes down to -10C which is ok for ice and short term food storage. The current drain even at 35+C averages about 1.0 - 1.5 A @12V. Cannot fault it.
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We are on year 3 with the brand "wynter" available on Amazon.
It has worked flawlessly.
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Old 04-10-2022, 05:22   #6
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Any recommendations for a 12 Volt, portable fridge/freezer besides Engel, Dometic or ARB?

Maybe you could get an idea from here?

https://www.productreview.com.au/c/p...idges-freezers
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Re: 12 Volt portable refrigerator/freezer

I bought one of these ICECO 20's from Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07THMM1CK...1-df67fc737124

and it's been working great. I've been running it off of 200 watts of solar and 230AH of battery (2 6 volt golf cart batts). I've had no problems and it's been really nice having cold drinks and food handy while I'm working on the boat.

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Re: 12 Volt portable refrigerator/freezer

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Worked great. Can be used as Freezer/fridge or just fridge. Freezes solid! Works best when full. Fairly efficient.



They go on sale for about $300
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Worked great. Can be used as Freezer/fridge or just fridge. Freezes solid! Works best when full. Fairly efficient.



They go on sale for about $300


Looks like a rebranded Alpicool, or the opposite!
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Re: 12 Volt portable refrigerator/freezer

Yeti. Unreal quality but I don’t think they have a plug in nor have I seen a plug in worth owning. I had one tossed it.
A decent cooling system fills them up. My boat had an optional one just like the one I tossed. For what it carried it was a waste of space. We used it to transport food from home to the boat and plugged it in to the cigarette lighter. Was a complete waste of $$$. We have a little soft Yeti for dinghy picnics and a card. The cart we can pack down two weeks of meat all packaged up and all the frozen stuff. The soft pack yeti is practical around a boat.
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The Yetis are really great. They were a nice beachcombing item here in the early spring. By summer -too beat up by surf to bother with. I’m not sure where the spill was.
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We didn’t find any 12v ones, not that they would have worked anymore anyway. So- we digress

I sub to these threads because we are looking for a good 12v one. So far my general impression has been- Alpicool for a cheap option, or Engel all the way, if you have the coin.
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I bought a 28qt igloo for my car. It draws 5a. 24/7. More power then a reg size boat fridge many times bigger…. Plus the boat one will cycle off. I would not use this on a boat.
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Hard to help if we don't know where you are. In Oz Evakool have a good reputation.
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Re: 12 Volt portable refrigerator/freezer

Purchased an Alpicool a few months ago and returned it. Arrived with a broken latch that I managed to repair, but it used a LOT of energy as a freezer. It did freeze well in a moderately warm climate (did not use in a hot climate).

https://a.co/d/fPbKMq2

I will eventually replace it with a rotomold version such as this Iceco with SECOR (Danfoss) compressor. The insulation factor is why I'd chose this style despite the cost.

https://a.co/d/8mPfeT2
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Re: 12 Volt portable refrigerator/freezer

Breeznalong our Trail Blazer in our yacht is 6 years old and is going well. We have a10-year-old Waeco that we use for camping and road trips. I would highly recommend both brands.
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