Brand new car fridge $200!!!!

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 10:53
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Howdy guy's,

Can someone tell me if this wouldn't or would work:

New $200 dollar bar fridge, on its back, straped down to stop movement and hooked up to an inverter for a car/camp fridge????

If it works.... Engel $2200 or Westinghouse $200???

If it only lasts 1yr due to vibration i can still buy 1 every year for 10 YEARS!!!

Just an idea, Cheers!
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Reply By: jason - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 11:08

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 11:08
i don't think it would work with the bar fridge on its back because the oil in the compressor has to be at the bottom. if you could keep it upright it would be fine.we have a 70 lt bar fridge we take camping and it fits in the back of our escape no problem
jason
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Follow Up By: Synergist - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 12:09

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 12:09
Hi Jason,

Do you have a duel battery set up or is it not nessesary?

Cheers!
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Reply By: Boeing - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 11:35

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 11:35
There have been threads on a similar line before..ie take a bar fridge with inverter.
General opinion was it would not be feasible due to power drain.

Regards

Mark
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Reply By: Nudenut - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 12:17

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 12:17
You cannot lay a bar fridge on its back or side. The compressor will sheit itself and if for some strage reason it did work for a little while the refrigeation circuit would not work as the piping arrangement is not as it should be!!
Could get the 240 v compressor changed with a danfoss 12v and it would work (but still has to be correct way up of course)I am human ...I think?
Must be....make too many mistakes!
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Reply By: joc45 - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 13:37

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 13:37
I seem to recall doing some calculations some years ago on this - the power consumption from the compressor would translate to about 15A consumption from your 12v inverter. If you look at the star rating of bar fridges, they are right down around the bottom for efficiency.
Also the plumbing would not be up to the vibration encountered on rough roads.
Gerry
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Reply By: Sandie - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 18:59

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 18:59
I agree with all the other posts.
I have looked at doing this but with the 12V refridgeration units you can buy and convert your bar fridge to suit.

The only thing I can add is that with the start current needed for the bar fridge you will need a bloody big inverter and power source to cope!!
It will flatten any battery in a few hours if not less and the electronic efficiency is hopeless!!

However it can be done if the fridge is upright and not vibrating too much from the bumps!!

Marty
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Reply By: macca - Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 22:06

Wednesday, Feb 25, 2004 at 22:06
maybe thats why they build "portable fridges" and "domestic fridges" . They're not silly these "inventors"
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