Fridge comparison test

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 at 13:12
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Couldn’t believe my eyes this morning while driving past a garage sale where I spotted an Engel fridge.... A quick uturn and sure enough it was an older 25 litre like I already have, but looks like an earlier version. A quick AC/DC test and it was mine at a low $140.......... Pretty happy as it’s in pretty good condition.....

I got it home and have it a clean, comparing it to my existing and surprisingly enough it is much different in mechanics..... Dial panel a little different and the compressor in my existing seems slightly bigger....

I have put the together for a run test on AC to compare performance. This is going to be interesting
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Reply By: Cobba123 - Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 at 16:17

Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 at 16:17
Well, there wasn’t much in it..... The garage sale one (gso) was a little bit slower pulling down and took its first cycle at -16, stopped for a rest for a few minutes then powered back up, then was consistenty cycling at around-18....,

My existing one (meo) continued to pull down and when it dropped to beyond -20, was starting to think I may be looking at thermostat problems..... When it got to -24 (and still no sign of cycle), I decided to stop the test (worried on causing it damage) but rather than pull the plug, I simply backed of the temp dial knob a fraction anti clockwise and it cycled off, dropped back to -22 and then kicked in again.... It was clear it was almost ready to cycle previously (maybe at -25/-26).....

Unbelievable little fridges these older 15 litre models.... What I have noticed in the past with the meo is the speed at which they pull down and hold it there...

The gso came with a slightly rusted basket on its base and unfortunately the compliance plate text has been removed by the looks of past cleaning so I will never know the true model it is.... Clearly an older model than the meo as the aesthetics of the evaporator shows this....

Really happy with the new addition to the family
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Follow Up By: David I1 - Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 at 10:10

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 at 10:10
The early models of engels has the "gold" wrap around element. Later model ones had the white coated one (as per left of the picture). I have a very old 1.5cft model (c 1970)and my brother bought his 2 years later than me and it had the white element. Both look in great shape for their age. Wish mine looked like that on the outside But it still works great!!
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Reply By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 at 16:31

Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 at 16:31
Wow Cobba, $140???, Most antiques are much more than that!!!

But seriously, it looks a great deal. Nice going.

Sometimes those mechanical thermostats can behave in a manner that keep the contacts closed full-time when the knob is turned to the extreme. If run continuously like that it may exceed the safe duty cycle of the motor.
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Follow Up By: Cobba123 - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 at 08:26

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 at 08:26
Cheers for the reply....... Its been late for me to follow this up as i went OS straight after the original post, and have only just returned.
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Reply By: Hoyks - Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 at 11:13

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 at 11:13
For under $50 you can set them up to run a digital thermometer/controller, on 12V anyway, 240V is a bit more involved.
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Reply By: Dean K3 - Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 at 19:42

Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 at 19:42
Just be careful of the current draw

folks have old gold style 15l variant, which fits not much used it as a freezer on my prado once and had a very flat auxiliary battery they couldn't figure out why.

turns out pulled 7 amps per hr was within specs for fridge of its age its older than I am (read mid 40's) and still going strong unlike myself per say.
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Follow Up By: David I1 - Monday, Jan 21, 2019 at 09:07

Monday, Jan 21, 2019 at 09:07
I agree Dean. I have a 120amp battery and mine will flatten the battery overnight! The old ones dont have any low voltage cut out and can destroy AGM and lead
batteries due to reducing SOC of battery below the safe levels.
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Follow Up By: Zippo - Monday, Jan 21, 2019 at 23:40

Monday, Jan 21, 2019 at 23:40
I have an Engel MRFT514 from the early 70's (the cream one). When the compressor is running it pulls 6.2 amps, so unless yours is running 100% duty cycle i.e. never cycling - which it shouldn't really need to do even as a freezer unless you leave it set to 5 (coldest) - it shouldn't be using 7Ah/hr.
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Follow Up By: Cobba123 - Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 at 08:34

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019 at 08:34
Yes, I will watch the current draw..... I actually just got back from a camping trip and was running two Engels backed up by 4x 125 amp AGM battery’s..... The newer 40 litre for food and the 1982 cream model running really cold for beer and drinks..... I was quite happy with the drain on the batteries having both running
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