Brass Monkey Fridge

Just a heads up folks. Jaycar sell their two zone Brass Monkey fridges, 36 L $399, 50 L $449 and 60 L $499. I bought a 50 L yesterday and it works a treat. They come with a 3 year warranty and Jaycar have always been great for product backup. I also checked the temps with a thermometer and the settings on the LED panel are remarkably accurate. Construction is pretty good but I'm not sure it would stand up to 1000s of KMs of badly rutted roads. But, at the money, a good option.

Cheers, Jim.


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Reply By: Kazza055 - Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 08:57

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 08:57
They look the same as these being sold by Radio Parts and for the same price.
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Follow Up By: Kazza055 - Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 10:02

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 10:02
Jim, I can see a power pack in one of the photos which I guess is a 240 vac to 12 vdc in which case it only has the one power lead into it, is this correct?
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 10:32

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 10:32
Yes, only one input point. It cannot be connected to 12 and 240 simultaneously as some fridges do and automatically switch to 240 when available.
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Follow Up By: Kazza055 - Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 13:06

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 13:06
I have a Waeco like that but I modified the power supply by fitting a relay, if the 240V is there it disconnects the 12V supply, very simple to make.

I could be very interested in these as my 40L Engel has bombed out after 10.5 years, will try and fix it but this could be an option for me.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 13:33

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 13:33
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Kazza,
I had a good look at these in the Jaycar showroom a few weeks ago. They looked solid and well made, at least as good as Waeco, maybe better. Furthermore, Jaycar have a well earned reputation for reliable products and that price can't be beaten.

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Allan

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Follow Up By: Kazza055 - Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 14:20

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 14:20
Agree with you Allan B, my first fridge was a Super Cheap special and it was a heap of $hit. Even the King fridges from 4WD Supacentre look good for the price and seem to have a good reputation.
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Follow Up By: Nutta - Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 at 21:01

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 at 21:01
They are also sold at Road Tech Marine, owned by jay car.
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Reply By: Member - wicket - Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 08:57

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 08:57
You’ll have to update us on power usage.
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 11:48

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 11:48
Not as critical as it once was. Back in 2004 I paid $750 for 64 watt solar panel with regulator. A few weeks back I got a 300 watt folding kit, with panel, bag and leads for $175.
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Reply By: Batt's - Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 14:08

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 14:08
I would keep an eye on how it performs I looked at their manual a few month ago maybe things have change since then

But you have to let it sit for 6 hours after unpacking I wonder why

They should not be operated at more than a 5 deg angle most other fridges are 30 deg or more so not suited to running in a vehicle on road let alone going off road

They need 200mm of clearance around the compressor most others are good to around 50mm

Not recommended for wet humid places I wonder what the reason behind that is ? So avoid the back of a ute, most of the top end of Aus is humid so I wonder how they handle the tropics like here in Mackay and it's worse the further north you venture.

Good luck with it time will tell if it's any good.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 16:08

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 16:08
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Batt's,

The advice to let stand for a period after unpacking relates to compressor oil collecting in unwanted locations if the fridge should have been on its side. This goes back a long way in time for all fridges and is less often advised today due to reduced oil volume and fridge design. Neither Engel nor Waeco mention it in current user manuals.
Maybe Brass Monkey is being old-fashioned or over cautious. Their expression would not give me concern.

The Brass Monkey manual states that the fridge can be operated at up to 45 degrees tilt for short periods and up to 5 degrees for long periods. I would expect those limitations would be satisfactory for off-road use. The fridge is marketed for vehicle use.... BM would be in deep trouble if it could not handle a bit of rock'n'roll.
The same manual specifies ventilation as "200mm at back, 100mm at sides". I could not determine where the "back" is but I would presume that the greater dimension should be where the condenser air vents are.
The Engel OWNER MANUAL specifies "6 inches (150mm) clearance" on all sides, so that is greater than the Brass Monkey. The Engel SERVICE MANUAL deals more specifically with ventilation using a diagram to show the cabinet air vents and the required air path. This is more appropriate advice as it is important that the expelled hot air is not drawn back through the inlet path.


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Follow Up By: Zippo - Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 16:36

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 16:36
I guess that makes me lucky, Allan. My Engel (a 70's MRFT514) doesn't have forced circulation, so it only requires a decent clearance around the condenser pipework. Simples.
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Follow Up By: Member - willawa - Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 17:48

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 17:48
Purchased a 50ltr one 3yrs ago ,they are also branded 6thGear from Melbourne and have had not a moments trouble with it in both the NSW/Vic high country in all types of weather running it as a fridge then as a freezer up in the Barkly Tableland and Limmen Bight last July/August.
Only had approx 50-100mm clearance for the compressor vent.
only difference appears to be side V end opening.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Sunshine Coast) - Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 18:08

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 18:08
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As you say Zippo, it still requires "decent clearance" for its convection airflow.
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Follow Up By: Best Off Road - Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 20:16

Monday, Nov 18, 2019 at 20:16
Thanks Ed, that's reassuring.
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 at 17:53

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 at 17:53
No worries see how they go
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