Waeco FF90 drama

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 13, 2004 at 23:37
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It's only 10days until the anual NT fishing trip and have just realised that the demo/refurbished FF90 I bought of fridgeshop may be faulty - doh! The funny thing is that it works great off 240v AC (via the pack it's 24v DC) but not off 12v. On 12v the fan works and it appears to be working but watch that temp gauge rise!! I rewired my vehicle with 6mm cable but still no good, so I tried only having 2.5m of 6mm direct off the battery - no good. I have a dual battery system with a new delkor 70Ah. I called Waeco and they said that they use 10mm now for cables over 2.5m long (hell thats heavy wire!) and they said that my problem sounds very unlikley but has happened before. Has anyone heard of this? I am worried that it won't be fixed in time so I was wondering what size inverter I could use to use the 240v AC converter (very inefficent I know) or can I hook my dual battery system up to output 24v to the fridge only without changing the std 12v vehicle wiring?
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Reply By: Member Eric - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 08:06

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 08:06
Best test is to connect the fridge to a battery with a short cable outside the car , if it dosnt get cold within min , there is something wrong , to get your self out of trouble you may want to use a invertor to run it off 240 in the carm , if you are in Melbourne , I would be more than happy to lend you a invertor ,

pull apart the 12 volt connector and streach the fuse contact out , they collaps and dont connect to the fuse well,
Just twist the red tab and slide off , then you will see a small screw , undo that and it comes apart , remove the fuse , streach the silver tab thats in the housing .

To know if this is a problem , before you pull it apart , try and move the silver tab up and down thats on the top of the 12 plug , if this has movement , then it wont make a good connection
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Reply By: Nudenut - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 08:09

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 08:09
you'll need a bloody big inverter to run a compressor and the cost makes it prohibitive

10mm cable sounds like a bit of an overkill...
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Reply By: Savvas - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 11:03

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 11:03
The FF90 draws 70watts.

Given that driving lights can draw 100+watts using 6mm wire, with negligible if any voltage drop, I can't see why you would need 10mm wire.
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Reply By: GOB & denny vic member - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 17:03

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 17:03
goodday justin
when on 12v ipresume you are just plugging into the cigarett lighter the plug may have gone "hard " and falls out or wont allow a proper connection to be made this happened with my lead so changed to a different plug

steve
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Reply By: MickeyJ - Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 20:42

Wednesday, Jul 14, 2004 at 20:42
Hi Justin,

SOuonds like a bad conenction. I had trouble with my cf50, with the plug that goes into the side of the fridge. Used to cause the fridge to stop, after I took the plug apart, and tightened all the contacts never had a problem since. (If I wobbled it I could get the fridge to stop with an error light).

Cheers

Mickey
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