Cheap Car Fridge

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 16:49
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I have been looking at Super Cheap and they have a 12V car Fridge. Its made in China, but so are the Waco's now under license. Can anyone tell me if they have had a close look at them. 42L fridge, 12 Vdc quoted as 8.5 amps , Down to -10 Deg cost of $599.00 I have seen them on special for $499.00
They had a Waco beside it and it quoted 42L but was no where near as big?? Pehaps they quote the whole casing etc ??
I need to know if they use the same compressor. (Not the Thermocouple units).
Help as I am looking to purchase shortly.
Thanks for the help.
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 17:30

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 17:30
Paul,

For price comparison, Repco are doing the 40L Waeco for $699 including a 240V adaptor.

Also note that the Supercheap job doesn't have a basket, and 8.5 amps is pretty heavy draw if that is constant whilst running or is it start up current.

Cheers,

Jim.

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Reply By: Member - Ed. C.- Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 20:25

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 20:25
G'day Pauldingo, (any relation to Ernie???)

You may wish to check out Autopro as well...

They've been advertising a 35L 12v fridge/freezer (separate freezer compartment) w/- a 240-12v transformer included for $570...
According to their 'cattle-dog', this one "features quality German compressor", which suggests that it's probably a Danfoss (BD35?)... I haven't checked the current draw on these, presumably it would be the same as a Waeco...
My experience with Autopro has been that they are (usually) open to a bit of "haggling", so you may be able to do better than the advertised price...

If I were in the market for a fridge in this size/price range, I reckon that this is the one at which I'd be looking most closely... Happy hunting!!

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Reply By: dano01 - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:43

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 22:43
I would not worry about a cheap fridge spend the extra a get a good one. I also was looking at cheap fridges but in the end i spent the extra and got a 40l engel. It only draws max 2.5amp on freeze. It is a great fridge and i have had no problems with it.
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Follow Up By: Photoman - Tuesday, Jan 04, 2005 at 12:58

Tuesday, Jan 04, 2005 at 12:58
I agree "you getz what ya payz for" If you buy a cheap fridge you'll spend the saving and more on a duel batt system, or cases of beer for jumpstarts
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Reply By: porlsprado - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 23:44

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 23:44
If it draws 8.5amps i can't imagine its the BD35F compressor, or if it is the electronics must be kindegarten level (my level) to require such wastage when the max. rating on the waeco's of the BD35F (non-turbo models) is 3.5amps. The engel on 2.5 amps sounds great but may represent a false economy as the compressor does run longer and in any event is way way more expensive. But if you want to really get your teeth into refrigeration issues look up the post below about the guy enquiring about the CK-40 waeco, life used to be so simple. i think the link is this:

http://www.exploroz.com/forum/view.asp?forumqid=18859
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Reply By: Black Jack - Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 23:51

Sunday, Jan 02, 2005 at 23:51
Hi Paul, Like the others I looked at the Supercheap fridge and dismissed it for the same above reasons, plus there is no reference to 240 volt power supply and the salesperson didn't think it ran on 240 v. You would have to buy an inverter to run it at home. Add this to the cost of the fridge and the price doesn't look so good any more.

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Reply By: Footloose - Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 18:32

Monday, Jan 03, 2005 at 18:32
I looked at the same fridge and rejected it for the same reasons. I bought the smaller Waeco from across the isle on Boxing Day special foraround $475. The insulation bag cost me $40! Yes its not a big fridge but I was only after something I could lift by myself and enough space for a few basics for 1 :))
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