fridge/freezers

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 12:59
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Hi All
We are in the market to purchace a 240/12v fridge/freezer and would like to seek the opinion of users of such out there.We are planning a 6 month trip up the top and W.A and would like to supliment our 3 way which is new, and now properly installed( thats another story) with an additional unit. Because of the configeration of the openings of units we are deciding between the Waico 50 ltr and the evacool 47. I must admit I like the insulation qualities of the evacool.Also the comparison in cost seem to sway Waicos way, but performance is the main criteria .I would appreciate anyfeedback from users of both units.And of course were the best prices are to be found. We live in Brisbane, does evacool sell direct, or seconds help would be appreciated.....max
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 13:08

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 13:08
Check out Trailblaza fridges here. We have a 70L, they are a big fridge but very reliable and efficient!! And local to S.E. Qld.

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Follow Up By: hedevil - Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 11:28

Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 11:28
Hi Brian
thanks for the info have checked out the site ,and although the trailblazer looks rugged unfortunatley, Ive had to cut down a cupboard in the coaster to fit a second frige/freezer and they would be to big.
THanks Max
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Reply By: allanf - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 15:38

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 15:38
I am also interested in a similar unit and to run it off solar panels while camped. Can anyone give feedback on the effectiveness of such a system in tropical Australia.
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Reply By: Tripp'n Around - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 16:15

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 16:15
Hi Hedevil

We have the same as Brian a 70lt, they are big and heavy but well worth it.
We currently use ours as half and half but intend to use it solely as a freezer when we do the desert trips.
Hope you find one to suit you.

Cya
Tripp'n
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Follow Up By: hedevil - Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 11:29

Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 11:29
Hi Tripin
thanks for your input.......max
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Reply By: Paul - Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 17:46

Saturday, Feb 05, 2005 at 17:46
I have a Reefer 60L, couldn't be happier.

http://refrigerationresearch.com.au/DR%20portables.htm

The guys in SA where they are sold are really helpfull too (Tony & Darren)!!!

Got my 60L delivered to Sydney for $1000 bucks just before XMAS

Has a Danfoss 35 compressor in it (same as EvaKool) The 100L version has the DF50 in it, all the interior walls are stanless steel, bottom is plastic and the evaporator plate wraps all the way around the stainless steel walls , the outside is all hard plastic so it doesn't scratch, it has thicker insulation than the Wacos/Engels so you don't need to buy the bags.
The lid is attached with hinges that break away if the lid is opened more than 95 degrees, all you do is clip it back on, there are two latches that keep the lid closed.

You need a power pack to run off 240 and that is included in the $1000.
Danfoss have a new compressor out that has the 12V/24v/240V all in one unit, they are looking to see if it is feesable to put in in these fridges (but no promises)

It does not have all the fancy LED lights that tell you what this is doing and that is doing. It has a rotary thermostat that you set between +10 and -20 and leave it be. KISS principle

I had it running off my replaced (original Patrol battery of 4 years) for a day and a half and there was still enough juice left in it to crank over and start the Patrol (mind you the cranking was slow but it started)

The compressor runs at a default of 2000RPM, if you are technically competent the Danfoss web site http://www.danfoss.com has all the technical details on how to increase the RMP of the compressors to between 2000 and 3500RPM, (basically you put a specific resistor values in series with the thermostat), sure this increases the current draw but cools the fridge down quicker it boils down to the Amper Hours the fridge draws......maybe this is the BOOST mode the EvaKools talk about? (Do not tackle this without talking to any fridge manufacture first as it may void the warranty)

Paul
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Reply By: Brew69(SA) - Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 19:30

Sunday, Feb 06, 2005 at 19:30
Waeco make great fridges.
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Reply By: Mainey... - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 12:14

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 12:14
Max,
the Everkool has a much larger footprint than the Waeco, takes up more space for the same fridge capacity. Both use Danfoss compressors. Check out Paul's Reefer 60 Ltr, it also has a Danfoss compressor, however has much thicker insulation, the same similar physical size to Waeco and is less expensive.
Depends if you have space to spare or you require a fridge that saves you space, also the larger the lid area the more cooling effect is lost when opened!
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Reply By: MrBitchi - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 12:31

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 12:31
Waeco fridge for me. Mines done a couple of major trips in hot conditions with no problems.

Cheers, John.
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Reply By: colin - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:54

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:54
check out the explorer fridge made of the same material as the trail blazer but with half the height and with a separate compartment for the freezer with its own lid, it runs the danfoss compressor and is australian made, price may be an issue as you get what u pay for. Col
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