Super Cheap Auto fridge and winch

Submitted: Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 18:11
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I noticed Super Cheap has a new? line of 12V fridges from China. They are about 40lt and advertise (on the box) they will go down to -15C and retail for either $500 or $600 (can't remember which). Oh goodie I thought - maybe time to supplement my aged Finch with a new fridge. Until I looked at the specs. in the back of the handbook - these units draw 8A or around 100W!! Leave that on overnight and your electric toothbrush wouldn't have a prayer in the morning :) Purchase with caution.

They are also doing a “Real Man’s” 4WD winch 1.6T, again Chinese made but at $425 I think it’s seriously overpriced for a Chinese copy.

Mike Harding
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 18:39

Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 18:39
Mate supercheap aint the cheapest on lots of things, same for bunnings, its all just marketing hype.

Having said that at the boxing day sale i picked up a ripper karcher unit at s/c for $200 but its not a model i have seen elsewhere, so i suspect they were a direct or parallel import.

Geez i can go to the lifting gear store on sydney rd campbellfield and get a genuine big haul 1.6/2.5 for $330.

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Follow Up By: Member- Marc - Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 22:21

Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 22:21
Guys,
You can do a lot better than "All lifting and safety" at campellfield.
worst lifting company and goodies supplier around.
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Follow Up By: rolande- Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 22:48

Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 22:48
You could try Keble's Trading????
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Saturday, Feb 19, 2005 at 00:15

Saturday, Feb 19, 2005 at 00:15
Cheers guys, i only went there cause i was going past all the time, so if you can indulge me, where's the best no BS place to get lifting gear / load restraint goodies in north or west Melb (or outer areas)

ta, Brad
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Follow Up By: rolande- Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 19:36

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 19:36
Bradley,
Have recently had some dealings with Keble's Trading through work, believe they have a store in Campbellfield, even though I was dealing with Dandenong. Can't complain about their service,

le's Trading

Hope this helps

Rolande
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Follow Up By: rolande- Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 19:37

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 19:37
Bradley,

Sorry, link didn't work

http://www.keblestrading.com.au/

Look up their website

Rolande
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Follow Up By: Member - Bradley- Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 22:35

Monday, Feb 21, 2005 at 22:35
Had a look, looks like they carry some good stuff, ill pop in next time i'm over there, Thanks Rolande.
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Reply By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 19:00

Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 19:00
Mike,

I was talking to Crazie today and he got a 40 L Waeco from The Fridgeshop for $630 delivered.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 19:12

Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 19:12
That sounds like a _seriously_ good price.

No! Get thee behind me Satan - I don't _need_ another fridge :)

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 20:21

Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 20:21
Mike,

I_might_be_missing_something, but_what_do_all_the_underscores (I think that is what they are called) between_the_words_mean?

I_see_you_do_it_often_and _have_never_understood_the_meaning.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Baz (NSW) - Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 20:21

Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 20:21
You have an electric toothbrush when you go camping!!!!
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 20:41

Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 20:41
Hi Jimbo

The underscores are a standard internet technique to underline a word and give it emphasis. Because they are a standard "ASCII" character they will work on any terminal/computer - unlike HTML et al. which may not.

Hi Baz

Electric toothbrush? - it's a female thing :) I'll say no more - otherwise who knows which secrets may be released - but: no - _I_ don’t take one :)

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Member - Jimbo (VIC) - Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 20:59

Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 20:59
Thanks Mike,

I think I now understand. You need to realise I am just a simple man. When I need to emphasise something I just add F%CK. LOL.

Cheers,

Jim.
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Reply By: Mike-TS - Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 21:29

Friday, Feb 18, 2005 at 21:29
Chinese = C...R...A...P

I've had an ARB compressor for years done lots of work and its still working.

My mate bought a chinese one at supercheap - 3 pump ups and blah...

Don't bother mate. The axiom is: You buy quality once.
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Reply By: Member - Michael- Saturday, Feb 19, 2005 at 09:29

Saturday, Feb 19, 2005 at 09:29
I picked up a 'No Name' 12V car fridge from 1Stop Auto Accessories here in Perth for $580, it's got 10L freezer and 25L fridge compartments and have had it for 2 years and apart from replacing the temperature control switch it hasn't missed a beat . It also came with a 12/240V converter as well
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Reply By: joc45 - Saturday, Feb 19, 2005 at 14:02

Saturday, Feb 19, 2005 at 14:02
The 8A comsumption doesn't necessarily indicate a high overall consumption. It may have a larger compressor which works like hell for a short time, increasing the off/on ratio. Or it may be inefficient as implied here.
On a trip a couple of years ago, noticed that a friend's 40L Engel, with only 2.5A consumption, was running twice as long as my 40L Autofridge with a 4.5A consumption.
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Saturday, Feb 19, 2005 at 15:31

Saturday, Feb 19, 2005 at 15:31
Good point about the big compressor. But if that were the situation then the insulation of the fridge would have to be extra good to hold in all that extra cold and I have a feeling it won't be :)

On something like the Autofridge, which is a quality product, I'm sure they do exactly that. I suppose fridges are really all about insulation - after all, if you could provide perfect insulation then having got the fridge down to 1C you would not have to use any more energy at all - unless you opened the door :)

Mike Harding
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Saturday, Feb 19, 2005 at 18:17

Saturday, Feb 19, 2005 at 18:17
8 Amps! Cor blimby, that's what my mod'ed Waeco Thermo Cooler uses.
If you want to be an idiot and draw 8 amps out of your batteries (like I am/do) go ahead and do what I did and buy a thermo cooler and change the peltier and fans over to high powered ones, I bet it works just as good as that supercrap fridge and at fraction of the price....
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Reply By: David Au - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 10:20

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 10:20
The fridge only takes 3.1 amps on run, and overall efficient. I have since had chance to test one physically since writing this. I averaged a test over a week and would estimate it takes 25Ah a day, which is commensurate with other brands. I would happily buy one. My biggest complaint is no wire basket and think it really needs one to protect the eutectic plate from friction and rubbing. You can get from garden stores a plastic moulded 1cm square approximately 2mm thick screen type stuff. Makes an ideal type of barrier, but not easy to secure inside. If you put a sock over possible items that could rub may be a better solution.
SuperCheap Fridge
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 10:50

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 10:50
Hi David

Have you actually measured the run current? To the best of my recollection the manual which comes with the fridge just quotes 8A/100W as the only current consumption figure? 3A or 4A would seem a much more sensible run current for a small compressor - although with stuff out of China, you just never know! :)

I wonder if Super Cheap have a "if not satisfied" returns policy? I might take a second look at one now.

Thanks for the correction.

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: David Au - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:47

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 21:47
Sure have Mike - Initial start from what I could determine would be 8.0 amps, 3.1 on run. Could not run any controlled tests, but had it inside and over the week according to the meter I had hooked up with seven day history, averaged between 21.0 and 28.0 amps a day which is expected. The weather that week was up and down which was reflected in the power consumption. I had what I considered a representative load in the fridge for what most would take.
I have only taken one thing back to SuperCheap that I bought from Marlows that failed and had no issue. Ask when you buy it.
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Reply By: hedevil - Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:20

Sunday, Feb 20, 2005 at 20:20
Hi All Supercheap have bought out camp mart here in qld also, just a bit of trivia for thought..... Max
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