Fridge 12v lead

Submitted: Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 06:55
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Hi all, i have just purchased a 50l chescold fridge/freezer 2nd hand from a dealer and he didn't have the 12v lead. When i questioned him about it he said they sometimes fall out during travel so most people hard wire a lead in doing away with the connection on the back of the fridge. Is this the way to go or am i better off chasing up a lead ( he said he would get me one if i want it)????
has anyone had problems with the lead falling out on trips?
cheers
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Reply By: Rosco - Bris. - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 07:22

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 07:22
....... ( he said he would get me one if i want it)????

Take him up on his offer, much more convenient at the end of the day.

Cheers
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Reply By: GeeTee - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 08:31

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 08:31
I had a Chescold a while back and did as your supplier suggested. The factory plug and socket is not real flash and I found it became quite hot after a few hours (high resistance). Not difficult to wire straight to your plug for connection to the battery. Another good plan is to replace the cig lighter socket with an Arrid type socket and use an Arrid type plug on your fridge lead. They do not fall out and are low resistance.

GeeTee
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Follow Up By: db courier - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 15:49

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 15:49
hi gee tee,can you tell me how long you got (fridge run time) out of your 2nd battery and what size/type (deep cycle)?? it is.
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Follow Up By: GeeTee - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 08:23

Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 08:23
Hi There,
Yes I had a Chescold but sold it and bought a new model Engel. My reason for getting rid of it was it's hungry appetite for current on 12v. On gas it was fantastic, 240v OK but 12v not that good. I had a 90AH deep cycle battery as the second battery in the Prado. Yes the battery was getting fully charged but on 12v the Cheescold would only last part way into the night before failing. I think the Chescold draws about 8A continuous so you can see that a 90AH battery will be lucky to last 11 hours if it is fully charged.
This is my experience with the Chescold, others may have a different opinion. I am really happy with the Engel and can leave it in the back of the Prado and forget about it.

GeeTee
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Reply By: Member - Banjo (SA) - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 08:38

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 08:38
Been there - done that - got some meaty wire and wired it straight into the circuitry - a permanent cable now - the plug was useless, AND you could never tell IF you actually had a powered up circuit - I have now installed a pilot light that I can see from the front of the vehicle. With an indoor/outdoor thermometer set up, just under the fridge's lid, I can monitor temperature inside as well, while mobile.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 16:53

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 16:53
Yeah I've actually got a 12v flashing red LED laying around that I'm going to fit to the Cooler so I know that it's running. The green one on it is very dull and when the added on Thermostat cut's the cooler out the led turns off and you can never tell if it's still got power or not!?
The only way you can tell is to open the cooler and look at the tempeture display, one of those pain in the ass things I just havn't got around to fixing yet! ;-)
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Reply By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 11:22

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 11:22
I've been through a few different types of plugs for the fridge, I've now settled on the Clipsal 2 pin ULV plug. They are cheaper than most of the others too!

They look just like a normal power point but have only two pins, 1 horizontal and the other vertical. You can buy them from "the 12 volt shop". I made one female version up with a cigarette lighter end on it so it works as a convertor if I ever need to use the fridge in another vehicle.

They fit in nice and tight and don't seems to vibrate loose, I also drilled a hole in the plastic cover so the cable hangs straight down instead of bending, that way gear won't get caught on it when moving stuff in and out of the back of the car.
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Follow Up By: muzzgit (WA) - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 23:37

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 23:37
I too have been using these 2 pin "caravan" plugs for a while now.

They don't rattle out, are almost impossible to knock out, they don't stick out as much, and I have put one on everything I have that is 12 volt.

Everything on one system....EASY.

If anyone wants to borrow something, like you I made up an extension with HD aligator clips.

For some reason, lots of people are not convinced about them.
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Follow Up By: pixiemops - Friday, May 13, 2005 at 06:23

Friday, May 13, 2005 at 06:23
I also use the 2 pin caravan plug and find no problems with them.
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Reply By: db courier - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 15:50

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 15:50
thanks guys it looks like i need to get a new plug and make a lead..,, thanks for the responses!!
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Reply By: Member - Ross H (QLD) - Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 21:30

Tuesday, May 03, 2005 at 21:30
db courier

mate they sell the plugs for your chestcold at Campmart (camping stores)
I got mine there made a cord and had no problems with it

regards ross
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