Evakool owners

Submitted: Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 20:14
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I dont want to start a "this is better than that session" on fridges. I only want to know how the owners of evakools find their fridges. I have sniffed around and have set my heart on one and all I really need now is to hear the things that a salesman will "not" tell me.
Thanks in advance,
Jeff
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Reply By: WheelTravel - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 20:24

Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 20:24
I have an Engel. I hear Evakool are excellent.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Gary W (VIC) - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 20:49

Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 20:49
We have an Evakool ED90 and think its very good. It will run for about 36hrs on our 110amphr Lifeline battery. Sometimes I think it would be good to have separate controls for the fridge and freezer.

Anything in particular you want to know?

Gaz
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Reply By: Woobla (WA) - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 20:58

Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 20:58
Hi Gaz,
Nothing in particular, probably quality stuff...do they become noisy? are the hinges durable, do the rubber door clips hold up to the constant stretching, are the seals ok.
I am more attracted to the construction of them and the claims of a better insulation than some other makes although I realise from first hand knowledge that the other makes are exceptional products too.
Jeff
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 21:36

Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 21:36
I have a Reefer. I considered Evakool based on some good reports, but also heard of a few people who had trouble with warranty service. A retailer (who still sells Evakool) told me there was a problem with some early models, but the company did everything they could to get out of covering the problem under warranty. I understand the problem no longer exists, but it raised a concern about what sort of support I could expect if I had a problem with their product. Maybe someone else out there who has had personal experience with warranty support can comment on this.

I'm not knocking the product. I understand it is very good. But every product has an occasional problem and you want to be confident in the service.

Do an archive search and you should find some past comments.
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Follow Up By: mprice2233 - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 23:10

Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 23:10
Norm,
Recently I found the charger lead for my evaPower battery charger had been lost and contacted Evakool in Queensland for a local distributor in Sydney, the guy @ evakool asked me for my address, when I asked what he needed that for his reply was that he would send me one "free of charge" as he had a couple "laying around the office".

IMHO, that is customer service.i.e. "keep the customer happy".

As my 60L evakool fridge and 47L esky have had no problems in the several years that I have owned them I can't comment on any warranty issues.

Marty
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Reply By: Wisherman - Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 23:04

Saturday, May 14, 2005 at 23:04
In February this year, I purchased an Evakool ED 50 for a four-week camping trip.
The fridge unfortunately let me down. There was a problem in the lighter socket and the low battery voltage cut out switch. The weather was in the high 30s and it was a four hour round trip to a fridge mechanic. The fridge has been returned to the retailer on the 29th April and I am waiting for the warranty out come. Will let you know the result!
Regards
Wisherman
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Follow Up By: Crocbit (NT) - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 08:24

Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 08:24
G'day Wisherman,

As below, I have an evacool too, the lighter plug problem is usually caused by poor quality plugs/sockets. I changed mine. The low battery problem might be due to voltage drop across the cabling from the auxiliary battery, usually too small a gauge, or too long a run. Try 8 gauge power cable, multiconductor. MAybe of help...
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Reply By: G-wizz - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 07:54

Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 07:54
Evakool uses the same compressors as Waeco and a larger model is considerably cheaper in that brand.
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Follow Up By: Member - Gary W (VIC) - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 13:12

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 13:12
The compressor is the same (Danfross) however the chest is completely different. I haven't used a Waeco from what I've seen of them I'd have an Evakool any day. The Waeco does have better controls especcially the models that have them on the top. My fridge is in a box on the trailer drawbar and the controls are very hard to get to.

Gaz
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Reply By: Crocbit (NT) - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 08:17

Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 08:17
G'day Wobbla,

I have had an ed80 evacool since 2002. Been through the Gibb, Kimberley, and around the NT. So far only problems have been missing pins and clips from the rubber catch (fixed with wire on the trip) replaced free by evacool afterwards. Changed the cigarette lighter plug to heavy duty connector...
Runs very well with aux battery and solar on a trip, used as a beer fridge when not travelling. Uses a Danfoss BD35 compressor, only maintenance required is clean the internal from dust occassionally.....a good product
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Reply By: John - Qld - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 18:26

Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 18:26
Have a 60l dual temp. We bought it and sold the 39l Engel. The Engel was OK but just too deep, always open longer finding stuff. Were never happy with temps in Engel. Evakool does what you'd expect it too.
They did have problems with the catches but has been addressed. Hinges have been fine and don't really get too much of a workout as would a normal esky.
We bought ours after our friends had one for a while and his wife said it the best fridge she's had. They get to trial a few being in the industry. The footprint is also smaller than the Engel 60l.
Last word - the boss likes it.
John
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Reply By: uncle - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 18:35

Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 18:35
We have an Evakool 60l fridge freezer,works great friends borrowed it and loved it.We also have used Engel's and are a great fridge also.We've just fitted a $20 digital temp guage from dick smith to the out side of the unit ran the wire into the fridge section and mounted it half way down the fridge wall on the inside and gives us a better idea of food temps now.! Great for an indication of temps in the warmer weather.
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Reply By: Mainey (WA) - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 22:03

Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 22:03
Woobla,
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I only want to know how the owners of evakool’s find their fridges.(end quote)

Maybe they look where they last left them... are they hard to see when they are white L0L

All jokes aside,
the Evakool has a larger “footprint” when compared to other fridges of the same capacity, 700 x 440 then for internal dimensions deduct 40mm thickness of wall and approximately, 10 to 15 litres of space for compressor area depending on model. Making the 49 Litre a maximum of only 39 Litre, or maybe as small as 34 Litres?

Engel, 40 Litre, foot print is 630 x 360 and holds 60 cans

Waeco, CF 50, foot print is 630 x 360 and holds 68 cans

So how many cans fit into a 50 Litre Evakool, that will give you the actual answer ???
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Follow Up By: Woobla (WA) - Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 22:43

Sunday, May 15, 2005 at 22:43
G'day Mainey,
If my fridge had 68 cans in it, I can tell you I would not forget where it was. thanks for the humor.
I can see myself staggering around the camping stores with 2 blocks of cans to see how many i can get in each unit.
Good idea, but I would end up with eyes like a choked prawn trying to keep tabs on my cans and my guess is I would forget what I went in there for.
Woobla
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Follow Up By: TheUndertaker - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 07:25

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 07:25
Mainey , 60 x .375 = 22.5lt
68 x .375 = 25.5lt
even the 15lt Engle that we use exclusively for the tinnies will only hold 5.6lt in can form , 15 x .375 ,
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Follow Up By: Mainey (WA) - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 10:50

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 10:50
TheUndertaker,
Hi,
I have only copied the information direct from the Engel and Waeco web sites, as pasted again below.

Engel; http://www.4wdworld.com.au/products/engel/
Capacity; 40 Litres, Holds 60 cans
W631mm x D360mm

Waeco; http://www.waeco.com.au/products.asp?id=15&cat=0
Capacity; 50 Litres, Holds 68 cans
W630mm x D360mm

Both fridges appear to be the same size
however their “capacity” is different by >20%
and number of cans held is different by >10%

Your own numbers represent only the fluid capacity, as the cans are actually taking up valuable space in the fridge, with a relatively large area between them, due to their own cylindrical effect they are wasting the space, a far more accurate method is to put three large heavy duty garbage bags into the fridge, side by side, and fill each equally with water only to the top of the fridge.
Remove and weigh the three bags and presto you have an accurate internal capacity measurement, as water has a specific weight per Ltr.
Yes a really complicated thing to do but it will answer the question of fridge capacity, makes you wonder why the fridge company can't do it, maybe their capacity is too small, as we all know "size matters"
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Reply By: flappa - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 09:47

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 09:47
I have a 60l EvaKool thats about 12 years old. I got it from my parents when they bought a new smaller 47l one.

There has been no problems with either fridge.

the only problem has been with the supplied power pack.

I have had three (2 replaced by EvaKool) , because of the cooling fan being noisy. In fact, my parents were once asked to turn their fridge off , the fan was so noisy.
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Follow Up By: mostyn - Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 17:44

Thursday, May 19, 2005 at 17:44
I have a 90lt Evakool used it 4 times let me down 3 times seems that when it switches of on low battery it will not start up again took it back to the dealer and they can't find anything wrong done the same thing last year in the Kimberlies still not going have lost faith in taking it away this year bought a Engel
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