Portable Coolers

Submitted: Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00
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Hello all,

I am looking for some advice... I want to get a portable powered cooler to take on day trips etc (about 20L cap.). Both Waeco and Evakool have similar models in this range.

Has anyone had any experience with any of these? Any help or advice would be appreciated.

Cheers,
-Shannon
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Reply By: Member - John - Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00

Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00
Shannon, I have a 18lt Waeco, not bad but thin on insulation. Not real good in high ambient temps, but is compressor model so as long as battery holds out it will cool. Hope this helps.
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Reply By: OziExplorer - Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00

Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00
Not a lot of difference between the two, but if you are using it on bad roads or 4WD, the evaKool one does use the IndelB suspension system on the compressor which is acknowledged by Danfoss as the superior compressor suspension system.
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Reply By: Member - Nigel - Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00

Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00
Are you talking about the compressor driven ones (dear) or the peltier type ones (cheap)? If the latter I've got one for sale (works great when the temp is below 30 degrees). We upgraded to the 68 litre evakool compressor fridge/freezer coz I liked the insulation on their fridges.

The one for sale is a Tropicool Classic 36 litre - we want about $150 for it. It kept drinks nicely cold in cooler part of the year, but living in the tropics forced us to upgrade.
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00

Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00
Nigel, evaKool only make or sell compressor type fridges. evaKool don't do sell the Peltier type coolers.
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Follow Up By: Member - Nigel - Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00

Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00
Aha - didn't think they sold Peltier's but as their website hasn't been updated for a long time, I thought it may have been a new product (although unlikely).
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00

Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00
Nigal I was only on the phone to evaKool just before Christmas, and asked them about their website. They said they has just had the web boys in and it will be updated shortly.
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Follow Up By: Shannon - Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00
Thanks Nigel, your Tropicool would probably suit me perfectly, how old is it, and exactly how much do you want for it?

-Shannon
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Follow Up By: Member - Nigel - Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00
It's 2 years old and we would like $150 for it... Email me at nigel@znet.net.au if your interested.
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Reply By: Truckster - Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00

Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00
How about this little winner.....


Waeco

I want one!
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Follow Up By: Allyn - Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00
one of them little fridges wouldn't be bad either !!!
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Follow Up By: Bruce - Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00
which one exactly do you want...truckster
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Follow Up By: Truckster - Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00
Well Id buy the cooler unit and trade the wife for the chicky babe on the page :D
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Follow Up By: Joe - Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00
I think you would look a little silly in a blue bikini. :+)
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Follow Up By: Member - Mal - Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 01:00

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 01:00
Hey Truckster,
I went to my local WAECO dealer yesterday to get one of those girls in the blue Bikini but they had sold out. They still had fridges so I bought one. (girl to follow). I tried it out last night with an inside/ outside thermometer. With the starting ambient temperature of 25.6*C this was the result in time from switching on/ inside-outside temperature difference:
10minutes/6*C
20/12
30/13
40/15
50/16
60/17
120/17.5
180/18
This morning the outside temperature was 25*C and the inside temp. was 1*C. I'm impressed.
It will hold a bottle of wine laid from bottom corner to top opposite corner and a couple of cans or stubbies, or ten cans, or about six stubbies but you have to dissasemble the six pack-just won't fit assembled.
Mal T.
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Follow Up By: Allyn - Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 18:19

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 18:19
Mal
Would be really interested in how it performs with much higher ambient temps. If you feel so inclined could you keep us informed.
As a note it's currently 46 degrees outside here in Port Hedland but I don't need fridge/cooler to perform in conditions anywhere near that oppresive as unless I'm working I won't go outside at all. Somewhere around the 35 mark I suppose.
I STILL wouldn't mind one of them things in blue though regardless of ambient temp !
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Follow Up By: Chopper - Wednesday, Jan 08, 2003 at 10:37

Wednesday, Jan 08, 2003 at 10:37
What are the dimensions of the cooler (not the girl, they were pretty obvious). I've sorta looked at these but have never found one in store. If they fit they'd be ideal as a centre console for the troopy.
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Reply By: flappan - Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00
Shannon, I've researched a few of these and Waeco are the only ones that provide a cooler that pulls down to 30 below outside temps, and that is the 36l model. All the others only pull down 20 below.

I think the RRP for the 36l model is $275.

That would be my choice of a Non-compressor cooler.
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Follow Up By: Djr - Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00
have a look at www.fridgeshop.com.au, they are selling classic 32 litre coolers (factory seconds/6 months warranty+$10 delivery) for $170.00 as well as wide range of waeco compressor models very cheap.
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Reply By: Truckster - Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 14:04

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 14:04
Member - Mal posted this followup

Hey Truckster,
I went to my local WAECO dealer yesterday to get one of those girls in the blue Bikini but they had sold out. They still had fridges so I bought one. (girl to follow). I tried it out last night with an inside/ outside thermometer. With the starting ambient temperature of 25.6*C this was the result in time from switching on/ inside-outside temperature difference:
10minutes/6*C
20/12
30/13
40/15
50/16
60/17
120/17.5
180/18
This morning the outside temperature was 25*C and the inside temp. was 1*C. I'm impressed.
It will hold a bottle of wine laid from bottom corner to top opposite corner and a couple of cans or stubbies, or ten cans, or about six stubbies but you have to dissasemble the six pack-just won't fit assembled.
Mal T.


Outstanding Mr.. Im now getting one too!

Did you get a rain cheque on the blue bikini clad babe'?
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Reply By: Shannon - Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 18:24

Tuesday, Jan 07, 2003 at 18:24
Thanks everyone for your help and advice!

I bought Nigels old Waeco TC 32, which I am confident will be suitable.

So thanks again for all the information and help!
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Reply By: Member - Mal - Wednesday, Jan 08, 2003 at 09:54

Wednesday, Jan 08, 2003 at 09:54
Allyn,
I'm in Brisbane and we don't get many very hot days, only very humid. I'll set it up in the car and leave it in the sun on a hot day and get back to you. Most of the time I will be using it on trips with the air conditioning on so my test at 25*C ambient is probably relevent.

Truckster,
I picked her up yesterday arvo and took her home, but I got into so much trouble I had to take her back. I even promised to leave her downstairs with the camping gear and only use her when we go camping. Women can be so distrustful.
Mal T.
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Reply By: Member - Mal - Wednesday, Jan 08, 2003 at 11:20

Wednesday, Jan 08, 2003 at 11:20
Chopper,
I'll get back to you with the dimensions, but I'm sure that it will fit between bucket seats or on the center half of the "one and a half" seats of the HJ/FJ60's. They are also designed to be held in place by a seat belt.
Mal T.
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