Waeco CDF35 v CF35

Submitted: Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 15:46
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Following on from Willie's recent post does anyone have a comment on these two models (p.45 and p.49 of 2006 Waeco catalogue, also on Waeco web site)?

Common features:
- BD-35F compressor
- Cools to 50 degrees below ambient
- 31L capacity
- Raps 12R-U in car wiring upgrade kit available for extra $59

- $649 RRP
- More compact (340W x 380H x 560L; CF35 is 360W x 385H x 580L, 710L with handles).
- Slightly lighter (15kg v 15.8kg))
Has recessed handles, no tie-down points.

- $829 RRP
- Built-in AC
- Lower power consumption (0.85a/hr v 1.01 a/hr, assuming 5 deg in fridge, ambient 32 deg)
- Handles for tie-down.
Insulating bag is extra $129.

Waeco have special on CDF35 until 28 Feb 2006: CDF35 + insulating bag ($99RRP) + AC adapter (normally $50 with fridge) = $699. In effect, free insulating bag. (Might reduce power consumption a little?)

I know both are small capacity, but am thinking of it primarily as replacement for standard esky on weekly trips (mostly in Astra) to holiday house, and sufficient for essentials on camping trips (in Prado). I like the relatively light weight for carrying in and out of car. Could get by without fridge slide, fixing points etc.

Next step up from these would be CF40 ($929 RRP). Similar dimensions to CF35 only taller (445H) and heavier (16.8kg). CF50 ($999) is bigger (360W x 480H x 630L, 760L with handles) and heavier again (18kg). CF35/40/50 have similar power consumption.

Also thinking of a reconditioned CoolPower 36 battery pack from www.fridgeshop.com.au for $220 (new one $349 rrp).

Please don't tell me to spend $1100 and get an Engel/Evakool/etc!!

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Reply By: Member - Des - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 15:54

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 15:54
Forgot to add that CF35 has:
- digital temp control/display
- turbo mode
- 3 stage battery protection
- interior light
- 5yr warranty on compressor; 3 yr on remainder

CDF35 lacks these features. It has:
- "2 position battery protection"
- sliding temp control. (As far as I can see from catalogue, doesn't have temp display, so might need to get thermometer.)
- 3 yr warranty on everything.
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Reply By: Footloose - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 15:57

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 15:57
I bought a CDF35 on special at supercrap 12 months ago. Paid $499 for the fridge and $35 for the cover.
Fridge works well, no dramas so far. Get a bigger one if you drink a lot or have a family. If you're just looking for something to keep a few bits refridgerated without spending a fortune, it's ideal. It also has tie down handles, and is light enough to get in and out of the car by yourself (unless it's packed with bricks:)
Measured current consumption varies between <3 to around 4 amps.
No, they're not an engel (no gold plating) but they do work and work well.
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Follow Up By: Member - Des - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 16:10

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 16:10
$534 all up - sounds a great deal! Have you seen it at that price since?

Is yours identical to the current model? I had a quick look at the current CDF35 in Aussie Disposals and I couldn't see any tie-down points. In the current catalogue (p.44) there is a pic of a bloke carrying one by recessed handles. Seemed to be part of the design, to make it more compact than CF range.

How do you set the temp without a display? Trial and error or a thermometer?

3-4 amps sounds a bit high. Is that only in on cycle?
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Follow Up By: Footloose - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 16:19

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 16:19
Des, just took it out to look, yep its a CDF35. It does have handles . Mine was bought on a Boxing Day special . Setting the temp isn't that difficult , you soon get the hang of it. I used a digital thermometer. I don't think the current draw is that high as it cycles. Obviously it is going to depend (like any fridge I guess) on the inside temp in the box.
I thought them great value, and if I were buying again I'd just prob get one with a digi temp display.....although its a bit hard to see it in the vehicle while mobile....waeco have a remote temp probe that you could use for that.
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Reply By: porl - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 16:11

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 16:11
on the "work well" side, i was running my FF-30 on the weekend. I think about 4 years old, still pulls down to -18C without drama. (yeah i know those 20yr old engels do to but this one cost me $499).

Just wish it had handles for tying down, and a lid that would lock. But GREAT second fridge. Take the basket out and it enormously lifts capacity.
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Follow Up By: ro-dah-o (WA) - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 16:38

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 16:38
I brought one at xmas and it works very well.

Lack of tie down points is a bugger but waeco do have a universal mounting kit for $99- pretty expensive angle iron but supposed to do the job

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Reply By: JustyWhyalla - Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 23:07

Monday, Jan 23, 2006 at 23:07
Have the older style with slide temp adjustment. Works great. Like others I bought a dual temp digital thermometer so I could keep an eye on temp whilst driving.

Only thing IMHO is get the largest fridge you can afford. Amazing what we carry now! Also great for doing the shopping in Summer! No more rushing home or melted icecream!
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Reply By: Member - Des - Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 12:02

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2006 at 12:02
Thanks to everyone for your responses.

Best price I found on the CDF-35 (with AC adapter and insulating bag) is $649 from Autobarn. At that price or better (look out for specials), it seems a great buy, if you can live with less features. Very light and compact: would fit neatly in boot of small car. And so quiet that when started up in the shop I couldn't hear it unless up close.

In the end, after much agonising, I ordered current model CF-40 (with built in AC connection, digital display, turbo function, etc) from Fridge Shop. Couldn't resist it at $700, with lower power consumtion, extra capacity and features for little extra weight and money.

For the record, Fridge Shop said that when they get fridges they usually offer them at these prices:
- CDF35 (current model) - $520 (RRP $649). Cover for it - $75. AC adapter - $70. Total $665 + del. Not a great price when you can get all of these for $649 at Autobarn (and maybe less elsewhere). You would definitely want the bag because insulation is slightly thinner than CF range - hence slightly higher power consumption. And AC adapter is a must too.
- CF-35 (current model) - $650 (RRP $759). Cover for it - $75. At this price, I reckon either the cheaper CDF35 or bigger CF40 is much better value. CF35 has same footprint as CF40, just less tall.
- CF-40 (current model) - $700 (RRP is $929). Cover for it - $80. ABSOLUTE BARGAIN, but hard to get. I was very lucky to get one.
- CF-50 (current model) - $810 (RRP $999). Ditto.

Most of their products are shop display stock, demo stock, or superceded items (e.g. CF models without built in AC). Stock changes every day; new items posted on their web site ( www.fridgeshop.com.au) late afternoon. They don't know what they are getting from one day to another, so you have to keep checking for the model you want. Freight anywhere in Aust is $25 for orders under $600, or $45 for orders over$600.

I also ordered 2 x Coolpower 36 power packs, at $220 each (RRP $349). Use one while charging the other.

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Follow Up By: Member - Des - Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 14:26

Tuesday, Feb 14, 2006 at 14:26
Have also ordered insulating cover ($80), RAPS-12 wiring upgrade ($70) and thermometer ($20) from Fridge Shop - all display/stock items. Note that the latter two items are never listed on their web site, and when they have them they go in a trice. Worth ringing up to ask.
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