Autofridge any good

Submitted: Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 18:01
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Looking at buying a fridge and have come across the autofridge, rather expensive but that doesn't matter as long as it's relaible. Does this fridge work ok in high temperatures and will it last a long time or are the cheaper fridges just as good.

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Reply By: Member - Ozdyssey (QLD) - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 18:07

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 18:07
One of the best. Reliable & designed for Oz temps.
Pay for what you get as usual. Don't spend under $800 for a 40lt fridge (new).
Looked at autofridge but could not spend that much, bought an evakool.

Search autofridge on here for a stream of info.
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Follow Up By: Sargent Dan - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 19:13

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 19:13
Thank you Ozdyssey. I think I may be on a winner with this one.
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Reply By: Member - Omaroo (NSW) - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 19:19

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 19:19
If I could have afforded one when I was looking... I'd have one in an instant.
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 19:47

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 19:47
I have been away, on a three week trip, with a chap that has one in our vehicle. He would plug it in after breakfast, and leave it running 'til lunchtime, then unplug it. I was amazed at that, it was cold right through 'til next morning!

I don't know if I could justify buying one, although, in the same breath, I do own 2 Waecos, but they do seem to be a good unit, very solid, and easy to clean.

Cheers

Wolfie
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 20:18

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 20:18
If it came with a zoom lens wolfie would have one in a flash :)
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 19:48

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 19:48
No better frig for our climate especially across the top, if used as designed you usually only need to run it for 4 hours a day unless adding lots of warm stuff.
The later models will run on either 12 or 24 volt.
If buying a new one suggest a side opening lid and I think all the new ones have a fan.
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Reply By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 20:02

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 20:02
Can somebody tell me how much current these fridges draw.
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 20:57

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 20:57
In independent tests, over a 24 hour period, about the same as the rest.

The myth, about their power usage, is just that apparently.

Cheers Ray,

Jim.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 21:44

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 21:44
Yes that is what I was wondering Jim. I take it the fridge runs continuously during the two running cycles per day. I was trying to get a rough idea of amp/hrs. I'm also a bit concerned about the temp fluctuation especially on a hot day with a large number of openings for cool drinks.
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Follow Up By: Jimbo - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 21:59

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 21:59
As I understand it Ray, it is pretty much a case of running hard twice a day to freeze the "eutectic" plates. This would be a tremendous power saving device if you travelled twice a day and depended on the alternator. It won't help you one iota when base camping.

In reality, you don't get anything for nothing. 20 amps (or 40 or 60 as the case may be) is what is used to keep a given volume of contents cold over a 24 hour period.

Some accept advertising bumpf and purchase according to that. Some of us analyse the information intelligently.

I suppose that is why Coke is still the top selling Cola.
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Follow Up By: Mad Dog (Australia) - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 15:29

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 15:29
Coke, ha! I think I was addicted to it. I gave it up with the smokes about 6 months ago. I still have the ocassional drink but I was well over a litre a day back then. Don't drink tea or coffee.
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Reply By: RustyHelen - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 20:26

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 20:26
To the first question first.
We have an autofridge and have for 6 years. Unbeatable, including successive days at 40C across the top last year. Stayed at Adels for 3 nights with minimal driving (2 hours on first day) and aux battery lasted the 3 days.

To the second question-- how much do they draw. Isn't it a question of many variables-- outside temp, add ins to the fridge, number of times lid opened and etc. In general I understand they draw a couple of amps/hour under "ideal" conditions. It is more a case of how you use it rather than what it draws that determines effectiveness.
But then I'm not technical so probably all waffle.
Just buy one, cause I certainly would if this one died.
Rusty
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Follow Up By: ACDC - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 20:55

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 20:55
How can the amps it draws vary,the amp hrs may vary but not the running amps.
My father inlaw has one it just died after 12 years not bad!!
I just sold him a new Ruey Shing 50 litre (downunder/reefer)
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Reply By: Member - uncle - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 20:52

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 20:52
Type solar panel into your ebat search bar,theres one on there at the moment for $2000 with an 80watt panel BARGAIN!!!The guy is in Rochester Vic
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Reply By: Dilligaf - Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 21:20

Friday, Mar 24, 2006 at 21:20
I heard some good and bad stories about Autofridge. The price is ridiculous for the Autofridge with little difference in power draw according to 2 who own Autofridges. Ended up buying an Evakool and 2 80w Suntech solar panels
returned yesterday from 8 weeks away and powered the fridge lights and small TV from the solar power only
wish we had purchased the solar panels years ago
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Follow Up By: Member - Collyn R (WA) - Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 14:17

Saturday, Mar 25, 2006 at 14:17
Autofridges are curious beasts in that their energy consumption is totally related to either of two modes of usage.

If run (as one does other fridges) by setting the thermostat and letting the fridge run itself, consumption is similar to or possibly a tad higher than others.

If however you 'pump it down' initiually by running it flat out for 8-10 hours one then needs only to run it for about two hours morning and evening.

That's why you get conflicting accounts.

In Broome our 73-litre unit uses about 20 Ah/day in our 'winter' (about 27-30 degrees C) and about 35 Ah/day in mid-summer - when pumped down. It runs very comfortably from two 60-watt modules. If kept at a constant 2 degrees C (on the thermostat) it uses about 35 AH and 60 Ah respectively.

A minor downside for some usage is this. A 60-litre Engel will readily drop from about 40 degrees C down to 5 degrees C in little over 30 minutes ( I have one in my Nissan and it does this when I go into Broome). An Autofridge will take several hours to do the same.

Trust this helps
Collyn Rivers
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Reply By: AdrianLR (VIC) - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 22:29

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 22:29
We're very happy with our 39l. Best camping accessory we have.

A few months back I posted a link that explained eutectic systems well. It does make a significant difference in performace if you run in eutectic mode. It will require some effort on your part to do this though (the "nothing for free" bit).

An advantage that is often missed is that it is completely smooth inside making is very easy to keep clean.

Adrian

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Reply By: Bilbo - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 23:05

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 23:05
"Autofridge"? Best thing I ever bought fer bush work. Leaves an Engel fer dead for power consumption when it's really hot.

I froze Coke and Beer in 8 hours ( I forgot I'd put in there) around Mt Magnet in W.A. on the hottest day that Mt Magnet has ever recorded (40C from memory). My mate with his Engle had a flat battery every day.

Warm beer? Frozen beer? Same thing really I suppose ;)

If my Autofridge stopped tommorow (after 10 years in the back of a trayback ute), I'd buy another, no probs.

Bilbo

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