small car refrigerators

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 18, 2003 at 21:04
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Can anyone recommend a brand of small esky type 12 volt car cooler?. We already have an engel which does a great job as a freezer, but need just a little more cooling space for perishables. We have used an esky in the past but just end up with bits and pieces floating in defrosting ice and water.Gets a bit expensive and inconvenient having to buy ice all the time. Have considered a second engel but getting up there on the cost and space issues.
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Reply By: Member - Nigel - Tuesday, Feb 18, 2003 at 21:56

Tuesday, Feb 18, 2003 at 21:56
Unless you go for another compressor fridge, the only real option is the Waeco Tropicool coolers, but they draw 4-5 amps continuous, so the battery won't last long.

We used to have a Tropicool 32 litre and it worked well for what is was. Perfect temp for vegies, etc. I've seen other cheap brands at BigW etc and tried one once (borrowed) and it was crap.
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Reply By: David - Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 09:19

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 09:19
Probably best to stick with the Esky unless you have some sort of temp.control on the cooler. I had one once (wife bought as a gift). Worked pretty good ........until ........the first time we encounted a hot day. Then we had cooked lettuce..yuk. When I read the instructions it said it keeps the temp up to about 20 degrees lower than the outside temp. Well thats fine when it is cool but on a 40 degree day that means the lettuce was cooking at 20 degrees!
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Reply By: Member - Peter- Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 10:26

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 10:26
take a look at for small coolers they have a range of non freezer styles
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Reply By: marcus - Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 10:32

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 10:32
oz doc, You could check out the waeco range on i think the entire range of waeco's are on display and many are priced.For the fridge you are looking for click on electronic coolers.The company is based in Brisbanebut sell on line.Hope this is some help.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 11:59

Wednesday, Feb 19, 2003 at 11:59
Oz Doc, what about a 15L Engel, shouldn't use much power set on highest temp? use as beer fridge in office then, easily camo'd behind waste paper basket. Hooroo...
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