Waeco TC-21 current draw

Submitted: Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 10:32
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Does anyone know the current draw of one of these thermoelectric coolers? I'm considering a second fridge for a 10 week trip in Apr/May/June - we will be towing a camper trailer with an Engel in it, but are looking for something to keep drinks & lunches etc in the vehicle with us. Mostly being used while driving as temporary storage rather than taking a small esky - but how much current do they draw? The figures aren't published on Waeco's website.

Also, does anyone own one of these (or the 14/35 models) and have any feedback on them? How well do they work as an esky (if at all) once you turn the power off after they've been chilled?
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 10:36

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 10:36
Also interested in similar figures for the new Engel TE18. Strangely it has twin Peltier cooling elements, but is only rated to 22 below ambient, whereas Waeco advertise theirs at 30 below ambient. Guess you would need to test them side by side to quantify the claims.
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Reply By: Member - Mike DID - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 10:55

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 10:55
"How well do they work as an esky (if at all) once you turn the power off after they've been chilled? "

The ONLY type of Peltier cooler I will buy has the cooler in the lid, because the cooling element is an excellent conductor of heat.

When you turn the power off the cool air stays at the bottom so there is minimal heating from the element.

Also the cooler I bought has interchangeable lids so when you want to save power you remove the Peltier cover and use the solid cover.
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Follow Up By: Scubaroo - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 11:04

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 11:04
Which brand/model was it Mike?
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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 14:48

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 14:48
It was an obscure brand KMart had a few years ago - but it works very well.

I've seen similar ones since at the Auto Accessory stores.
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Reply By: Scubaroo - Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 14:41

Saturday, Jan 19, 2008 at 14:41
Just went to Rays Outdoors and had a stickybeak.

Waeco - 43W
Engel - 70W or more (forget exactly but it was a lot!)
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