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Old 03-09-2013, 05:53 PM   #15
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The 20 degree below current temp is for 12 volt, which is enough if you run it in your car with the AC on, but the 12 volt option is too power hungry for camping. Both the 120 volt option and the propane option can do a much better job cooling.
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Old 03-09-2013, 05:57 PM   #16
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I wonder if it could be "souped up" with some added insulation and a computer fan. I did this to my Norcold and was holding a 50 degree F differential.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:33 PM   #17
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Must remember that this is a Canadian item. Yes it cools 20 degrees from ambient temperature but it states that is 20 degrees Celsius not Fahrenheit.

Your correct my bad I should have noticed that!

Based on that then the correction on my example would be if its 90 degrees Fahrenheit outside the cooler/fridge would be at 54 degrees Fahrenheit which is still well above the 40 degrees Fahrenheit or less that a fridge needs to be in order to be considered safe to store foods that require refrigeration in. Still the reason why it is way cheaper than an actual 3 way RV specific fridge such as a Dometic.
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Will do Jim,
Thanks for the review and suggestion Alistair.
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A number of other reviews of it can be found at SmartCanucks.ca Best Cooler Ever
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Old 03-09-2013, 09:11 PM   #20
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hummm did a number of responses to this thread discussion just vanish???
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hummm did a number of responses to this thread discussion just vanish???
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Don't think so. There are two separate threads going on about this cooler.
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Don't think so. There are two separate threads going on about this cooler.
thanks Willy I realized that after I asked. Hard for us old folks to keep up!
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There are a number of reviews of this product can be found at SmartCanucks.com Best cooler ever. Looks like a number of people have had issues with running it on propane which may explain why the manufactures Mobicool doesnt seem to have this model or a propane option on the ones they currently have on their website.

Since last summer I have been looking at a couple of different ones that Canadian Tire sells made by the same people after someone had one at one of our trailer meets last year. I am not sure if it was the same model or not but they seemed happy with it but they did need to add an ice block to it when the temps got up into the 30's c/85's F to keep the beer good and cold but they were running it on 110 power at the time.
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So overnight on AC power the cooler came through and was able to produce ice cubes in the ice tray provided. I don't know the exact temp drop as I don't have a thermometer. Ill try get one in the coming days.

The coolers seems to cool no problem on AC. Ill try hooking it up propane later to see how it works.

On AC it is silent. I didn't even know that it was working.
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What is the size in inches? Do you know the can capacity? Thanks, it looks like a nice unit. I may try to get one when I come to Niagara later this year for the fall Wine Rally.
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So overnight on AC power the cooler came through and was able to produce ice cubes in the ice try provided. I don't know the exact temp drop as I don't have a thermometer. Ill try get one in the coming days.
Thanks for the update. Still considering one while on sale if for nothing more than keeping the wine cool on the road. If you have an indoor/outdoor wireless thermometer it would work well for such tests. Would be interesting to know what the outside temp was when you got it to make ice.
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The secret is that it only cools to 20 below ambient temperature so if its 90 out it will be at 70 degrees - not what most of us expect from the more expensive 3 way fridges found in our trailers.
Notice, the ad is in Celsius, so a twenty degree drop would be the equivalent of a drop from 80 degrees Fahrenheit to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
90 degrees Celcius would be almost 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
I had to look at a conversion chart to see the difference.
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Notice, the ad is in Celsius, so a twenty degree drop would be the equivalent of a drop from 80 degrees Fahrenheit to 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
90 degrees Celcius would be almost 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
I had to look at a conversion chart to see the difference.
Floyd I realized it was Celsius after my original example was given - see correction to my example on post #17. The problems come into play when the temps start to get above 80 degrees Fahrenheit and yup that does happen even here in Canada from time to time during camping season.

A 90 Fahrenheit outside temp would result in 54 degrees Fahrenheit in the cooler. Not taking in to account that the manufactures specs state "up to 20 degrees" so I read that as the best case scenario. It might consider it good enough in hot weather to keep the beer & wine from getting way to warm but not for keeping dairy products and meats at safe storage temps.

The manufacture on their site has a newer model and it talks in its specs of being able to maintain much lower temps but its does not have the propane option - it appears to be a 2 way compressor style cooler.
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