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Old 03-03-2007, 10:04 PM   #1
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Here is a lightweight refrigerator we are putting in out 13" Boler. It runs on 12v and we tried it out in the house. At 80 degrees inside the house the cooler temp with and without food ran at 32 degrees. Minimal heat produced but needs room for fans to vent under cabinet. IGLOO KOOL MATE 56 DUAL POWER COOLER is the make and model. We chose this as opposed to a refrigerator because of the major weight difference when compared to 2 way or 3 way refrigerators that are available today and because of the depth that the cabinet will allow without the face standing out into the room.

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Dual power cords allow for operation from both AC and DC power sources
Runs on household current with the built-in AC/Dc converter
Includes 120V and 12V power cords
High-performance chip designed for cooling down to 44-degrees F below outside temperature
Stands on end or rests like an ice chest
56-qt capacity
Brushless motor has locked rotor protection
Thick Ultratherm insulation
Swing-up handles
Multiple shelf guides
Contains 8-ft power cord with built-in replaceable fuse
Can hold up to 72 12-oz cans
Size: 20 3/4in x 17 9/16in x 20 15/16in
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Old 03-04-2007, 07:44 AM   #2
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What's it cost and where did you get it?
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Old 03-04-2007, 08:08 AM   #3
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& is it noisy?
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Old 03-04-2007, 09:09 AM   #4
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Old 03-04-2007, 01:36 PM   #5
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I have a couple of thermoelectric coolers, and I have found them to be only marginally effective in warmer temperatures. This one is maintaining a 48 degree F difference, which is impressive, but it will not be able to do that when the door is opened frequently, and in hot summer weather even that won't be enough.

My other concern is power draw. I was surprised to see how much current they use (mine are about 5 amps), especially compared to the high-efficiency 12VDC compressor-type units.

They are light and simple, and much less expensive than some alternatives.
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I purchased mine new off of eBay for around $75 shipping $20. It sounds very quiet escecially when places under the cabinet. As for power draw, we were looking for a refrigerator that we could use only when we are hooked to power in camp. Frozen water bottles or ice can be used when we are camping without electric. In the past 10 years we have not done any camping where we didnt have electric hook up so we will be ok. Someone that does a lot of dry camping would be able to use it as a cooler but there is no outlet for ice melt.
I must admit that the price and weight along with the storage area inside were the appeal for me.
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we were looking for a refrigerator that we could use only when we are hooked to power in camp.
So, is there a particular reason (size?) that you chose this particular refer rather than a dorm style?
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It sounds very quiet escecially when places under the cabinet.

As for power draw, we were looking for a refrigerator that we could use only when we are hooked to power in camp. Frozen water bottles or ice can be used when we are camping without electric.
I can vouch for it being very quiet.
Something similar to this is what i used in my Compact Jr. When on the road, we'd transfer the unit to the van and plug it into a 12 volt outlet. When we stopped at a campsite, we'd transfer the unit back into it's spot in the trailer and plug it into 110 volts.

We actually had this before the trailer, and would use it in our tent.
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So, is there a particular reason (size?) that you chose this particular refer rather than a dorm style?

Hi Donna,

Most of the refrigerators inc. dorm style run around $3-4 hundred and weigh much more then the Igloo we purchased. Also, the replacement parts are very reasonable and we do not have to worry about Freon or anything that needs special handling or disposal. The refrigerator that came with out trailer didnt work so we removed it. The hardest thing to find was a refrigerator that would fit within the 20" space we have in the cabinet. I didnt like how the old one stuck out into the room from the counter. The only thing now that sticks out into the room is the very front of the door to allow you to open the door with the inset handle on the unit.

Pictures will follow soon of our installation. We also will be looking into solar charging our batteries later and will be able to run the refrigerator even in dry camp. That is a bit further in the future though.
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Most of the refrigerators inc. dorm style run around $3-4 hundred and weigh much more then the Igloo we purchased.
I was thinking more along the lines of the <$100 dorm-style refrigerator from WallyWorld.

Like this one: Haier 1.8 cu. ft. Deluxe Compact Refrigerator, Silver
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I went with a slightly larger unit for the toy-box-to-be. I think it was on the order of $130-$150 or so (bought it some time ago now...). I'll run it on 120 when available and use it as a fancy icebox (ie with ice frozen in a 2L pop bottle or two) when it's not.

Course, if you're thinking of the LP/12V/120V units - yeah... they're pretty pricy!

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I went with a slightly larger unit for the toy-box-to-be. I think it was on the order of $130-$150 or so (bought it some time ago now...). I'll run it on 120 when available and use it as a fancy icebox (ie with ice frozen in a 2L pop bottle or two) when it's not.
Course, if you're thinking of the LP/12V/120V units - yeah... they're pretty pricy!
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Mike you can always run it off an inverter, and 12v., off your spare battery.
Just a thought. Penny, TX
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I was thinking more along the lines of the <$100 dorm-style refrigerator from WallyWorld.
Like this one: Haier 1.8 cu. ft. Deluxe Compact Refrigerator, Silver
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I hope it lasts longer than the Haier window a/c I bought last year !! Penny, TX
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Sam's Club has a GE 3.2 cu. ft. dorm frig for $115. It is 33"H x 18"W x 19"D.
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