You need a portable refrigerator that proves well in a caravan, motorhome or summer cottage? You may think that it couldn't be any simpler! In stores you can find a lot of models of portable refrigerators. But the problem is right here: which one to choose?
There is a much wider selection of portable refirgerators than of those for permanent installation. We can choose among compressor, absorption, thermoelectric and passive models, and in each of these categories there are still many more models available. In the offer of the most popular brand in our market, Waeco, we can find more than 30 models of portable cooling devices!
Undoubtedly, the most efficient are compressor refrigerators. This is the only type of refrigerator that is virtually independent of external conditions. When the ambient temperature reaches or exceeds 25 degrees, inside the refrigerator you can easily maintain a temperature of 5 degrees and in the case of the freezer, even -22 degrees! The compressor refrigerator can be supplied with 12/24V and 100-240V. It can be connected not only to a standard wall outlet, but also to solar panels. Portable compressor refrigerators should be resistant to vehicle's tilts and energy efficient. The best models from Waeco comply with the standards of energy class A ++.
Waeco offers 13 models of this type of refrigerators, and the biggest have a capacity of up to 105 liters. Particularly noteworthy is the latest generation called CoolFreeze CFX. Thanks to the thick insulation they consume up to 35% less power than older models. These refrigerators have reinforced corners, stainless steel hinges, durable cover, and at the same time are relatively light, which is important considering their portability. Models of this series are equipped with an electronic thermostat with digital temperature display. They even have a USB output! As a result, the refrigerator can at the same time serve as a charger to the phone.
But the most important parameters are associated with cooling. A separate container for fresh products (it's a standard in all compressor refrigerators from Waeco), the possibility of deep freezing and even something more - turbo function. Normally refrigerator operates in economy mode, but when the outside temperature is very hot or when you set the temperature below -12 degrees, then the program will switch to intensive cooling.
We had the opportunity to test the model CFX 40 with temperatures reaching even 45 degrees! It turned out better than it would appear from the manufacturer's declaration, because despite such extreme conditions, it maintained a temperature of 3 degrees. Equally good was the emergency stop - if the battery level falls below a certain value, the device powers off. It is a very useful feature if your car does not have an additional parking battery.
We also liked the hybrid fridge CoolFun Hybrid. When connected to a power supply of 230V, it works in a compressor mode, but after switching to 12V (eg. When driving a car), begins to work in thermoelectric mode. As a result the refrigerator can be used in diverse conditions.
Thermoelectric coolers are not as efficient as the compressor ones. The cooling capacity can reach up to 30 degrees below the ambient temperature, but during this heat this difference will be significantly lower. Refrigerators of this type are usually small devices with a capacity of 33 liters. Their advantages include low weight, good portability, resistance to tilts, and - which is not available in other types of refrigerators - the possibility of both cooling and maintaining heat. Their popularity is undoubtedly influenced by the price - much lower than in the case of compressor refrigerators.
A very interesting proposal from Waeco is a thermoelectric cooler bag CoolFun S 28DC. The bag is made of a textile material, which maintains low temperature for a long time. We can easily pack our shopping there (eg. frozen food or ice creams) and carry them to the campsite. There the bag can be... connect to the power supply. It can maintain a temperature lower of up to 15 degrees with respect to ambient temperature.
Refrigerators without electricity
If we want to become independent of the power supply, we can opt for absorption refrigerator. Such refrigerators can work both under the voltage of 12V/230V but can also be powered by gas. Their advantages also include completely silent operation. Unfortunately, the refrigerator cooling capacity will also be dependent on the ambient temperature.
On the other hand, passive refrigerators don't need power supply at all. These are containers fitted with efficient insulation and cooling inserts or ice cubes - which we have to buy by ourselves. Thus, they can maintain the food fresh for maximum several days. This could be an interesting proposal, eg. for anglers, but also for a weekend camping trip.
Choosing the right model depends primarily on our individual needs, but also on how we travel, how much food we take and for how many people we actually want to store food. Compressor efrigerators will be the most efficient, but also the heaviest and the most expensive. Other types of refrigerators are cheaper, but more sensitive to the ambient temperature. Fortunately, the offer of Waeco is so rich that certainly everyone will find a suitable model. You can get acquaint with the whole offer directly on the manufacturer's website: www.my-caravanning.com/pl/produkty/mobilne-lodowki/ .