Ice, Ice Boxes and Thermo-electric fridges

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Re: Ice, Ice Boxes and Thermo-electric fridges

Postby coyotte » Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:24 pm

What is this MoblieCool? Nearest I could find in Google was Mobicool which makes for Waeco and the smallest they say they make is 40L. Any further info so I can find one will be very helpful. Just haven't seen anything in the compressor range for less than $1000 except for the above.



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it's a 40 L Mobicool --- 12v only
bought it at a SuperCheap Autos store -- normal price $400
AutoPro stores also carry them I think

be wary of the price of a 240v/12v inverter though ( unlike a 12v/240v they seem to be a vary rare beast )--- best price I could for a suitable one was around $150
I have only used it so far to Freeze up the Mobicool before I leave home .
I run the 12v deep cycle system via a Sidewinder deep cycle battery unit

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Re: Ice, Ice Boxes and Thermo-electric fridges

Postby CampGrrlz » Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:29 pm

[/quote]it's a 40 L Mobicool --- 12v only bought it at a SuperCheap Autos store -- normal price $400[/quote]
Gotcha! Since then I've been googling around (new word, huh? ;-) and have come up with a 240v ice maker/freezer which just might do the trick at around $300.

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PS: no, it won't. The eBay seller was honest enough to admit the icemaker will only freeze at or below 25 deg C and few days or nights are that cool in Qld in summer.
I've since found that there's a Waeco 18L which freezes and an Engel ditto about 14L. Neither are cheap :shock: but at around $500-600 they are much better value and I know at least that Waeco are a quality brand even if the works are made by Mobicool in the mysterious orient.
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Re: Ice, Ice Boxes and Thermo-electric fridges

Postby Ozzycamperboy » Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:53 am

coyotte wrote:be wary of the price of a 240v/12v inverter though ( unlike a 12v/240v they seem to be a vary rare beast )--- best price I could for a suitable one was around $15


I had no idea they where that expensive, I've got a spare coleman one laying around here somewhere. They came with my fridge :?
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Re: Ice, Ice Boxes and Thermo-electric fridges

Postby GypsyLady » Fri Jan 09, 2009 8:46 am

CampGrrlz wrote:
it's a 40 L Mobicool --- 12v only bought it at a SuperCheap Autos store -- normal price $400[/quote]
Gotcha! Since then I've been googling around (new word, huh? ;-) and have come up with a 240v ice maker/freezer which just might do the trick at around $300.

E n E

PS: no, it won't. The eBay seller was honest enough to admit the icemaker will only freeze at or below 25 deg C and few days or nights are that cool in Qld in summer.
I've since found that there's a Waeco 18L which freezes and an Engel ditto about 14L. Neither are cheap :shock: but at around $500-600 they are much better value and I know at least that Waeco are a quality brand even if the works are made by Mobicool in the mysterious orient.
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I have a 17 Litre Engel which was somewhere in the $500 to $600 mark. It is a 12/240volt unit. Current draw on it is the same as the 40 litre, 2.5amps.
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Re: Ice, Ice Boxes and Thermo-electric fridges

Postby oldtrack123 » Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:07 pm

Hi
"The thermo-electrics, for all their faults, don't run when the engine is off. Whether that's something built into them or into the car electronics, I don't know but at least I know the fridge won't be draining the battery"

The only way they will not run when engine is "off" is if they are switched through the ignition switch.[So it depends how /where they are connected] If they are connected direct to the battery they will flatten the battery ,even fridges fitted with low voltage cut outs do not give adequate protection to batteries.
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Re: Ice, Ice Boxes and Thermo-electric fridges

Postby CampGrrlz » Fri Jan 09, 2009 5:36 pm

oldtrack123 wrote:... So it depends how /where they are connected

To the cigarette lighter. Every time we've travelled with ours, it cuts out immediately the motor stops so I assume that it's something within the electronics on the car.

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Re: Ice, Ice Boxes and Thermo-electric fridges

Postby Ozzycamperboy » Mon Jan 12, 2009 8:52 am

CampGrrlz wrote:
oldtrack123 wrote:... So it depends how /where they are connected

To the cigarette lighter. Every time we've travelled with ours, it cuts out immediately the motor stops so I assume that it's something within the electronics on the car.

Elaine

I think you'll find in most cars that once the ignition is turned off, the power to the cig plug is cut off also.
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