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Postby chatto » Thu Jul 15, 2010 10:33 pm

hi there,I have a very small bar fridge that runs on 240v, can anyone tell me the best way to set it up so I can take it camping.like what sort of power suply, converter,battery,solo power.I mose well use it if I can it,s just sitting around doing nothing.thanks graham :cheers
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Re: bar fridge

Postby Dodgy_Dave » Thu Jul 15, 2010 11:51 pm

I'd say the only way to run it is with a generator, Unless of course your on a powered campsite. If you go camping frequently, You'd be better off with a car fridge like an Engle Waeco etc which is run off the car's 12v system. A dual battery setup is recommended so you can start the car in the morning.
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Re: bar fridge

Postby GypsyLady » Fri Jul 16, 2010 10:54 am

Yep Graham...the only way to successfully run a bar fridge is on a powered site.

Yes you can also run a gennie but unless you are camped out in the middle of nowhere without any neighbours....running a gennie full time will bring you and your neighbours grief.

You would need a huge bank of batteries (expensive) if you wanted to run it through an inverter and then you'd still have to regularly charge the batteries. That could be either solar (pretty seriously expensive) or gennie.

Once you introduce an inverter...you increase the current draw quite considerably.

Sell it....give it away....and spend your money on either a 3 way camp fridge (great for static camping) or a 12/240 like an Engel if you are travelling or moving about a bit......OR have a great solar set up.

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Re: bar fridge

Postby chatto » Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:15 pm

thanks for your input,I just get rid of it then ,and get a proper one
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Re: bar fridge

Postby bonger » Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:06 pm

Depending on what the fridge draws you may get away with it using a decent pure sine wave invertor. will need some battery charging though after a decent amount of use
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Re: bar fridge

Postby GypsyLady » Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:24 pm

By using an inverter you will increase the power consumption......you have to power the fridge as well as the inverter and that will mean even greater current draw from your batteries which still have to be charged.

An interter on its own pure sine wave or not......will not run anything.
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Re: bar fridge

Postby GypsyLady » Fri Jul 16, 2010 3:30 pm

chatto wrote:thanks for your input,I just get rid of it then ,and get a proper one



Good idea...that will be better in the long run Graham. It will cost you more money to 'make do' than it will to get a real camp fridge.

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Re: bar fridge

Postby bonger » Fri Jul 16, 2010 7:55 pm

My post was said with a 24 volt setup in mind. I can power a laptop, 32 inch lcd tv, hand held gaming consoles and lights through a 650W pure sine wave invertor. Keep in mind that I do not power these all at once but the original post stated a 'very small bar fridge', rather than give something away, why not ask someone who knows these things such as www.springers.com.au who are the 12 volt and solar specialists.
An engel/waeco is $900 plus which the sale of a bar fridge will obviously not cover yet that money may contribute towards a battery/invertor setup that can be used for other things in the future.

Ultimately, and engel/waeco is brilliant but these things arent always high on the list of purchases due to the cost.
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Re: bar fridge

Postby Titch » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:16 pm

Disagree Bonger on the comment.
why not ask someone who knows these things such as www.springers.com.au who are the 12 volt and solar specialists.
Sorry.
Much better to ask those that actually do it, rather than those, who make money out of those that do it.
My own opinion of course and have had no dealings with Springers.
$299 3way from Aldi or Supercheap may be the way
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Re: bar fridge

Postby Rosco532 » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:31 pm

Chatto...We successfully run a 3 way f/f on a 12V battery with only a 300w inverter for around 3 days....I simply chuck the jumper leads on the Patrol and give it a charge for around 7....10 minutes....after the 3 days.
You must remember, that out of 24 hours...a Fridge will only be using power for around ''6'' of them.....Providing the door seals are in good condition.
We also have small solar panel on the roof of the trailer to help it last longer...(We only paid about $90- for it from super-cheap....but...it certainly helps)
We definatly flick it over to gas when we are in warmer areas.

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Re: bar fridge

Postby Rosco532 » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:36 pm

This pic shows the f/f with the battery on the shelf...inverter on the front wall....and theres a gas bottle on the back floor (its now in the next bay of the trailer...I used to worry about it being close to the battery)

WOOPS...SORRY....Its one of my old ''BIG'' pics

Sorry....I have taken it off in the meantime
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Re: bar fridge

Postby Titch » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:46 pm

Gee your wiring is messy :*** :*** :***
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Re: bar fridge

Postby Rosco532 » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:51 pm

Thats only cause its a big pic Titch.....looks better in a small pic....ha ha

There was a lot of trialing at that stage.....its all changed now....
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Re: bar fridge

Postby Titch » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:53 pm

:lol:
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Re: bar fridge

Postby GypsyLady » Fri Jul 16, 2010 8:58 pm

Rosco532 wrote:Thats only cause its a big pic Titch.....looks better in a small pic....ha ha




Can you resize the pic please Rosco so that it is more forum friendly??
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