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12 Volt Fridge / Freezer
12 Volt Fridge / Freezer
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I might be biased here, since I own the 43 quart EdgeStar, another friend owns the 80 quart, and two other friends own a 43 quart themselves, but I'm a fan of Edgestar because we had to put out our own money on full priced models (except our one friend who scored an 80 quarter for 250 scratch and dent sale).
When these fridges are not in the back of our trucks, we have them next to our couches as drink fridges. I've had mine for 3 years, some of them have had theirs for 4-5 years in our 4wheeling group. We're rock crawlers, we're desert pre-runners, we're overlanders and these fridges have lasted us.
The irony is, our friend who's a vendor for ARB has been through several of their fridges in past seasons due to failures of the older modeled ARBs that were actually equipped with Sawafuji Swing compressors. They were being used on trailers on deep cycle batteries. As a lot of people have noted, the swing compressors do not deal w/ low voltage very well since the compressors are spring based and coil based that bounce around in the compressor assembly, they need enough electric potential (Voltage) to be able to beat the force exerted by the spring to run, without enough voltage, they can generate a lot of heat and potentially burn out the solenoid. More standard Danfoss sealed compressor assemblies go with the standard motor and piston setup. ARB switched to Danfoss on their newest offerings, National Luna and Edgestar have been using them.
A little more power hungry? Yes.
A lot faster to cool down? HELL YES.
Honestly though, the functional designs of these fridges are for intents and purposes, identical. It's just some metal plate on the inside with a compressor, some styrofoam from a cooler, and plastic or sheet metal covering the outside to make it look fancy. So far it seems the cheaper Edgestar (aka whynter, aka kold front) have been working out best for our group.
I'll have to admit though that Edgestars, and their clones, use a little more power on startup and during operation but we have 100w solar panels setup and we drive our vehicles around when they're not parked. We have had zero issues with running our fridges in Joshua tree, Ridgecrest, and Death Valley CA in the middle of summer.
When it's 111F outside, you want something that's durable that will make sure your chunky money is still frozen for dessert after dinner.
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