12V DC Refrigerated ESKY

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by debe, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. debe

    Thread Starter Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2010
    947
    184
    Bit of topic but wondering if Waeco portable camping fridges are sold in Amarica?. I had one that the foam insulation had absorbed moisture & didnt work real well any more. But I had a Fibreglas insulated Esky that had double the insulation thickness to the Waeco. Dismantled the Waeco & fitted the compressor/cond unit to the end of the esky, & fitted the Evap in side. Now works far better than the Waeco ever did.
     
  2. Wendy

    Moderator

    Mar 24, 2008
    20,766
    2,536
    The ones I've seen around here tend to be the inefficient TEC units with fans on both sides.

    I even have a TEC meant for one of these units kicking around. It uses 12VDC at 4A. I was thinking of using it as a cooler for my computer case.
     
  3. magnet18

    Senior Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    1,232
    124
    Camping fridge!??!
    I don't consider that camping at all.

    As for your question, I've never seen them, but I've never looked for them either.
     
  4. Markd77

    Senior Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    2,803
    594
    I just found out that you can get ride-on coolers in America!
    Not much call for that sort of thing over here, it doesn't get warm very often.
     
  5. Adjuster

    Well-Known Member

    Dec 26, 2010
    2,147
    300
    This gives me a bizarre mental picture of self-propelled refrigerators or freezers that someone can sit on, perhaps useful for those long journeys from the larder to the cooking stove. Is the average American home really so big that motorized transportation is required for such operations? Can these coolers be operated on public highways, and if so, does one require a full driver's licence to operate them?

    Are these things electrically powered? Do they use petrol (gasoline), l.p.g. or even diesel engines? If an internal combustion engine is employed, what arrangements are required to avoid excessive pollution of the kitchen atmosphere?
     
  6. Markd77

    Senior Member

    Sep 7, 2009
    2,803
    594
  7. debe

    Thread Starter Well-Known Member

    Sep 21, 2010
    947
    184
    Dont people take portable refrigeration camping in USA ? Here in Australia the portable refrigeration market is huge. The main contenders are Waeco & Engel portable fridge/freezers, in compressor type 12V DC.
     
  8. magnet18

    Senior Member

    Dec 22, 2010
    1,232
    124
    Most just use coolers and ice.
    (everyone I know anyway)

    I personally don't consider it camping if you have heating or cooling or more electricity than a flashlight.
     
  9. Wendy

    Moderator

    Mar 24, 2008
    20,766
    2,536
    I like to eat a steak while camping. To each his own.
     
  10. t06afre

    AAC Fanatic!

    May 11, 2009
    5,939
    1,222
    For some camping is driving your car to some place where "camping" is prepared. Then packing out all the gear and walk maximum a few 100 meters. Others like a more back to the nature style. Packing all you need in a rucksack, and then go for it. So to speak. The first option is just camping and not very "living in the wild". But it can still be something you can enjoy.
    So both way has its charms
     
Loading...