Cool boxes ?

Discussion in 'The Beginner' started by RS SPIKE, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. RS SPIKE

    RS SPIKE Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2014
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    derbyshire
  2. keith

    keith Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2007
    Messages:
    3,258
    Likes Received:
    1,612
    Location:
    Ecclefechan
    OK if on EHU but how much power will it use if off grid?

    We tried one but found it used a lot of 12V power so sold it.
     
  3. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    13,864
    Likes Received:
    14,526
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    I have a slightly bigger one and it draws about 4.5 amps so no problem for my solar in Summer and often ran it through the night too.
     
  4. Gromett

    Gromett Funster

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Messages:
    7,942
    Likes Received:
    14,026
    Location:
    UK
    I have a Waeco tropicool thermoelectric. Great for chilling beers and as an emergency fridge. Built like a tank as well.

    Bit pricier than yours but I have been using fulltime as a fridge since the beginning of April Last year. (I am a fulltimer)

    http://www.mgdonline.co.uk/products/waeco-tropicool-tc-21-electric-cool-box.php

    And yes, they can run easily on 12V but only during the summer when good solar input. But it only cools to I think 30C below ambient.
     
  5. RS SPIKE

    RS SPIKE Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2014
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    derbyshire
    i have a 100w solar will that be enough ?
     
  6. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    13,864
    Likes Received:
    14,526
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    Not really for lengthy use
     
    • Like Like x 1
  7. RS SPIKE

    RS SPIKE Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2014
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    derbyshire
    consumption volts: 46 watts
    24 volts: 50 watts
    230 volts: 64 watts
    would you know how long it would run on a 12v battery ? not sure about amps and watts :(
     
  8. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    13,864
    Likes Received:
    14,526
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    4 amps per hour equals 40 amps in 10 hours 40ah
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. Bernie P

    Bernie P Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2015
    Messages:
    72
    Likes Received:
    62
    Location:
    Guildford, Surrey
    Why not go for a camping fridge that runs on gas as well? I've had an Electrolux one for 20 years and it's still going strong. It did 14 days camping as main fridge and we still had gas left in large camping gaz bottle.
     
  10. John Laidler

    John Laidler Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Messages:
    8,587
    Likes Received:
    11,577
    Location:
    Plympton, Devon
    My experience of these sort of cool boxes is they more or less run continually, so drawing power all the time.

    We now have a Waeco CDF 26 compressor cool box which draws about 5 amps but only for about five minutes then having brought the temperature down it rests for about twenty. So it is using much less power but we found a 100W panel insufficient although we turned it off at night but we were running the diesel heater at the same time for hot water during the day and heating at night and this takes a lot of power.

    I suspect a 100W panel might be enough outside the depths of winter, up to about September, for this model of cool box alone but not when you add in other loads which is why we have added a second panel and may add a third if experience suggests we need one after we have given it some Mediterranean thrashing this summer!
     
    • Like Like x 1
  11. RS SPIKE

    RS SPIKE Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2014
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    derbyshire
    Have you a link please ?
     
  12. RS SPIKE

    RS SPIKE Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2014
    Messages:
    190
    Likes Received:
    28
    Location:
    derbyshire
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Waeco-Coo...650774?hash=item5683192596:g:n78AAOSwyQtVpSkZ

    is this the one you have ?
     
  13. John Laidler

    John Laidler Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Messages:
    8,587
    Likes Received:
    11,577
    Location:
    Plympton, Devon
    Yes, that's the one. I got it for £305 off someone on Amazon last year but mostly it seems to be offered at around £400. It needed much tooth sucking before spending that much but it is a superb little cool box.

    It fits between the front seats when we park up. I have a picture of it in use somewhere.

    Edit:

    Post #19 on this thread. http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/threads/12v-cool-bags-any-good.122726/#post-1704617
     
    • Like Like x 1
    • Informative Informative x 1
  14. Techno

    Techno Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2010
    Messages:
    13,864
    Likes Received:
    14,526
    Location:
    Leeds the one up North
    Last edited: Mar 8, 2016
    • Like Like x 2
  15. Bernie P

    Bernie P Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2015
    Messages:
    72
    Likes Received:
    62
    Location:
    Guildford, Surrey
    • Like Like x 1
  16. John Laidler

    John Laidler Funster

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2013
    Messages:
    8,587
    Likes Received:
    11,577
    Location:
    Plympton, Devon
    • Like Like x 1
  17. Bernie P

    Bernie P Funster

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2015
    Messages:
    72
    Likes Received:
    62
    Location:
    Guildford, Surrey
    On gas It's outdoor or very well ventilated only. Must admit I haven't used it with the MH, but used it a lot with the caravan in the awning.

    We tried a 12v coolbox in France last summer, wiped the battery overnight!
     
  18. matamoros

    matamoros Funster

    Joined:
    May 15, 2008
    Messages:
    2,280
    Likes Received:
    3,446
    Location:
    Ex Rochdale now Tavira, S. Brittany & Europe
    Very good point, we have had one of those, possibly different make, since we first ventured abroad with a tent in 1991 and still use it in the shed at our static van... mainly for wine and beer. It is somewhat bulky and heavy as well and does not like being shaken about, as we found out.....warm beer!!!!

    We have also a Mobicool dual powered coolbox, not sure of size but I think 35l, bought in LeClerc in France for around 35euros last year, though it is not the model shown above. We have had others in the past and they work well but with limitations, they will only reduce the ambient temperature by a certain amount so struggle in very hot conditions.

    Very good for taking on the ferry but remember an an adaptor.
     
  19. tonyidle

    tonyidle Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2013
    Messages:
    2,878
    Likes Received:
    2,701
    Location:
    Kendal, Cumbria

Share This Page