Advances in technology has allowed us to develop portable fridges that are compact yet powerful and are able to be powered by battery or gas. These innovations enable us to use portable fridges for extended periods of times in the most remote areas, and we have a huge range to choose from, starting at the mini fridge at 11 litres to over 100 litres, each with different features and benefits.
When buying a portable fridge there are a number of factors that need to be considered so you get exactly what you need. I will look at things to consider when buying a portable fridge below.
The first thing to consider when buying a portable fridge is what sort you need. There are four types to choose from. They are the Compressor, Absorption, thermoelectric and Eutectic. The compressor and absorption are the most commonly used and offer the most benefits to the average user.
The compressor portable fridge, also known as 2 way portable fridges, can be run on mains power and battery power, so it is great if you want to power it from your vehicle. You can choose between 12 volt, 24 volt and 240 volt. They cool food quickly and can freeze food if you require.
If you need to power your portable fridge from gas, which is a great fuel source when you go on long trips to remote areas, the absorption portable fridge, also known as a 3 way portable fridge, is the best choice. It uses ammonia gas to keep the fridge contents cool, and does not use a motor. You can also use battery power if needed. The choice is 12 volts or 240 volts, so you get the best of both worlds.
The thermoelectric fridge is also powered by electricity, using either 12 volts of 240 volts. Of the two fridges that only use battery power, the thermoelectric portable fridge does not cool food as quickly or as cold as the compressor. It is best used for shorter trips.
The next thing you need to consider is the size of the portable fridge. If you have a large vehicle or ute that you are going to be travelling in, then you can get a bigger fridge than if you are using a smaller vehicle. These are important considerations as you will need to leave roon around the fridge where the motor is to allow hot air generated by the portable fridge to be expelled.
Finally, when choosing a portable fridge, check the warranty offered by the manufacturer. The better the portable fridge, the better the warranty to back it up. So here are a few important points to consider to make sure you get the right portable fridge for you.