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Old 08-31-2012, 09:27 PM   #1
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Got me an ARB Fridge/Freezer



BAM! No more dealing with ice. No more running out of ice on long backcountry trips. No more water-logged food. No more melted ice splashing out of the cooler all over everything in the back. Besides, I gotta put my dual battery system and portable power station to good use, right? (In the picture, you see it being powered by my portable power station.)

These things are expensive, but so convenient. In addition to the headliners in the above paragraph, there are also the following benefits:

- While prepping food for a trip, I can immediately pack it in the ARB fridge, instead of cluttering the kitchen fridge, then possibly forgetting something in the kitchen fridge.

- I can have everything all packed up in the Jeep the night before, with the ARB fridge plugged in to my dual battery system. In the morning just hop in the Jeep and go. In the past, I would have to pack the food in the cooler just before leaving, then stop off and pick up ice, then cinch everything down in the back before really getting rolling.

- I can bring ice cream!

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Old 08-31-2012, 10:00 PM   #2
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Swweeeeet!!!

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BAM! No more dealing with ice. No more running out of ice on long backcountry trips. No more water-logged food. No more melted ice splashing out of the cooler all over everything in the back. Besides, I gotta put my dual battery system and portable power station to good use, right? (In the picture, you see it being powered by my portable power station.)

These things are expensive, but so convenient. In addition to the headliners in the above paragraph, there are also the following benefits:

- While prepping food for a trip, I can immediately pack it in the ARB fridge, instead of cluttering the kitchen fridge, then possibly forgetting something in the kitchen fridge.

- I can have everything all packed up in the Jeep the night before, with the ARB fridge plugged in to my dual battery system. In the morning just hop in the Jeep and go. In the past, I would have to pack the food in the cooler just before leaving, then stop off and pick up ice, then cinch everything down in the back before really getting rolling.

- I can bring ice cream!
You had me at Ice Cream
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You had me at Ice Cream
It's suppose to be earlier Nick, ice cream was at the very end!
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It's suppose to be earlier Nick, ice cream was at the very end!
My eyes are trained to pick the words Ice Cream out of any text.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:46 AM   #6
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Pretty neat Armand! I'll have to check this out. It would be really nice to not have to deal with ice all the time. Especially on longer trips. Yeah, ice cream and popsicles would be REALLY nice to have on the trail.
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I wonder how durable on those rough trails it will be.
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My eyes are trained to pick the words Ice Cream out of any text.
That's from years of training!
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Old 09-02-2012, 04:06 AM   #9
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My eyes are trained to pick the words Ice Cream out of any text.
Mine too. Along with "chocolate" and "fudge".

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Yeah, ice cream and popsicles would be REALLY nice to have on the trail.
Sure would. I tested it out as a freezer today, and it works fine. Ice cubes stay frozen and ice cream stays hard. The compressor kicks on pretty frequently though and stays on for a while. I don't think the spare battery would last more than a few hours on that kind of duty, so it'd be tough to keep that stuff frozen at camp overnight. And if I have the temperature set for a freezer, it will be too cold to use as a refrigerator, so I wouldn't be able to keep my food and drinks in there. It's not something that would be really practical to do, but I'm sure someday I'll bring ice cream on the trail just because I can.

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I wonder how durable on those rough trails it will be.
These are built for offroad use. ARB says that they can handle vibrations, and can operate at angles up to 30°. I don't know how long ARB has been making refrigerators, but this is the new generation that came out a few years ago. They had an older line before these. I haven't heard about any problems in regards to offroad use.
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Yeah, sounds like it would be much more practical to use as a fridge. Keep the drinks and honey cold, but not frozen!
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What are the current draw specs on it? Is that a +/- 250w inverter?

Cool setup, lol.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:05 AM   #12
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What are the current draw specs on it?
According to the technical specs on the fridge, it draws 5 amps at 12 volts (60 watts), and .75 amps at 120 volts (90 watts).

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Is that a +/- 250w inverter?
Are you talking about the inverter on my portable power station? That's a 600w pure sine wave inverter. I wanted a setup that can deliver sufficient clean ac power for fluorescent lights or a TV or projector or sound system at camp if I every wanted to, and that can also provide emergency power at home.
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I love the way the OP thinks......... Mine should be in this week
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What size is that?I ordered the 63q
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Old 09-03-2012, 09:58 PM   #15
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Right on! Enjoy yours!

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What size is that?I ordered the 63q
Mine is the smallest one, the 37 qt. The next bigger size would not fit some places where I want it to. Besides that's only about 20% smaller capacity than the cooler I've been using for many years, which is usually 1/3 to 1/2 filled with ice, so it should actually give me more space than I'm used to.

Your 63 qt unit will be the same height as mine, but with a bigger footprint.
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I have been tossing the idea of getting one around for a while now. I think it is going to be a great asset since I drive 8 hours one way to work twice a month. I plan on just packing it up with food for the week I am at work and plunging it in to 120v when I get there. And also being able to camp without having to worry about ice.
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5A @ 12V, I think I found my new camping buddy!

Thanks. What brand inverter is that on your power pack? Seems compact to be a pure wave 600W.
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5A @ 12V, I think I found my new camping buddy!
Yah, that's pretty good. But mind you that's for the smallest size, which is the one I have. I don't remember how much current the other sizes draw, but the next bigger size is not much more, then it jumps up a little higher for the next two bigger sizes.

I tested mine overnight running off my spare battery, with the refrigerator temperature set at 34°F, and with an ambient temperature of about 77°F. After about 16 hours, the battery voltage dropped to only about 11v.

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What brand inverter is that on your power pack? Seems compact to be a pure wave 600W.
That's a Power Bright. It's a pretty nice size. Not too big. I don't know if I'd call it compact though.
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What type of batters are you running yomondo?
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What type of batters are you running yomondo?
For my dual battery system, I use two Optima Yellow Top batteries. For my portable power station, I'm currently using the Costco battery I had in the Jeep before putting in the dual battery system. When the Costco battery dies and warranty runs out (I already replaced it under warranty once), I'll want to replace it with another deep cycle AGM battery.

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