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Old 23rd September 2013, 05:55 AM
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I did run it on a single battery for many years, and various other people (such as but not limited to my old mate Tannin) used to start my car for me in the mornings 'coz my battery was always flat. Mind you, they were happy enough the night before drinking the cold beers out of the fridge that flattened the battery that wouldn't start the car, so I reckon the whole thing was fair enough
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32L engel. Because of the end hinge lid design the 40L (taller) won't open while in the back of the fox.

Very happy with it.
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Old 23rd September 2013, 08:48 PM
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I can recall one occasion when you started the car for me: at the start of the walk to Wonga lake.

If there were more occasions than that then there was obviously a lot of beer involved.
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Thanks for the info guys Im still deciding but Im thinking the evakool is the way to go.



Really? How big is the fridge?
Fridge is 35 or 40 litres IIRC.

Size is not the issue: its power consumption.

According to the site, the average power consumption is Ave. power consumption: 0.85 amps/hr (@ 12 volts, 5 C interior, 32 C ambient temperature).

I round that out to 1 amp per hour. A 20 watt panel will put out 20 amps per hour at the same voltage. Am I gonna use 20 amps every hour? No, am I gonna use an amp for every hour of the day? Not that either.

The panel is more than adequate to compensate for the fridge's draw on the 100 amp spare battery.
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You are definitely not correct about the power output of a 20W Panel. According to the specs from Jaycar the panel will put out a maximum of 1.3 amps and only in full sun and only for sunny hours of the day.

If you say there are 12 hours of full sun a day which is pretty conservative that is only 0.65 amps per hour on average output from the solar panel which is less than the fridge average usage.

This is why I was interested in the fridge size.
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sorry did that on the run.

the fridge never runs all day. It effectively doesn't run at night.

Put it this way. I have dug in for over a week with the fridge running on just a single battery, and not gone flat. of course that is in summer when there is more than 12 hours per day.
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The Evakool model Dedman prefers has a Danfoss compressor which should be a safe bet. Probably the only difference to mine is the box itself.

During my outback travels I've noticed Evakool boxes (white fibreglass) in many of the 4WD tour buses.
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The Evakool model Dedman prefers has a Danfoss compressor which should be a safe bet. Probably the only difference to mine is the box itself.
so do the waeco. Evakool box might be better though.
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Yeah from what I can gather most of the non Chinese and some of the Chinese fridges run danfoss compressors (excluding engle who do their own thing) as most consumers wont but a non brand one.

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sorry did that on the run.

the fridge never runs all day. It effectively doesn't run at night.

Put it this way. I have dug in for over a week with the fridge running on just a single battery, and not gone flat. of course that is in summer when there is more than 12 hours per day.
Yeah I can imagine with your fridge operating as a fridge then the solar panel would very close to keep up.
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ah yep, the evacool guy told me that having the compressor mounted externally may look **** but is the most effective method of keeping it cool and improving the compressor performance
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