Installing a car fridge in your vehicle allows you to have refrigeration on the go in your vehicle. It can prove to be a very gratifying modification.
If you have a large truck or SUV, and like to go on long trips, a car fridge will prove itself extremely valuable as a camping fridge on family vacations or off-road trips.
However, you don’t have to hit the open road in order to enjoy the benefits of a portable car refrigerator. It can serve a simple a task as that of providing a supply of cold drinks for the family while you run errands about town, or at the kids soccer game.
Portable Car Fridges come in several different styles. They can be powered solely by 12V DC, 24V DC, or even 110V AC; and are even available with combinations of these power options. Some fridges, known as 3-way fridges, even have an LPG propane option. However, you should definitely not attempt to power your fridge using propane when driving.
If you are going to be giving your fridge regular use in anything but the most benign of conditions, you will want to invest in a quality car fridge. Some good quality portable car fridge manufacturers are National Luna, ARB, Engel(a manufacturer with a long history) and Waeco.
Car Fridges come in various sizes, from very small – roughly a dozen quarts – to very large – some over 80 quarts of storage. Some car refrigerators even provide two compartments, one which serves as a fridge, and a second one which serves as a freezer. This expands your options by allowing you to take frozen meat, and other similar perishables, with you on the road.
If you will just be using your fridge on quick errands around town, then a very small cheap 12V mini fridge may serve your purposes better than the more expensive models intended for more serious use.
When planning a car fridge purchase there are some important things to consider.
How much storage do you need?
This fridge will be occupying space in your vehicle, so if you buy one that is too large you may regret it.
How will you power it?
Make sure the fridge is compatible with your power supply. For example, if you are going to run it off your 12 Volt car battery, make sure it is a car fridge that will run on 12V DC (12 Volt Direct Current).
Do you have sufficient power?
This is an important item. If you are going to run the 12v refrigerator full time, you may want to consider installing a second battery in your vehicle especially for the use of the car fridge. You do not want to run your starting battery down keeping your beer cold.
Enjoy your new car refrigerator!