Without a doubt, an Engel fridge freezer is one of the greatest 12v car fridges available. Anyone who has ever done any research into 12v fridges know that Waeco fridges, Norcold fridges and Dometic refrigerators are all good units; but many car fridge owners swear by their Engel Fridges. So what is it that makes them so popular?
Non Engel car fridges can be obtained very cheaply. Portable refrigerators utilizing thermoelectric refrigeration can be had for fewer than one hundred dollars. However these devices are very inefficient. They draw a wasteful 5 amps of power but do not cool well; generally being able to cool only a limited amount below external ambient temperatures. This type of refrigerator is very poorly suited for use in a car, where inside temperatures can get very high, and available power is limited by the vehicles battery size.
Better car fridges use compressor technology, which use a lot less electricity and are a lot better at cooling than absorption. Any car fridge that you purchase should be a compressor model. This technology is key to the excellent operation of the Engel freezer compartments.
While there are several manufacturers of 12v compressor car fridges, Engel fridge freezers stand out from the crowd. Engel is powered by the renowned Sawafuji Swing Motor compressor technology which has several advantages over the competitors. Many car fridges are made with other types of compressors – such as the Danfoss style – which while better than absorption models, do have some limitations.
Engel compressors have less moving parts than their reciprocating counterparts. They are specifically designed to handle the vibrations and shock that car fridges are subject to in rugged applications such as 4×4 off-roading.
The Engel AC/DC Fridge Freezer – Engel MT45F-U1 is probably the most popular car fridge freezer in Engels’ lineup. It draws only 2.5 Amps and provides a generous capacity of 43 quarts for this lower power usage. Another plus is that its shape makes it a very efficent footprint for placing in the back of many trucks.
Another great feature is that the startup surge for an Engel refrigerator is a lot lower than for a reciprocating compressor. This can avoid the need to customize your vehicles electrical system for your fridge – a potentially costly endeavor.
When you purchase an Engel fridge you also have the choice of some great accessories. One of these is the Engel Transit Bag for MT45 – Engel TBAG45G to help protect your refrigerator from the daily abuses of dust and bumps inherent to many forms of off-road travel. Even more importantly the transit bags inner layer of insulation reflects a lot of external heat back where it came from, thus reducing the workload of the fridge. While at first glance this bag may appear to restrict access to the fridge, it is still easily accessed simply by unzipping the cover.
A great accessory when it comes to mounting your car fridge is an Engel Transit Slide Lock for MT35/45 – Engel TSL530/540. By mounting your fridge on one of these easy sand resistant slides, you can have easy access to your fridge without having to clamber into the interior of your truck every time you want to grab something; you back is sure to thank you for the purchase of one of these items.
While reciprocating compressors are energy efficient, the compressors Engel uses are even more so. Engel fridges are known to draw only about half the power of similar Waeco units. They are also able to cool much more effectively, being able to provide a very deep freeze.
With all these great features, Engels refrigerators should be high the list for anyone purchasing a 12v DC car fridge for their vehicle. It is rare to find an Engel fridge for sale, so you may pay a little more for their models than you would for some of their competition, but you will be able to rest assured that you have a vehicle designed for the toughest conditions.
Used from the Australian Outback, to African Safaris; an Engel fridge freezer is sure to be able to handle everything you throw at it.