WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A PORTABLE OUTDOOR FRIDGE
Just like a good esky, there are things to look for in a good outdoor fridge before you go handing over your hard earned money. Considering how much of our shopping has gone online, I still can’t advise on buying anything but brand names you can trust any more than I always do.
And let’s face it, when was the last time you saw a fridge in operation and when did you have a few days to stand around in a store to know how well it works before you buy? Especially in this case, whether you buy online or you bought in a traditional store, you are relying on the integrity of the retailer before you buy. Online shopping is often much cheaper and it is definitely much more convenient. There’s nothing like having a online retailer for convenience you know you can rely on to back your purchase up – that’s my thoughts on the subject!
Now we have covered the act of buying, let’s look at some of the features you will be looking for.
SIZE AND WEIGHT
A portable outdoor fridge still needs to be easy to move around. Sure it will heavier than an esky but they are not the same weight as a small fridge you have in your garage bar, for example. It’s definitely not a good idea to try and use a portable fridge for camping and the like, well unless you have a deluxe recreational vehicle and it came with one designed to be on the road anyway.
Now a good portable outdoor fridge is much more than a powered up esky. I’ve always thought about what I really want to put in the fridge. For example, I basically use my portable outdoor fridge to take care of meats and the like. I don’t really use it for much else. I use an esky for that, even over longer periods. I’m not as fussed about keeping my drinks icy cold and I am more interested in keeping my meats in good condition. That’s another reason why I want a portable outdoor fridge with the biggest freezer compartment as possible or even one that is purely a freezer. As a side note, water actually rehydrates one faster when it is warmer than being really cold because it is absorbed by the body faster. Warm tea, for example, is a great way to cool down because you also sweat a little bit.
THINK ABOUT SIZE
It’s easy to get wrapped up in thinking about getting an outdoor fridge that has loads of space and then you are stuck trying to move it around and you have to find a creative way to get it into your vehicle every time you are ready to move on. You always need more space than the size of the unit because you need ventilation area around the portable fridge.
Don’t forget about the load weight. A small portable outdoor fridge can easily weigh double when it is loaded up with meat! Try moving that when you haven’t thought about it in advance.
Your portable fridge will be loaded into your vehicle with some extra space for air to flow around it while still leaving room for the rest of the gear you are dragging around with you. Size also means weight. You will have to carry this thing from time to time, and add the weight of what it’s load with to that.
It is important you understand how much battery power your portable fridge will use, for example, 5 amps are quite high and 1 amp is quite low. I suggest you think about battery protection. I’ve set up my car to run on two batteries. It is a way to charge a spare battery I use to run my portable outdoor fridge.
Batteries turn out more voltage as they drain. Some portable fridge models even know if the battery they are running on is going flat – that can be a life safer. The last thing you need is a flat vehicle battery when you are out in a remote area or even where there are people to help around a caravan and camping site. It’s a real pain to go and ask for help, especially if you do it more than once.
OFFROAD USE OR NOT
You will need good tie-down points. You could also consider reducing a bumpy ride with a foam base. Always check whether you fridge is designed for a rough ride before bashing it outback.
Having baskets you can use to lift out what you need are extremely convenient compared to clawing around and messing up your neat stack.
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