What's the right portable fridge for you?

Buying a portable fridge is a big investment.

Here are the Top 8 things to look for.


1. Fridge Cabinet

First of all, we strongly recommend a steel fridge cabinet. 
Why? Steel is stronger and more durable than plastic, especially over the long term. How do we know this? Just look around. If plastic was better than steel for construction, we’d be making cars, planes and even your home fridge from plastic. But plastic is cheaper, not better.

Cooling System


2. Compressor

Buy a well-known, proven brand
 If you have to replace a broken compressor one day, it's going to be very expensive. These days, there are plenty of new-comers to the compressor market, but we only use Secop Danfoss. They've been making compressors for over 50 years. Sure, they're more expensive. But think about how long you want your fridge to last?

Secop Danfoss Compressor

3. Ventilation

Ventilation is the key to efficiency.
Your compressor sucks the heat out of your fridge cabinet so it gets extremely hot. Top and bottom vents allow the hot air to escape as it rises, and at the same time draw the cooler air in from the bottom and sides. If you want a more efficient fridge, you need more ventilation.


Original Bushman Fridge - Ventilation


          other fridge

4. Condensor

Go for the tubular style.
 When the heat is sucked out of your fridge, this is where it ends up. The condensors job is to let the heat go. So the bigger it is and the more air that gets around it, the less power your fridge is going to use.

The tubular style condensors take up more space, but that's why they work better. In comparison, the finned style are much smaller, and are also more likely to trap dirt, dust and fluff.

Remember the big, black grid on the back of your Dads Kelvinator? There’s a reason that fridge is still running.




5. Evaporator

This is your cooling element - the bigger the better.
 Your evaporator should wrap all the way around the inside of the fridge cabinet.

6. Thermostat

Must be digital.
Analog thermostats are a thing of the past. The current day digital thermostats allow you to set your exact, desired temperature with an LCD screen readout. So no more fluctuations as the temperature outside rises or falls.

fridge thermostat

7. Insulation

Your fridge needs sufficient insulation for its purpose.
We use Polyurethane and consider it the global standard for refrigeration. Insulation in our fridges varies from 30mm to 80mm in thickness depending on their individual design and use.

8. External 240V

DC only fridges are simpler, cheaper to service and they run cooler.
Did you know, every portable fridge has a DC only compressor? Yep. If you buy a fridge with 240V built in, there’s a 240V to 12V transformer attached to your compressor inside the fridge!

Remove the 240V transformer and your fridge will produce less heat, which means less power and faster cooling. You can still use 240V power, just use an external 240V to 12V transformer. We do. It's simpler, and it's better.

In Conclusion

Generally when it comes to portable fridges, you will get what you pay for. If you're after a proven reliable, ultra-low power and versatile fridge, then you're in the right place. Alternatively, if you just need something to get by for a year or so, and you're not thinking about the long term, there a plenty of cheap brands and lower quality fridges around too.

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