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Old 18 July 2013, 04:29   #11
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I use a couple of Campingaz Extreme cool boxes on the boat & a 3 way fridge for camping. The Campigaz boxes are the dogs danglies, they are bomb proof & keep stuff cool/frozen for a couple of days even in hot weather. I use 1.5l bottles of frozen water as ice packs, that way you can drink the water as it thaws. We used to have a Coleman 12v cool box prior to the 3 way & it ate batteries, & didn't get that cool. The 3 way (240v, gas, 12v) that we have now is spot on, it was a cheapy from GoOutdoors & we've had it for about 5 years.
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Old 11 August 2013, 04:08   #12
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Just found these on Amazon, bargain, half the price I paid & I thought I'd done well.
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Just found these on Amazon, bargain, half the price I paid & I thought I'd done well.
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I've got one of these (non-powered) I use for keeping the catch cool when I'm fishing. Works really well with a handful of icepacks, and it's low and wide so it's easy to lash down.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fitness-Cole...+party+stacker

I paid very little for mine on Ebay,but it's definitely worth the normal price. It was still cold inside during the heatwave.
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I'd be worried about drain on battery. I'd prefer a decent cool box with good ice packs in it with.
I suppose the question is how long to you need to keep stuff cool for? Pre-chilling always helps
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I have a waveco model which seems fine. It also works on 240v so I tend to pack it the night before. I stick some ice packs in in the morning and connect it to 12v on the car journey to the boat. If it's going to be bumpy I take an insulated box instead but otherwise it has been great. However I do chicken out when I stop the boat and disconnect the power until I restart the engine.
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I have one of the small electric cool boxes from Halfords in the boot of my car. It's fantastic when going camping or on trips in the car for keeping a small amount of food/drink cool. Thanks to the big diesel engine in my car the battery is also pretty beefy and I can leave the cooler running for a few hours without the engine on with no worries. I've left it on for 5 hours once in the winter and the car started fine after.

As said the cheaper models use a thermoelectric cooler (peltier effect) for cooling - it's purely electric and very inefficient and uses a great deal of power (mine uses 40W for a 14L box!) and also they will only be able to cool to about 15-20 celcius below the ambient temperature. That sounds good but on a 30 degree day it will struggle to get below 15c! Also a lot of them don't have any temperature regulation so it just runs flat out all the time it's plugged in. Providing the ambient temperature is not too high, if you leave a drink in there for 24 hours you will probably freeze the surface (I have done it before).

Dometic Waeco make some absolutely amazing electric coolboxes, with proper mechanical compressor refrigeration (like your fridge at home) which are thermostatically controlled and will have no problem maintaining a temperature. A lot can even act as freezers down to -25c. The compressors are VERY efficient and cool the box very quickly and they also shut off when the temperature is achieve and have a soft start function. However they are about 10 times the price of the cheaper thermoelectric ones.
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