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CANT COMPLAIN FOR THE PRICE
I bought one of these 22L Brass Money Fridges 6 months ago and haven't had a single issue with it off eBay for $260 and free shipping. Its been that good I bought another one for my new van build. To combat the tie down issue I drilled a single hole at each handle end and strapped down that way. It will void your warranty but it fixes the problem. It has a moderate draw of about 1.4amps at ambient temperature and cools the entire way around your goods. The ice cube tray is a bit of a gimmick imo but Ive found you can chuck a few icypoles in there for the kids and at 0 degrees it actually does keep them frozen while still keeping food cold in the fridge part.
Purchased in January 2021 for $260.00.
Good little fridge
This fridge is good size for day trips and picnics hence buying it instead of carting and lifting a bigger fridge (this is nice and light). At this price point its not bad, does the job ok and didnt take a long time to start cooling to set temp of 4 degrees but it wasnt hot in the car when i used it first time so it wasnt a big challenge, but it got cold fairly quickly. I will update when using in more extreme conditions. Says it uses 3.8 amp which is moderate draw, dont know if this is accurate yet (early days). It doesnt come with 240v capab...ility built in and needs a 240v - 14 volt adapter for additional cost ($49.95). One thing that drops off my rating and annoys me a bit is the fridge puts out "noise" and some kind of emf interferance..i have an "in glass" antenna in my rear tailgate and the fridge interferes with dab+ digital radio reception (local still picks up but distant cuts out) and gives interferance to am radio, not that i listen to am radio but some people do...fortunately can still listen to FM..i have an evakool 50l fridge and it causes no interferance..i am going to buy some faraday cloth and see if i can make a cover for the fridge to shield the emf interferance...the fridge should be shielded against interferance when manufactured, it shouldnt be a problem. I was told interferance could be from input lead so I tried ferrite filters but no improvement. I moved the fridge to the back seat and connected away from tailgate and the reception improved a little.
Purchased in January 2021 at Jaycar Electronics for $299.00.
Great small fridge.
Purchased this fridge almost 3months ago as my 1st compressor type fridge & it has been running non-stop 24/7 in the boot.
It has never skipped a beat and keeps everything icy cold.
It performs rather well, reasonably efficient & cools rapidly.
Set to an indicated 2degrees it uses approx 1-1.4amp per hour on hot days & 0.7 on cooler days.
On average 15-22ah in 24hrs.
The fridge is hooked up to a 100ah AGM deep cycle battery (also from Jaycar) charged entirely by solar.
All in all, this Brass Monkey 22l fridge has so far exceeded my expectations.
The only thing I find annoying however, is that the fridge has no tie down points.
Purchased in September 2020 at Jaycar Electronics Physical Store for $299.00.
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I bought on to keek my smoko and drinks cold while at work, was a bit sus on the price at how it would do! The Little fella suprised and bang for buck out preformed my well named branded fridge in the family car. It sits in the back of a ute bouncing around mine sites.. it's had stuff droped on it been wet and most places to our would not put a fridge.. cools down good and the temperature setting is accurate. Power consumption is not to bad in comparison to others, I don't have a insulated cover but if you keep the lid closed to a minimum power usage is good.. baught this fridge from road tec marine and have had no issue at all for the last 6 months of owning it . Would recommend this fridge.. big bang for you$$$$
Purchased in February 2020 at Road Tech Marine.
Low quality reflects the low price
Brass Monkey 36l fridge freezer
2 fridges have failed within a few months, used only as a second fridge or for day trips, light usage only. Quite disappointed.
Bought fridge $399 plus insulation cover $75
When it did work it struggled to drop to temperature, taking a few hours and then struggling to maintain temperature, needing to be set to 0 or 1 degrees to maintain a temperature below 5 degrees which is poor. The compressor is also noisy compared to other brands.
Considering it's a cheap fridge and i didn't expect it to be comparable t...o a Waeco or Engel, I could've lived with the poor temperature control and extra noise, but to continually fail on top of that, spoiling food in the process, just makes the Brass Monkey fridge a waste of money at any price. It's essentially an expensive esky at this point.
Purchased in September 2019 at Road Tech Marine for $474.00.
Struggles to drop the temperature below 9 degrees
Bought the 60 litre brass monkey fridge freezer from Jaycar. Had 24 cans of soft drink (only half full). The fridge started working okay then would not drop below 9 degrees Celsius and Had it set to 'max' (This is with it plugged into the 240v power supply). The fridge started to cut out with er1 displayed. I found that the power supply was so hot to touch and was dropping voltage. I shut the fridge down and returned to jaycar for a replacement. The replacement fridge was slightly better but would not cool lower than 6 degrees celcius. In the ...end i gave up and gave it back for a full refund. The guy at jaycar was trying to tell me it is normal for the fridge to take 5 hours to cool to 6 degrees celcius. I know this is not true. The weather wasn't even hot at 22 degrees Celsius. Another thing is that it is not recommended to use it more than a 5 degrees incline. So if you are into 4wd this is not good.
Purchased in December 2019 at Jaycar Electronics for $499.00.
22lt Brass Monkey fridge
I purchased this as a replacement for my 15lt thermo cooler, and so far I'm impressed with it's performance. I use it almost daily to keep water and my lunch cold while on the road for work.
I have tested it for amperage draw and it draws 3 amps on Eco mode and 4.5 amps on power mode. Ran it overnight to see what it used and at 25 deg c ambient temp it used 1.3 amps per hour set on 0 deg c. In the work van while temps fluctuate the internal temp doesn't move (I used a remote temp gauge) but according to the display it fluctuates 3 deg. Has a h...
Purchased in December 2019 at Jaycar Electronics Physical Store for $299.00.
Questions & Answers
What does F1 mean on the display?
F1 is a fault code. Just turn the machine off for 1 minute then on again to reset it
But F1 means that your battery is low if connected directly to your cars 12v battery or to your 12v setup. you either need to charge your battery or change the battery monitor on the fridge unit itself. choice is high, medium or low. At a high setting the F1 code kicks in when a battery is about at 50 percent
As Yoshi stated, it’s a low voltage, battery protection alert. At this point your battery needs charging
Where are Brass Monkey refrigerators made. How is there battery life?
The fridges are made in China. I have my 22l Brass Monkey hooked up to a 100ah AGM deep cycle battery & can run the fridge for 2 days @ 2degrees on eco mode (on this setting the fridge generally uses no more than 0.7-1.3amps per hr)((I never use more than 35-40% battery capacity))
Do not like that it is made in China!
most things are made in China these days. Even the big names like Engel etc, use components made in China, so unfortunately that is unavoidable. That being said, my Brass Monkey is still going strong & if it ever does play up (although I doubt it), I know Jaycar will honor the 3year warranty with no fuss.
How do people tie down their brass monkey 15 litre fridge ?
As the 15lt is the same shape as my 22lt Brass Monkey, check my review above for pics showing how I tie mine down.
As I have 3-ISOFIX latches in the boot of my car, I attach either end of a ratchet strap to 2 of them, secure the strap around the fridge & tighten until the fridge doesn’t budge.
If you don’t have ISOFIX latches, maybe you could install similar styles latches or eyelets somewhere to tie the fridge down?
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|Category||Portable Fridges / Freezers|
|Type||Freezer Only and Fridge Only|
|Power Source||Car (Cigarette Lighter) and Wall Outlet|
|Features||Digital Display Panel|
|Cooling Capacity||-20 °C to +20 °C|
|Dimensions||335 x 597 x 320 mm|
- MPN: GH1624
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