75l Compressor failure after 6 months
Fridge lasted about 6months then kept getting f4 error and wouldn't stay cold. Turns out it was the compressor playing up. Took it back and they swapped it for a new one. Hopefully this one lasts longer
Purchased in October 2020 for $699.00.
I bought this fridge almost 12 months ago, and it hasn't missed a beat. I did a trip around Queensland through the Savannah Way, on corrugated road etc, and it handled that no problem. For the price, you can't beat it. The fridge is in my pop top Jayco, and I can control it via the app in the car while I'm driving. I don't even have to get out. You can also switch it on and off via the app too.
To the woman getting the F4 fault alert, the wiring in your cigarette lighter to the battery is too thin. I had the same problem. I connected thick, ...high quality 20 amp wire to the battery, and that totally fixed the issue. I haven't had an F4 fault alert since. The thing I love the most is that you can put the divider in, and only run one section, which is great if you only want to keep your milk and drinks cold (doing a weekend away). You can put your bread, butter, eggs, vegetables in the other section which is switched off, and the section that is switched on shares the love a little, and keeps them cool as well.
Purchased in March 2020.
First of these fridges and definitely not the last
Bought this fridge from the Electronic Barn in sale on recommendation after looking at other more well known brands. I then used it for 4 weeks straight on a 4wd trip across Victoria and Queensland and the fridge did not miss a beat and always stayed cool. Given how much it was opened and closed I found the small drain plug at the bottom super useful. It's a great size and takes up one of my rear seats so I still had plenty of room for other items in my car. Power draw was good, was able to leave the fridge running on my 120ah battery (along with other devices) for 3 days easily. Well worth the money for this fridge, highly recommend.
Purchased in November 2020 for $499.00.
Brass monkey fridges rubbish
Bought a 95 litre brass monkey
Lasted 3 days
Lost all my food out bush
Don’t touch these fridges
Stick to Engel or dometic
So far so good
I've had the fridge for a few months now and it works well. It's easy to use, the wheels are great, it comes down to temperature quickly and the choice of dual zone is great to have (I'd prefer the freezer section to be smaller though).
I've had it running off a 100 a/h lithium battery for 6 days with no input charge ybefore it cut out (single zone set at 3 degrees with cut-out set to 11.5 volts and on eco setting). However, in the back of a hot station wagon it only lasted 24 hrs (same battery with the fridge cut-out set to 12 volts and on ful...
Purchased in May 2020 at Jaycar Electronics Physical Store for $479.00.
Value for money
The cooler working fast.
Two compartments you set temperature.
You’re choices of freezer compartment.
Low energy use light weight.
Not expensive many options in size!
Look no further!
This is the machine you have been looking for!
Purchased in June 2020 at Jaycar Electronics Online Store.
Time to consider another brand
Went on first short break in December, constantly had issues with power although advised 50 litre perfect on a 200 solar panel with 140 amp hour battery. Had solar system looked at although brand new. Second trip went up north for a month. First issue was had to turn off freezer as drawing to much power and only use as fridge.
Rest of holiday stilled plagued with F4 errors, compressor working to hard, although power okay. Should be able to restart in 30 minutes but usually required shutting down overnight. Shop replaced, however new one is so noisy...compressor again, that easier to sell and pay more for a better product, rather than spoil holiday dealing with fridge crap.
Purchased in December 2019 at Road Tech Marine for $449.00.
Better than expected
I bought this fridge recently for a 9 day camping trip and for more camps in the future. I was not able to spend a lot of money but needed something that was a good size. The big brands may be awesome products but the prices were prohibitive. The mid range brands that make a big deal out of having a similar compressor to the big brands were more reasonable in price but still a bit high for a very basic unit. Generic or non-branded ones off auction sites were also basic but with good prices, but very questionable around warranty support. When I ...found this one at Jaycar Electronincs it seemed to fit the bill quite well. It was the perfect size as far as the 50L capacity and also externally as it was able to be mounted in the existing fridge slide in the back of my 4WD. The price was reasonable for the features on offer and the 3 year warranty from a major 'bricks & mortar' retailer sealed the deal for me. Initially I thought the dual zone aspect was a bit of a gimic and didn't expect it to work particularly well as all the other dual zone fridges I had seen from the big brands have 2 separate compartments and 2 doors. This unit has one large door over one large compartment with a removable divider. The divider has only one position which I would say divides the compartment into about 40% and 60%. The smaller side can be set to be colder than the larger side but not the other way round. And guess what? It works really well!!! It has a set of controls and a temperature readout for each section so before we went on camp I set the fridge up for a day or so, using the included 240V adaptor, with the smaller side set to -15°C and the larger side set to 3°C. This way we didn't waste any battery power getting it to temperature. The smaller section froze the food in there perfectly and in the larger section everything was nice and cold but not frozen. The fridge has a Max setting and an Eco setting for saving power and it also has a 3 stage battery protection setting. This can be set to High, Medium or Low, with High meaning it will stop running sooner to ensure it doesn't drain the battery too much. Stupidly, for the first 2 days of camp, I forgot to change the setting to Eco with it on battery power. When the battery indicator started flashing I changed it to Eco mode and set the protection to Low. All up we got almost 5 days from a 120Ah battery with the fridge set to -10°C and 4°C. The fridge then acted like an esky for a day and kept everything cool enough but of course the frozen stuff defrosted - bear in mind we were camping in pretty cool weather though. After a couple of hours driving to the next campsite the battery had enough charge to the run the unit as a single compartment fridge for the final 2 days of the trip. One other clever thing about this fridge is that it knows when you have removed the divider and you then have only one set of controls to use and one temperature readout. Something else that was interesting is that the fridge has had an update which is not reflected on the Jaycar website. It stated the fridge does not have an internal light but the one I got does and also the fridge has a bluetooth connection to your smart phone via the free BrassMonkey app! You can use the app to monitor the the temps as well as change the settings. Cute if not really essential. All up I think if this fridge lasts past the 3 year warranty I'll be a very happy camper. If anything happens to change my opinion of this product I will post an update.
Purchased in July 2020 at Jaycar Electronics Physical Store for $529.00.
Dual zone and great value for money
I bought this fridge to look after drinks while caravaning around Darwin, my old 3-way fridge doesn't handle the tropics very well. We normally stay at powered caravan sites so power consumption was only a minor consideration but I did still purchase the cover.
Setting 4 degrees for fridge and -10 for freezer it achieved the aim of holding beer and cold water in one side and ice (large block and smaller ice trays) in the other. This was on 240v outside in the shade with 35 degrees and high humidity in December.
With a recent cyclone threat I...tested the fridge to see how it would go maintaining temperature under harsh conditions. I got the fridge steady at 4 and -10 with drinks etc as above. I then turned the fridge off in the caravan at 11am for 8 hours at about 31 degrees to simulate power being off during the cyclone. I turned the fridge back on at 7pm using the the caravan's 12v system with 2 x 120ah batteries. The fridge stopped drawing power once the batteries got to about 50% after 40 hours. I assume the insulation isn't as robust as premium brands but the fridge is light, dual zone and only costs $450. It keeps its temperature in the tropics but probably draws a bit of power to maintain it. It uses between 4 and 6 amps when the compressor is going. The first one I had developed an issue after a few days and RTM swapped it out for me. My replacement has been going steadily on 12 and 240v for 5 weeks now in the both on trips and in the caravan at home in Darwin.
Purchased in December 2019 at Baby Department for $450.00.
Two weeks in 40+ degree outside temperatures locked in car it maintained -10 freezer 3 degree fridge temp! I have optional insulation bag. Perfect fridge for emergencies, camping not heavy 4x4 due to not water proof and build.
The touchscreen was a bit annoying as it’s easily touched when accessing the unit but works well.
For the price it’s extremely good value especially for a duel zone and has a 3 year REPLACEMENT warranty which is equivalent to or better than others out there!
Time will only tell how this fridge holds up but so far exceeds expectations!
Questions & Answers
We bought one of these and it does this thing where it sounds like the compressor starts and stops and starts and stops ... that kick that someone else was talking about ... it also flickers between 3 and 4 degrees... does this for 30 seconds and then just functions again normally ... is there something wrong with it or is this normal
Gday out there,
I have just purchased a Brass Monkey GH1642 Dual Zone fridge/freezer off line for $400 posted, as my local Jacar said that model was superseded by the GH2032 which isn't Dual and Dual we need.
My concern here is it was off Ebay but from a privateer apparently not a big name retailer and when i asked the seller how i would go about putting in a warranty claim if ever needed there has been no reply. Of course i asked this question after my account was debited, my bad. Any information out in freezer land about who best to contact if it stuffs up in the 3 yr stated period ? all views appreciated.
|Category||Portable Fridges / Freezers|
|Type||Dual Zone Fridge + Freezer|
|Power Source||Car (Cigarette Lighter)|
|Dimensions||458 x 723 x 360 mm|
|Manufacturer Warranty||3 year(s)|
- MPN: GH1642
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