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!
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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.
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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.
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.
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
HELP! Moving house in a couple of days. Put food into the 60L Brass Monkey fridge Freezer then gave the home fridge away. The BM seemed to be working OK but wouldn’t let me reduce the temperature for the freezer below -8 degrees. I tried removing the centre piece and using it solely as a freezer. Still wouldn’t register lower than -8degrees. Now the compressor is obviously not working, the temp reading is 4 degrees. I’ve put ice in it and turned it off. Will turning it off for a while help the compressor reboot? If so how long would you recommend leaving it off?
Hi, I would suggest that if turning it off was going to help the fridge recover/reset it should only need to cool down fully. An hour or two should do it. To do so I would unplug it completely, not just hit the power button. Make sure it has no supply at all and then see if it will fire up again. Good luck.
Hi, I have the 50L Fridge Freezer which runs perfectly on 240v but when i put it into my offroad camper (100a/h agm battery) the freezer compartment doesnt stay at its pre programmed temp of -15 degrees.
Is it because i have other devices (two water pumps and LED lights) connected to the same battery?
I'm thinking of getting another battery soley to power the fridge rather than the fridge sharing the battery.
What are your thoughts?
i have a seperate battery that i charge through a dolar controller of 15 amp really cheap solution and you cannot drain your car battery just wire in solar to car and the second battery to battery when your car runs it charge both batteries and runs the fridge when you are stationary you only drain your second battery i used epever 20 amp cheap mppt charger
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