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Not very happy with Evakool
It seems the yellow ones were a treat but the now apparently discontinued Blue Monsters are not living up to expectations. I am on my third one now after replacement warranty issues. The first one warped front and back so the baskets fell in. The skin delaminated creating bubbles on the surface. The back was so warped that the lid used to fall off if not opened with trepidation. I thought it was noisy too. Have a 12 volt Glacio Chinese upright in the house and find the compressor hard to hear. Maybe the evakool nois...
Purchased in March 2018 for A$950.00.
Most unsatisfactory....be warned!
We purchased our Evakool Glacier Fridge/Freezer for our hybrid camper nearly three years ago. We used it regularly and it worked quite well up till a few months ago. While it struggled in extreme weather conditions we were reasonable happy with its performance.
When we started it in February both compartments were stuck on -18 degrees and could not be altered. While it was out of warranty we did not expect to pay more than $1000 for a fridge that would work for less then three years and then have to pay a further $400 to have the control dis...
Purchased in April 2017 for A$1,000.00.
12 years strong
Bought online more than 12 years ago (yep the big Ugly yellow one We call it the Beer King) only had to replace manual install thermostat easy DIY 10 min fix plus cost of part otherwise its as tuff as they come and still going strong well done to EvaKool something built to really last, bought 2 other smaller Ev's over the years after all got to keep the steaks n snags in something as well man cannot live on just cold beer, so far so good
Purchased at Online for A$700.00.
Still serving us well
We’ve now had our Evakool portable fridge freezer for several years, using it when we go camping. We’ve had it jam packed with food and drink and it hasn’t let us down. It’s lived on the back of various utes, been bounced around when we’ve gone off road , and hubby goes seriously off-road. It’s been through torrential rain, dusty hot dry conditions such as when we went along the Gibb River road, and still stays cold, icy in the freezer section, and doesn’t suck too much power
Been in for warranty repair longer than I have used it and doesn't work that we'll.
Purchased 1 years ago. Used it for 1 5 day camping trip. The internal divider in the fridge forces the side walls to have some pressure and it warped so the baskets fall in and are unsupported. They replaced the fridge body under warranty. However, 2 short camp trips later, it has warped again. So put blocks of rubber under the baskets to get around what is obviously a design fault.
Took it camping on a 2 week trip this Christmas. 2 days in and 1000 k from home, warning lights started flashing and whole fridge died. Returned it under warra...nty 07.01.19. Got a call 3 weeks later to say right to pick up. After an hours drive to pick up told sorry, it's still in parts. It's now the 23rd of February and only now is it right to pick up. Found out when on hollidays when forced to use ice it does not even keep as cool as my Bunnings esky. 3 bags of ice lucky to last 1.5 days. It has never been silent like advertised. It's quite noisy. Way above mates other brands even cheaper ones. It is not energy efficient draining a 110 Ah battery in 2-3 days.
Purchased in October 2017 for A$1,000.00.
Had a manual control yellow monster for over 3 years. Worked a treat even in really hot weather Last year it failed and was repaired by the local techy.
This year it failed again and the interior was starting to delaminate, took it back to the local bloke again.
The following week he called me and said he had sent it to evekool. Last week, I got a call from him. Your fridge is ready to pick up.
What a surprise, a brand new in the box digital 3 speed.
So from time to time things fail. But what a service backup.
In short, Great fridge and Great backup from the company
Quiet, efficient & robust
8 years old, seen plenty of beach camping. One lap of Australia and performed faultlessly. Ran two 160 ah deep cycle batteries with 160w solar panels. Rarely needed to run generator even during overcast weather. Charged one battery whilst running fridge and LED lighting off the other battery. Swapped battery over each afternoon, quite unnecessary and seemed capable of running at least 3 plus days on one battery.
Favourite part of ownership was the quietness, after some very noisy Engel fridges this one is a dream!
Best camp fridge I've ever owned
I purchased a yellow manual control 70l fridgemste from a caravan and camping show.At first I didn't like it, I was brain washed by my oldman That Engel fridges were the only 12vfridge to own, but I couldn't afford one. Show special$700.00 and5yrs warranty no questions asked. So I lay down my money and purchase one and take it home ready to use it next weekend on a camping trip.
Fridge worked fine but I went through 3 in the space of 6months as the cases kept warping and the floor of the fridge buckled and deformed so badly the baskets ...
The yellow monster, reliable & durable
We purchased our fridge/freezer as floor stock at the factory shop about 5years ago. Fits into a slider in the back of our Discovery & has been used off road in some very dusty conditions out West. Had the flashing light after about 3 years, phoned up the factory & was told to check our second battery, it was dud. Nothing fancy to go wrong & the two inner baskets make it easy to add/remove contents. Great as a back up for power cuts/Christmas overload as also works off the mains, which means you can chill down overnight before putting in the vehicle, minimises draw on the battery.
Good strong fridge
I have 3 evakools 2x70 &1x95 for about 7 years and there still going strong. The biggest advantage is their simplicity no fancy electronics just std danfoss with manual thermostat . Like all fridges it's critical to limit voltage drop so the bigger the feed cables the better and try and direct connect to the battery I changed the plug in lead to a hard wired 4mm cable with a 50a Anderson the vehicle wiring is 6mm the cig lighter plug in most vechiles is not capable of delivering stable power and consequently you often get the fault lights coming up on under voltage especially when the battery starts to drain so big cables & Anderson plugs and most problems are solved
Like several others here I have had my EvaKool for years. It has been fantastic. The only warning I have is similar to one of the other guys, make sure your battery is kept in good nik or you get the dreaded flashing warning. The insulation is great and draw rate also great, just a little sensitive. Its been all over Aust and lives in Townsville so handles the heat well.
Check your battery rating.
I bought the 70 litre yellow blown Moulded fm95 twin basket some 7.6 years ago and have had an ongoing problem till now in that on sunset each day when the fridge was in use, the fault led would flicker indicating shortage of power. Since the purchase I have ran twin 90 amp batteries and solar assisted by day.
At sundown every day in the bush the fridge would continually cycle with the led flickering which indicated power shortage. I could not overcome this problem. Even contacted Evakool numerous times and was referred to their repair firms w...
Excellent value very tough
We purchased the new style FM95 gray model with digital controls. It's the best fridge freezer I have ever owned.
Being poly is wont dent crack or rust
It has some great features, it can be half fridge half freezer all fridge or all freezer. It's very quite and super efficient running on normal car battery for 2.5day without being charged running as a freezer.
We have used it 2 weeks straight out bush running half fridge half freezer and was fantastic.
I like the fact it has a bung so I can wash it out at the end of the trip.
Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a 12v fridge. And it's Australian made
Good Fridge, BUT
We bought our FM055 EvaKool fridge last October and are very pleased with it. We had it running on our back verandah for around 6 months and once we found the correct temperature, by using the supplied thermometer for food/ drinks,it worked very well.
With that in mind we set off for a trip north. All went well until I found one of the stubbies of beer had rolled over and went through the basket and damaged the "cooling pipes".
In my opinion the problem is a design fault. The basket wire is not fine enough to stop bottles slipping through the gaps.
Hopefully EvaKool and take this problem and fix it.
Cheers and happy travelling............Bruce
Working wonderfuly so far
Everything went well except the delivery took a little longer than expected and it appears to have dented our beautiful new fridge a little disappointing.
Can't find a fault
I've had this fridge for 8 years now without any failure! 6 months of every year over the last 6 years I have used it as a freezer running 24/7 and only ever had to replace 1 fuse (easily done). I'm not sure about these days, but when i bought the fridge it used less current than the big players. I can't recommend this fridge enough, It is a steal at the price and outlasts the competitors plus it Aussie made. I realy love the simple but strong engineering, I'll buy this fridge again if it ever breaks down.
Fridge or Freezer or both - it just works
Bought the FridgeMate at the Rosehill Caravan and Camping Show in 2013. Unit has been on every caravan trip since. The unit can be run off mains (240 volt) or 12 volt (cigarette plug). We run the unit in the SUV off the dual battery system. For long trips we run it has a fridge freezer and for shorter trips just as a fridge. The unit is quiet and has been very reliable. Power consumption in fridge mode is quite low - in freezer mode the power consumption increases but it is not unmanageable. The unit has an economy mode switch and we turn that ...on whenever it is not running on mains. The case is rugged and takes knocking around. The latches and hinges are sturdy. The baskets are easy to get in and out and the moving partition is easy to use when changing from fridge to fridge/freezer mode. Have used the unit in cold climates areas and in hot areas (Menindee etc) without a problem. It is important to size secondary batteries and solar cells correctly to ensure that there is sufficient power to keep the unit running when the vehicle is not moving. This is more important when the unit is being used in fridge/freezer mode. The wireless temperature gauge that came with the unit has worked well with the fridge being in the car and the gauge being in the caravan. Happy with the unit.
Great fridge but not perfect - still best on market for size
- solid - can slide around and stand on etc as it is like an esky.
- lid warps when hot and bows in the middle when outside is hot and inside is cold. lets small amount of air out.
- bought through australian direct and got the programmable thermostat which works well.
- have broken both clips off it by sliding it in car with them up once but called evakool and they sent me new ones for free. they sent me thicker foam for around top to fix gap too.
- access is awesome as it is not deep like engel and no bag to fuss with.
- customer service is awesome
- overall i love it
Quality Australian Built Portable Fridge
I had been looking around for a second fridge to complement my Engel. I have found the engel to be very good as it has never broken down in the 12 years i have had it. The problem was having a bigger family with kids now and the Engel was not big enough and didnt do the job. I came to the conclusion that i would need a second fridge to go camping. I need a fridge and a freezer with a combo fridge for short trips and 2 fridges when i went camping on longer trips. I was keen on the Evacool design as it is a ice box with good insulation and Ger...man Danfoss fridge motor, and that makes sense. I settled on the Fm70ff and have found it to be a quality product and a low amp draw off the battery around 2.5 amp on economy. The fridge has a divider in it that can be taken out so you can have 50/50 fridge/ freezer or all fridge or all freezer. We use the fridge every week to cart our cold food back from the shops on a bumpy dirt road and that can take 1 hour. I would recommend this fridge for a family or anyone needing to cart a lot of cold things around. Having a Danfoss compressor is good knowing German quality should last the distance and they can be repaired by any fridge technician. Low Energy Consumption, Good insulation for aussie summer heat. the wireless temp guage has stopped working 3 months after purchase
Absolutely brilliant fridge!! Cant live without it! So good
So this fridge replace my 3 way camping fridge which drove me nuts, it had to be dead level, gassed us to death and was just a constant pain. The evakool FM060-FF after alot of reading and asking around and checking power consumption tests in magazine was the winner. It uses so little power due to its extremely insulated casing, none of this "comes with free cover" cause we were to lazy to insulate it properly, they did it right the first time. It has a "danfoss" compressor which is meant to be the greatest of all time. Simple controls that you...cant possibly get wrong. The other fantastic thing about this fridge is that because it is so well insulated it means you can run it all day long and turn it off at night if you want and the food is still freezing cold in the morning (if we sleep in the back). The insulation is really good on it. The overall build quality is excellent and you can get them repaired all over the country. The tie down handles are very well attached and we rachet strap it down to them. The elastic latches are great because they seem to be quite hard to break as they allow for alot of give before snapping off unlike some brands handles. The drain bung is very solid and substantial and has a threaded fitting so you can attach a hose before hosing it out if it lives in the car and you wanted to drain it to somewhere other than your boot.
Questions & Answers
evaporator for 70 ltr fridge mate, can you supply or tell us who can. Price and availibity please
For parts see above site
Not sure it is viable to replace as a full re-gas would be required and you will need to ensure that you get new seals (O-Rings) its a pretty expensive repair and might be better off getting a new or secondhand complete fridge for similar money
Panel lights are on, but can't get the compressor to kick over. I've recently changed the cigarette lighter/military make Jack, maybe the wiring into or out of that is the problem?
What setting do I have it on going from 240v to 12v please
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