Modern technology, including mobile app, USB port and internal LED light
Energy efficient compressor technology for fast and efficient cooling
Can operate on solar power
Some reviewers complain about high power draw
DOMETIC CFX 95DZ2
We bought one of these about 2 1/2 years ago. They were new out and the concept of separate fridge/freezer appealed to us. We were going across the Simpson Desert and needed a bigger unit. The extra current draw didn't worry us as we knew we would be travelling most of the time. and had a 120 watt solar panel on the roof rack. Alas, no sooner we bought it problems with temperatures fluctuating started.
We took it straight back and they gave us a new replacement. Fine!! About 2 months later it simply packed it in. Just as well we were on a trial...
Cfx40 Poor Quality Electronics that fail and Dometic unhelpful
The main PBC board failed causing it to go from +2 to -22 without warning and freeze and explode the contents. Dometic wanted $66.00 to access the fault and another $221.00 to replace the PBC board. The fridge is just 4 years old and only been used a total of 10 weeks since new. Dometic customer phone support when asked the live span of CFX40 said at least 5 years trouble free service, but Dometic Service wont honour warranty for a known part failure and dont return phone calls to service department and service division needs a major shake up cleaning out the deadwood. I have a ENGEL 40lt running 24/7 since new and no problems In 19 years operation.
- CFX 75DZW (75L)
- Verified purchase
Brand new - good track record
The new CFX models from Waeco have lower current draw probably due to Waeco using its own compressor.
I cringe when I read the crap "reviews" like the bloke here whose unit was a few days out of warranty and he told the repairer to keep it. Not likely and under Australian consumer rules the buyer has an expectation that an item will/should last a certain time and if that time is outside the warranty period but within reasonable expectations it doesn't matter! If that story was true the owner would threaten Waeco and they would have jumped up qu...
Giving a one star rating is to high.
When it operated it was good, started playing up the fist day I used it, took it back to the shop where I purchased it and they exchanged it. This one lasted three days, had nothing nothing but trouble with it, it was in the repairers multiple times for extended periods, the last time it failed the repairer said the compressor needed replacing, but the fridge was a few days out of warranty.
I contacted Waeco and explained the situation and of how little use I have had of the fridge because of all the breakdowns and the amount of time it was wit...
Works well when its not at the repairers
Have had my cfx 50 for around 18 months now, the first fault happened around the 11 month mark and was told there was a problem with the units computer chip or something. Now i have it back and the wifi app tells me that the whole compressor system has failed. Back to the repairer.
Yesterday I proceed to take the CFX75 (I bought around the same time for my camper trailer and have used it for probably a total of 7 days all up) out of the camper and into the ute until the 50l is fixed and today the compressor system dies in that one too!! Cant win!!
Great Fridge, cools to 4 degrees in 30 mins
Bought this fridge for my regular road trips with mates, it was a little bigger than I wanted but it's so good at keeping things cool and it's super quiet. Love the compartments and the fact that it cools to 4 degrees within 30 mins. Its also very energy efficient, I ran it for 4 days constant using my 130ah battery and the battery was still at 55% at the end of the trip.
Purchased in April 2019 for $750.00.
Great fridge,very happy with its performance.
Touring around Nth Territory for two months,very warm 30c most days.This is our main fridge and runs off solar power most off the time ,it has not failed us yet We buy enough food for 2 weeks at a time plenty off room in the freezer and fridge .It runs 24/7 still have enough power in the battery to watch tv and have lights on.
Purchased for $500.00.
Great size, looks good, low power.
I’ve mounted mine on a custom built slide in the back of my Amarok. No dual batteries and just have it powered off the crank battery with the highest level of battery protection on. When I get home overnight I just plug in the 240v and walk away.
The dual zone is perfect, I run the little one all the time as a fridge for work lunch etc, and turn the second larger one on only when going away or picking up the groceries while at work.
My only downsides is wifi connected means my phone can’t access data while connected to the fridge as it thinks i...
- CFX 65W (65L)
- Verified purchase
High power consumption
I purchased the CFX-65W about 14 months ago with a view to doing the Canning Stock Route later this year. As part of the planning and preparing dual battery config I set about working out what it would take to run as a freezer for the duration. I set it up with a 13.8V 20A supply with good inline meter, with 9 2L milk bottles frozen full of water. The fridge ran for 24 hours on -16C before I started the test and I did not open the lid at all during the test. Max ambient temp was 29C but averaged about 25C throughout (in an insulated room. It...consumed an average of 4.3Ah / hour for the next 24 hours (after it had stabilised for 24hrs first). This is a huge power consumption but when I rang Dometic, they would not give me any indication of normal consumption in freezer configuration. They seemed put out that I would even ask. This compared to Evakool who quote their fridge eco, fridge normal and freezer estimated consumption stats online for the world to see, and at a conservative ambient temperature of 32C. I also had temperature my own gauges inside the fridge (top and bottom section) and next to the fridge to monitor ambient temp. I think this 'hardly used fridge' will go on ebay and replace with a product where the manufacturer openly quotes their consumption and stands by it. This is my third Dometic / Waeco (I had a CFX-110 and CFX-40) both of which failed early in their service life - the 110 at only two weeks old. You can see who the fool is here but I am learning...
Be careful they do not last
We purchased a new CFX40 a few years ago was working great when new but ironically shortly after the warranty period we have had nothing but trouble trying to keep it running either on 240v or 12v. Tried different batteries, leads etc but it is just one electrical problem after another. After speaking to the repairer I'm not alone with this. Now it's going back for another repair as something has shorted out inside and is tripping power off whether connected to 12v or 240v.
This fridge was lucky to be used a couple of times a month and was alw...ays kept in an insulated cover safely inside the back of a 4wd wagon. As it was to spend most of its time inside the back of a 4wd out of the elements I thought I would go for the cheaper plastic Waeco over the more expensive Engel. That is where I went wrong. We have friends with 2 Engels that get thrashed around and have never had an issue with them, one is over 30yr old. This Waeco wont make 4yrs. Hopefully my new 40l Engel will be more reliable.
Save and get an Engel
Have had this for 2 years and it lives in the back of my Ranger 4x4. I am building a house on weekends and also use it for shopping.
Doesn’t handle heat above 40c. Turns off.
This is Australia and it gets hot, so manufacturer should tell us about that limitation.
I paid over $800 and also bought the cover that is perishing quickly.
Will sell it on Gumtree and get a 40 litre dual zone Engel.
Overall good but basic manufacturing a bit ordinary
We have used the fridge as our main fridge in our small 4wd for about 6 months of actual use, half of it being summer. It copes very well in high heat. Power consumption is good but it is only a small fridge. The remote temperature gauge barely works at 30 cm so bought a second one, but no improvement. So I just use a AA battery operated thermometer from the opposition, which with hindsight is a better way to go, but you do have a wire running around the car. I pulled the fridge apart & replaced the fan with a more efficient one. Put a baffle a...round the new larger 120 mm fan as there was no baffle originally to stop hot air recirculating. I have stuffed two thicknesses of foam sleeping mat between the fridge and cover to increase insulation. You can get grey foam mats from Macp_c which match the fridge quite well. I removed the 8 corner cover caps as they are simply decoration and this also allowed more room for insulation. Also sewed Velcro around the vents of the cover and stuck onto the fridge to stop hot exhaust air going up inside the cover. Cut the 12 volt power lead very short as the copper wire is too lighter gauge. Have also folded a 0.5 mm sheet of aluminium over ridge to transfer some cold from the evaporative element to the area above the motor. The manufacturer makes a good product, but it could be a lot more efficient if they just didn't try to save a few cents here and there during manufacture. I have limited accessory battery capacity, just don't have the space, so reducing power consumption by about 30% with a few changes which should have been there in the first place. What is it with dark coloured fridge covers? I put a white towel over the fridge if it happens to work it way into the sun. I would buy another one if this fridge died and make all the changes if the manufacturer has not done these things.
Nothing but trouble
Had for 6 years, every third time its used something goes wrong, it has now cost me more in repairs than what the fridge is worth, when it runs its good but always breaks down, once again on holidays and it’s faulty,can’t use, stay well clear, there crap don’t waste your money
Don't waste your money
Having spent a lot on money on this you would expect it to work for more than 4 weeks before complete failure. Has only been used several times and not will not function at all. Brought it for my wife whilst she was in hospital as we needed a fridge & freezer to keep medication and also food yeh it has failed and cost us lots more on wasted medication and food.
Was great when working but is now useless and we are expected to take it somewhere to get fixed which inst where we brought it from. Have been waiting a week for Dometic to reply to my email yet no response. I am expected to take a day off work to take it somewhere over 30 minutes away from where I live. I don't find this an acceptable solution.
Ive owned a CFX 50 for a number of years now ,I use it on solar fitted to my 4x4 then to a battery for camping and extended trips it uses very little power I could even cut the size of my solar in half Ive used it for up to a month at a time in my car and could leave it permantly their with out a problem I bought it on price (in a sale) I couldn't afford an Engle and am glad I stuck with the waeco I will buy another one if this ever fails me ( I doubt it will)
Lasted 1 day on the track.
This is one of the worst fridges I have had the misfortune to own.
At home in December while prepping for a trip in August it cut out on 12v because the weather was too hot for it to handle.
On our recent outback trip it couldnt handle the rattling/shaking or dust of the first track and failed after just one day, luckily we were heading for Broken hill.
At Broken Hill we jettisoned the Waeco and bought an Engel to replace it, the Engel never missed a beat on a 2 week trip on below average gravel roads.
Save your money and buy Engel.
Can't expect it to not leak....?
After second use noticed it was leaking on a join next to the compressor. So when I got home, I put it on the bench (not plugged in) put about 30mm of water in the bottom, checked it the next day and water had leaked out. So I took it in to the Dometic factory Varsity Lakes. They said its not meant to have water in it and to expect it to leak?? So you buy a $100 esky and expect it not to leak but buy one for $1400 an expect a leak? So if you accidentally have water just above the join which is about 20 mm from the bottom it will leak. Great product..!!
Great fridge, power hungry, but good.
I’ve has my Waeco CFX 50 for nearly 4 years now and I love it! It does exactly as asked and is more than ample to do the job. Fits plenty for a family of 3 for even long trips!
It is, however, very power hungry. My old ARB 78L fridge used less power to do the same job.
Points of note:
They like good power connections, so upgrade to Anderson plugs for your power lead.
They cycle a lot more than other fridges.
The lid is light, so sometimes you need to press it down to close it properly.
The USB charge point is extremely good to charge devices.
I’d buy another. I use mine heaps, it’s a great fridge, just need a big battery if you use it.
Unreliable fridge - terrible customer service
Fridge gets down to temp then turns off ( like it should ). Then once it comes to restart, if the input voltage is about 12.1v, it will not restart - despite the battery monitor being set to low, with a cut out voltage of 10.1v and a restart voltage of 11.1. Service agent couldn’t find a fault, Waeco don’t return emails and BCF are washing their hands of it ( not that they have ever been any help because I had to deliver it to the service agent ). Cannot find any schematics for the power circuits so I can try and repair it myself. I’ve had this problem for at least 2 years and it’s been to the repairer twice since I bought it.
I don’t know what my next fridge will be, but it won’t be a Waeco and it won’t be from BCF.
- CFX 95DZW (94.5L)
- Verified purchase
Very disappointed with both product and support
Purchased in August 2017 for our camper.
Initially seemed to work ok however over time started to struggle to keep both compartments cooler than 5 degrees. Spoke to Dometic and they suggested that the cig lighter plug was to blame (why supply this sort of plug if it is not sufficient has me beat) so I changed the plug over to an Anderson plug. Seemed to improve slightly.
Keeping in mind is for camping was not used for several months so was stored with lids removed in order to keep the inside clean and dry, plugged into 240v to pre cool ...for next trip and could not get it below 8 degrees inside our house. Called Dometic again, they referred me to a local "agent" who took several days to get hold of only to be told to leave it on his veranda and he would get to it when he could. Explained to him it was worth nearly $2k and if it went missing it would be his responsibility, he laughed and told me he has a camera to "protect" it Called Dometic back, they sent me to an agent in Clayton where it has now been sitting for the last 6 weeks un fixed, un diagnosed. Meanwhile we have had to go out and buy a new unit for our trip as clearly this one will not be working.
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Questions & Answers
I have a Dual compartment, Dometic CFX95. The app is telling me the freezer door is open when it absolutely is not. It’s getting cold but the warning alert & picture of the lid open is still showing. The lid is absolutely closed, is there a sensor playing up?
I set the fridge to - 4 it never stays as that. Within a few hours it can drop to minus 29degrees Celsius. It has done since we first got it only been used a handful of times. Not sure what I'm doing wrong. Can u help.
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