How cheap can cheap get? Well, not that bad it turns out.
Edgestar is the fridge of choice for people who don’t want to spend the 900.00 for an ARB fridge/freezer. That being said, don’t let the cheap price tag fool you. It honestly isn’t all that bad. If you are an occasional camper (or a veteran who knows what you need) then this thing may be the ticket for you. The best part about it, is if you keep an eye out on Open box Direct then you can get one at a steal of a deal with maybe a scratch or two on it. Reports of fridges for as little as 225.00 have been reported.
So what is so good about this thing?
Let’s just go ahead and talk about cold stuff whenever you want it. I don’t think I really need to say more?
I justified it like this.
A Yeti of this size is over 400 bucks. (Yes, I’m sure Billy Bob is gonna say you can get an 80.00 Coleman, but just wait). The reason I choose this as a comparison is mainly due to ice retention. You need ice to keep temps low to keep things cool right? Right.
So lets say you have to put two bags of ice in your ice chest. With a Yeti, those two bags should last you the whole weekend in Florida Sunshine, if you just use it as you need it and don’t leave it open etc etc etc. Well, lets say you buy that 80.00 cooler. Those same bags of ice will only last maybe 6 hours before its all turned to water. Sure there may be some magic cooler, but I haven’t found it yet. Now if you calculate all those bags of ice you use a summer, plus the cooler……You basically just bought a fridge. I digress. This thing works. It just works…..mostly. I did have an issue during the Mid Atlantic Overland Festival this year (2015) where the fuse blew in the actual 12v plug. It’s a weird non standard fuse that I wasn’t able to find anywhere. To fix it I just wired in a random 12v plug from autozone/advanced whatever the place was. At this point in its life, its hardwired into a fuse panel that I installed so there isn’t an issue. I leave it unplugged at the fridge itself, and plug it in when I need it.
Let’s chat a bit about what I use it for.
Well camping duh….but that isn’t it. I can’t even count on one half of a hand how many times we have used it when we went shopping and wanted to make a stop home, or had to go to the families house for dinner and there was that one place where I had to get dumplings or something. Whatever the reason, I find myself firing up the fridge before I leave home, letting it keep the perishables cool while we do what we have to do. It is honestly quite useful. I even pulled it out of the Subaru, put it in the CRV and took it to the beach house. We plugged it into the wall (did I mention it is 110v also?) and used it to keep beer cool in the summer on the deck outside. Great for parties!
So we can get a little technical…..here are the specs via the Edgestar Site:
Model: FP430EdgeStar 43 Quart 12V DC Portable Fridge/Freezer
Brand: EdgeStarDurable and rugged design
Operates as a portable freezer or refrigeratorETL approval
Flash Freeze functionInsulated lid
Capacity: 43 qt. (equivalent to 60 12oz. cans)Side-grip comfort handles
AC and DC power adapters included for household or vehicle useCompressor-based cooling method freezes fast
Temperatures: -8 to 50 degrees FInput voltage: 115 V/60 Hz
Voltage power (AC or DC)Power: 65 W/0.75 A (This is debatable)
6 foot 12/24 volt detachable power cordWeight: 45 lbs
8 foot 115 volt detachable power cordInternal Dimensions: 11″ H x 11 7/16″ W x 12 1/2″ D
Warranty: 1 year parts; 90 days laborExternal Dimensions: 20 13/16″ H x 24 11/16″ W x 17 11/16″ D
I will say my power consumption has been about 4-6ah on this fridge if I remember correctly, which isn’t horrible, but not great either. I recommend you have a dual battery setup, or a jump box just in case. The low power shutoff isn’t all that great.
Overall, it works. For the price, its worth it buy it, use it, and see if you can justify spending 900+ on a name brand fridge for some more efficiency. I personally will be next year. I would like to have a bit better power usage and a slightly larger size. But for now, I am perfectly happy with this little bugger.