Portable Fridges & Eskies
Australias Most Popular Camping Fridges
Going Camping? Travelling on the Road? Need to keep your food and drinks cool or even frozen?
Choosing the right camping fridge for your application can be tricky with all the options and brands available. Sometimes the right fridge for your application may not be the most expensive or even the most popular. If you are unsure where to start and just want to talk to an expert - Dial 1800 RV PARTS and one of our friendly team members who can save you time, money and dissapointment by choosing the best fridge for your application the first time.
Choosing the right Camping Fridge
Whether you need an Ice Box or a refrigerated camping fridge, insulation is your #1 factor in determining a good quality product that will keep your food and drinks cooler for longer. The thickness and material of the insulation will determine the insulating effectiveness - be sure to ask the question as you may find you will need to use an insulating cover to run the fridge efficiently in the hotter Australian conditions. If you are unsure, please feel free to phone our technical team on 1800 787 278 (1800 RV PARTS)
What is the Best Portable Fridge?
A good quality compressor will provide optimum performance over a longer period of time. The key to a long lasting compressor depends on the workload that is required from it. Extreme climate conditions, harsh environmental conditions and inferior insulating properties will adversely affect any type of compressor and their expected lifespan.
We have found that generally the bigger brand name rotary compressors like Secop (formally Danfoss) and Evakools Australian designed EK series compressors are individually balanced and tested. Compressors that are not individually balanced and tested are prone to vibration and a shorter lifespan.
Reciprocating compressors like the Sawafuji Swing Motor that Engel use by design are very efficient and reliable. This is because magnets and bushes (instead of bearings) are being used creating frictionless inner workings. The draw back to this is that being reciprocating can cause a little more vibration and noise compared to a rotary type compressor. When testing side by side, the efficiency is also quite comparable due to the introduction of variable speed rotary compressors.
Generally we find that the lifespan of the compressors are quite comparable between a traditional rotary and a reciprocating type compressor. It is generally other components (like electrics) that fail before the actual compressor or refrigeration components.
In our opinion the best fridge to buy for travellers in Australian conditions would be the models that are robust in construction internally and externally, have good insulation qualities and a quality compressor. These days the quality of portable camping fridges across the board has improved dramatically, and it is preference to physical sizes to suit your application and convenient features like smart phone charging, dualzone operation, side/front lid opening options and remote monitoring that influence the final purchase decision.
Price point is a big factor in any portable fridge decision. Our best advice is to find the fridges that tick all the boxes as far as quality and reliability, then work on finding the fridge that will suit your size requirement. From here it comes down to all those little design features that will influence your decision. While pricing will not differ too much between brands, it is guaranteed the extra features certainly will.