Buyers Guide

  • Choosing the right generator to power your air conditioner

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  • Bushman XD70 3-Way Fridge - Free Freight + Lowest Price Guarantee

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    The BUSHMAN XD70 3-way (gas/12v/240v) fridge has arrived!

    This MASSIVE 3-way fridge gives you a real alternative for a spacious portable fridge, without the requirements of batteries or solar panels. A popular option for people who are want the go-anywhere features of the absorption gas fridge system (like the Dometic F400, Chescold RC1600 etc) but need something that next size up!

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    Featuring a powder coated steel cabinet and a tropical T rating, this fridge operates in high ambient temperatures, and consumes less than 300g of gas per 24 hours. That means a 9kg bottle will run the fridge for over 4 weeks - no other power source required!

    Check out the full details on the BUSHMAN XD70 portable fridge here.

  • Bushman Fridges Online SC35-72

    We are now stocking the latest BUSHMAN portable fridges - the amazingly versatile SC35-52 compressor chest fridge, and the huge XD70 3-way gas absorption fridge!

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    The BUSHMAN SC35-52 is 4 fridges in one. The ingenious 3-part lid allows you to increase the size of the cooling compartment from 35 to 42, 45 and 52L!

    Featuring a wrap-around cooling element, powder-coated steel cabinet, digital temperature gauge, the BUSHMAN SC35-52 offers solid competition to the popular Engel units - such as the MT35, MT45 and MT60.

    The BUSHMAN currently comes with a TRANSIT BAG, and heavy duty TIE DOWN points as a bonus!

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  • Engel MT45 Combi - Use large basket to give you single storage area

    The Engel MT45FCP Combi 40L fridge is a great versatile unit that comes with dual baskets as standard, and gives you one side as freezer, and one side as fridge. However, even with the divider out, you still end up with two baskets - and if you want to store larger items, it can be a bit frustrating. To solve this, you can purchase the standard inner basket from the Engel MT45FP.

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  • Engel 60L Model Guide - Explanation of Differences

    There are 3 versions of the Engel MT60 60L unit as of Oct 2015

    • MT60FP ("Standard")- Single compartment, twin basket, run entire unit at one temperature as either a fridge OR a Freezer
    • MT60L "Legacy" - As above, just an army green colour, with camo coloured bag
    • MT60FCP "Combi" - Dual fixed compartments - one side is freezer (slightly smaller), other side is fridge. The freezer section has its own lid inside the main lid. There is a fan and other gadgetry installed between the two compartments to ensure even cooling at the differing temperatures.  (This is what makes the Engel "Combi" units remarkably different to other brands that have basic removable dividers).
    Engel 60L (Standard) (Single Compartment - Fridge OR Freezer)
    Engel 60L Legacy (Single Compartment - Fridge OR Freezer)

     

    Engel 60L Combi (Fixed Dual Compartment - Fridge AND Freezer)

     

    • All units have the digital temperature control settings. There is a single temperature setting - this applies to Combi, as well as Standard/Legacy models. In the Standard/Legacy models, the temperature on the display is what you are setting the entire compartment to. In the "Combi" unit, you are setting the temperature of the FREEZER, and the fridge section runs at approximate 8 deg warmer. Ie set temperature to -4 deg, and freezer will be -4 deg, and fridge will be +4 deg.
    • PROS/CONS: Combi has a fixed divider in the middle so you can't put really big fish in there, but allows you to keep meat etc frozen, while using other side as fridge.
    • POWER CONSUMPTION: The Combi unit will draw more power simply because you are running (part of) the unit at a lower temperature.
  • Choosing the Right Sized Portable Fridge

    If you're in the market for a new portable fridge, trying to decide on which size you need can be a real hassle. Portable fridges come in a huge range of sizes, and each size is better suited to a different purpose, but which one is right for you? To answer this question, we've put together this handy guide to help you figure out which sized portable fridge is going to suit your needs best.

    MD14F25L & Under

    25L or smaller fridges are primarily built as highly mobile coolers – good for keeping small amounts of food or drinks cold. They’re well suited for taking to picnics and parties, or to store the daily needs of a single person.

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    MT35FP (MT35F-G4P)35L

    The 35L size range tend to be built as proper, chest style portable fridges. These are great for a week’s camping by a single person, or for a couple over a weekend.

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    MT45FP (MT45F-G4P)40L

    The bulk of portable fridges are made up of the 40L size, and are often referred to as a ‘standard’ portable fridge, given their popularity. The 40L size range is perfect for a couple or family of 3 over a long weekend away.

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    50L

    50L models are well suited to couples looking to make a week-long trip, with enough space to suit a family of 4 over a long weekend.

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    MT60FP (MT60F-G4P)60 – 65L

    A family of 4 or 5 looking to stay for longer than a long weekend will want to look at a 60 or 65L option as a minimum. This size range is also good for using at something like the local kids soccer game to store drinks and snacks for the team.

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    MT80FP (MT80F-G4P)80L+

    If you’re taking the family or a group of friends away for a long stint of a week or more, or if you’ve got a couple of families heading out for a weekend, an 80L size or larger is worth looking at. They are also a good entry size for businesses that need to transport cold or frozen products around in a vehicle.

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    For more information on the available sizes and specs for each model, check out the manufacturer websites:

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  • Engel MT45FP vs Engel MR40F Comparison

    It's a common question from those looking to purchase a new 40L Engel - what's the difference between the MT45FP and the MR40F Eclipse? With the Eclipse coming in at a much cheaper price point, but still offering Engel's build quality and reliability, is the MT45FP really worth it?

    Let's take a look.


    Case

    Engel's MT45FP Digital Series is arguably the most popular fridge on the market, and for good reason. There are a number of key features it has going for it that make it a real standout in the hotly competitive 40L bracket, one of which is it's sturdy steel case. The solid steel case construction gives the fridge a potential decades-long lifespan as opposed to the cheaper polyproylene plastic that can crack or split. The MT45FP can happily take a few knocks and dents without issue. It's worth mentioning that all of the hinges and latches are also stainless steel.

    The MR40F falls short here, as Engel has gone for a cheaper polypropylene case and lid to save on manufacturing costs, though ultimately lowers the expected lifespan of the unit.

    Winner: Engel MT45FP

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    Compressor

    Engel has chosen to stick with it's famed Sawafuji Swing Motor, an incredibly reliable and long lasting motor that the company has been using across a number of generations of portable fridge. With only a single moving part, it's one of the best compressor's on the market, and the reason Engel has become the market leader in portable fridges.

    Both the MT45FP and the MR40F can boast the Sawafuji Swing Motor compressor, making this round a draw.

    Winner: Draw

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    Controls

    With the release of Engel's gold MT45FG 50th Anniversary Edition portable fridge, they included new digital features not found before in any of their previous models. The MT45FG proved so popular that Engel released a new line of fridges, the MT Digital Series, featuring the same digital upgrades across the range.

    The MT45FP Digital Series features a built-in Battery Monitor Cut-out system, ensuring your vehicle battery will always be well protected and never in danger of being drained. Along with this, the MT45FP also features a new digital thermostat, allowing you to set the exact temperature of the fridge instead of using the older dial-based controls of the previous models. They were both welcome upgrades that helped to catapult the MT45FP to the forefront of popularity.

    Unfortunately, the MR40F Eclipse missed out on these new digital features, with no Battery Monitor Cut-out, and still using the high-low dial based controls of the previous generation of fridges - another liberty taken to keep the price point low, but the MT45FP is the definite winner here.

    Winner: Engel MT45FP

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    Size & Weight

    Weight, size and handling can often end up making the decision for you when it comes to portable fridges, and the two Engels are similarly sized.

    The MT45FP measures 648L x 364W x 508H, and weighs in at a modest 24kg empty, making the fridge quite light and manageable given it's steel case. It is quite tall though for a 40L at just over half a metre, which could be the deciding factor if you have limited space to store it.

    The MR40F Eclipse measures 636L x 366W x 483H, and weighs a slightly lighter 22kg empty that it's steel cased counterpart. It's much shorter than the MT45FP, and slightly more compact overall, though you do lose 2L of space, as the MR40F is marketed as a 38L fridge. Still, if size and weight is an issue, the MR40F comes out on top.

    Winner: Engel MR40F Eclipse

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    Price

    When buying a new portable fridge, most of us mere mortals have a budget that we need to stick to, and the hunt for a good deal can be a painstaking one to get the most for our dollar.

    The MT45FP comes in at a more premium price point, often retailing between $1200 - $1300 with a Transit Cover at the best price. Still, we're talking about a fridge that could quite easily last you decades - something that can't be said for most models, so it's great value for money.

    The MR40F Eclipse, however, gives you great bang for your buck. It makes some sacrifices in build quality, but delivers a 40L portable fridge with all of Engel's trusted reliability packaged into an attractive $700 - $800 price tag with Transit Cover - a great option for those looking to get the Engel name on a budget.

    Winner: Engel MR40F Eclipse

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    Longevity

    Engel has a reputation for building well-made, quality fridges that can last up to 30 years or more. This can be attributed to their steel case construction, and the reliable Sawafuji Swing Motor.

    The MT45FP has longevity in spades here, possessing both features to ensure your fridge will be able to go the distance, no matter where you take it.

    The MR40F suffers a little in the lifespan department, mostly due to the polypropylene casing, which, while durable, can crack or split on heavy impact. The plastic is irreparable - once it's cracked, it's cracked. Polypropylene can also gradually deteriorate from prolonged exposure to the sun and elements, though no fridge should be getting kept in direct sunlight anyway, so it shouldn't prove to be a big issue.

    Winner: Engel MT45FP

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    Overall

    Which fridge is best for you really depends on your circumstances and needs. If you don't mind paying a little extra to get a top-of-the-line, market leading unit that will keep going strong year after year, decade after decade, no matter what's thrown at it, you'd be hard pressed to go past the excellent MT45FP Digital Series. If you want to get a quality Engel unit on a tighter budget, and don't mind making a few sacrifices in terms of bells and whistles, the MR40F Eclipse will serve you well.

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  • Engel Legacy Collector's Edition Pre-Order Available

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    We now have Engel's brand new Legacy Collector's Edition 40L & 60L Fridges available for Pre-Order! These are a Limited Edition unit due out in mid-March in limited quantities, so be sure to get your orders in quick as we are expecting these to disappear fast!

  • EvaKool Remove Warranty Servicing Requirements

    EvaKool have recently removed the servicing requirements on their 5 Year warranty that applied to many of their popular models, such as the RF Fibreglass series.

    Here's the official statement from EvaKool:

    "We also advise that with effect 1 February 2015 we are withdrawing the requirement for the aforementioned fridges to be serviced, after the initial 2 years of ownership, in order to maintain the warranty.

    In other words there is now no restriction on our market leading 5 warranty.

    Notwithstanding the above we strongly recommend that a portable fridge is regularly serviced, say every 12 to 24 months depending on the nature of its use .This will ensure the fridge maintains peak performance and reliability."

  • Engel Christmas Gift Pack

    Spoil someone special with a little something extra this Christmas. FREE $100 Engel Christmas Gift Pack with every Engel fridge sold before December 24th. Only while stocks last! Click here to view our current Engel specials.

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