Tips and Tricks

Our tips for improving the efficiency and longevity of your portable fridge.

So, you’ve got your new portable fridge, and you’re all packed up and ready to hit the outdoors. Here’s a few of our tips for getting the most out of your fridge and iceboxes during your trip.

 

Keep your fridge shaded

Extreme ambient temperatures can affect the performance of your portable fridge – even more so if you’re using a 3-Way unit. Temperatures inside an enclosed vehicle in the sun can reach 60 degrees or more. If you plan on stopping for a break anywhere for any length of time, be sure to park in the shade, or take your fridge out of the vehicle and set it up in a shady spot.

 

Invest in a Fridge Cover

If your fridge didn’t come with a cover, it’s worth looking at picking one up. The cover offers added protection for your fridge from dust and dirt, which can get inside the vents and damage the compressor. They’re also made to provide added insulation to help with keeping your fridge cool, which in turn will lower its power consumption.

 

Keep your fridge full

Be sure to choose the right sized fridge for your needs, as a full fridge will work much more efficiently than a partially filled one. More empty space means more air to cool down, and your fridge will be drawing more power trying to keep that empty air cold.

 

Use Storage Baskets

Keeping your fridge packed loosely will help the cold air circulate properly. The available storage baskets are great for ensuring your fridge is well ventilated and keeping everything nice and cold.

 

Limit opening the lid

Opening the lid of your fridge releases the cold air inside, and lets warm air in, which then needs to be cooled down again. Doing this repeatedly is going to increase the power your fridge uses as it tries to keep cold.

 

Keep it ventilated

When packing your vehicle, make sure you don’t block your fridge’s vent, so it can breathe and do its job properly. When unloading at the camp site, place your fridge in a clear, well ventilated, shady position for best performance.

 

Vacuum Sealing

Don’t have a Dual Zone/Combi fridge and freezer in one, but want to store your meat for an extended duration? Look at vacuum sealing your meat, fruit and vegetables, which will keep them fresh at fridge temperatures for several weeks!

 

Get your in-vehicle wiring right

Make sure you’ve got the right wiring to power your fridge from your vehicle’s battery, so your fridge can draw the current it needs to power itself efficiently. Most vehicles are underpowered when it comes to cable running from the battery to the cigarette lighter socket, and your fridge performance will suffer for it. For the best results, install some 6mm cable as a minimum.

 

Carry Spare Fuses

The last thing you want when you’re in the middle of nowhere is to have a fridge that’s not working because of something as simple as a blown fuse. Always carry a few spares when you head out to avoid potential headaches later.

 

Clean thoroughly after use

It goes without saying, but make sure you clean inside your fridge with hot soapy water after your trip, or you’ll be in for a nasty surprise when you next pull it out.

 

Open the lid during storage

Make sure you keep the lid of your fridge propped slightly open when you store it away. This will keep the inside aerated, otherwise the moisture residue will quickly turn to mould.

 

Make your own Ice Bricks

Making your own ice bricks is easy! Just keep those empty wine bags and long-life milk cartons when you’re finished with them. They’re made from insulated material, and will keep water frozen much longer than other commonly used containers. Just partially fill them with salty water, put them in your freezer before you go (lay your wine bags flat), and you’ll have ice bricks that will last you several days.

 

Double your Fridge Capacity

Want an easy way to double the capacity of your fridge, without having to purchase a second unit? Carry an icebox or esky as well as your fridge, and use your portable fridge to freeze and refreeze ice bricks to keep your icebox cool. No ice, no mess, and plenty of extra cold-storage space.