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Portable Refrigerator Freezers

Portable Refrigerator/Freezers for Overlanding

What is a portable refrigerator/freezer? It is the modern equivalent of the camping cooler. It’s an electrically powered self-contained refrigerator and freezer all built into one unit. A portable refrigerator/freezer stores food and drinks keeping them cool and fresh. 

The portable refrigerator/freezer is specifically designed with a high-efficiency cooling motor to keep food from spoiling and drinks ice cold. Keep your perishables continuously cold so packing ice every few hours isn’t necessary. They are the ideal Overlanding gear because when you are in the middle of nowhere, you probably won’t find a neighborhood grocery store to buy ice.

We will explore some popular portable refrigerator brands and explain the advantages and differences of using these over the standard cooler units. 

Popular Portable Refrigerator Freezers

Dometic CFX3 45 AC or DC Powered 46 Liter 48 Quart – $867.99

It’s revolutionized cooling storage for overland trips. It refrigerates and freezes contents and allows travelers to bring unlimited quantities of food and drink. Perfect for a couple planning a weekend trip or individuals taking longer trips. It’s taller allowing for more storage room for food items, drink items, bottles and taller food items.

A narrower lid opening allows the unit to be brought into narrower camping or eating spaces. It functions on the highest level even in the harshest conditions allowing for cool drinks and foods to be brought just about anywhere.

  • Generous storage capacity of 46 liters to fit 67 cans
  • Heavy-duty yet lightweight ExoFrame construction with fender frame protected edges and aluminum alloy handles
  • Powerful VMSO3 compressor cooling technology efficiently refrigerates and deep-freezes to –7 °F
  • Easy-to-read High-Resolution Color Display and soft-touch buttons enabling seamless control and monitoring of cooler performance
  • CFX3 App allows temperature control via WiFi or Bluetooth and provides performance history
  • 3-stage dynamic battery protection system prevents dead car battery or allows deep draw on dual batteries
  • Active Gasket Technology provides a superior seal to retain cool air and minimize power consumption

This ultimate powered cooler produces impressive cooling/freezing, allowing you to bring more of the food and drinks you love wherever you go. The CFX3’s robust design and ExoFrame construction is built for tough outdoor use. Enjoy efficient cooling and freezing with convenience thanks to a mobile app which puts the control of your Dometic CFX3 at your fingertips. Go further, stay longer, and experience more.

  • Generous storage capacity of 53 l to fit 83 cans
  • Rapid Freeze Plate and included silicon ice trays produces ice in a matter of hours
  • Heavy-duty yet lightweight ExoFrame construction with fender frame protected edges and aluminum alloy handles
  • Powerful VMSO3 compressor cooling technology efficiently refrigerates and deep-freezes to –7 °F
  • Easy-to-read High-Resolution Color Display and soft-touch buttons enabling seamless control and monitoring of cooler performance
  • 3-stage dynamic battery protection system prevents dead car battery or allows deep draw on dual batteries
  • CFX3 App allows temperature control via WiFi or Bluetooth and provides performance history
  • Generous storage capacity of 75 l to fit 113 cans
  • Heavy-duty yet lightweight ExoFrame construction with fender frame protected edges and aluminum alloy handles
  • Powerful VMSO3 compressor cooling technology efficiently refrigerates and deep-freezes to –7 °F
  • Easy-to-read High-Resolution Color Display and soft-touch buttons enabling seamless control and monitoring of cooler performance
  • CFX3 App allows temperature control via WiFi or Bluetooth and provides performance history
  • 3-stage dynamic battery protection system prevents dead car battery or allows deep draw on dual batteries
  • Dual storage compartments with independent temperature control for simultaneous cooling and freezing

A high-quality portable refrigerator freezer unit that ARB manufacturers. It comes with many features that make it a good solid cooling unit.

  • It has wireless control and monitoring through compatible Bluetooth-generated devices. You can measure the controls and functioning parts just about from anywhere using a Bluetooth-compatible device. You will always know the status of your cooling unit.
  • It has a front-opening lid that isn’t reversible. It tightly fits over the base unit keeping cool air from seeping into the unit. Another feature to help keep food fresh and drinks cold.
  • Versatile High-Speed multi-speed compressor that works efficiently
  • Accessible five 3000 A outlet perfect for charging phones and like devices
  • Double DC power inlets at either end of the 12v refrigerator freezer allowing for customized installations
  • Front AC inlet for convenient home or power-connection sites
  • Resilient outer steel coating able to withstand rugged handling
  • Recessed handles reinforced with integrated tie-down points 
  • Quick-release top cover with non-slip glass/bottle provision
  • Low drawing power interior LED light that lasts for a long time
  • Multi-purpose inner removable basket system providing for tall items and bottles
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  • Wireless regulating and control through Bluetooth devices
  • Quality high-speed compressor
  • Practical USB five-volt 3000 A outlet to charge phones and other devices
  • Double DC power inlets for customized installations located on either end of the unit
  • Forward AC power inlet for quick home or powered connections
  • Durable outer steel covering to protect from damage
  • Recessed carrying handles with integrated tie down points
  • Easy release lid with non-slip for glass or bottle provision
  • Lower power drawing interior LED light
  • Removable multi-use basket system allowing for bottles and tall items to be placed in the unit 
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  • The 101qt has two lids to keep compartments separate and chilled accordingly.
  • Dual, independently controlled cooling zones, Reversible quick-release lid with non-slip glass/bottle provision, Versatile, removable internal basket system with provision for tall items/bottle
  • Wireless monitoring and control via compatible Bluetooth-enabled devices, Convenient USB five-volt, 3,000mA outlet for charging phones and similar devices, Dual DC power inlet at opposing ends for customized installations, Front AC power inlet for quick home or powered site connection
  • Tough, durable steel outer casing, Recessed carry handles with integrated tie-down points
  • Highly-efficient, variable-speed compressor, Low power draw LED interior light

Advantages and Differences over Camping Coolers

The advantages of owning a portable refrigerator/freezer over a camping cooler are obvious. These units have minimal power consumption while keeping perishables fresh and cool for the long term. Camping coolers will keep food and drinks cool as long as the ice stays frozen.

Camping coolers require constant monitoring to see if the ice is melted or not. Ice has to be replenished continually in hot weather. Another negative point of a camping cooler is that if you are in a location that has no ice you are in trouble. Portable refrigerators/freezers don’t require ice to keep perishables cool.

They have compressors that are the heart of the cooling system and they allow you to set the temperature to your preference. For camping coolers, you have no control of the internal temperature. Portable refrigerators/freezers function like your home’s refrigerator and they work regardless of if you’re on level ground or going up or are stopped on a steep incline. A camping cooler’s ice can shift to one side leaving the rest of the contents vulnerable to warmth.

You can also connect phones and other devices to the external outlets. A camping cooler doesn’t provide outlets to plug mobile devices into.

Conclusion: Portable refrigerators/freezers are the answer to every Overlander’s need for taking provisions onto the trail and being able to keep it cool or frozen in any type of weather or terrain.

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