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Buyers Guide: Fridges & Cooler Boxes

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It’s the end of the year, and as campers and caravanners, we are either getting ready to hit the road for the holidays, or we are already there!

And, with the heat that just keeps rising during this time of the year, there is one item in your car or trailer that you just can’t go without – a proper fridge/freezer or cooler box.

Sure, the aircon is just as essential as you head on out over the long road, sitting smiling and lekker chill inside as the heatwaves shimmer in the distance… but what happens when you stop and switch off the engine?

It’s not needed only for you to be able to pull out an ice-cold Coca Cola when stopping for a picnic along the way; a good fridge will ensure that you still have some fresh meat and solid butter even a week into your trip.

Years ago, a portable fridge was considered a luxury travelling item and the choices were limited; but today, it’s almost standard even among those who profess to ‘rough it’ – and the different models and ranges you can select from is huge.

That’s why we’ve taken a look at some of the best there is on the market in South Africa. Take a look, and make your pick. We’ve also included some hot-shot cooler boxes, which are still great pieces of equipment for outdoor enthusiasts.

Box Fridge/ Freezers

 

Engel Eclipse

Engel Eclipse

A unique fridge/freezer in the Engel family – it has a polypropylene casing instead of the standard steel case. The fridge has a Sawafuji Swing Motor, which is energy-efficient and designed to make minimal noise. The polypropylene 38-litre cabinet has both fridge and freezer space. Features include a built-in Tri-Voltage 12/24V DC and 240V AC and a reversible lid. The fridge also comes with optional carry handles to make transportation easy.

Capacity: 38L
Min Temp: -18˚C
Dimensions: 636 x 366 x 483 mm
Weight: 22kg
Price: R9 265
Website: www.4x4megaworld.co.za


 

Ironman Ice Cube

Ironman Ice Cube

What can the Ironman 50L fridge hold? Well, these outdoor experts proudly say that the fridge will hold 72 cans of cooldrink… or beer! Ice Cube fridges/ freezers use Secop (formerly Danfoss) BD-35F compressors, and are made with high quality CFCfree Polyurethane Foam Insulation. The units are durable enough to endure the harshest of conditions and temperatures whille staying cool.

Capacity: 50L
Min Temp: -18˚C
Dimensions: 530 x 350 x 585 mm
Weight: 18.5kg
Price: R9 675
Website: www.ironman4x4.com


 

Waeco Coolfreeze CFX 50

Waeco Coolfreeze CFX 50

With excellent cooling performance even at extremely high outside temperatures (there’s Polyurethane foam all around), this versatile fridge/freezer can work on almost any mains system (12/24V DC, 100 – 240V AC), as the integrated power-supply unit recognises each voltage and adjusts itself accordingly. It’s also suitable for solar operations. This generous capacity makes it perfect for motorhomes, caravans, boats, yachts, or wherever portable refrigeration is needed.

Capacity: 50L
Min Temp: -22˚C
Dimensions: 725 x 471 x 455 mm
Weight: 20.5kg
Price: R8 699
Website: www.dometic.co.za


 

Campmaster 40L

Campmaster 40L

The stainless-steel casting looks rugged and ready for the bush! And, with 60mm insulation, you can be sure that this Campmaster fridge/freezer will keep your food cool. Weighing just 22kg and with a 40-litre capacity, this unit is a great buy. The lid comes with heavy-duty lockable steel fasteners and a lid-open alarm; and the fridge has a wireless temperature and battery monitor.

Capacity: 40L
Dimensions: 670 x 490 x 575 mm
Weight: 22kg
Price: R8 599
Website: www.campmaster.co.za


 

National Luna Weekender

National Luna Weekender

Designed to fit into most vehicles while still providing enormous volume, the National Luna Weekender is a single compartment 52L fridge which includes new features such as a built-in battery monitor, dual-hinging lid, and removable cables. With a minimum temperature of up to -30˚C, this unit can be used as a proper deep freeze. The Weekender runs on 12/24V DC or 100 – 240V AC standard system.

Capacity: 52L
Min Temp: -30˚C
Dimensions: 385 x 710 x 506 mm
Weight: 24kg
Price: R8 500
Website: www.outdoorwarehouse.co.za


 

Snomaster BDC/42 - Traveller Range

Snomaster BDC/42 – Traveller Range

The Traveller Range from Snomaster is specially designed to be compact enough to fit into the boot of your car for a picnic in the mountains or a weekend away in the bush. This 42-litre single compartment fridge works on a 220/12V system. The fridge has 55mm polyurethane insulation, and the lid is removable for easy cleaning. A ‘lid-open’ alarm will alert you if you forget to close it properly and your groceries or beers are losing their cool.

Capacity: 42L
Min Temp: -22˚C
Dimensions: 680 x 364 x 515 mm
Weight: 23.5kg
Price: R8 000
Website: www.snomaster.co.za | www.campworld.co.za


 

Bushtec Adventure

Bushtec Adventure

If strong and sturdy is what you are after, look no further than the Stainless Steel Compressor Fridge/ Fridge from Bushtec Adventure. With a stainless steel outer box and lid, and 55mm insulation, this nononsense fridge weighs only 25.45kg and can go anywhere with you. The unit runs on 12/220V.

Capacity: 45L
Min Temp: -18˚C
Dimensions: 685 x 495 x 56 mm
Weight: 25.45kg
Price: R9 689
Website: www.bushtecadventure.co.za


Cooler Boxes

 

Cadac Cooler Box

Cadac Cooler Box

The Cadac 45 Cooler Box is manufactured with bonded Polyurethane walls that provide superior insulation. The lid locks down for better sealing against warmth and dust, and the cooler box has an abrasion-resistant exterior. The ideal travelling cooler box at the best cost in the industry.

Capacity: 45L
Dimensions: 570 x 340 x 350 mm
Weight: 5kg
Price: R499
Website: www.cadacinternational.com


 

Wild Coolers 60

Wild Coolers 60

There’s a new cooler on the South African market, Wild Coolers. The box comes with Iceberg Insulation (50mm thick walls and 75mm thick lid) and anchor latches to ensure your goods are kept cold.Unique to this new product is the camping extras, such as a tape measure (stored on the outside of the lid) and a stainless steel bottle opener (under the lid). The tornado drain plug allows easy and clean draining of the cooler box, while the secure-IT tie-down slots will allow a secure mounting to your vehicle and the eagle-claw feet will mean no slipping and sliding while the cooler box is in transit.

Capacity: 60L
Dimensions: 705 x 510 x 510 mm
Weight: 15.5kg
Price: R5 995
Website: www.wildcoolers.com


 

Addis Ice Cooler

Addis Ice Cooler

Made from cold-assured materials, the Addis range of cooler boxes guarantees to keep the cold in and the heat out. What makes this cooler box special is not just the handy cup holders, but the compartment in the lid for keys or other valuables. The cooler box can keep your ice for up to 20 hours. Weighing in at a mere 4.6kg, this 45 litre cooler box is perfect for your next trip. It has a three-year guarantee.

Capacity: 45L
Dimensions: 580 x 350 x 400 mm
Weight: 4.6kg
Price: R499
Website: www.addis.co.za


 

Campmaster Safari Cooler Box

Campmaster Safari Cooler Box

If you are looking for something a little more durable than a hard plastic cooler box, then look no further than the Safari Cooler Box from Coleman. The high-impact-resistant lid is locked with heavy duty latches, and 50mm all-round-insulation means that it can hold ice for up to 5 days. Perfect if you are heading off to an area with no electricity.

Capacity: 45L
Dimensions: 600 x 400 x 440 mm
Weight: 11kg
Price: R1 199
Available at: Builders Warehouse, Game & Makro stores nationwide


 

Coleman Hard Cooler

Coleman Hard Cooler

This one is a classic. When camping with the family, it is important to have a cooler box that is big and reliable; and the Coleman Hard Cooler is the perfect cooler box for such a trip. The hinged lid makes it easy to open and grab goodies from inside without having the top slide off. The cooler box also comes with ice-brick compartments and cup holders: it’s the perfect picnic and braai cooler. A drain plug makes it easy to clean after a long day out and about. Available in red and blue.

Capacity: 40L
Dimensions: 638 x 358 x 370 mm
Weight: 4kg
Price: R799
Available at: Builders Warehouse, Game & Makro stores nationwide


Upright Fridges/Freezers

 

Dometic RM 8400

Dometic RM 8400

The Dometic RM 8400 upright fridge is perfect for a caravan or motorhome. The door hinge can be placed on either the left or the right side, making it easy to fit into your chosen vehicle.Made from Polyurethane foam insulation, the refrigerator has a temperature range of -12 to 7˚C, and can withstand outside temperatures of up to 32˚C without compromising cooling capabilities. Comes with an easy-to-remove freezer compartment.

Energy supply: 12V DC/ 230V AC/ LPG
Capacity: 95L
Min temp: -12˚C
Dimensions: 486 X 821 X 569 mm
Weight: 27.5kg
Price: R10 050
Website: www.dometic.co.za


 

Waeco Coolmatic CR 50

Waeco Coolmatic CR 50

The Waeco Coolmatic CR 50 is a stainless steel compressor fridge with a slide-out door. The fridge comes with holding brackets in the wire baskets to secure your goods whilst on the move. The freezer compartment is detachable, allowing you to make more space in the fridge if necessary. This is an extremely quick and easy to install unit and comes ready for connections to 12 and 24 Volts.

Energy supply: 12/24 V DC
Capacity: 48L
Min temp: -18˚C
Dimensions: 384 x 536 x 447 mm
Weight: 19kg
Price: R9 320
Website: www.waeco.com

 
 
 
 

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