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Sundanzer Solar-Powered Chest Freezer - 5.8 Cubic Ft., 30in.L x 40in.W x 37in.H, Model# DCF165

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Brand NameSunDanzer
Part Number DCF165
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Best Sellers Rank #4,057 in Appliances (See top 100)
Shipping Weight125 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableSeptember 3, 2011
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This ultra-efficient Sundanzer solar-powered freezer provides exceptionally low energy consumption, requiring less expensive power systems and providing lower operating costs. Can run on a solar panel, battery and 15 Amp charge controller (not included) in most areas. U.S.A. Cooling: Uses environmentally-friendly CFC-free refrigerant, Dimensions L x W x H (in.): 30 x 40 x 37, Storage Volume (cu. ft.): 5.8, Works With: Requires 175 W solar panel, 250Ah battery, 15A charge controller, Style: Freezer

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62 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique, Reliable, and Flexible August 18, 2011
Buying a Sundanzer involves some choices. First is the size. If you have the space, get the largest unit. The reason is that the compressor is the same for all of them, and the only thing that changes is how often the compressor cycles. So the largest one will draw the same number of watts; it will simply do so a bit more often (using more watt-hours overall). After deciding on the size, you'll have another difficult choice to make: fridge or freezer. In fact there's absolutely no difference between the two except for the thermostat used. You could, as I did, get both thermostats. Then if you later decide you'd rather have a fridge instead of a freezer (or vice-versa), you can swap them in a fairly easy operation.

My unit is currently set up as a fridge. I keep it packed at the coolest setting in a hot garage. The temperature inside stays just above freezing. To accomplish this, the unit consumes approximately 300 watt-hours per day (drawing around 45 watts while the compressor's active). That means a 250 amp-hour 12-volt deep cycle battery will keep this arrangement going for 10 days (assuming you don't mind draining and possibly damaging the battery; normally you don't want to go below 50% of the battery's capacity).

The scenario I've described is fairly demanding; during an extended power outage you'd probably want to adjust the thermostat to something more reasonable than just above freezing. The actual energy usage depends on many factors, including the ambient temperature around the Sundanzer, the ambient temperature around the batteries, the thermostat setting, what you're trying to cool, etc. But hopefully my example will give you some figures to play with.
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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly fine peice of equipment August 21, 2010
I didn't really need a freezer. I just wanted to see if sunlight could really be turned into ice. My friend talked me into getting some solar panels from Harbor Freight and I wasn't excited about using them to run lights or radios or some other pedestrian thing. Part of the attraction of solar is that if the power goes out you still have some electricity. We don't lose power very often in central Florida, but we did have a hurricane a few years ago that actually put the grid down for several days, not just several hours. It was then that I realized the most precious thing when you lose the grid is cooling, not heating. Anyone who does camping likely has enough equipment and fuel to cook food for days with what you normally have on hand. The rub is cooling and losing all the food in the fridge. The milk, the eggs. Ice was the first thing that sold out in our grocery stores and it didn't get replenished. Thus, I thought a freezer would be an awesome thing to have in an emergency. You could make your own ice and have lots of frozen food of every variety. Mostly though, I just thought it would be cool beyond belief to run a freezer off solar panels. There aren't many choices out there, so I ordered this Sunzdanzer. 5.8 cubic feet is plenty of room. I have run this thing for a couple of years now, and I am impressed. You can expect temperatures to be stable at about 6 degrees Fahrenheit. That's cold enough to freeze anything but ice cream. I think ice cream prefers to be about 0 degrees, so ice cream in this unit will unfortunately be a little too soft. But everything else is great. Popsicles, Lean Cuisines, steak, fish, bread, frozen vegetables all are frozen hard and stay that way. Plus, this unit is extremely quiet. Read more ›
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars product failed, no customer service July 24, 2013
Bought refrigerator and freezer. Freezer failed in less than 100 days. Fridge looks to be showing signs of failure as well. Of about 90 units in our community in Mexico, a good 25% have failed. Sundanzer will not take phone calls, will not return phone calls. Do not believe their statement that they stand behind their product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Got the largest size Sundanzer freezer about 2 years ago. Setup was a breeze. Used a 12 v solar battery with 2- 130w solar panels for.charging the battery. Freezer worked from the get go but was not freezing. It basically was working like a fridge instead of a freezer. Even with the thermostat turned up all the way. As such, the inside temperature could not go below 5 degree centigrade. My wife who had little faith of the idea of a solar freeze replacing a normal freezer mocked my wasted money. Not to be deterred, I got in touch with Sundanzer. They stood by their product, after confirming tgeserial.number of the thermostat, they apologized that there was an obvious factory error as the installed thermostat was for fridges and not freezers. They immediately mailed me the correct thermostat at no cost and without even confirming my receipt or place of purchase. That's what I call standing by your product. Freezer is working like a charm now. Even if there is no sunlight for 3 days, the single 200AH 12 solar battery continues to power the freezer. What a peace of mind purchase. I highly recommend this product
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