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Sundanzer Solar-Powered Refrigerator - 5.8 Cubic Ft., 30in.L x 40in.W x 37in.H

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  • Includes top basket for food organization.
  • High efficiency motor with heavily insulated cabinet.
  • Runs from 12 or 24 VDC nominal systems with low voltage disconnect for battery protection.
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Brand NameSunDanzer
Model InfoDCR-165
Item Weight125 pounds
Product Dimensions30 x 40 x 37 inches
Item model numberDCR-165
Part Number DCR165
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Best Sellers Rank #7,592 in Appliances (See top 100)
Shipping Weight125 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Date First AvailableJune 24, 2009
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This ultra-efficient Sundanzer solar refrigerator 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. Storage Volume (cu. ft.): 5.8, Style: Refrigerator, Dimensions 40W x 30D x 37H inches, Cooling: Uses environmentally-friendly CFC-free refrigerant, Works With: Requires at minimum 80W solar panel, at minimum 110Ah battery, 15A charge controller. (Solar sizing depends on usage and sun hours at any location). Cooling: Uses environmentally-friendly CFC-free refrigerant.

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81 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Exscotticus on 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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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Lovell Long Storey on 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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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By LL on September 17, 2011
After months of internal debate, I finally sprang for one of these about six months ago. So far I'm very glad that I did.

I use it at a rustic, off-grid cabin. I have a tiny solar system there -- 60 watts of amorphous panels and 12-volt batteries with a total capacity of 205 amp hours. When I got the fridge, I planned to only run it when I was at the cabin. In reality, I haven't turned it off yet although I do turn the thermostat up and run it at around 45 degrees in order to save power when I'm not there. The spec sheet rating for power consumption seems to be accurate -- I don't remember exactly but it rates it at something like 6.5 A/h per day at 78 degrees and no openings. In mid-summer it draws about 5 A/h per day when I am not there, meaning thermostat turned up and zero openings. When I am there, it draws in the range of 10-15 A/h per day with normal usage and adding of warm stuff. It draws about 3 amps when the compressor is actually running. I track the power consumption using a "Watt's up" meter (just do an Amazon search, it's another item I highly recommend).

As an item of potential interest but unverified by me, I read in a review of the freezer that it's identical except for the thermostat. So you can change this from fridge to freezer and back just by swapping thermostats in it. Might be useful to someone.

Edit, 6/1/2015: I am still very happy with this refrigerator. I quit turning the thermostat up when I leave, and keep it on normal cold temp all the time now. It works better for me this way, because I don't have a big power draw to cool the fridge down right when I get to the cabin. Absolutely the only issue I have had is that because there's no ventilation in it, moisture can be a problem.
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