|Item Weight||25 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||18 x 12 x 16 inches|
|Item model number||CF-018-D65-B|
|Manufacturer Part Number||CF-018-D65-B|
Dometic CF-018-D65-B Portable Freezer/Refrigerator Personal Size, Gray
|You Save:||$43.16 (12%)|
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Dometic CF-018-D65-B 19 Quart DC Portable Refrigerator/Freezer - Equipped with Dometic's reliable performance compressor, these functional yet economically-priced appliances offer everything you would expect from a professional cooling unit. 18 x 16 x 12. Capacity 19 quarts, weight 25 pounds. Input power 35 watts features 12/24 volt DC. Detachable lid (hinge at the rear) handle folds down when not in use simple, secure top lid lock, repositionable vertical or horizontal grid placement. Outstanding cooling from 50 degrees F to 0 degrees F , variable via electronic thermostat. Electronic thermostat and 3-stage battery monitor. Low voltage protector adjustable for consumer or starter battery with slide regulator. Electronic fuse with automatic reverse polarity protection, standing height for standard 2-liter bottles. Extremely quiet running, comes with the 12/24 Volt DC Cord ONLY. Never deal with messy ice again!
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Dometic CF Series
Better yet, take your freeze along. Our families of high performance, compressor models are energy efficient and lightweight. You'll find a size that perfectly fits your lifestyle.
- 12/24V DV or 110V AC
- Electronic thermostat LED controls with soft tough buttons.
- Dometic's 2-Year Protection Plus Warranty.
Dometic Portable Freezer/Refrigerators
Dometic Helps You Celebrate Independence
The Nature of Cool!
- The freedom to take your 'Cold' with you is made possible through Dometic's quiet portable freezer/refrigerators.
- These units have superb energy management systems that provide flexibility for your every need.
- Suitable for operation with a solar panel.
- Reliable performance Compressors.
- Attractive, high-impact polyethylene exterior is durable and weather resistant.
|Great for:||The smallest freezer/Refrigerator available.||Personal size for snacks and drinks on the go.||Slim and tall, this model fits into narrow spaces.||More capacity yet still quiet and efficient.|
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You may be wondering why this unit is relatively costly. After all, you can buy a thermoelectric cooler (such as a Koolatron) for about a quarter of the price. But as mentioned, thermoelectric coolers have a very limited range and can’t cope with high temperatures—exactly the kind of temperatures likely to be encountered in a closed vehicle. You can’t count on keeping anything frozen on a moderately warm day (70° F. or above). Also, they’re not exactly speedy when cooling down.
What you pay for with this Dometic unit is superb cooling performance, thanks to a high-efficiency Danfoss compressor system. Similar to a home refrigerator, this unit can quickly reach and hold subfreezing temperatures, even in a warm environment. Using an infrared thermometer and a FLIR One thermal camera, I measured temperatures as low as -8° F. at the coldest part of the interior (the part opposite the control panel)… and that was within minutes after turning it on. The central area was below freezing, while the “crisper” bin nearest the controls was around 45° F. (This was with the unit's digital thermostat set to 20° F.; of course one can choose less cold settings.) Incidentally, the unit remembers its temperature setting even when power is removed, so if you have it plugged into an ignition-controlled outlet or you move it from vehicle to vehicle, it will resume operation as if nothing had happened.
The unit draws an average of 3.75 amps (45 watts) when running on 12 VDC, but it can also use 120 VAC, thanks to a built-in AC adapter—no need for a bulky power brick. Moreover, you can connect it to 120 VAC and 12VDC simultaneously using the two supplied cords, and it will automatically switch over to AC when power is present. This can be useful for boaters and RVers who occasionally have access to 120 V shore power. When running on DC power, the unit has sensing circuitry that will automatically take it offline if the battery voltage drops below a certain level (settable to 10.1 V, 11.4 V or 11.8 V.), thus minimizing the chance that you’ll run down your battery and be unable to start your vehicle.
The lift-out wire basket (with removable partition) is a convenience, letting you move food in or out “in bulk” rather than piece by piece. It’s one of the many thoughtful touches in this unit. About the only thing I can find to complain about is that you can’t change the side on which the lid is hinged—the control panel side—but you can easily disengage it from its hinges and remove it entirely for easy access to the interior.
One last thought: if you’ve been using an ice chest cooler of comparable size, you’ll find that this Dometic fridge/freezer has much more usable space, because you don’t have to fill it up with ice.
All in all, this is a first-class product that performs extremely well. Not cheap, but well worth what you pay for it!
After returning home, I began to experiment and found that when the LED read out was at 33, the temperature in the box was 28 F (in an alcohol solution with a lab type thermometer). When the LED was 11 degrees, the temperature in the box was 5 degrees, and the unit was running full time. The unit was cooling well, but the thermostat (thermistor actually was off). I reviewed the internet, and found that this was a known problem with these units, and that before Dometic purchased WAECO, there were two thermistors in the unit, so than when one failed--as they all seem to do, you could just plug in the other one! No extra thermistor in mine.
Dometic was very difficult to deal with. They refused to put me in touch with a technician ("no technician available for retail sales"), and out of 15 various "service centers" within 90 miles of my location: 5 were out of business, 9 did not work on this type of unit--including several, which did no service, and only sold parts. One technician, who does not seem to have a brick and mortar location (only a cell phone and truck)--was kind enough to spend some time talking to me, even though he had not even seen one of the units, and did not know they existed--and will help me get a new thermistor (hopefully). If not, these are available on the internet for $22. The problem is that putting the new thermistor in is very difficult, and requires a lot of disassembly of the unit. Dometic's position is that it is not replaceable and I should buy a new unit! I am in the market for a larger second chest refrigerator/freezer, and even though these are good units, with a Danfoss compressor, I wonder if I want to buy another Dometic product, given the poor customer support?
Update: About a month later, after trying to find a local agency who would deal with this problem, two things happened. I had written several letters to Dometic complaining of support, and that most of the folks they referred me to did not work on the units. A lady who said she was in charge of technical support called. She listened to my complaint, and then said that since the unit was only a few weeks out of warrantee that they would send me a new unit. I had to remove the serial number from the old one, and send it back. I did that, and she wrote a very nice e-mail, thanking me for returning the label. Also I did find a technician in the area (independent--not with a dealership, who at first thought that the unit was not repairable, but when he followed the links, that he decided that he could fix it with a new thermister. We ordered one, and I put it loose in the box, and the unit worked fairly well--although the temp was still off. I have used the "new" unit for about 4 months daily--in my truck (I put in a 110 amp hour AGM battery, and a Voltage sensitive relay to the start battery. I can isolate the extra battery, But running the truck for an hour a day keeps the battery charged, and the chest cold. (I am using the new one on a daily basis, and it is working well. ) So I have gone up to 3 starts. There is still an issue, which Dometic knows of, and should fix….