|Item Weight||28.7 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||19.4 x 13.5 x 18.4 inches|
|Item model number||CF-018DC|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Manufacturer Part Number||CF-018DC|
Dometic CF-018DC Portable Freezer/Refrigerator Personal Size, Gray
|Price:||$574.83 & FREE Shipping|
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19 Quart DC Refrigerator/Freezer - Equipped with high-tech danfoss compressors, these functional yet economically-priced appliances offer everything you would expect from a professional cooling unit. 18"L x 16"H x 12" W. Capacity 19 quarts, weight 27 pounds. Input power 35 watts features 12/24 volt DC/110 volts AC. Detachable lid (hinge at the rear) handle folds down when not in use Simple, secure top lid lock, repositionable vertical or horizontal grid placement. +50 & #0176F to 0 & #0176F, 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, standard accessories DC connection cable.
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It does make some noise but I don't think you could have any compressor running absolutely silent. It is barely noticeable, can fall asleep close to it NP, being a very light sleeper I was concerned with the noise factor.
If this unit is large enough for your needs, the price and functionality are both rated 5 stars.
I have had this refer running steady since it came out of the box. The unit works Fantastic. I purchased the 110 volt adapter and am very happy with this whole purchase. I use it 12 volt camping in my teardrop trailer and 110 volt in my room at the house. Really a great all around unit. This is a very important appliance that needs to work great always and it does, a real performer. So very happy... Thanks Dometic.
This unit has been running for over 2 years solid and still works GREAT! Still quite, compressor does not come on very often. I unplugged it to clean it a few days ago, still full of cold drinks, I wanted to see how long it would stay cold for and at 30 hours + it was still very cool, cleaned up and running again. What a great investment. The only thing that's worn out a bit is the latch. I wish it had a better latch/more heavy duty or a better design. I still give this product 5 STARS all day long. Very happy.
I always thought the idea of a portable compressor-driven "real" refrigerator for camping was ridiculous because the power requirements and weight would make the proposition impractical, but I was definitely wrong. The CF-18 is about the size of a medium cooler (taller, but also thinner), and although 18 liters/quarts sounds like not so much compared to a cooler, keep in mind that all the volume can be used for "stuff," while in a normal cooler a good 1/2 or more of the volume has to be ice or freezer packs or whatever. It also seems kind of heavy on paper (about 27lbs), but try weighing a medium-size Coleman (not to mention a Yeti or Coleman Extreme) with a load of ice and you'll find this actually weighs less. I have a portable 12V system I use for camping, and it has a power use readout (watts, amps, amp hours). For about a week I tested the CF-18 with my system to evaluate temperature control and power consumption before taking it on its first camping trip. When the compressor is running the draw is right around 30W (about 2.5A or so depending on the battery voltage), and the duty cycle to maintain about 35 degrees ("refrigerator" temperature) in a room that is climate-controlled to 80 degrees (so 45 degrees differential) resulted in about 0.4Ah per hour of draw on the system, or about 5.5Wh/h. My 60Ah system could run this fridge under those conditions for about 6 days! On long camping trips I bring a charger to top off the system, or a foldable solar panel to help keep it going, so even for this modest system the consumption is quite manageable. Very impressive.
As for performance, the compressor noise is very quiet. If the unit is sitting about 5 feet away (like on the opposite end of a tent from me) I can't really hear it unless I'm listening for it, and then it's just an almost subliminal whirr like a really quiet regular fridge. I had a digital logging thermometer (the kind that sends data to a smartphone via Bluetooth protocol) in the unit during my testing and could get it down to about -16F with the dial cranked all the way up. 35F ("refrigerator" temperature) was no problem at all and wouldn't be even on a really hot day, in my opinion.
The reason I rate the product 3 stars (and the reason I've decided to return it after in-house testing and a long-weekend camping trip) is that it has what I consider to be a major design flaw. The temperature control doesn't seem to be a temperature control at all. It's a rotating knob with no graduated dial to set it against. Initially I thought I could just "feel" my way to the right setting: put the logging thermometer in, set the dial to what many reviews seem to agree is about right for "refrigerate" (about a 10 o'clock position near the bottom of the dial's range), see what the temperature does, and adjust as needed. At home under controlled conditions this seemed to work well and soon I had temperature regulated to 35F with the temperature log showing about a 1.2 degree up and down fluctuation as the compressor kicked in about 3 times per hour. The first sign of trouble came when I moved the fridge from a room climate-controlled to 70F (where the unit was perfectly "dialed in") to one that was climate-controlled to 80F. Within a couple of hours the temperature log showed a curve swinging up and down around a new average of about 39F. I adjusted the knob up a little, got it just right again, and moved the fridge back into the other room. Soon I had a new temperature average around 30 degrees. So a 10 degree difference in external temperature had caused the interior temperature to fluctuate by about 5 degrees in the same direction. This did not bode well but I hoped there would still be some level of regulation to keep the fluctuations under control.
So, last weekend I took the CF-18 on a 3-day 2-night camping weekend. This was at high altitude (about 6,600ft) near the continental divide where days are pleasant (mid 70s) this time of year, but nights get quite cold (high 30s). Set up camp, fiddled with the temperature control, and enjoyed some nice cold drinks. So far so good. Around 11pm when I went to sleep I decided to check on the thermometer one last time, and the interior temperature was hovering around 29 degrees and the temperature curve was showing a continuing downward trend. Some ice crystals had formed in some of the drinks, and one of the fruit (touching the wall) had partially frozen. Dialed the control back and went to sleep. Temperature in the tent got down to about 37F that night. The next morning almost everything in the fridge was at least partially frozen. So I dialed it back a little more, left the lid open for a few minutes, and got on with things. By 2pm (75F) the fridge was up in the mid 40s and the yogurts and cheese were now in danger of spoiling! So, I had to constantly monitor the temperature and fiddle with the control, and my data-logged temperature graph for the weekend shows a barely-controlled set of fluctuations from the high 20's all the way up into the mid 40's. And that's with constant attention. It seems to me that the knob is not a thermostat setting at all. It's a "power consumption" or "duty cycle" setting that takes no note whatsoever of internal or external conditions. If the compressor duty cycle is fixed, external temperature changes will necessarily cause internal temperature changes as well!
So, in a relatively temperature-controlled environment this fridge/freezer will work fine. It works great, uses little power, is very quiet, and has ample room for "stuff" for 2-3 people on a weekend trip (or for one person for at least 4 days). Even better, bring extra drinks and put them in the fridge, and it will actually cool them down without melting all the ice. As a freezer it's a no-brainer because if the control is cranked all the way up it won't matter much whether the temperature is -22 or -12 as long as stuff stays frozen. However as a "cooler" in a real-life vehicle or camping situation where the temperature environment the unit finds itself in is constantly fluctuating it's pretty much impossible to find a single setting that can keep the temperature somewhere near the right ballpark that keeps stuff from freezing while also keeping perishables from spoiling.
I'm totally sold on the concept, and also on the brand (Dometic/Waeco), but not on this particular model and the decision to provision it with a control that seems incapable of truly regulating temperature unless environmental temperature is always steady. I've decided to return the CF-18 and go for the smallest of the CFX line of the same brand (the CFX-28). It's a bit bigger than I'd like but weighs almost the same, has similar power consumption from what I can tell in the specs, and it has an actual digital temperature setting that it will hopefully actually try to maintain without constant user attention. The CF-11 also has a "real" temperature control but it's too small for my needs.