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Medi-Fridge IIx Portable Micro-Refrigator for Diabetic & Other Injectable Medicines, MF-MRIlx - 1 ea

2.4 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews
About the Product
  • TEMPERATURE CONTROLL: The MRIIx has a built in, preset thermostat set at 38 degrees F. The MRIIx automatically turns on and off to protect your medicine.
  • POWER SOURCES: Your Medi-Fridge Portable Micro-Refrigerator will operate from either a 12V DC power source (auto socket) or 110V -220 AC outlet (house current).
  • The Micro-Refrigerator is: Small (8 1/2in. L x 3 5/8in. W x 4 3/16in. H OR 21.59cm L x 6.68cm W x 10.64cm H) and Lightweight ( 1.21 lbs or 550 grams).
  • MEDICINE STORAGE: The MRIIx with LED temperature display will hold up to 6 standard vials ( up to 1 inch diameter and 2-1/4 inches in length) or 2 injectable pens (up to 1 inch diameter and 7 inchs in length)

Product Description

Product Description Medi-Fridge MRIIx Micro Refrigerator cools either 6 10mL medicine vials or 2 prefilled pens! Designed for refrigerating Diabetic or other injectable medicines. Precision digital thermostat preset at 3° C/36° F; will keep temperature sensitive medicines cool and at safe temperatures while traveling or at work, outdoors or in a vehicle. Compact, Portable & Lightweight! Perfect for travel! Compact Design for storage of medicines. Low-noise fan for quiet operation. Magnetic Lid for solid closure. Operation with either 12 volts DC for vehicles OR 110-240 volts AC. Adapters included! Cools as much as 45°F below ambient temperature. 12V DC power cord for auto socket and a 110/240V AC worldwide power cord. 8 1/2in. L x 3 5/8in. W x 4 3/16in. H.

Product Details

  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • ASIN: B001AQ6IJA
  • UPC: 793573543622
  • Item model number: MRIIx
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #406,550 in Health & Personal Care (See Top 100 in Health & Personal Care)

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By A. Turnbull on September 13, 2009
This miniature refrigerator for diabetic supplies does not use a compressor but relies on an air-cooled solid state device that keeps the small chamber cool. The unit works very well keeping insulin at temperatures between 3 degrees and 12 degrees (celcius) depending on the number of vials in it and the ambient temperature in the room. My previous micro-refrigerator lasted roughly five years under constant use which I feel is exceptional for the price. There is a fan in the base of the unit that vents warm air and, over time, the fan can get quite noisy and there is no easy way to clean the fan. In order to cool properly, the unit must be placed in a location where air can move freely around it - for example, on top of a counter in the bathroom. Putting the unit in a bathroom or kitchen cabinet will raise the temperature in both the unit and the cabinet significantly.

This model does not seem to be as well constructed as the earlier model by this manufacturer. There is a foam strip on the top of the unit that is held on by a cheap piece of two-sided tape. In the two units I've received, the foam had already fallen out of the units before I unpacked them. I don't know if the foam is terribly functional but when it's in the unit, the temperature in the cooling chamber is slightly lower. On the other hand, condensation forms in the cooling chamber and needs to be wiped out exery few days (this will depend on humidity wherever you live). I've discared the foam from my units as I'm concerned about mold if the foam isn't removed and cleaned regularly.

The first unit of this model I received was slightly damaged and dented and the power supply was unusable. The damage appeared to happen at the factory as packaging was not marred in any way.
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I just got this fridge and plugged it in last night. I loaded it up with six vials and it's working fine. I bought it because my insulin was freezing in my fridge. I assume there's something wrong with the fridge, as it's also freezing the eggs. Not good. I've thrown away about $100 worth of insulin since then (and only about $2 worth of eggs), and my BG has been too high for a month or two, probably thanks to the slightly frozen insulin. I've checked the vials a few times to see if they're freezing in the Medi-Fridge IIx, but they're not. Thank goodness.

The bottom plate inside is painted metal, which is the part that gets cold. The black foam insulation that you see at the top of the door had already fallen free from the double-sticky tape that was in there, so I pressed it back into place. I'll probably have to get some more tape to make it stay. It's a little bigger than it looks in the advertising picture, but it fits fine on my bathroom counter.

I was not expecting the fan to run as often as it does. It seems to be on more than it's off, even with the AC running in the house and the temp at 72 degrees F. I hope it doesn't turn out to be a nuisance. It's not too loud, but I can hear it running while I'm in the shower, which also isn't too quiet. Slept through the night without noticing it, though, so time will tell.

I'll be using the Medi-Fridge IIx on a trip to Europe soon, so if it doesn't go well, I'll post again. Meanwhile, the first 24 hours have been just fine. My wife says, "It's cute," and the kids agree. I don't know about cute, but I have hope that it'll save me continued trouble with frozen, ineffective insulin.

Also, I want to find a thermometer that I can put in there to gauge the overall temperature, perhaps one I can stick to the foam on top of the unit.
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I have had one unit for about six months now. For the first 3 months it ran a bit too warm (50 degrees F) and now lately it has been running too cool (40 to 30 degrees F). These temperatures measured with an IR thermometer that I have found accurate when compared to lab thermometers. It was disconcerting to see ice forming in the bottom of the cooler and the insulin was cloudy. Anyway, like the other reviewer said it is a great idea but needs work. I also agree with the other reviewer that the fan is too noisy.
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I've been through 4 of these in 2 years. They're just awful, and warranty replacement is complicated. If you need something for a weekend away, it may be fine. But if you plan to use it full-time, it won't last. Oh, and it's NOISY!!
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I've tried several devices like this over the years. This one seems the best. The cost is reasonable. It's not large, but roomy enough for my needs, just one or two vials of insulin. Others have been too noisy. This one is pretty quiet.

Some reviews have complained that they don't get cool enough, and that the temperature inside is inconsistent. This seems too harsh. There's a temperature gauge on the outside (good feature!) which seems accurate. Insulin stays cool enough to have a normal shelf-life.

Some reviews have complained that they get damp inside. That's not reasonable. Any similar device will get damp on the inside. That isn't a design flaw. Moisture condenses out of cool air. That's why a cold glass of water gets damp on the outside on a warm day.

There's only one problem. These things seem to fail after about two years. I've owned three and I'm ordering my fourth. That's sort of a big problem, probably representing a design flaw, which could easily be remedied by a halfway competent engineer. Each failure causes inconvenience and expense, and spoils a vial of insulin. On the other hand, these only cost sixty bucks or so.

Because of the short life expectancy, I couldn't decide between three and four stars.
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