Medi-Fridge IIx Portable Micro-Refrigator for Diabetic & Other Injectable Medicines, MF-MRIlx - 1 ea
- 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)
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The product was just what I thought what I was getting. Happy with it so far.Published 20 months ago by Shelly
Hoped it would work for my Forteo pen, but the pen won't fit even after I shaved down the plunger. Might be fine for smaller pens, but not for Forteo.Published on May 14, 2014 by M. Busch
This was a replacement for an exact version that I had used for three years. Devices with this technology have a limited life expectancy. Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by David C. Kelder
Bought this to use on a vacation through the CA and AZ deserts. Blew out the fuses on my wife's car. I was not popular. Used ice after that. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Amazon Customer
The Medi-Fridge cooler was working fine, keeping my wife's Insulin cool, for a couple of weeks and then the fan quit and the Insulin cooked. Not a good result.Published on May 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Well i am using it in my car. here in Iraq's summer where the temperature exceeds 55 Cilizi.. I don't feel that my syringe is really cold. it's just OK.. maybe it's 17-25. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Omar Sirwan
This is a great product for vacationers that need to keep their medicines cold. I used it in hotels that did not have a refrigerator in the rooms. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by John
WE EXPECTED TO SEE A BIGER STORING SPACE BUT WORKS WELL, WORKS WELL, WORKS WELL, WORKS WELL, WORKS WELL, WORKS WELL, WORKS WELL, WORKS WELL, WORKS WELL, WORKS WELLPublished on February 18, 2013 by BRIAN