|Item Weight||125 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||30 x 40 x 37 inches|
|Item model number||DCR-165|
Sundanzer Solar-Powered Refrigerator - 5.8 Cubic Ft., 30in.L x 40in.W x 37in.H
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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