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Evakool Koolmate 12v Fridge Freezer 55 Litre $279.30 @ Supercheap Auto (Club Membership Required)

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55L Evakool 12V fridge.
Got 15 + votes when ~$370 previously, so is a no brainer to post at $279 (or closer to $255 if you can score egift cards)
Previous deals:
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/591949
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/611193

Features

  • Single zone fridge freezer capable of achieving -18°C at 30°C ambient temperatures
  • Easy to use digital controls to accurately set your desired temperature
  • Sturdy metal cabinet with robust handles for easy portability
  • Operates on 12 or 24 volt and can run on 240 volt with optional adapter, sold separately
  • Thick, high density foam insulation keeps your food colder for longer
  • External measurements 680mm x 490mm x 535mm (L x W x H)
  • 2 year Evakool nationwide warranty

Online 1-3 April, instore 3 April (or until sold out).
Credit to dealbot for 30% deal

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  • +2 votes

    Wow, amazing price !! I picked one up on the last deal at $360ish (after cashback) and thought that was great. I wonder if SuperCheap's "Club Price Promise" will credit me the difference ?

    • +1 vote

      I'm hoping the same.
      I purchased the fridge got it home and the first thing I did was cut off the (CIG) plug and flood soldered an anderson plug. Have it set to 02 degrees and it has been great.

      • +1 vote

        I ended up purchasing at the cheaper price and returning the item but before I did that I contacted the customer support they said that they would have credited my account if I had not made the return. So might be worth contacting them through the website and seeing what they can do.

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          It was all good. The SuperCheap credit appeared in my account so I picked up a fridge stand and used the rest of the credit towards some solar panels while they were both on special on SuperCheap's "Club Day".

  • +1 vote

    Protective cover for this fridge is still 50% off until midnight tonight (plus shipping) direct from EvaKool. (https://www.evakool.com.au/factory-specials/easter-eggtravag...)

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      $149 is 50% off?

      • +2 votes

        Price reduces at check out

  • +2 votes

    Don't forget Shopback has a cashback of 7%

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    Does this have battery protection or does it just run until the battery dies? Also is it single zone or dual?

    • +2 votes

      It's a single zone - fridge or freezer. It will keep running until your battery can't provide enough voltage. According to the manual "The fridge can be operated between 10.3V and 17.5V DC or 22V and 26V DC."

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        Ok thanks. Sounds like it will deplete the battery and stop. I have a small brass monkey freezer, which has battery protection. Thought about upgrading but the battery management is an issue.

        • +1 vote

          According to this bloke, it has battery drainage protection.

          https://youtu.be/46LvGL8IqAo?t=76

          • +1 vote

            @Flyerone: That's interesting, I can't see anything in the manual about battery drainage protection ? https://www.supercheapauto.com.au/on/demandware.static/-/Lib...

            The website mentions "Low voltage protection" in the specs though ?

            I haven't been in that situation yet to find out. My car has a battery isolator installed to prevent it draining the starter battery. It would be good to confirm if it does have that feature. I might have to test it out on my battery box.

            • +1 vote

              @squeemy: Yeah let it run with the lid off. It's odd that it doesn't mention that in the manual at all. You'd think they would at least mention it and what the setting is. Even my cheap Big W Campmaster has a selector for low voltage setting.

              • +2 votes

                @Flyerone: It probably just cuts out at 10.3v, which I would think is very very low voltage for a car battery…?

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                @Flyerone: The Campmaster might have been sold on clearance cheaply ( $249 as I got one too ),

                but not designed as a cheap crap model as was normally sold for $500-$600 before sale and decent unit

                for that price too few years ago ( they have been mass produced and come down in price recently I noticed ).

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    So, is a Bushman's for $1200 dollars that much better value ???

  • +4 votes

    Worth a shot for the price. Suncorp GC brought the price down to $256.96 and CR should make it $243.

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      Good score. That makes this portable camping fridge/freezer the cheapest ever I think after the last

      Big W/Campmaster deal at $249 and this is also 10 Lt bigger.

      I was lucky enough to score the Campaster which is a solid good unit that also included a cover and 240V lead too.

      Edit: Just read about the $125 Companion/Bunnings clearance deal but verdict is still out whether that was/is a cooler or fridge/freezer.

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        What's that companion deal?

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          Pretty sure it was/is a clearance @ Bunnings but stock is hard to find, some in Victoria I read.

          Go through the earlier posts for this fridge from links at top in post, you will find ( the talk about it, but good luck fin ding stock ).

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        I was the one that got them for $125 and it’s a fridge freezer not a cooler I use it most days and works Awesome they were on sale for $250 but I get sale items 1/2 price

  • +1 vote

    Fantastic price, that's for sure … but when you are out camping and it stops working, the initial price matters less than having cold beer and food.
    https://www.productreview.com.au/listings/evakool-koolmate

    • +2 votes

      6 year old neg reviews for the IBnn are not the same fridge, only review for KM55 is 5*.
      Anyway, agree this is no Engel.

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    I'm trying to think of what I could do with it while it's not on the road but I'd need a AC—>DC adapter to get that working.

    Anyone got thoughts on using this $40 "RoyPow" or a cheap one on eBay for ~$21? The $63 Evakool brand one is out of stock everywhere so it doesn't seem to be an option.

    I'd be surprised if a 55L fridge spiked over 150W or drew over 120W continuous. But there's transformers and then there's transformers, they can be more than meets the eye.

    • +3 votes

      Likewise, I also had my eye on the roypow then spotted this one: https://www.campsmart.net.au/powertech-240v-to-12v-7.5a-adap...
      as well as the 8A/10A ebays for about $20.

      Evakool manual says: "Total input power 46W", suggesting 5A is enough, but I would go bigger to be safe. I think the Powertech one is for me.

    • +3 votes

      Yes manual say's 46W so I bought one from Jaycar, looks to be the same as the "campsmart" one. I ran the fridge on it to test for two days with no issues. Only thing was the power supply is a bit noisy, it's got a small, high rpm fan which keeps it nice and cool but is a bit louder than I anticipated. The fridge itself is very quiet.
      https://www.jaycar.com.au/12vdc-7-5a-switchmode-power-supply...

      I was also looking at this one, it's sealed so might be a quieter option. https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/12V-FRIDGE-POWER-SUPPLY-10A-CONT...

      • +2 votes

        Reviews on the RoyPow say it's quiet when powering their unlisted fridge. I'll give it a go and let you know.

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          Yeh it looks promising, I'd be interested to hear how it goes, thanks.

      • +2 votes

        I purchased a similar 12v 10amp transformer via ebay and it's been great. No noise but I paid around $20 for mine. They're having a go at $79!

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          Any links for hints lol ?

      • +1 vote

        Roypow just arrived. Not real convinced on it's quality, it's very light relative to it's size.

        The fridge is drawing ~65W AC in it's initial cool down phase, so probably 52-59W DC, I don't have a clamp meter or anything to measure the DC properly. The Roypow isn't getting very hot but doesn't have active cooling or even passive vents even though the design makes it looks like it does.

        If anyone else is looking I'd probably go a generic eBay one as per wolfshooter. This was delivered quick and seems to work fine but I imagine the eBay options would probably be similar quality.

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          Thanks for letting us know

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        OK big thumbs down on the RoyPow. Quiet my arse. It's inaudible if there's background noise but in a quiet room there's a weird noise that constantly happens. This is while the fridge is idling and my power meter says the AC draw is < 3W: https://sndup.net/2bn3

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          I ended up returning the one I got from Jaycar and ordered the one @wolfshooter suggested too. At that price if its half decent I'll get another one as a spare.

    • +2 votes

      Go the cheap $21 transformer. It just needs to be able to handle around 50watts - at 120w it's more than capable.

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    RoadTechMarine (RTM) have the same thing too: https://www.roadtechmarine.com.au/12vdc-7-5a-switchmode-powe...

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      Jaycar = RTM.

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    Looks like none in WA…(((

  • +3 votes

    Got one last deal, 100 more. Be aware it you wanna run it as a 240v deck fridge it will require a separate transformer box, sold separately $90 rrp, I'm borrowing a mates Waeco adaptor, I've worked out that they can most likely run off a 12v garden light transformer which can be had for about $36 from Bunnings, these seem to be IP rated and more slim line than the Eva cool adaptors…

    One other annoying thing about these is that the seal on the lid seals too well and I need to leaver it open with a screwdriver sometimes… sure this be solved simply by putting a slice in the rubber seal tho

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      That's a great solution! What kind of socket does the fridge take? Do you have to make up your own cable?

      • +1 vote

        It looks like an XLR4 connector to me, but I know bugger all about XLR4. Here's a pic: https://i.imgur.com/TK2KcSa.jpg

        XLR 4 pins are sometimes used as DC connectors with pin 1 being negative and pin 4 being positive so yeah, looking at the Bunnings transformer you'd have to create the plug yourself.

        Honestly I'd just go with wolfshooter's option or even the Roypow I got. See the conversation above.

  • +1 vote

    I've measured how much my 55L Evakool Koolmate uses in 24 hours, it was 225Wh. That's through a cheap AC-DC transformer so drawing direct from a DC source it'd likely be under 200Wh. That's in pretty ideal conditions, the room was 13-25C the entire time. The fridge was set to 4C.