Portable Electric cooler/heater for food, what do you use?

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Portable Electric cooler/heater for food, what do you use?

I use my Portable Electric cooler/heater mostly as a freezer
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I keep food ready for meal time by keeping it warm in my Portable Electric cooler/heater
My Portable Electric cooler/heater is divided and has a cooler and a freezer
I just use a 5 day cooler with ice
My Portable Electric cooler/heater is in my trailer
My Portable Electric cooler/heater I keep in my vehicle
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I have a seperate battery for my Portable Electric cooler/heater
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Portable Electric cooler/heater for food, what do you use?

Postby Ron Dickey » Thu Jul 13, 2023 12:44 pm

Modern times are here. Using a cooler with a Block of Ice or Dry Ice are becoming a thing of the past.

Those of you who have Portable Electric Coolers/Heaters
What brand do you use?
Would you buy it again?
is it just 12v or does it also have 120v for pre-cooling?
Do you connect it to your trailer system, Keep it in Puller,
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Re: Portable Electric cooler/heater for food, what do you us

Postby Pugwinkle » Mon Sep 18, 2023 6:02 am

I have a BougeRV 30 which I love. It can either be used as a fridge or a freezer but not both at the same time. It is 12 volt and runs on AC. I would buy it again as it's a very good price and I don't think I really NEED a freezer. I simply put frozen stuff in the fridge before I leave for my trip and I like all the space for fresh food.
I connect it to shore power if it's available. If it's not available I either run it off my van while driving and then plug it into my 500 watt GoLabs power station.
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Re: Portable Electric cooler/heater for food, what do you us

Postby RJ Howell » Mon Sep 18, 2023 8:47 am

Still believe for short runs, ice in a super insulated cooler is the way to go. Longer runs, purchasing 'good' ice is hard and gets expensive

Have a Costway 70qt chest style frig/freeze unit. can do either but not both single mode. Only run frig mainly because we have no need to freeze, anything. It's large enough for a weeks provisions and if we pack it correctly can keep meat frozen for a few days (packed at the bottom in a freezer bag).

I pre-cool 120v, though don't think it much matters.. Worst usage was in the Southwest (hot) and used 22amps in a 24 hour period. Best recorded was 12amps in the Atlantic Maritimes for a 24hr period.

I have a 60ah LiFePo4 battery and with the frig, lighting and some recharging get ~2.5 days. I'm upping to my 90ah soon to extend the days, yet w don't stay anywhere more than 3 days anyway.. It's in the cabin and separate from the vehicle except I charge mainly by DC/DC. I drive, I'm charging. My ATEM charger will do DC/DC or MPPT solar. Covers all the bases for me.

Would I do it again? Depends on pricing and what's new. Size, compressor (a must) and temperature range. I like chest style, just feel they keep food colder longer and can fit more. I often debate going smaller, this size runs well and fits a bunch of food!

Believe I paid $299 3-4yrs back on sale. https://www.costway.com/product/70-quart-portable-electric-car-camping-cooler.html?fee=163&fep=14762&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=product&gclid=CjwKCAjw6p-oBhAYEiwAgg2PglLr_d6BhsOKfRrnjwCXFzxhkfLT8vCtk437NoCsKUIKPFf49KfkdBoC9X4QAvD_BwE

Think that hit all your questions.
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Re: Portable Electric cooler/heater for food, what do you us

Postby RBB » Mon Sep 18, 2023 3:55 pm

I just got back from an 8 day trip with a new BougeRV 22. Very happy with how it performed. I set the temp for 33deg and mainly kept Milk, OJ, beer and other beverages, as well as meat in the fridge. Did NOT power it overnight, only when driving, and it seemed to hold insulation well enough. (Was not in and out once the power was off).
I would recommend, especially for a sub $200 option!
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