Portable Camping Fridges FAQs
Things to consider when purchasing a camping fridge:
- Are you wanting a fridge or freezer? Or both?
- Will you have access to mains power? Or will you be relying on battery?
- How long will you be going camping for? Days or weeks?
- How many people will be using the fridge?
- How much room do you have to store your fridge?
- How much are you wanting to spend?
What size fridge do I need?
When choosing the capacity of your camping fridge this will depend on how you intend to use your fridge. This means considering things such as how many people will be using it, how long you want your fridge to last and how much room you have to store your fridge. The most important thing to remember is that a larger capacity fridge also has a higher current draw.
25L – This will only keep a small amount of food and drink cold and is ideal for a day trip
35L – This is the perfect size for a weekend away for two people, or up to a week away for one person
40L – The most common size. 40L fridges are perfect for two or three people going away for a long weekend
50L – Suitable for a week away for a couple, or a long weekend for a family of four
60L to 65L – A family intending to camp longer than a long weekend will need a minimum size of a 60L fridge
80L+ - Perfect for large groups or extended trips away
Can I purchase a fridge and freezer in one unit?
There are three options available when choosing a portable camping fridge:
Fridge only: This is a unit that is only capable of being a fridge
Fridge or Freezer: This is a unit that you can set the temperature to be either a fridge or a freezer. This is the most common type of portable fridge available.
Dual Zone: A Dual Zone portable fridge has two separate compartments that can operate independently in any combination as a fridge or freezer
What is the ideal temperature I should have my fridge or freezer set at?
Your fridge at home is usually set between 2 and 4°C, as this is the optimum temperature for food preservation. When camping, some people choose to set their fridge at a slightly higher temperature to help conserve battery power for longer. Your home freezer will generally operate between -18 and -20°C.
How long will my fridge stay cold for when not connected to a power source?
That will depend on a number of factors:
- What model you own
- The environment; wind and temperature
- The temperature the fridge reached before it was disconnected from the power source
- How often you open the lid
- Type of food or drink stored inside the fridge
Many people will unplug their fridge overnight to conserve battery power, and the fridge will still be cold in the morning
What size solar panel do I need?
You must make sure that the solar panel meets the requirements of your fridge and any other appliances that will be running from the battery. We recommend that you use a solar panel to charge a battery rather than directly plugging your fridge into it. This is because a battery will provide a constant voltage to your fridge and will not have fluctuations from cloud cover like a solar panel.
The best approach is to use a solar panel and battery large enough to provide enough daily power to your fridge and have enough battery storage for an additional 2-3 days. If your fridges consumes 25 amp/hours per day, you should have battery storage of 75-100 amp/hours and a solar panel of 80 watts or greater.