Designed for Refrigeration or Freezing - Engel fridge/freezers are fully adjustable; perfect for keeping food and other items cold – or frozen. You control the level of refrigeration you require. If you have a food box full of sandwich meats, vegetables and beverages, a temperature of around 38º F is just perfect. For frozen foods, even ice cream, just crank up the dial and your Engel will respond without hesitation.
Compatible with AC or DC Power Source - Most Engel fridge/freezers operate on 12V or 24V DC battery power, or on 110V AC power. In fact, they're smart enough to know the difference and will automatically switch back and forth – a big plus for sailors and boaters who often switch from battery power to shore power. It's also handy for travelers who use battery power when they're on the road, but want to plug in their Engel when they get back home.
Efficient Use of Battery Power - Ask anyone who relies on battery power for extended periods of time and they'll start talking about power draw, amps per hour and efficiency. Here's where the Engel swing motor compressor really shines. The swing motor does not demand a huge power draw at start-up, like traditional compressor motors. Depending upon the model, Engel fridge/freezers draw between 0.5 Amps and 3.6 Amps per hour. Typically, when maintaining temperature, the nominal draw of any Engel is under 1 Amp per hour.
Using Solar Power - Because of their efficiency, Engel fridge/freezers work well on solar power. Talk with your solar panel provider to make sure your system output and loads match up.
Installation Considerations - Your Engel fridge/freezer is designed to be portable, but if you want to stow it in tight spot, just make sure you have at least 2-inches around the compressor end for ventilation.
In Between Power Sources - When you're out overnight and the truck's not running or when you're underway and the genset's idle, your Engel fridge/freezer still keeps things cold, thanks to it's tight seal and quality insulation. There are always a lot of factors at play, however (how often you open the lid, the ambient temperature, how long you're off power, etc.), so it pays to keep an eye on things and do some testing before you leave home.
After all is said and done, we think you will agree. When keeping things cold is Adventure Critical, Engel is your only choice.
We do have competitors out there! Although not many in Africa and Australia, where it really counts...here Engel fridge-freezers dominate the markets.
Our competitors technology is basically grouped into two types:
1. Thermoelectric Refrigeration - Thermoelectric coolers work electronically without the use of freon, compressors or evaporators. In a thermoelectric cooler, direct current is applied to a semiconductor which makes one side of it hot, and one side cold (which is known as the Peltier effect). They can heat or cool.
2. Reciprocating Compressors - Our competitors are forced to use these types of compressors. Most are, in fact, made in China - but some are still made in Germany (Danfoss).
With almost 4 million units sold to date - we do know what we are doing!
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