I have finally purchased a 47L ARB Fridge freezer, as I now travel mainly in autumn/spring months. Last year I found it too warm for eskis to sustain the ice blocks for consecutive days in the desert. They used to do the trick in my previous life when I was able to travel in winter months. The other reason is that the kids are growing and they eat like Komodo dragons. We need a bottomless portable freezer with meat. It is either that, spear a kangaroo, or go home.
On one of the more recent trips into Port Augusta, I decided to buy meat the night before we left for the Flinders Ranges. Bad idea. Not only was there little choice available, but there were only two decent/recognisable packages of meat remaining on the supermarket shelf. With a portable fridge/freezer, I can now carry the meat all the way to the destination 1500 km from home, instead of taking my chances with frozen horse, camel or goat meat from the local servos along the way. As someone posted earlier, the freezer could be used to freeze anything, including a block of ice in a water bottle, with the aim being to give the accompanying eski a fridge function.
I purchased a Kings Battery Box with the 115 ah AGM battery, and a Redarc smartcharge 10 amp battery charger. I will also be buying a solar panel or blanket that can plug directly into the battery box Anderson plugs (in due Course). The convenience of a proven $2500 dual battery solution was not worth considering given that I am always swapping stuff between two cars, (e.g. air compressor, other equipment etc). I also believe that it would be risky placing any overhead on a cranking battery when in the middle of nowhere with kids, irrespective of whether it is a 2 year old or 23 year old car. I have read reviews on some highly reputable dual battery systems where the starter battery was completely drained. I travel alone in a single vehicle remotely, and this is why I am never without a fully charged heavy duty jump starter battery pack.
Right now, the 47L ARB unit is doing interim house duty as my garage freezer failed last week. I have already ordered a replacement.
Last edited by eksjay; 4 Weeks Ago at 06:02 AM.