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Old 02-02-2018, 09:59 PM   #29
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Decades ago I had a battery killing refer that I only used with shore power. I used ice away from the dock.

I crewed on a boat three years ago where we spent a significant amount of time searching for and hauling ice. The food in the ice box would create an unpleasant soup in the box.

Now I have another boat and I bought an ENGEL portable refer/freezer. It is very efficient when I am using it as a refer. It runs on 12VDC/120VAC. They say that it draws about 1 amp per hour. That's probably pretty accurate for the way I use it. When the compressor runs, it draws over 4 amps, but it runs less than 25% of the time here in Guatemala. My 100 W solar panel keeps up well.

If it should fail, it can be used as a cooler.
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