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PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 12:44 am 
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Location: Jensen Beach, FL
Sorry for my oversimplified eutectic plate description, it has been a long time since I used one. The eutectic refrigerator uses a 12 V compressor to move the refrigerant through the plate, a condenser and an evaporator. The compressor is only run long enough to freeze (or refreeze) the plate making it very energy efficient. Depending on the ambient air temperature, it may only need to be recharged once every one or two days. I am not sure if they cost less than a 110 V refrigerator, but troubleshooting and maintenance are very straightforward, not to mention great for dry camping.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:38 pm 
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Joined: Tue Jul 16, 2013 3:08 am
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Location: Polson, Montana
Follow up.
Okay, we added a second cheapie (harbor freight) solar panel to the roof and..... Ta da. This system runs the refrigerator. I haven't been in extreme heat, but it works here in Arizona winter and it worked in Montana summer. I'm careful about use, and making sure I have all my 6 blue ice packs frozen up in advance and haven't used it more than a week at a time. But, compared to the cost of a new propane refrig ($1200ish), the 2 solar panels were about $380. AND they maintain the house batteries and support all the lighting etc.
Very liberating to have ice cubes and NOT be leashed to shore power.....

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