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Post  Nightjar Thu Jan 24, 2019 2:46 pm

This comparison is a few years old, however do not think there has been any major upgrades/new models.
Bit of interesting reading.

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Post  Travelergold Thu Jan 24, 2019 5:38 pm

Interesting reading. Not much difference between them. They didnt show any of the el cheapo units though.

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Post  boobook Thu Jan 24, 2019 8:13 pm

Sorry Nightjar, going to stick my neck out here and suggest that was typically another paid for (by the 'fridge distributors) advertorial.
The writer of the article could not even get correct the origins of the Danfoss company, it was Denmark, not Germany.

With the test held under controlled conditions and a regulated power supply there was never going to be any great variation in performance. OK for the "weekend warrior" but for a long term camping expedition in very variable ambient temperature circumstances many of those on test will fail with plenty of reports confirming this.

Over considerable time, Engel certainly has stood the test, I have a 45yr. old 17l. all metal yellow model that has never failed. But it pulls around 4.5a. and on a hot night will flatten the battery before morning. Main reason why......b**ger all insulation around it, and the newer ones not a whole lot better. Hence the insulated glove as an add on accessory.

My 25yr. old 60l. Trailblaza (unfortunate name) has the early, less efficient, Danfoss compressor but with 75mm of foam insulation in a solid aluminium case is streets ahead in terms of daily total A/hr. consumption at any set temp. to -18c. with (so far) total reliability.

Only my opinion, am sure there are differing points of view.

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