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THE Travelmate se­ries of fridges from Evakool in­cor­po­rates a polypropy­lene cabi­net and a very user-friendly multi-use lid that can hinge from ei­ther end and can be eas­ily re­moved. It’s worth not­ing that some fridges in this line-up hinge from the sides rather than the ends.

In­side is an LED light, a bung in the base and a sin­gle bas­ket with a ver­ti­cal di­vider that’s eas­ily lifted out for ac­cess­ing contents. How­ever, the test bas­ket had an un­even base and was the in­cor­rect size. This meant it moved in the cabi­net and, over time, it could dam­age the in­ner wall, which in­cor­po­rates the evap­o­ra­tor.

The han­dles are an ex­cel­lent de­sign, as they fold up and down. They also in­cor­po­rate mag­nets to pre­vent them from rat­tling in tran­sit, but, if you’re in tran­sit, you’d be us­ing them as tie downs, so they wouldn’t rat­tle any­way.

The fridge fea­tures 12-, 24- and 240-volt power via two power leads, three-stage bat­tery pro­tec­tion on the dig­i­tal LED com­pres­sor con­trol panel, and a USB out­let to power suit­able ac­ces­sories.

There’s also an emer­gency over-ride sys­tem should some­thing go wrong with the stan­dard elec­tri­cal power sys­tem.

In­cluded with each fridge in the range is a tran­sit cover to help with pro­tec­tion and in­su­la­tion.


THE food bas­ket fit­ting rocks (due to a non-flat base) and moves back and forth (not a tight fit), which will even­tu­ally dam­age the in­ter­nal walls and the evap­o­ra­tor plate. Other than that, it’s a well-de­signed fridge with the best mul­tiuse lid on the mar­ket.

Con­trol panel fea­tures USB port to charge ac­ces­sories. Two in­puts, for 12-/24- and 240-volt power leads. End-hinged lid can be eas­ily re­moved.

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