EVAKOOL has adapted its thermally brilliant high-gloss fibreglass ice box by attaching a Danfoss compressor. It’s proven to use minimal power and it now incorporates digital electronic display. Quality insulation means it should use little power in high ambient temps.
The design of the lid, which incorporates two hard nodules under the rubber seal, prevents over-compressing of that seal but the rubber may become worn over time. Twin elastic lid straps are used to maintain firm pressure on the lid when closed, but they are a little fiddly.
This Evakool is a fridge/freezer, but we removed the dividing wall to use it only as a fridge. It’s the only fridge on test that can double as a combination fridge and freezer.
The external cowling housing the compressor has an internal fan to blow compressor-generated heat out, which also keeps heat away from the cooler section.
A 240-volt adaptor (included) is needed to run from mains power, while a marinising option is available. High, medium and low compressor speeds can be selected.
Twin removable wire baskets make for easy loading/unloading, and the removable wall makes for great alternate uses as a fridge/freezer. The screw-on 12-volt plug is the best in the business and can’t accidently be knocked off like many others. A circuit breaker is mounted to the side wall.
A bung in the side wall empties spilt liquids, while the smooth internal finish aids in easy cleaning – except around where the separate evaporator panel is fitted.
That plate being separate from the wall allows for increased air circulation, as does the pair of baskets that hold the contents just off the base. On the downside, tall juice bottles don’t have enough clearance to stand upright. However, the outer lid could still close.
HAVING returned excellent power consumption results, it’s hard to go past the thermal insulation properties of this fridge. However, improving the lid seal with an open air-pocket rubber (as per many others) and eliminating the nodules under the seal would be worth considering. Other than that, there’s nothing to change.
Circuit breaker switch is a clever safety measure. Digital display is a recent addition to Evakool’s range. Twin removable baskets let you get snacks in a hurry. One of two lid straps used to keep the lid firmly shut.