Dometic CFX Se­ries

Snowbirds & RV Travelers - - News & Reviews - WORDS AND PHO­TOS BY PERRY MACK

With an­other RVing, boat­ing, camping, and fish­ing sea­son upon us, I was itch­ing for some new gear when I came across Dometic’s new (2015) line of por­ta­ble fridge/freez­ers. I’ve had a cou­ple in the past, which af­ter start­ing with high hopes failed mis­er­ably. Never one to give up, and as none of the past mod­els were Dometic, I or­dered one.

The CFX se­ries comes in a va­ri­ety of sizes from 28 to 100 litres. I choose the CFX35W. I chose the sec­ond small­est size so I could pull it from the RV and into my Jeep or boat. It’s rel­a­tively lightweight at 17.7kg (39lb), the 35 litre size will hold enough fresh food for one or two peo­ple for a week, and it doesn’t draw a lot of power to do it.

The con­struc­tion is rugged. Each cor­ner has a re­in­forced cap, the han­dles are spring loaded to re­tract out of harms way (and de­tach­able if you need the space), and the lid is strong enough for a 73 kg ed­i­tor to stand on. The in­te­rior light is handy, as is the USB port if you’re run­ning an older rig.

The tem­per­a­ture can be ad­justed from +10°C to -22°C, and with­out food in­side it went from +22°C to +3°C in just 14 min­utes. It’s also very quiet. While cool­ing you can hear an au­di­ble hum, which the man­ual says is 42 dB(A). I wanted to test this, but the am­bi­ent noise level in my house is 47 dB(A).

There are a num­ber of fea­tures that drew me to this se­ries, aside from build qual­ity, rep­u­ta­tion and the abil­ity to not only cool, but also freeze food. The first is the bat­tery save mode. These units can be plugged into 120V AC but more im­por­tantly will also run on 12V or 24V DC by plug­ging into a ci­garette lighter socket – not much of a fea­ture you say. What is in­no­va­tive is the ad­justable shut down when it rec­og­nizes that your RV bat­tery is low. The cooler will never drain your bat­tery so you can’t start your en­gine. And the cooler is Wi-Fi en­abled, so you can con­trol it via a mo­bile app (pro­vid­ing you and the cooler are within range of each other).

No more leaky bags of ice. The Dometic CFX is a great ad­di­tion to our day-trip or week­long ad­ven­tures. If you make day trips from the RV or play out­side a lot, it’s a worth­while in­vest­ment. MSRP - CFX 35: $681 USD

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