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Off Road Refrigerator - Product Review

Posted in Features on March 1, 2004
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Keeping your grub cool or frozen while out on the trail these days is beginning to get a bit easier. Gone are the days of quick-melting ice and warm drinks. Action Africa offers a serious and dependable R-tique line of portable military-spec refrigerator freezers for anyone on the go. These units appeal to four-wheelers because they're lightweight, built extremely tough with a 1mm stainless-steel skin all the way around, and have a 0.5mm stainless-steel inner bin. Action Africa offers these fridge freezers in 22-, 40-, 50-, 60-, 70-, 80-, 105-, and 120-liter sizes.

One unique feature topping the list on this fridge is its ability to keep itself cold for 25 to 50 hours on its internal battery, even if vehicle power is lost. This is, of course, dependent upon the temperature setting and refrigerator size. The refrigerator temperature ranges from 50F to -20F, and will run on either 12-volt DC and 110-volt AC power, or 12-volt DC and 220-volt AC power. The refrigerator also has a low current draw of 0.9 to 2.2 amps, so it won't interfere with your vehicle's electrical system or other electrical accessories. With the low amperage draw, the fridge will cool your food and drinks for long periods of time without killing the battery when the vehicle is turned off.

Other features of Action Africa's refrigerators are that they are fitted with intelligent electronics, have built-in voltage regulation and stabilization, can run on a generator with a minimum output of 3 amps, use a vibration-free compressor allowing silent operation, and have an easy-to-use digital display.

We obtained a 40-liter refrigerator freezer from Action Africa for our annual adventure to Montana last summer. The fridge was easy to hook up, and the electrical connection cable reached the battery in the front of our vehicle. One clamp of the electrical connection cord went to the positive terminal of the battery and the other to the negative terminal; that was it. The easy-to-read digital display made temperature adjustment a cinch. We basically set it and forgot it. It was a no-hassle operation, and the fridge kept our food and drinks bone-chillingly cold, even with unseasonably hot summer temperatures.

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Action Africa Inc.
Corona De Tucson, AZ 85641

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