13 Tips For Your 12V Camping Fridge / Freezer
National Luna have some great tips for getting the most out of your fridge/freezer!
- Stack your frozen food in the order that you’re going to eat it, and (if possible) open the freezer only once a day to take what you need. This will reduce the lid’s opening time, and the fridge’s overall power consumption.
- Defrost your meat by placing it in the fridge compartment the night before; doing so will help to keep the fridge cool.
- Fitting baskets to your camping fridge / freezer will ensure better air circulation and consistent cooling.
- Always keep your camping fridge / freezer’s latches closed for optimum seal performance.
- Never pack items around the fridge’s ventilation slots; doing so will raise the fridge’s operating temperature, cause it to work harder, and use more battery power.
- Use the thickest power cable possible to ensure minimal electrical resistance and maximum voltage supply.
- Always strap your fridge down. Most camping fridge / freezer failures are caused by knocks, bumps and vibrations.
- Drinks in cans cool faster than those in bottles.
- Although your National Luna camping fridge / freezer is capable of subzero temperatures (-30ºC in some models), setting the freezer this low is often a waste of battery power. In some cases, ice-cream will need to be kept at –18ºC, but everything else can be stored at –10ºC
- Keep your camping fridge as full as possible. An empty fridge is less power-efficient.
- Always carry spare fuses for your camping fridge / freezer.
- Never place warm leftovers inside your fridge, doing so will cause the unit to work harder than necessary and use more battery power.
- Vacuum-packed meat will last longer and may not need freezing.