How do you know which portable refrigerator/freezer will be the best fit for you? Whether you're an avid camper, a van/RV owner, a person who enjoys road trips, or you're just looking for a cooler that requires no ice that can be used for hours; here are some tips that may help you find the perfect portable fridge for you.

  • Size

One of the most important factor before purchasing any portable fridge is the size. First you need to figure out where the portable fridge will be placed whether that is in your van, RV, car, trunk, etc. Next, it is important to get the measurements of the space where the portable fridge will be placed. 

The next thing you want to consider is how much food/drinks you will be keeping cold. If you have a large family/friends or if you're planning many long camping trips, you may want to consider a large quart portable fridge (about 45 quarts and above). If you're just looking to keep a few things cold like for a picnic for two, a 10-30 quart will be a great size. 

  • Single Zone vs Dual Zone

There are fridges that have the option of a single zone and a dual zone. If you're wondering what is the difference, here is the differences:

- Single Zone: Can be set as either a refrigerator or freezer
- Dual zone: Can use one zone as a freezer and the other zone as a refrigerator or you can use both zones as either a freezer/refrigerator at the same time if you don't want to set two different temperatures. This means you can keep your meats frozen while keeping your drinks nice and cold.
  • Material 

There are many different materials used to make for portable fridges. Some common ones are made with plastic, metal, and stainless steel. With the material will determine the weight of the portable fridge. So if you're looking for something light and easy to carry around, consider plastic. Don't let the material plastic fool you, with the plastic material they are less prone to denting. If you want something that is durable, you may want to consider the ones made with stainless steel. 

  • Compressor and Warranty

The compressor may be the most important part of the portable fridge. It is like the motherboard to a computer. You will want to research the brand of the portable fridge and what compressor they use. Warranty is also important when you're considering which portable fridge to buy. Since you will be using the portable fridge for your outdoor adventures, it will need to last for a long time. Setpower provides a 2 year warranty on the compressor and 365 days for other parts from the date of purchase. View our warranty policy for more information. 

  • Accessories 

Many portable fridge accessories you will need, will be an AC and a DC adaptor. The AC adaptor will allow you to plug into a regular outlet at home so you will be able to precool your portable fridge. The DC adaptor will allow you to plug into your vehicle to help keep cool while you're driving.

Some portable fridges will have an insulated cover available. The cover will improve the cooling efficiency by preventing cold air from flowing away. It will also add another layer to help protect your cooler and make it a lot more durable to last longer.

Another accessory that is popular is a fridge slider/mount. You would install this into your vehicle trunk and this will make it a lot easier and more convenient to access and pull out your portable fridge.

September 09, 2021 — joey lv