Bring a cool drink everywhere you go!

By Joel Moranton

“BYOB” or Bring Your Own Beer – you know the main problem with BYOB parties, after you get there you have to wait for your beer to get cold. While this is not our main reason for purchasing this little portable fridge from Dometic, it was an added bonus. We got this awesome little fridge for our many long road trips, but we have since found many side benefits, like bringing ice cream sandwiches on our forest explorations.

ABOUT DOMETIC
Dometic was created in 1968 to design and manufacture innovative products for the Recreational vehicle market. They built the brand around their invention of absorption cooling technology that allowed them to produce portable and RV refrigerators. In the RV industry, Dometic is a very well-known brand for quality and innovation. In the Overlanding and off-road market, they seem to get overshadowed by the larger, exclusive off-road companies. This is a shame because not only does Dometic build a quality product, but in most cases, they have a larger product line to fit the needs of more people. They also tend to be less expensive than their competition. If you are still using a cooler with ice, stop and look at Dometic refrigerators – they are not just for RVs and campers. If you still like using ice, they have some sweet coolers you might want to check out.

BACK TO THE COOLFREEZE
This line of fridge/freezers comes in a range of sizes from the little 10.5 liters that we are reviewing in this article, all the way up to 105 liters. The reason we got the 10.5-liter version was because it has the built-in cup holders and we knew that it would be perfect for our long road trips. How often do you pull off the highway just to get another cold drink? We would often, but not anymore, now we just reach into our convenient little fridge next to us and keep driving. Simply plug this fridge into your DC cigarette lighter and you are keeping things cold. You can even freeze with the unit regardless of the temperatures outside, all the way down to zero degrees Fahrenheit. When it is not hooked to power it still keeps your drinks cold like a normal cooler would because it is every well insulated with CFC-free polyurethane foam. It will not stay as cold as a cooler with ice in it but as long as the drinks inside are cold it will stay cold for hours. It also includes a comfortable carrying strap.

FEATURES
The list of advantages and uses for this portable fridge is long. We use it often for short and long trips, for bringing drinks to a friend’s house, or bringing home leftovers. It features an electronic thermostat with a digital gauge right on the front of the unit so you can always know just how cold your fridge is. There are two small LED lights that will quickly tell you the status of your fridge. The power light that will be green while the three stage motor is running, orange when the desired temperature is reached, or flashing orange if there is not enough power going to the fridge. There is also a red error light that will light up when there is a problem with the unit. On the inside of the fridge, there is an LED to light up the contents of the fridge at night. The compartment has one large area where most of your items will be stored and a small shelf for smaller items (which is great for chocolate bars). Without a doubt, this is the best road trip product on the market.

Check out http://www.dometic.com to see Dometic’s full line of fridge/freezers.

Best center console ever. Want a cold drink while driving? Just open it up and grab one out.

Best center console ever. Want a cold drink while driving? Just open it up and grab one out.

This fits a six-pack of soda perfectly in the bottom, and you’ll still have room for a few sandwiches.

This fits a six-pack of soda perfectly in the bottom, and you’ll still have room for a few sandwiches.

The plug comes out of the front of the fridge so it can easily be plugged into your truck’s DC outlet. There is also an override switch in case you need to override the computer and let the fridge run when it finds an error.

The plug comes out of the front of the fridge so it can easily be plugged into your truck’s DC outlet. There is also an override switch in case you need to override the computer and let the fridge run when it finds an error.

Inside there is a nice LED light to help you find what you are looking for. There is also a little shelf to hold smaller items.

Inside there is a nice LED light to help you find what you are looking for. There is also a little shelf to hold smaller items.

The latch holds the lid tight to keep the cold air trapped inside.

The latch holds the lid tight to keep the cold air trapped inside.

It is a great size for taking drinks to a friend’s house and having them nice and cold when you get there. We wish it was just a little bigger so our take-out boxes would fit flat inside, but then it might not work as well for a center cooler in our truck. There are always trade-offs.

It is a great size for taking drinks to a friend’s house and having them nice and cold when you get there. We wish it was just a little bigger so our take-out boxes would fit flat inside, but then it might not work as well for a center cooler in our truck. There are always trade-offs.

The fridge has a nice thick O-ring around the edge to form a tight seal and there is a short chain that holds the lid from going too far backwards.

The fridge has a nice thick O-ring around the edge to form a tight seal and there is a short chain that holds the lid from going too far backwards.

On the front is an LED screen to display the temperature and easy-to-use buttons to control the temperature.

On the front is an LED screen to display the temperature and easy-to-use buttons to control the temperature.