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I live in a van. I have a generator on my van so can keep the fridge plugged in while I'm in the van but I need the fridge to be battery operated as well so can continue to stay on while I'm at work etc. Can anybody plz recommend some? Link's plz. I have a $500 budget and the smaller it is the better.. I live in a van

Thank you 


Van be a cooler too. Doesn't need to be a fridgeratorvecacyky.. can be battery powered cooler 

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Not one of you who answered gave a relevant response. I asked for a battery operated fridge. Not butane not propane not your opinion not a different setup etc. Here's what I'm looking for.... But would like to see more options.

4 Answers

  • Anton
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    Cheap is good.  I do cheap, and also know how to cheat,

    You really need to have a "house" battery as well as the vehicle battery.  You need a battery switch to disconnect the house battery when the vehicle is parked.

    Battery -- -- or similar

    Switch -- -- or similar.  I have this one.

    You have a cheap small 'fridge, that's just fine.  You need 12DC to 120AC, Harbor Freight can do you -- -- I have a 2000watt inverter myself, if you don't need that much, you can use a cheaper, smaller inverter.

  • CB
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    couple dollars over your budget but does it all.

  • 1 month ago

    I don't think there are any fridges made to run on batteries, not exactly. Why not? Heating and cooling are the things that really suck energy. Any batteries smaller than a car battery aren't going to run a heating or cooling appliance for more than part of a day. Then you need to recharge the battery or batteries or replace it or them. So you either go through a lot of batteries, or you have to have a way to recharge.

    There are coolers made to run off 12 volt, plugged into an accessory plug. Depending on the size, type, and condition of the car battery that supplies the power, a plug-in portable cooler can probably might run a whole day or more on the battery before there isn't enough juice left to start the vehicle the battery is in. There are ways to make sure there's always enough power for both. Read this:

  • kswck2
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Just leave it in your house, if you have one. 

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