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Date Registered: 04-2014
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Running portable fridge in t31 TL


Hi folks.

On a camping trip. Just got a portable fridge. Plugged into rear power outlet, but that only delivers power when keyless ignition switch is at ACC or ON. But I can lock the car only when the switch is set to LOCK. Is there any way to keep my fridge running off the car's battery without rewiring?

2013 model, TL.

Thanks!

Seth

(Ps obviously should have checked this before getting the fridge... But it's pretty counterintuitive right??)
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Date Registered: 12-2011
Location: Kalgoorlie, WA
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Get a battery pack or second battery. The fridge will drain your starter battery overnight. I won't keep the car at ACC for long too.

Check the gadget review section for reviews of the ArkPak. There are a few other brands and non brands out there too

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Date Registered: 06-2008
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I ran a Waeco 50l fridge the standard battery for well over 2 days without any problems starting.

The only way you can do this is as written above.
A second battery, a portable battery pack or re wire so there is constant power to the back.

You could also use your spare key to lock the doors from the outside if you like.
There are threads regarding dual batteries and wiring up constant power so please use the search function.

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Date Registered: 08-2012
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cooch t31 wrote:

I ran a Waeco 50l fridge the standard battery for well over 2 days without any problems starting.



Consider yourself very lucky. Starter batteries don't like that sort of use.

If the battery does draw down too far to start the vehicle, it causes damage to the battery (especially is it runs flat) and will never fully recharge again. Over time it will kill the battery prematurely.


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Hi Charlie,
The Waeco has a feature built into it where you have a 3 position switch that can cut the fridge power at so that the battery will always have enough juice to start the car.

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Date Registered: 07-2013
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I'm just going down this track myself and have just purchased the Ark powerpack box and have the 105Ah battery and 120W solar panels. According to the Arkpak manual, a 130Ah battery should be able to run a 40l waeco for 6 days.

We're heading out camping for a four day weekend starting on Friday, so I'm keen to see how our setup goes.

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Short answer: you have to hardwire it or buy a battery.

Although I've only got a peltier Waeco fridge, the 12v adapter does have an 'under volt' feature that will stop drawing power under a certain voltage, which still gives you plenty of starting power.
As mentioned, draining a lead acid battery even once has a pretty good chance of killing it.
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Date Registered: 01-2013
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darvidanoar wrote:

I'm just going down this track myself and have just purchased the Ark powerpack box and have the 105Ah battery and 120W solar panels. According to the Arkpak manual, a 130Ah battery should be able to run a 40l waeco for 6 days.

We're heading out camping for a four day weekend starting on Friday, so I'm keen to see how our setup goes.



Hi, was wondering how the panels went?
I have an ARKPAK that I run my fridge (60L) from (the only electrical device I have), and haven't need the panels, as normally move on after two nights, or at least run a trail, so the alternator charged the ARk without issue.
Planning on longer "stays" in the future, and further out, so running as freezer.
Only have a 95A battery, but know can't have too much solar power.
Thanks



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Date Registered: 01-2021
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Re: Re: the ark pak


I just read your post of 2013 purchasing an ark pak. How did it go, I'm a 2021 newbie and trying to upgrade from an esky, so I'm wondering if is was successful

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