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Price $339.99 at Amazon$1,099.99 at Amazon
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Pros Very energy efficient, relatively inexpensive, impressive minimum temperature, surprisingly lightweight, long cordExcellent temperature control, energy efficient, large capacity, extremely sturdy, full of useful featuresEnergy efficient, good features, super durable, long DC cordExcellent low energy mode, long cord, good temperature range and control, useful baskets, less expensiveCools relatively quickly, helpful/thorough manual, long warranty, large capacity
Cons Not durable, takes a long time to cool, insulation not great, fairly loudExpensive, relatively short cords, no energy-saving modeUnimpressive minimum temperature, heavy for its size, relatively loudHeavy, small capacity, control panel on backTemperature performance not very good, expensive, power-hungry, awkward basket
Bottom Line Spend less on this solid performing coolerPrecision performance and everything you want in a cooler made to last through years of adventuresSuper durable and energy efficient, though a bit loud and with no subzero tempsA pretty good, albeit heavy, cooler for lessNot a great performance from an expensive cooler
Rating Categories Costway 54 Dometic CFX 50W Engel Platinum MT35 Whynter FM-45G ARB Fridge Freezer 50
Temperature Control (25%)
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9
6
8
7
Insulation (25%)
5
8
8
8
7
Energy Consumption (20%)
8
7
9
7
6
Ease Of Use (15%)
5
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7
5
Portability (10%)
7
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Features (5%)
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Specs Costway 54 Dometic CFX 50W Engel Platinum MT35 Whynter FM-45G ARB Fridge Freezer...
Minimum Temperature Achieved (F) -8.9ºF -8.9ºF 5.5ºF -5.8ºF 1.4ºF
Temperature Increase in 36 Hours Unplugged (F) 27.9ºF 20.7ºF 18.9ºF 21.6ºF 15.8ºF
Power Draw in Watts (cooling) 50.0 W
38.9 W (eco)
51.8 W 31.7 W 65.5 W
35.5 (low)
64.3 W
Power Draw in Watts (steady) 1.0 W 0.8 W 1.1 W 0.8 W 0.7 W
Power Draw in Watts (heating) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Voltage Use (cooling) 13.47 V 13.26 V 13.85 V 13.39 V 11.98 V
Amperage Use (cooling) 3.72 A 3.89 A 2.30 A 4.91 A 5.37 A
Minutes to Cool (according to display) 80 min 16 min 52 min 145 min 158 min
Hours to Cool (measured) 9.5 hrs 5.5 hrs 16 hrs 8 hrs 4.7 hrs
Maximum Temperature Achieved (F) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Temperature Accuracy (diff btwn display and actual) +/- 3.8ºF +/- 3.0ºF +/- 2.5ºF +/- 1.6ºF +/- 5.8ºF
Weight 34 lb 46.4 lb 47.8 lb 54.6 lb 49.8 lb
Claimed Capacity (volume) 51.1 L
54 quarts
46 L
48.6 quarts
32 L
34 quarts
42.5 L
45 quarts
47.3 L
50 quarts
Measured Capacity (volume) 49.1 L
51.8 quarts
54.2 L
51.3 quarts
27.5 L
29 quarts
42.4 L
40.1 quarts
50.2 L
47.5 quarts
Capacity (cans) 72 cans 86 cans 38 cans 58 cans 72 cans
Method of Cooling 12V compressor 12V compressor 12V compressor 12V compressor 12V compressor
Advertised Achievable Temperature Range (F) -4ºF to 50ºF -8ºF to 50ºF 0ºF to 50ºF -8ºF to 50ºF 0ºF to 50ºF
Acceptable Ambient Temperature Range (F) 50ºF to 109ºF 61ºF to 109ºF
(min temp cannot be reached is >90ºF)
Not specified 41ºF to 90ºF
(max setting if >90ºF)
61ºF to 109ºF
(min temp cannot be reached if >90ºF)
Exterior Dimensions (D x W x H) 21" x 27.5" x 14" 17.9" x 28.5" x 18.5" 14.25" x 28" x 15.7" 17.25" x 25" x 20" 15" x 28" x 17"
Interior Dimensions (D x W x H) 10.4" x 12.75"/6.4" x 17.25"/10.6" 13.2" x 13.5"/7.25" x 14.2"/6.25" 15.25" x 10.75" x 10.25" 11.25" x 11"/7.25" x 15"/7.25" 11.2" x 13.3"/6" x 15.8"/8.1"
DC Cord Length (feet) 7' 9.75" 6' 3" 9' 6.5" 9' 6" 6'
AC Cord Length (feet) 6' 4.25" (AC adapter only)
14' 7" (DC and AC adapter)
6' 3" 5' 8" 6' 2" 6' 3" (AC cord)
8' 9" (AC adapter only)
15' 3" (DC and AC adapter)
Comes With DC cord, DC to AC adapter and cord AC cord, DC cord AC cord, DC cord, extra fuse AC cord, DC cord AC cord, DC cord, DC to AC adapter and cord
Features Eco power-saving function, internal light WiFi app, internal light, C/F display, USB port, adjust display brightness, drain/plug, removable adapter collar on DC cord, emergency switch for control panel failure Removable lid, internal light, C/F display Displays battery level, drain/plug Optional mounting, internal light, removable adapter collar on DC cord, secure cord attachment on back, C/F display, drain/plug
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