It's a Whynter 45 qt freezer or fridge, not both, that is very efficient and will auto switch from 12v to 120v with 12v priority.
I like the newest Dometics and ARB's but this one because of it exterior size and it's lid swing, and especially the location of it''s controls and vents exactly fit my requirements....I will see eventually how reliable it is, but for now it is en route.
The reason I am posting this is to describe how it will integrate with my newest additional RV 400 watt solar system.....This unit will be powered directly off my house batteries for 12V, and will be powered off whichever inverter is powering my house A/C distro with 12V priority as long as house batts are above whichever minimum voltage limit I select....The maker has some really good info on it's requirements when on solar, and it looks like I won't much feel it on the 400 watt system....But we will see.
Well, anyway...there it is......And by golly I love Home Depot 10x better than Amazon!....HD is really ramping up it's game and Bezos needs to pay attention.
Ok, fridge/freezer arrived an hour ago...It's been plugged in for 30 minutes to 120V A/C thru my kilowatt meter. Oh, with a hot case of beer stuffed in it.
Now HERE is the good part!....After 30 minutes the box temp has dropped to 42 degrees F, not the beer but the box temp...It started at 70 Degrees F....With set point at 35 degrees F...
So, the compressor is still running...AND the kilowatt meter shows it is only drawing .68 amps @ 48 watts! WOW!, THat is just what I hoped for!
Update: Ok, 3 hours and 20 minutes later....The box is at 35 degrees F, And the beer is at 35 degrees F And the fridge is at idle....it is drawing 2.4 watts @ .06 amps, with KW totaler reading .12 KW used over 3 hours and 20 minutes.
I'll leave fridge shut and check it again 24 hours after first energized and get a 24Hr total on KW draw....No problem there is another case of beer in my main fridge.
So far this sucker is looking like the best selection of many available JUST FOR MY USES. It exactly fits my budget, my available footprint, my solar including batteries, it's control and vent locations, and the way the lid swings...Yes, so far I am VERY pleased with my selection.
But to play it safe to make things painless if it proves unreliable, I purchased also the Home Depot large appliance 5 year warranty along with the fridge....I almost NEVER buy extended warranties, but in this case it looks like really good coverage and super easy swap out from any home depot the next 5 years totally free.
So, before any of you jump in with comparisons of other RV friges, PLEASE stop and remember THE PURPOSE of my thread was ONLY to reveal MY TEST results of this particular unit. I posted this to help folks looking for an RV fridge to see the real world operating load if THIS unit while on 120V A/C....
Follow up testing will determine loads off battery when operating D/C.
This fridge/freezer is a 45 qt/40ish litre unit....it cost $511 delivered...It will reliably freeze stuff at as low as -8 degrees F, and do so very quickly and efficiently on a minimum of solar power...It will hold 3 cases of beer cans at 34 degrees or even at 28 degrees if you like ice on the surface of your beer.
Yes, after several days of burn in and testing I really like it and will recommend it...YES, totally...It is an energy using cheap slut satisfied with just scraps...Scraps of energy...Scraps.
I will not hesitate to dump several hundred bucks of prime steak in it and rely on it to offer them up a month from now to my grill way way way out in the desert..Way way out there.