Refrigerators as a Vehicle Feature

A Guide to Car Refrigerators

In recent years, car refrigerators have become a popular feature for owners of luxury vehicles. Built-in car refrigerators offer a number of different benefits to the driver. Chief among them, obviously, is that these automobile fridges keep whatever is inside of them ice cold. Vehicle fridges are great for everything from meat, ice cream, breast milk, dairy products, and soda. A guide to car refrigerators follows below.

Fridges Don’t Drain Your Battery

One of the biggest concerns for those looking to add car refrigerators to their vehicles is power consumption. Thankfully, though, car fridges do not need as much power to keep your beverages and foods cold. Most car refrigerators currently on the market use between .83 amps and 3.33 amps meaning that even the most low-end car batteries could power a vehicle fridge for over 16 hours. This 16-hour statistic assumes that your car's engine is off and the refrigerator is running constantly.

The Many Uses of Car Refrigerators

Besides their convenience, car refrigerators have a number of different uses. With a car refrigerator, trips to the grocery store are now a breeze. Unlike the past, when you had to rush home to ensure that your ice cream, meats, and frozen foods did not spoil, with a car fridge, time is now on your side. Simply place your ice cream treats, T-Bone steaks, or fish fillets into this portable cooling compartment and drive home at your own leisure.

For mothers, a car fridge is an incredibly useful vehicle feature if you are still pumping breast milk. A car fridge enables you to easily and safely store the milk that pump at home for those longer car trips or overnight hotel stops.

Additionally, car refrigerators give you another storage space for beverages, snacks, or popsicles for camping trips or outdoor parties. For example, with a car fridge, you can stash an emergency twelve-pack of soda and some meat sticks that will come in handy when your larger, more conventional coolers are running low.

A purely cosmetic benefit of built-in car fridges is that they require no ice to remain cold. Any road trip veteran will tell you that one of the most annoying things about coolers and bagged ice is that the ice will inevitably melt by the end of the trip and soak all of your food. The cooler-ice method also requires daily draining and cleanup. With the car fridge, though, ice is not required, so you do not need to worry about your bagged sandwiches sitting in a puddle of water at the end of your drive.

New Approaches to Car Refrigerators

One of my favorite recently released car refrigerators is the portable Wagan EL2577 7 Liter Personal Fridge and Warmer. The Wagan is special because it has both cooling and heating capabilities, as well as a traditional two-cup cupholder design that allows you to keep the beverage you are currently sipping on secure, even the most uneven roads.

The portable refrigerator’s capacity – the Wagan holds up to 9 cans (7 liters) of soda – is sufficient for my weekend road trips, too.