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Whynter FM-45G: Tested Model For Tasty Food


This fridge looks really serious - the minimalistic design and grey colour represent its high quality and well-thought features. Let’s take a closer look at.

This portable refrigerator can work either as a fridge or as a freezer, so you can set the right temperature within the -6°F to 50°F (-21.1°C to 10°C) range. To have the device working, you will need a standard household 110 Volt outlet or a 12 Volt power source (voltage power AC (115V/60-Hz - 0.75A) or DC (12V/24V - 4.5A/2.5A Car Lighter Socket)). Whynter FM-45G, one of the portable fridges having really good rates on Amazon.com.


 

 

Below you will find some technical details you may be interested in when choosing a portable fridge for your RV or other needs:

Dimensions:

Internal: 18.5 x 11 x 15 inches (47 x 28 x 38.1 cm);

External: 23.5 x 16.5 x 20.5 inches (59.7 x 41.91 x 52.07 cm);

Weight:

49 pounds (22.2 kg)

As to the current needed for the compressor to function, it takes 4.5 amps each time the compressor turns on.

In terms of capacity, it can hold up to 60 cans (12 oz / 355 ml). The two baskets the fridge is equipped with are one of the key advantages of the model: you can remove them and fill with food and drinks and then put them into the fridge again instead of moving the whole refrigerator to your house if you want, for example, to store your products at home during the night. Besides, the package includes a 8-feet (2.438 m) AC power cord and a 5-feet (1.52 m) DC power cord (if you need an extension, read on to see some recommendations).

The “Fast Freeze” option enables you to rapidly cool the compartment to -8°F (-22.2°C). The LEC display shows the temperature inside the fridge (no monitor the compartment conditions better, find the thermometer mentioned below - it adds more convenience).

It is recommended to have the fridge installed horizontally - it can work even if tilted at 30°.

The quiet operation and low energy consumption (no exact numbers are provided) are noted by the majority of users.

One of the drawbacks mentioned by the fridge users is the plastic hinges that are not very durable (new ones cost about $36, so handle them with care). As to other complaints, most customers who wrote negative reviews got defective items that did not work at all (which seems to happen in cases of all appliances sometimes). Besides, the door is not reversible, so think where and how you are going to use the refrigerator. Some also say it’s heavy even when empty, but it can be solved by buying a hand truck (see the list of accessories below!). Several customers also reported they replaced the cheap power plug.

The model is made in China according to U.S. UL or ETL standard, as the manufacturer puts it. It does not mean the item is bad (it can even be difficult to find a product not manufactured in PRC), just in case you would like to know.

All in all, it’s a model which is more affordable (it costs $513.99 on Amazon) than other portable fridges (like Engel, for example) and seems to be doing its job well - it freezes/cools the products inside the compartment and meets all the requirements of an average camper/driver.

To make your experience of using this Whynter fridge better, look though the list of appliances and accessories we have compiled: there are items which can add convenience and enhance the efficiency of the fridge.

 

1. Whynter Portable Fridge and Freezer Transit Bag

This transit bag is made especially for Whynter portable fridges. They come in different sizes (45/65/85 for corresponding fridges), so if you want to buy the one matching your 45 quart Whynter, choose the appropriate bag. Amazon offers this item for $65.64.

All transit bag aim at keeping the cold air within the fridge and heat out of the bag, and this one is no exception. It adds additional insulation and protects the freezer from the elements.

The bag features openings for vents and cords, as well as a pocket for carrying small accessories or cords there. You can easily access the fridge compartment, as the top part opens in no time.

It is gray, and it seems like no other colours are offered. The item is reported to be fairly tough and protects the fridge from scratches well. Good insulation helps save on energy.

Note that not all parts of the bag are waterproof, so take special care about the sections where vents are located - there are openings that do not protect the fridge. The feedback also suggests that the stitching on the bag may be the weak point.

Anyway, the insulation it provides is reported to be good, so it’s a nice addition to your brand new Whynter.

P.S. There’s one more advantage specific to this model - it is of gray colour, not black (like in the case of bigger fridges of this kind), so it will reflect more light, thus deflecting more heat.

2. RoadPro RP-203EC Extension Cord

This extension cord will come in handy if you intend to install the freezer far from the cigarette lighter socket. The item is listed on Amazon and costs $7.81 there.

To extend the basic cord, insert the male plug into the female socket. The cord length makes up 12 feet (3.66 m), which means you can use it in your truck or van or even install the fridge outside the vehicle while camping. The 15 amp capacity and 18 gauge make it a good option for using with portable refrigerators. 

3. Renogy 200 Watts Bundle Kit

If you do not want to drain power from your vehicle, there are other ways of providing your fridge with electricity. In case you have neither a battery nor an opportunity to recharge it via mains, look for a portable solar panel that is capable of powering the Whynter (and some other devices as well - just to add more convenience!).

There are plenty of panels to choose from, but there’s a model we recommend buying for each fridge. It’s Renogy 200W - a set of 2 panels which costs $324.99 on Amazon. With 200 watts it gives, it will be enough to have multiple devices and appliances running, say, you can also charge your smartphone or turn on your laptop, etc.  

Here is what the package includes:

  • 2 monocrystalline 100-watt solar panels;
  • 30A Wanderer charge controller;
  • 9in MC4 Adaptor Kit;
  • Two pairs of branch connectors.

No additional charge controllers are needed. Yet there is at least one thing the set lacks - it is a battery the panels can charge. One of the options is the Minn Kota model, but mind the battery capabilities - they must match your needs, so choose wisely.

The panel dimensions are stated below:

47 x 21.3 x 1.4 inches / 119.4 x 54,1 x 3.556 cm

 Such a size means you can install the panels anywhere you like, for instance, on top of your vehicle, or set it outside where there is enough sunshine.

The set can be extended. If you buy more panels, you can get up to 400 watts, which is a significant figure, provided the weather conditions are good.

This efficient power supply system is popular among those who love camping and is one of the most optimal solutions for portable appliances. The general feedback is really positive (with the exception of some complaints about the controller quality, so don’t forget the ‘handle with care’ device!).  

4. Camco 44033 Fridge Brace

Fridge braces are generally used in full-scale refrigerators, but since driving implies encountering various roads, it can be the case that you will need to drive roads of poor quality, thus endangering liquids you store in the fridge. A 2 pack of these braces costs $4.77.

The item is easy to use. Set the brace between the wires and turn the nut. The braces are blue, so they can be easily found and repositioned if needed. Using the braces, you can ‘build walls’ to make small compartments and prevent products from mixing. Having arranged everything in the fridge in the right order, you will be able to find the food you are looking for faster. Besides, fragile and poorly-packed products are less likely to be damaged if fixed in place with the braces.

5. Vergo S300S Hand Truck

The Vergo S300S you see is our favourite hand truck, though there are similar models that fit the purpose of carrying the fridge too. We like many aspects of this item, and the first one is the reasonable price: Amazon offers it for $35.00. Second, you can load up to 150 pounds (68 kg) on it, thus enabling you to use the hand truck not only to carry the fridge, but also when moving or working at libraries or some other places where transporting heavy things is common. Yet it is not recommended to overestimate the model, as the feedback suggests loading too much items that make up the weight close to the maximum one can lead to damaging the hand truck. All in all, it’s good for carrying the fridge and other relatively heavy objects - just don’t try carrying super-heavy boxes or sofas with it.

There are many features that make this model worth recommending. Among them are the telescopic handle, the durable frame and 5” (12.7 cm) rubber wheels which fit most surfaces (and again, rocks are not good for any wheels, so try to choose routes characterized by green lawns - it will be more pleasant both for you and for the hand truck). Steel elements add weight, so the overall weight is 8 pounds / 3.6 kg, so keep it in mind when overcoming the ladder challenge. 

The hand truck sizes are provided below:

  • Full - 39" x 16" x 14" (99.1 x 40.64 x 35.6 cm);
  • Folded - 29.75" x 15.25" x 2" (75.6 x 38.7 x 5.1 cm);
  • Nose plate - 15" x 11" (38.1 x 27.9 cm).

6. Camco 44123 Fridge Airator

Though some may think that airators take too much space which is not in abundance in portable fridges, this kind of devices are needed if you want the air to be cooled evenly in all parts of the compartment. This model is one of the best. It combines moderate price (sold by Amazon at the price of $15.92), good efficiency and features which add convenience, such as the site for charcoal filters and the on/off switch. It requires D cells to operate - the size of the batteries may be impressive, but it’s because they last quite long: a new set of D cells is capable of powering the airator for 1 month of continuous working.

Below you will find the airator dimensions:

  • 7.5 x 5.4 x 2.1 inches (19 x 13.7 x 5.3 cm)
  • The 4.8 ounces / 136 g it weighs do not make the fridge heavy.

Yet the feedback suggests one has to be careful not to break the plastic locking mechanism when replacing the batteries. Since the model is equipped with a switch (which is not present on many other devices of this kind), you are not supposed to open the section very often, so it’s not a crucial issue.

Here is a hint: if you want to get rid of odours without buying the airator, look at simple charcoal packs (like these, for instance). By the way, the Camco filters for this model are also sold separately.

7. Freezer Meter

The item is as simple as it gets. The Freezer Meter indicates whether there has been a meltdown in the fridge, so it is useful only for those who want to use their Whynter as a freezer. Actually, it’s a small container with ice and a ball. To use the Meter, follow these steps:

  1. Fill the container with water.
  2. Freeze it in the freezer.
  3. Put the red ball on top of the ice.
  4. Voila! Now you can attach it to the fridge wall.

If your dog learns how to open the freezer lid and forgets to close it after inspecting what tasty food you have hidden inside, the temperature will get higher, which will result in ice melting. The ball will get closer to the bottom, so you will be able to estimate (though very inaccurately) the time the temperature was below the required one and determine whether the period was long enough to have your meat stored in the freezer spoil.

In case power supply is not stable in your region or you need to be sure some medicines are always frozen, this item may come in handy. It looks good, costs $6.99 on Amazon and is not large (3 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches / 7.62 x 3.8 x 3.8 cm). 

One more hint: to save money, freeze a cube of ice and put it into a transparent box or a plastic bag. Now you can watch the cube changing its shape if significant changes to the temperature inside the freezer occur - for free!

8. AcuRite 00986 Refrigerator/Freezer Wireless Digital Thermometer

The Whynter has an LED temperature display, but it cannot be installed anywhere you want it to be - unlike this AcuRite thermometer, which is a favourite among many Amazon customers. Great feedback and lots of useful features make this option one of the best.

The stylish thermometer costs $23.99 and has two sensors, which means you can track temperatures in two places at a time. In case the temperature exceeds the range you set, you will hear and see a signal indicating that the conditions in the fridge compartment have changed.

The system has no wires; sensors interact with the display by means of radio signals. You can attach the sensors to the fridge either using the suction cups or the rubberized clips - no surface scratching! The display has a magnet and a keyhole, so it’s up to you to decide where you want to hang it. Take a look at this picture - it depicts the ways you can fix the sensors within the freezer.

The system reacts to temperature changes only if they persist for 15 minutes: you can take time to choose something delicious without the display triggering the visual and audible alarm.

The information the display shows covers current temperature, extreme recordings (the lowest and the highest - you can reset these if you need to), and the alarm setting.

When buying this model, keep in mind that it requires different batteries! 2 AAA batteries are needed to have the display working, and each sensor requires 2 AA lithium or alkaline batteries to function! Note the difference in the number of “A”s: three for the display, two for the sensors. Batteries are not included!

The information about the temperature updates every 3 minutes. The range within which the sensors can reach the display makes up 330” / 100 m. The frequency it uses is 433 MHz.

The reports customers publish are positive, yet some experienced troubles when installing two of these in close proximity to each other (though it’s not confirmed - others did not have such an issue).

Temperature range: from -40º to 158º F (from -40º C to 70º C).

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