Last week we picked up a Kalamera 25qt Portable Fridge/Freezer to use for our longer camping trips and overland excursions. It’s significantly cheaper than other brands such as ARB and Dometic ($800-$1,500), so I’m curious to see how it holds up. Oh, and I got it on an Amazon Lightning Deal at $189.99!
Price Check: Around $279 at Amazon (currently has a $30 off coupon)
Testing the Kalamera 25-Quart Portable Refrigerator
I’ll be running it through some tests in the garage and outside in the sun before our first trip. My intent is to keep it plugged into the bed outlet of my Toyota Tacoma pickup when traveling, and then hopefully running it off my 12v deep-cycle RV battery or even our little Jackery 160 power station. Both of which we keep topped off a Renogy 100 watt solar panel. This portable car fridge can also run off the cigarette lighter in the car! Or in our case, the camper.
How we intend to use the Kalamera portable fridge for camping
Ever since we acquired our Livin’ Lite Quicksilver pop up camper a few months ago we’ve realized we can now stay out camping longer and more comfortably. Our recent 5 day trip to Lake Jennings was successful, with the only snag we hit was our RTIC rotomolded cooler failing us by day four. Granted, it was warm and exposed to the sun a few times. That cooler has been great to us on our typical 3-day camping trips, just used to store our cold food items. But by the fourth day we had to add some ice — which I despise for our food cooler.
So the hope is that this Kalamera portable refrigerator will be our solution for food storage on 3+day camping trips. Of course, we’ll stick to our Igloo and Coleman coolers for beer and drinks.
Stay tuned for our real-world review of this 25-quart camping/car fridge.
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