A Look at the Best Compressors Running your Portable Camping Fridge

When you’re researching which camping fridge to buy, you need to get right down to the nitty-gritty. That means taking a good look at the camping fridge compressors.

The compressor is the heart of the fridge, so invest in a good one and your fridge will be running smoothly for many years to come.

We’ve got the lowdown on the best camping fridge compressors in the market:

  1. Sawafuji Swing Motor

If there’s one compressor known to last, it’s the Sawafuji Swing Motor. Why? Because they keep it simple. This slick piece of gear only has one moving part. And as any engineer knows, the smaller the number of moving parts, the better. After all, it only takes one moving part to fail for the whole compressor to break down.

In the Sawafuji Swing Motor, the piston is connected to an electro-dynamic device, which is powered using magnetic fields. No cranks, con-rods or bearings. Simply one moving part, a very low friction loss and a highly efficient camping fridge compressor.

Find this compressor in Engel portable camping fridges.

Engel MT-V60FC 57 Litre Combi Fridge Freezer

  1. Dometic Waeco Compressor

Meet the newest and most technologically advanced camping fridge compressors on the market. The Dometic Waeco variable speed compressor boasts unrivalled cooling power. Why do we love it? This compressor has the ability to change the speed at which it runs depending on its conditions. Most portable fridges on the market have set speeds, however the Dometic compressor can run at any speed.. 50%, 100%, 78% whatever is required!

All you have to do is set your desired temperature and the fridge will determine what speed the compressor needs to run at!

So, how does it work?

It relies on a refrigerant that changes from liquid to gas in the evaporator. This evaporation process extracts heat from the interior of the cooling unit, causing the temperature to drop. The compressor then draws in the refrigerant, compresses it and passes it on to the condenser. From here, the absorbed heat is released into the atmosphere. The refrigerant liquefies and flows back to the evaporator, where the cycle begins again. The result is an exceptional cooling performance, so much so that it’s capable of deep-freezing items even at extreme ambient temperatures! This compressor is found in the entire Dometic CFX3 portable fridge freezer range!

Australia’s current favourite camping fridge is fitted with this Dometic Waeco Compressor: The Dometic CFX3 95DZ Portable Dual Zone Fridge & Freezer 94 Litre!

Dometic CFX3 95DZ Portable Dual Zone Fridge & Freezer 94 Litre
  1. SECOP Compressors

Previously known as Danfoss, SECOP is one of the founding fathers of modern compressor technology, going back to the 1950s. There’s a lot to like about SECOP camping fridge compressors. This “universal” compressor will typically allow a fridge to get down to 55 degrees below the ambient temperature. Perfect if you’re travelling around the hotter parts of Australia. They are also incredibly reliable and because they are very commonplace, they are well known by fridge repair/service agents.

Find this compressor in Evakool, Bushman, National Luna, Dobinsons, Ironman, Camec and ARB. (Dometic previously used Secop compressors before developing its own).

Camping Fridge Compressors - Bushman
The Bushman Portable Expandable Fridge 35L-52L features the SECOP Fridge Compressor

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S Reynolds

Steve Reynolds, Power Product Expert at mygenerator.com.au is a small engine specialist with particular expertise in Generators, Water Pumps, Pressure Washers and other Outdoor Power Equipment products. Outside of work; an avid caravan enthusiast who enjoys time on the road and has gained years of familiarity with Caravan & Camping products also. A passion for power products used for work, home and leisure!

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