Evakool DC40-DRW-AU 40 Litre Drawer Fridge/Freezer, 12/24 Volt Fridge, designed for Recreational Vehicles, with 2 Year warranty. Whether you’re camping, taking a road trip or spending the day on the beach we all want to be able to keep our food fresh and drinks ice cold. With an Evakool DC40 Fridge/Freezer in the back of your 4 wheel drive or RV, you’ll have a compact and efficient fridge to do the job.
With the unique innovative drawer system - the Evakool DC40 alleviates the requirement for a fridge slide. Just store all of your products in the drawer and slide out the draw when you need them.
This Evakool model has quickly become popular with Recreational Vehicle owners because it offers the flexibility to run the Drawer unit as either a fridge or as a freezer. Many other RV Drawer units on the market are able to run as a fridge only.
Made in Australia, assembled & commissioned locally on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Featuring a world renowned Secop compressor and highly efficient roll bond evaporator system.
So what's different between our new vs. old drawer fridge?
Evakool's new model has been updated and includes:
- Secop PBC 2.5 Compressor
- Acrylic Compartment Lids
- Interior LED Light
- 2 Year Warranty - Cabinet / Electronics
- 5 Year Warranty - Compressor
Reasons to choose the Evakool 40 Litre Drawer Fridge/Freezer
- Convert unused areas of your caravan, motorhome, or camper in to a fridge or freezer
- Ideal for the back of the 4wd - only 326mm high
- Enjoy the convenience of a fridge without the need for a slide
- Easy unrestricted access
- 40L Single Drawer - can be fridge OR freezer
- 48 can capacity der drawer
- Fully insulated powder coated cabinet
- Durable Metal Cabinet
- Evakool SECOP PBC2.5 Compressor
- Temperature Range from -16°C to 10°C
- Removable Drawer Tub for easy cleaning
- Easy to use digital controls with LED display
- Self diagnostic fault system with low voltage protection
- Easy to open and slide, secure closing mechanism
- Can be used on 240V via an adapter: Evakool Heavy Duty 240 Volt Adaptor (EP15) OR Evakool 240 Volt to 12 Volt DC Adaptor with Anderson Plug (EP12-ANDO)
- No fridge slide required!
The average power consumption of the DC40-DRW-S at 32ºC (measured over a 24 hour period) is as below:
- Set on 2ºC - 1.2 A/Hr
- Set on -16ºC - 2.4 A/Hr
Please note that power usage is dependant on various factors that include, but are not limited to: Ambinet Temperature, Required Fridge Temperature, Temperature of Fridge Contents, Compressor Speed, Ventilation of Fridge Motor Compartment.
Note: This model used to be called DC40-DRW-SA, it has now changed to DC40-DRW-AU as it is assembled in Australia.
Product Category RV Drawer Fridges
Warranty Period: 2 Years
Fridge Voltage 12 / 24 V
Product Type Drawer compressor refrigerator for recreational vehicles
Total Capacity (Litres) 40
Fridge Depth (mm) 836
Fridge Width (mm) 595
Fridge Height (mm) 326
Power consumption (DC 12V) Set on 2ºC - 1.2 A/Hr
Power consumption (DC 12V) Set on -16ºC - 2.4 A/Hr
NOTE This fridge runs on 12 or 24 volt DC power. To run the fridge from 240 Volt AC mains power, you will need use a Power Adaptor
Compressor Secop PBC2.5
Net Weight (kg) 28
Installation Refer to the Product Manual / Installation Guide for installation instructions from the manufacturer
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Great Fridge and Price Review by Ian TaylorGreat fridge, quality build. Easy to install and fitted in the 4x4 perfectly. Runs very well with low power draw.(Posted on 15 February 2023)
Awesome Fridge Review by Aaron CassarPlenty of room inside the fridge while the drawer style saves you plenty of room outside of it. Pretty impressed so far so is everyone else that has had a look at it.(Posted on 17 December 2021)
Brillant Review by Cait WaalkensHaving a draw fridge makes it easier for me to put food in without having to use a step and hold up the lid of my other fridge.(Posted on 15 August 2021)
excellent size and concept is great Review by Peter KentJust what i was looking for. I have installed it in my Work Mate, and the dimensions of the unit has allowed me place a slide out draw which both neatly fit between the wheel arches. The unit looks good, the removeable tray ,and the opening and closing of the fridge work well.(Posted on 15 August 2021)
What DC connection does the the new Evakool DC40-DRW-S 40 Litre Drawer Fridge/Freezer come with?
The new 40L Draw fridge from Evakool comes fitted with an Anderson plug as standard. This is a secure 12V connection which allows for an easier installation. Cabling and fuse guides as per the product manual should still be adhered to when connecting to your battery system.
The anderson plug does make for an easy connection to powering the fridge from a 240V source via a 240V mains power adapter:
Hi, I want to use my 90amp hour camping battery to run a portable fridge. How many hours will I get from my battery before needing to recharge? And what solar panels should I use to charge the battery?
Hi Greg, great question. It is good that you will use the solar panel to charge the battery, as opposed to running the fridge directly from the solar panel, as voltage will drop if clouds come overhead for instance. You can run the fridge direct from your solar panels if you wish, but using the battery means your refrigerator keeps running even if the voltage output of the solar panel drops severely due to cloud cover.
Presumably your 90amp hour battery is an AGM / GEL / Lead Acid type, meaning they have an approximate 'Depth of Discharge' of around 50% - so you can only use around half the capacity of the battery before you need to recharge. For Lithium batteries, you can get down to around 20% of capacity (sometimes more), however lithium batteries are more expensive. So, your battery model has around 45 hours capacity before you need to recharge. A portable camping fridge of say around 40-50 litres in size will draw approximately 0.75 amps/hr*. Meaning you will get approximately 60 hours of total run time from your battery before needing to re-charge, assuming you are running just your fridge and nothing else. Obviously different brands and models have different power draw ratings and a larger portable fridge will draw more power than a smaller model - best to check each fridge model's specifications for precise power draw data.
Now looking at solar panels and the fact you may also want some other small camping appliances as well as the fridge: A good rule of thumb to prevent inadequacies with power supply is to have a solar panel large enough to provide enough daily power to run your appliances, and have battery storage of an extra 2/3 on hand. So, if your portable fridge plus some other small camping appliances consume a total of say 30 amp-hours per day, you should have battery storage of 90 amp-hours capacity (like your battery does) and a solar panel of at least 80-100 watts or greater capacity to ensure you won't have problems. It is advised to go a little higher in specification than your needs, however. A popular solar panel size to charge your batteries to run camping fridges is around 100 to 160 watts… a quality 160 watt portable solar panel should give you around 60 amps per day of charging, assuming around 7 hours of decent sunlight.
So based on the above, a 160 watt sized panel could be a good option for your sized battery - this should give you enough daily power to comfortably run a standard sized portable fridge and some other small appliances if required. Thanks.
*Note that average power consumption data depends on things such as ambient temp, compressor speed (fridge setting), temp of contents in fridge, etc. So treat this numbers as approximation to give you a 'thereabouts' guide.
There are a few different types of Evakool portable fridge ranges - can you explain some of the main differences between them and the recommended/ideal type of use for each Evakool range?
Hi Jan, we certainly can! The below will definitely help:
Evakool Fibreglass range: These are the premium offering from Evakool and their fiberglass material mean they have exceptional insulation and will always perform very well, even in extremely hot environments. No need for an external fridge cover. They will reach desired low temperatures quicker than plastic cabinet fridges. The fiberglass material also makes them easy to clean and they will not absorb any smells - they are consequently popular for fishing requirements, among many other uses. Evakool make these models in Australia and they come with a 5 year warranty. Very popular for camping, caravan/camper trailer trips, 4WD'ing and boating. You will pay slightly more for these models, but the benefits are very compelling.
Evakool Fridgemate range: These models are built tough with an extra thick polyethylene exterior making them perfect for tradesmen, farmers, hunters etc. You can place these in the back of the ute and not worry about other objects hitting and damaging the exterior of the fridge. They are very robust. The height of the fridge’s are also designed with the height of a ute tray in mind. Popular in the bush and rural locations where the fridge may be exposed to rougher rides in the back of the ute/truck/work vehicle. This range is also made in Australia and comes with a 5 year warranty.
Evakool TMX Travelmate range: This range represents the ‘all-rounder’ of portable fridges and offers great value for money. For several hundred dollars less than other similar competitor’s models, you get a high quality portable fridge-freezer with a 5 year warranty and each model comes with an insulated fridge cover included. They are lightweight, compact (with drop down handles) and use the universal Danfoss (Secop) compressor, which is a proven compressor brand within the portable fridge industry. These fridges are used for just about everything: boating, four wheel driving, caravan/camping adventures, picnics, small events, mobile businesses etc.
Evakool TMDZ Travelmate range: This range is the newest Evakool range on the market. These fridges are a step up from the above TMX Travelmate range, in that they are Dual Zone fridge freezers and feature two seperate compartments. This meaning they can be a freezer in both compartments, a fridge in either compartment or a freezer on one side and a fridge in the other compartment...the choice is yours! These fridges still feature the Danfoss (Secop) Compressor, are made of polypropylene, Wifi enabled and are multi-voltage. All of this, plus this range features a unique lid design which enables the lid/lids to be opened from either side or removed completly, all in one action! There's no wonder these fridges rival the Dometic CFX range.
Evakool Glacier Range: This is one of Evakool’s ranges that have a lower 2 year warranty, which brings their price down and therefore they make an enticing value proposition. The majority of the Glacier models have metal cabinetry, making them tough on the exterior. Customers that will use their fridge in the back of vehicles and likely expose the fridge to being knocked about a bit will sometimes prefer a metal exterior. The metal material does make the fridge heavier, however. This range have some popular larger dual zone models, whereby the zone’s temperatures can be separately controlled to run either as a fridge or as a freezer. Often used in camper trailers as the range has sizes which fit neatly in typical camper drawer openings.
Evakool RV Range: This range is similar to the above Glacier range in that most models (the larger units) have a metal cabinet and a 2 year warranty, except the models are all single tubs. This range is suited to the budget conscious that just wants a single tub/compartment to run either entirely as a fridge, or entirely as a freezer. A simpler range than the abovementioned ranges that mostly have models with dual compartments. If you just want a single zone, no-fuss, good value portable fridge, then this range is worthy of consideration.
Our bestselling ranges from Evakool are the: Fiberglass models, the TMX Travelmates and TMDZ models, and the Glacier models.
Overall, we have no hesitation in recommending the Evakool brand: they are an Australian company who take pride in manufacturing and distributing high quality portable and upright fridges for the recreational vehicle/travel market, that have been thoroughly tested to perform in the Australian environment. Their fridges will keep your drinks cool, your food fresh and meat frozen when required. Their entire range is backed by a nationwide service agent and spare parts support network – meaning you are in safe hands for any warranty repair or spare part requirements. Cheers!
If I used this in a campervan enclosure, how much space does it require around it? Thank you.
Hi Clare, we would recommend a buffering around the perimeter of the fridge of at least 100mm when storing inside an enclosure. Many portable fridge manufacturer's will actually recommend up to around 200mm of buffering gap specifically around the fridge's vents for optimal performance.
What Solar Panel do I need to run my fridge?
The panel should be of a suitable size to meet requirements of the refrigerator and any other appliance running from the battery. Its best to use the solar panel to charge a battery, as opposed to running the fridge directly from the solar panel as voltage will drop if clouds come overhead for instance. The battery means your refrigerator keeps running even if the voltage output of the solar panel drops severely due to cloud cover. A good rule of thumb to prevent inadequacies with power supply is to have a solar panel large enough to provide enough daily power to run your refrigerator, and have battery storage of an extra 2/3 on hand. So, if your refrigerator (or any other appliance) will consume 30 amp-hours per day, you should have battery storage of 90 amp-hours capacity and a solar panel of around 80 watts or greater capacity to ensure you won't have problems. It is advised to go a little higher in specification than your needs, however. A popular solar panel size to charge your batteries to run camping fridges is around 120 - 160 watts.
Could you tell me what the measurement is from the front of the cabinet to the front of the draw is when it is open please?
Hi Brett, the drawer pulls our around 550m when fully extended.
Hi there i would just like to double check the dimensions on the unit itselfWhat is the measurement from front of unit to back of unit?I have seen the external measurements listed but wanting to double check what you guys define as length and wid
The legth of the fridge is going to be the longest side, in the case of the DC40 that is from the front to the rear.
The width is from left to right or vice versa when looking at the front of it.
The dimensions are: 830 x 590 x 325 (L x W x H)
Can the compressor unit be located away from the fridge? Thank you
The EvaKool DC40-DRW does not have a removable compressor. It is fixed to the back of the drawer unfortunately.
I was wondering if the Evakool 40L draw fridge can be stacked? I want to run two of these fridges but room would require me to stack one on top of the other. Is this possible from a mounting perspective, and will it degrade the efficiency of the units?
Hi Rex, this would be fine.
Hi , I'm would like to know if you can move the compressor from the back to the side.
Due to the way this fridge is constructed, the compressor is unable to be relocated sorry.
Hi, I want to run my evakool fridge drawer initially in my hilux ute tub, when travelling. It has a soft tonneau cover and the fridge is protected from the weather. They may be some small amount of dust entry. My question is is this fridge suitable for
Provided the fridge is not overwhelmed with dust. You also need to make certain that the fridge does not get water near any of it's electrical components.
Can you supply the internal measurements of the drawer/ actual useable space please?
The internal dimensions are as follows:
53D x 44W x 16H cm
does the power hardware supplied allow me to connect the fridge directly into my 12v battery box via Anderson or cig. or do I need to purchase separately?Thanks
This fridge will have a red and black wire on the rear side.
It does not have an Anderson, or cigarette plug.
Hi, do you sell the power adapters required to run this off mains power and if so, how much are they please?Thanks
To run these fridges from an adaptor you would need to fit a cigarette plug, or Anderson Plug.
If you do that, you can use the following adaptors:
Will these fridges be suitable for installation into our 43ft yatch and where are they made?
We do not sea any reason why this fridge could not be installed in your yacht.
The fridges are made in China.
Have they fixed the drawer slides so they extend further then past models?
Yes they have. The drawer now extends further than previous models. It extends approc 100mm further.
I'm planning to hook it up to a battery which is going to be charged by the solar panel but wanted to make sure than when I`m on the go, I can plug the fridge into a 12V car socketCan I connect this fridge to a 12v DC socket in the car? If so, what wiri
You can install this fridge with an Anderson connection as it comes with an Anderson plug on the rear.
Please refer to page 4 of the below manual for correct cable sizing.
How much does ambient temperature affect performance...We set outs to 5C but on a high temp day (say plus 30C) it takes a pmh toke shd almost constant cycling for our DC40...would an additional cooling fan help??
Ambient temerature will have an effect on performance.
Are all vents clear and allowing air to flow?
If they are, we'd suggest speaking with Evakool for further tech assistance.
You can contact them on 1300 385 665
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