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  • Ease of Use
    4.0 (1)
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Lyall

Lyall

  • 2 reviews

Very good and well priced fridge freezer

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Bought mine back early 2017 and I must say its been very good since and no problems. I've had it in some very hot Qld weather and seems to run at -2 or-3 degrees without problem eventhough its using more power, drinks are still icy! It came with the insulated cover and I purchased extra warranty from tentworld. Overall I love it. I use it about every 6 months, If I was in the market for another fridge it would be great to have a dual zone fridge freezer.

Purchased in April 2021 for A$700.00.



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Mark S

Mark SSydney

  • 17 reviews

Excelent Fridge/Freezer

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I've only had it a year but has worked well each time we've used it. It does what it's designed to do and keeps food cool/frozen depending on the temperature you choose. No complaints and if you are in the market for a fridge can say I'm happy with mine and recommend you consider this unit.



The only issue I can think of is that the lid feels a bit wobbly when you open/close the unit. This is because with a removable lid the hinges aren't very tight. That's a small issue in the scheme of things and I can once again recommend this unit with a five star rating.

Date PurchasedFeb 2018
NeilKC

NeilKCMetropolitan Adelaide, SA

  • 4 reviews

16 Years old and still running

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What a great fridge, never had an issue with it.
In the 16 years I have owned it it may have been turned off for 3 months in total.
"It has been every were man".
My missus broke the handle lock once, brought one from WA (Broome) on the net, they have all the spares.
Never had a cover for it, it just keeps going and going.
I have three other fridges, two Engels and a Lumix.
The Engels are over 35 years old and do short cycle a bit but still run well..

Date PurchasedNov 2002
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ignas

ignasSydney

  • 3 reviews
  • 2 likes

Most Waeco's are fine. Engels also breakdown but not as often.

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Date PurchasedJan 2010
AY A

AY AAU

  • 6 reviews
  • 1 like

Dometic Waeco CF-40

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For the price what you get is OK. A CFX model is obvioulsy much better and nearly double the price.
I can live with fluctuating temps as we only use as a drinks fridge and use an Opposite Lock for the food.
It does a great job for the drinks. I probably would not use it to keep my food in but I havent tried it in freezer mode as yet though.



Date PurchasedSep 2017
Dannii.B

Dannii.B

  • 6 reviews

Perfect addition to my camping equipment.

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This was the best thing I purchased to travel oz with,it kept all my food and drinks nice and cold when crossing from coast to coast and camping out on the Nullarbor.
A great design,easy to use controls and with the insulated bag you can’t go wrong.
Fits enough food for a family of 4 for 4 days.



Date PurchasedSep 2017

disappointing

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I bought this unit 1 week ago, I use this in a motor-home. The temperature is erratic. The outside temperature is 31 degrees C. I set it to work at 2 degrees centigrade, but it hovers between + 7 to - 7. I will return the unit to the store where I bought it. I cant understand why it drops to minus 7 degrees C. It is easy to transport; I stored bread, butter, and some fruit in the unit

Date PurchasedDec 2017
Chippa

ChippaSouth East Queensland, QLD

  • 2 reviews

Has been worth it

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I bought my Waeco cf-40 back in 2007, it's still running, probably not as efficient as it use to but still does the job. It has had its problems though but I have managed not too have spend money on it. I now have to sort the pins out on the top board to lower the temperature and I've also had to unscrew both boards off their mountings to have it kepp going which suggest weakness or stress across the board. For the money is definitely by another, still might need too for another 10 years of I can keep this one going.

Date PurchasedFeb 2007

I don't know what's going on

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Our "green light" is orange and our temperature is going from -0.4, -0.3, -0.2, -0.1 than back up again and than it changes from -0.4 to -0.3
We use it a lot for drinks and camping and this only happened two weeks ago when the "green light" was orange again.

What's going on?

Date PurchasedDec 2013
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popo

popoGreater Melbourne (Inner), VIC

  • 10 reviews

Take a long time to cool

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It was set at freezer mode -15c. Overnight is around -7c. Another day then it is -15c. Put it in the car with the engine off. It run for 3hours before cut off. The car can still be start. If you run it in fridge mode it probably double the duration. The cut off threshold was set to high. The battery at that time is 12.03v.

Date PurchasedMar 2017
Tim

Tim

  • 3 reviews

Really good and efficient.

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I use this fridge in my van running off a 130 amp hour battery and it seems to run forever. Because I have a solar charging system I never need to turn the fridge off. It is almost silent and doesn't seem to pump out too much heat. The only fault is the removable lid comes off a little too easily.

Date PurchasedAug 2016

Waeco CF 40 - lemon

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Have had my CF 40 for approximately 10 years. When it is working it cools things effectively. However, in the last 3 years I have spent the price of a new one on repairs - both upper and lower circuit boards packed up. It has been used sparingly and stored properly during that time. With that and the inconvenience of 2 x 3hour round trips each time to have it repaired I will never buy another Waeco. Good luck if you do!

Littlejc

LittlejcSouthern and Hills, SA

  • 2 reviews

Keeps Going

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I have had my cf40 for ten years plus running all the time in the back of the cruiser the only time it stops is if the car has not been used for some days and the battery runs down. The only problem is the display is not working any more but all other functions work fine.

Kate B

Kate B

  • 2 reviews
  • 1 like

A fabulous fridge that works in all conditions!

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We have owned our CF40 for about four years and are just about to buy a second as needs have increased. It has performed well in all conditions - freezing cold up in the high country to stinking hot in the bush. It is comparatively light and inexpensive compared to the competition and, touch wood, ours hasn't missed a beat.

Ripped off

Ripped off

  • 4 reviews

not happy either

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I can live without my Waeco CF40

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I have had my Waeco for 5 years, one month after my warranty run out the thermostat packed in . Cost me $165.00 to get it fixed.
One and half years later the thermostat broke again Waeco didn't want to about it unless I paid for it again.

Ozwitch

OzwitchWodonga

  • 14 reviews
  • 13 likes

Most efficient fridge in the 40 to 50 litre range for me

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My Waeco CF-40 is ten years old this week. Still going gangbusters and hasn't missed a beat in all the road trips we've done over the decade. It's amazing. I run it with my second battery, on 3 green lights only, any more and stuff starts to freeze. Very well insulated, and packs in all the necessities like milk, marg, fresh veggies, meat etc with ease. I once put an entire goat in it (chopped of course) but that was a bit too much load for the fridge. If I had refrigerated the goat first it would have been fine. Oh well, lesson learned.

One day I'll have to buy a new one and it will be the same fridge as long as Waeco continue to make it.

phred

phredsydney

  • 11 reviews

Initial Impressions of the Waeco CF-40

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I've only had this unit for about 3 weeks but so far it does what it should and the build quality is sturdy and generally excellent. The unit is really well insulated. As for efficiency it is too early to tell as it is still winter; the real test will come in summer.
Easy to set up and use. Well built
Only a minor point - the green "power on" light is a bit dim.

Ian B03

Ian B03Benalla

  • 3 reviews

Waeco CF-40 works well

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Had some initial issues with my power connection which caused the fridge to "error" out. But once I got a more positive power connection didn't have any problems. Can freeze contents if you set it too low. I think the digital temp gauge is out by about 4 degrees but this doesn't affect its performance. Have had it 2+ years now. Love the built in battery protection. Power usage is pretty good even in hot weather in a stationary wagon.
Built in battery protection. Low power use. Cools quickly from a warm start. Quiet operation.
Digital temp gauge is a bit out.

Excellent

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Excellent Fridge!!!!! Love it. We bought it for a long trip across the Nullabore and now leave it in the Wagon permanently. We have small kids and we couldn't live without it now!!! Great price and great buy.
Although made of plastic it is very sturdy and probably lighter than the other brands which are suppose to be much better. Cheaper in price and worth every cent.
Criticised for being plastic but I think this should be one of the pros as its much lighter but still very strong!!! Cigarette plug could be stronger and some sort of locking mechanism for the plugs would be great, however, it has never come lose!!!

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Questions & Answers

Adam

Adamasked

CF-40 (41 L)

Runs on 12v fine but when I plug the 240v plug in nothing no lights and won’t turn on..please help

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Brendonnnn

Brendonnnnasked

CF-40 (41 L)

My temperature setting keeps reverting to -22 every time the power is switched off(12 volt and 240 volt).
Why is this so

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rjmonri

rjmonriasked

CF-40 (41 L)

If you connect both the 240v AC cord and the 12v DC cord simultaneously, can the waeco work out which voltage to use or is that too much to ask of it. If the 240v AC was then turned off, would the fridge automatically switch to 12v DC? and vica versa, would the fridge automatically switch to 240v AC if the 12v DC was turned off?
Richard

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ZaphodReviewer
ZaphodReviewer

Good question. I would also like to know the answer to this one.

Kezza J.
Kezza J.

I believe and according to the manual, the fridge has an intergrated power supply with priority circuit for connecting to an AC voltage. The priority circuit automatically switches the fridge to power supply operation once connected to AC even if the DC connection is still attached. (connect and disconnect being the operative words here)
I would think it goes without saying that it will automatically go back to just 12V DC once the AC is disconnected. I couldn't tell you whether there would be any difference between the meaning of turning off versus actually disconnecting.

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