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I made the mistake of buying TWO!
I purchased two very power hungry Waeco CF50's with intention of running one as fridge and the other in freezer mode supposedly to save on ice purchases, to run in the rear of my dual cab with canopy. I have dedicated and correct wiring connected by Anderson Plug direct to my Thumper Extreme 110Amp/H with additional Thumper 44 Amp/H connected to the Extreme and all charged by vehicle when running..this has proved inadequate and both fridges quickly run down this battery set-up when not driving/independent camping. Don't believe the fiction abou...t claimed miserly.86Amp/H poer usage. The Extreme has a digital power draw display which shows actual draw of my CF50..on basic cooling is MINIMUM draw of 4.6Amp/H which increases considerably if set to freezing....in independent camping it rapidly depletes both battery set ups, and I am forced after only few days to resort to my 120W solar or Generator connected to 3 stage charger 10,000mA. to keep them running. Also when the Thermister goes Kaputt,which it will, due to apparent built in obsolence and income generator for recommended Waeco repairers, and your CF50 will only freeze and not cool and you first find out when it blows all your bottles stored inside as it unexpectedly freezes..Being just out of Warranty of course...I took to recommended repairer on our trip after Waeco 'helpline' said it would invariably be the 'Thermister'...I dropped it off and told repairer it was the Thermister..one week later while I'm waiting in this Town... he rings and says its the ""THERMISTER"" Dur!..and while it costs $20 odd for the part/Thermister, its obviously a well worn ruse and revenue raiser, that it costs $200 to insert...Dur!...and you get asked to pay for the quote to add to the absurdity...took the thing to the local tip, and bought an Engel..now have one of each until the Thermister goes on the remaining one...Waeco after sales repair service is poor...and when I rang them about my experience they recommended ANOTHER repairer.....I should have bought Engel in first place..
Worst mistake buying this "fridge". After years of trouble, turns out a fifty cent polyfuse upgrade is needed. Google search and you will see numerous others with the same problem.
This is a good little fridge provided it is powered correctly
I was given one of these units because the owner complained that it only operated properly when the vehicle's alternator was charging the battery, or the battery was fully charged. This is because the Waeco CF-18 was designed as a car fridge and will only operate when the battery voltage is above 12VDC. When the battery drops to 12V under load (battery static voltage may still be above 12.5V), the fridge will shut off to prevent further discharge of the battery ensuring it still has the capacity to start the vehicles engine, This problem can b...e overcome to some extent by the inclusion of a dc power supply that will maintain a constant 13VDC despite various loads causing input voltage fluctuations. Will also work okay when connected to a good deep cycle battery and solar panels.
not happy either
Same problem with my cf60 and no one wants to fix it . It came with a spare thermostat factory installed so they know it doesnt work yet they sell it to customers knowing this . I use my Waeco as a beer fridge now with a ten dollar timer on 240 volt thats all its good for . Looking at an engel now am also worried they might give me the same trouble .
Love our Waeco's
We bought our first CF50 at about 2004.
Following our first use, the fridge sat in our garage for about 3 years until we prepared it for a 2 month trip to the Cape.
We ran it as a freezer for 1 month and then as a fridge, in the car in the heat and the unit kept our food perfectly cold.
We were so happy with it we bought another CF50 which has the digital, I much prefer the old fridge though, a few basic lights and very simple.
They are only used occasionally, so are stored, run and stored again.
On a 31 degree day, I connected our old CF...
I can live without my Waeco CF40
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.
It shuts down running on 12 volt where car is turned off run s well when car running or on 240 v very good
Most efficient fridge in the 40 to 50 litre range for me
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.
WAECO, you owe me.
Had an engel for 20 years, we, suffered the poor insulation, it was the model that was built as a 30 Lt and had a base extention to 40, so, the cooling element did not go to the bottom of fridge, big mistake, said, I wont do that again. Bought the waco for round Aus trip. It would not fire up first time I turned it on! took it to local repair man who said, put it in the queue! Told me the problem is in the buttons where they use a foam pellet instead of a return spring! solution, throw away buttons and use a match stick, It worked OK until I s...topped checking it, then it always let me down! Would not cool under 11 degrees while traveling! The repair people around Aus cant understand my anger as it can always be fixed under warranty. But, like Toyota, and Cooper tyers, it is always my fault. Working in remote WA (where WA people would not dream of buying a localy made waeco fridge) I travelled 2500 Ks and spent over $2000 getting waco fixed over 2 months. Do you get what you pay for? Would risk buying a National Lunar if this waco did not owe me so much. PS After all the repairs it still does not work on 240 volts, the "MAN" in Newman WA said "Oh" you wanted that too?!!
Initial Impressions of the Waeco CF-40
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.
Great Design rleliability and Service Seems to be a Problem
Purchased the fridge 3 years ago. Every now and again contents were not as cold as hey should be. Finally caught the compressor trying but unable to start. Dropped it off at the local agents who told me problem is not unusual. The agents have had it for two weeks and still not fixed. I am glad I wasn't travelling as I would have had to buy a new fridge
It is light. The digital thermistat and temperature gauge are nice features . It is also very quiet which in this case was a disadvantage. If it was noisier I may have heard the compressor trying to start
Length of time for the repair
Do not waste money on Waeco CF-18
Purchased unit from on line supplier, their service was very good. Unit would not stay cold, service centre found no problem with the unit, twice. Still would not stay cold, hot beer is never good! Eventually refunded money after much communication with service centre/Waeco head office/ supplier. Waeco blamed the car dual battery, have a 45 litre engel firdge that runs on the same battery and never had a problem.
Did not stay cold. Very bad customer service from Waeco and their service agent.
Waste of money and Waeco has the worst customer service.
I purchased this CF-18 Waeco fridge with the Waeco RAPS36 portable battery. The unit failed on our first camping trip. Fridge would run well when connected to lighter outlet when driving, but compressor would fail within 30 mins of being plugged in the portable battery overnight and during stops. Upon return from this first trip, contacted Waeco and Anaconda (where we purchased both units) and were declined a refund or exchange for faulty unit. Instead, we were devised to bring the units to a Waeco authorised repair centre. We did so, and withi...n a few weeks got the units back, where we were advised that the compressor in the fridge was faulty, and it was replaced. We then went on another longer camping trip in the Outback. The fridge and battery worked well for the total of 24 hours, then same problem again. Working fine when car running, not on the battery. Pretty useless!! When we came back, called Waeco again, advised that they won't refund, to go back to the repair centre again, and they told us that only a few service calls within a couple of months wasn't enough for them to grant a replacement (that says a lot about the quality of their products, looks like they fail a lot). Sent it back to the repair centre, they kept the unit for a couple of months! and then returned it, saying that it was the battery that was faulty! So both the battery and the compressor of the fridge were faulty! Got the unit back, ran it once, and now again, the same problem. Fridge does not run more than 30 mins when connected to a fully charged battery!! Both Waeco items were faulty, and they can't even repair them! Waeco has the worse customer service, they are rude and unhelpful. avoid them! Purchase another brand that doe not have their manufacturing done in China. This was an expensive purchase, and very disappointing. Back to square 1, with 2 faulty units... Unit Failed on first use, repaired twice, did not fix the problems. Waeco has very bad customer service, very bad product.
Waeco CF-40 works well
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 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!!!
i think i picked the wrong service agent but considering its age(3-4years)and little use and service issues im having why would you buy another one.
it was ok when it was working.
the fact that it wont work,the fact had to pay $110 to service agent for aquote.the fact have had no service for three weeks,went in person to be told dont know whats wrong (display says er 2)im working on quite a few waecos out the back.the fact that waeco in wa does not have its own genuine repairer.
When we looked at up grading our 32Ltr Engel to around a 40Ltr we looked at a 50Ltr Waeco (as price is an issue for me). After using a CF50 and a friends experience we brought the Engel MT45F this is why. The fridge has many problem to show them self there is a Poly fuse issue where the unit draw more than the fuse is rated to and there are a lot that blew no power no go. Also the lids are useless if the lid is exsposed to heat or direct sun light it will deform. What is most anoying is the way that Waeco handel warranties. also they are a very...thirsty unit on power consumption, when looking in the catalogue it said power draw of .86 amps an hour. running as a fridge I have been unable to get our friends anywhere near that mark. For a more accurate rate we found out the unit uses 3.75 amps per hour normal and 8 amps with the Turbo on (the new modle has auto turbo pitty if your saving battery power.). If you don't believe that turn one over and look at the plate on the bottom. Normally things come in 3's so now the control pad problem has been sorted hopefully the bugs will be iron out for this unit but I woun't hold my breath. It's one of the cheaper portable fridges on the market and you get what you pay for. build quality and reliability and after sales service from waeco, and it's thirst for power.
Battery is only good for a days shopping trip in the big smoke, lucky my vehicle has a properly wired plug to run the fridge on the way to town. You would need a 130 watt solar panel to charge the gel battery and an additional one is $304 and it's only 36 amp hour [20 hrs]. That's it. I researched deep cycle batteries and I can get good quality unit [100 amp hour] for $280, and a 130 watt solar panel is $1030, so $1310 will give me a good fridge that can be operated by 2 batteries and a solar panel. Of course I could sell it a buy a Honda generator.
It was a gift.
Came with a battery and cover, battery is only good for a weekend jaunt.
11 yrs on - if only all the other s..t was as reliable !
Ok this fridge has probably been the most predictable part of our lives in the last 11 yrs. You put stuff in and it keeps it cold. What more do you want ? We have just purchased a brand vehicle (our first one ever) and my wife won't let me throw this unit in with the old car as part of the package. It has never run the battery down and i have always had a cold beer.
Beer is cold
Sometimes, because technology has passed it by, (not sure what each dot represents on temp scale) beer is too cold - is this possible ?
Overall, a very good fridge and we are happy with it. We have had it for 18 months so far and it has been really good. We go off road quite a bit, and it has handled that well. Would probably go for the dual zone next time so that we can have a fridge and freezer at the same time.
Good price for the size. Same footprint as the 40L engel but with an extra 9L of space inside. Came with a cover. Handy dairy section.
Can be hard to get to stuff down the bottom as the fridge is so deep. Seems to use quite a bit of power, which can be annoying when you are on generator, battery or solar power. Have some trouble with the lid not clicking in properly, so we have to be careful and check it regularly.
Questions & Answers
My cf50 keeps blowing fuses. On ac and the outlet in my Ute on dc. Checked the fuse in the plug seems ok but anything else I need to check ?
my cover lid latch does not seem to work. Fridge OK when stationary but lid does not lock down. Looks to me like latch spring has been put on backwards as the lid latch pushes back out when let go. Anyone got this same problem
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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