Why did I get a Kickass 75L Dual Zone Camping Fridge Freezer?
We recently moved back up to the Red Centre, in particular to Watarrka National Park, where I have returned to my former role of Park Ranger. We started using a smaller car fridge in our old Prado but we soon found that fridge just wasn’t going to cut the mustard.
Due to ongoing issues associated with Covid, and more recently flooding, re-supply of food to Alice Springs has been problematic.
I might add that we actually have two Prados, the aforementioned “old” Prado is Amanda’s 2003 model that she has had since we met. Mine, the later model 2014, is our tourer.
That aside, to save adding kilometres and kilometres to mine we have been using hers for our runs to Alice Springs to see our daughters and, importantly, to pick up our supplies.
Sure, we can and do make bush orders from Woolworths in Alice Springs and those deliveries only come fortnightly at this stage. Coupled with the issues above we have found that when we do go to town the little fridge is just not big enough to bring back the extra perishables we may need.
Forever on the lookout for good quality accessories, I saw the Christmas/New Year sales advertised online and started looking for a new fridge. Always one to research my purchases I had been reading up on the various fridges available and as to how their individual configurations might come together to solve my issue.
In this case I wanted a two door fridge and one that could be used either as a fridge/fridge or a fridge/freezer. After a couple of days of scrolling through all the sales I finally settled upon the Kickass 75L Dual Zone Camping Fridge Freezer.
As always price comes into the equation and at the online price it was selling for, plus a great 5 year warranty, it came in at the top of my list. So, the order was placed and not long after my new fridge arrived.
This fridge is big! I mean I obviously looked at the dimensions of the fridge to make sure it was going to fit in the back of the Prado but when you look at it, it is big.
With solid construction, the fridge freezer comes with a transit bag and an assortment of cables (see our unboxing vid below). It weighs in at 32kg so you’ll probably need two people to lift and move it around.
If you’re a specifications kind of person then here they are:
TOTAL VOLUME: 75 LITRES
INPUT VOLTAGE: AC 240V & DC 12V/24V
240V CONNECTION: 8A FUSE (x2 ONE INSTALLED, ONE SPARE)
12V CONNECTION: 15A FUSE (x2 ONE INSTALLED, ONE SPARE)
REFRIGERANT CHARGE: (134a) 78g
INSULATION: CYCLOPENTANE EXPANDED POLYURETHANE
REFRIGERATION CLIMATE TYPE: T
EXTERNAL DIMENSIONS INCLUDING HINGES, HANDLES AND LATCHES
INTERNAL BIN DIMENSIONS
LARGE BIN 1: 213W x 398H x 355L
LARGE BIN 2: 213W x 398H x 355L
SMALL BIN: 203W x 173H x 355L
BOTH COMPARTMENTS POWER USE AT 3°C (1.5 A/HR)
BOTH COMPARTMENTS POWER USE AT -18° (2.5 A/HR)
COMPARTMENTS POWER USE SPLIT AT 3°C / -18°C (1.7 – 2.2 A/HR)
Energy consumption is based on an ambient temperature of 32C.
The fridge in action
One of the things I like about the Kickass 75L Dual Zone Camping Fridge Freezer is that it comes with an Anderson plug connection. I’ve never liked the cigarette lighter style connections as they rattle loose or sometimes generate a lot of heat due to cable size or poor connectivity.
The supplied cables will help you get the fridge going if you only have a ciggy plug but I recommend getting an Anderson plug setup in the rear of your car or canopy.
The fridge freezer comes with a genuine Secop compressor, built-in battery protection, a recessed power input panel, 5 Year Warranty and yes, Bluetooth. By downloading the Kickass app you can operate your fridge remotely.
Just follow the procedure in the manual to connect and, oh, don’t forget to add two zeroes in front of the ID code. One day I’ll learn to follow instructions properly, or not!
The baskets inside each compartment allow you to configure storage the way you want. Stacked baskets allow you to keep things like veges higher up so they last longer and keeping frozen foods isolated in their own space keeps the temperatures more constant than regularly opened single door fridges.
The 3-stage cooling ability also enables you to lower the temps faster and then turn back to eco setting to save valuable energy if you’re going offgrid for a while. I know I always feel better once I can get down to minimal energy consumption.
Did I mention that you can also plug the fridge into 240v? Loading up your fridge prior to leaving on your trip and getting temps down using 240v will also save a lot of energy.
I can’t give you any long term evaluation at present but after I’ve used the fridge for a while I’ll get back to you with my thoughts. For now here is my review after using the fridge for just two weeks.
To be honest I don’t think I’ve found anything I don’t like yet about the dual zone fridge. If I had to pick something it would be that I’ve always wanted a fridge door stop.
Sometimes you’re parked on a slope or due to available space the fridge door just wants to close and you need it to stay open. You know the times you need three hands, two to get stuff out of the fridge and the other to hold the door open?
The only other thing I have found in this current setup is that I’m probably going to need to change over my old battery in the Prado. This will mean I’ll add a DCDC charger to make sure I’m charging the supply battery enough to keep things running.
Oh, and did I mention a fridge slide?
Kickass make them too…hmmm, perhaps more investigation is required!