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Alpicour K25 25 Liter Portable Car Fridge Freezer Reviews Ratings
Alpicour K25 is the best car refrigerator. It’s the perfect size for most vehicles and has plenty of storage space. Cooling performance is excellent, much better than you can get with a thermoelectric cooling box.
- Significantly better performance than thermoelectric cooling
I recently reviewed the Jackery Solar Station 1000 and wanted to use it in real life scenarios beyond keeping my laptop and phone charged while using it.
I’m not particularly outdoorsy or a camper, but my mother recently bought a canal boat and actually lives there. Inevitably, I end up spending a lot of time on it too.
As healthy and fit as life is, I still love beer, and being stuck in a canal boat with my family inevitably leads to heavy drinking. I used to use a Lifewit 30L (50 cans) soft cooler bag. This is a great passive cool bag.
But with the Jackery Solar Station 1000, I decided to take things to the next level with the Alpicool K25 25 Liter Portable Car Fridge.
Thermoelectric Cooler vs Compressor Car Refrigerator
There are so many options on Amazon that it can be a little confusing. Active cooling includes thermoelectric cool boxes or portable car refrigerators. If you don’t know the difference, try and explain in this section.
The first obvious difference is the price. Thermoelectric cooler boxes can be purchased for under £100, while compressor-based car refrigerators are typically over £200, with the Alpicool K25 at £255.
These car refrigerators are literally just refrigerators, but they may have some bonus features like app control. They have compressors that use a cooling gas (also called refrigerant) to transfer heat from inside the unit to outside the unit.
Thermoelectric coolers use the Peltier effect for cooling. In this effect, an electric current flows through two metals that are joined together. The sides are made of different materials to create a heat flux and allow heat to flow from one side to the other.
A thermoelectric cooler sounds like a great option. They are cheaper, have smaller cooling mechanisms than compressors, are much quieter than compressors, consume less power, and contain no refrigerants.
However, thermoelectric cooling is not as powerful as compressor cooling. This is related to both the overall capacity of the cooler and the temperature at which the contents are lowered. Thermoelectric cooling performance also declines in warmer climates, with most coolers advertising their cooling capacity as a drop in temperature relative to the ambient temperature. For example, the 45L Berg Cool Box shows a cooling capacity of 16°C below ambient. Good news, but if it’s 30°C outside, I don’t want to drink a 14°C beer. The cooling in these boxes is designed to compensate for the passive insulation that traditional cool boxes have, so ice blocks should also be used to improve performance.
Compressor coolers allow you to set a temperature and it will cool to that temperature regardless. The downside of this is that it uses more power.
For me it’s worth it. On the main day we tested the Alpicour K25, it was 30°C outside and we drank cold beer at 2°C all day.
Features of Alpicour K25
- Alpicour K25 is refrigerator When freezer.
- fast cooling time: Cools down to 0°C in 30 minutes.
- LCD panel with temperature display.
- 3-level car battery protection system to prevent your car battery from running dry.
- Anti-vibration design that protects the refrigerator and its contents while driving.
- Digital control panel with electronic temperature control.
- High efficiency LG Compressor With adjustable ECO and MAX modes.
- Mobile application Bluetooth remote control refrigerator temperature (iOS / Android). Bluetooth 5.0 version, signal range up to 20m.
Alpicour K25 Specifications
- Capacity: 25L
- Temperature adjustment range: -20°C to +20°C
- Cooling mode: MAX (rapid cooling) and ECO (energy saving)
- Power input:
- Outlet charger 220VAC: 1
- Compressor brand: LG
- Power consumption: rated power 60W; actual value depends on ambient and internal temperature.
- Noise level: <45dB
- Refrigerator dimensions: 585 x 335 x 350mm
- Weight: 10.2kg
Mobile apps are useful, but rarely necessary. It’s probably a little easier to control the functions of the refrigerator. You can adjust the temperature of the left and right, switch to eco mode, and set the power usage.
in use and capacity
When I got my Alpicour K25, I plugged it directly into the Jackery, filled it with beer, and set the temperature to 2°C. This probably wasn’t the wisest idea, I should have done some initial cooling via the mains before switching over to the Jackery.
Jackery started at 64% and saw a power draw of around 40W. It may have jumped a little more than this. When I first turned it on, the temperature in the refrigerator was 31°C. The temperature then dropped rapidly to about 7°C, from which point the cooling seemed to slow down, so monitoring was stopped.
The next morning (approximately 18 hours), the refrigerator was apparently reaching and maintaining target temperature, with Jackery dropping from 64% to 16%. This is a pretty big drop, but the compressor had to run all the time to reach the target temperature. Once that temperature is reached, the cooling cycles so it uses very little power during the off-cycle and is around 40W when the compressor is on again.
In addition, since the weight is 10.2 kg, it is not trivial. By comparison, a cheap thermoelectric cooling box of similar capacity weighs about 4 kg, and my passive cooling bag weighs only 1 kg.
This capacity is nice. I’ve only used it for beer so this is the only context I can provide 330mm cans he can double layer. The officially claimed capacity is 44x330ml Coca-Cola or 22x550ml beverage bottles. This is mostly correct.
There was also a 440ml can, but you can squeeze a 330ml can on top of this. This means I squeezed 12x440ml cans and his 25x330ml cans. Enough alcohol for a day on the boat with my mother.
Pricing and alternative options
I paid £255 for the Alpicool K25 on Amazon, which at the time of writing has been discounted to £220.05.
There are also various other models such as:
- Alpicour G22 (22L) – £232
- Alpicour K18 (18L) – £223
- Alpicourt T60 (60L) – £310.19
Prices increase proportionally with capacity. Obviously, most of the cost of these machines is the compressor itself. As much as it’s tempting to choose the largest possible, portability should be considered. I think the Alpicour K25 is as big as I would like it to be.
Alpicour seems to be the best brand and the price is not significantly higher than competing options.
The Dellonda 15L Portable Car Fridge is £175 and the 36L DL13 model is £260.
The 22L AstroAI Car Fridge is priced at £230.
There is also an unnamed MCD15S 15L car refrigerator for £170.
You’ll notice that Alpicool seems to have the best reviews on Amazon for all their boxes. From our experience with the Alpicour K25, we know why.
It basically just did what a refrigerator should do. It consistently kept my beer at a chilly 2°C.
The size is just right for me too. Fits easily in a Corsa. If it was any bigger, it would have had trouble fitting into the bow of the boat her sister was sitting on.
One possible drawback is that it may improve general portability. It has two carry handles on the sides and requires the use of both hands to carry it. It gets pretty heavy when you put beer in it. Larger units have wheels and can be rolled.
As a matter of fact, my Lifewit 30L Cooler Bag is considerably smaller for a similar capacity and keeps contents colder for longer, making it worth considering over a refrigerator.
Last Updated 2022-09-03 / Affiliate Links / Image from Amazon Product Advertising API