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Old 09-05-2003, 07:41 AM
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I have a norcold portable frig and when I turn it on, I can easily hear the compressor start running. It begins to cool pretty quick. I just bought a dometic ADSORPTION portable frig and the thing doesn't make a sound. I can feel the warth coming off the cooling unit so it seems like it's running. It gets plenty cold, but not as quick as my norcold. Anyone know the difference in these two units? Is one more efficient than the other????
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OK... the adsorption doesn't have any moving parts, explains why it's so quiet... will last forever.... Now, how efficient is it compared to the compressor type??? I would think very much more efficient, anyone have any insight?? It's also lighter weight...
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On your first post I thought it was one with solid state cooling..but this one looks interesting on a side note.If the ammonia leaks you will be the first to know.
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Yeah, it's not the solid state.. I wanted something that will freeze, this unit comes with an ice cube tray. And it runs on propane, whereas my norcold doesn't....
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Gas fridges have been around for a while.it should be durable as there are no moving parts.
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I really didn't need another one, but it was on ebay and I thought it was a great price. I love having the norcold in the rear seat of my truck... great for long trips or when we're out shopping and pick up something that we know we won't get home before it will thaw. I'm going to see how it fits in the boat... I want to understand the power consumption on the unit compared to my norcold... I do know the norcold uses a lot of battery power....
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Not sure about the power consuption of this unit but I know the one in my Formula I left on for a week once by accident and it was still going 7 days later.

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have a Dometic in the OSO rig and it is supposed to be a great unit from the research I did. Called them to ask technical questions and they were very helpful http://www.dometic.com . Ours runs on electric or propane, when in propane mode it takes longer to cool but is very efficient and costs pennies to operate.
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I've tried to call dometic several times using the 1 800 number they provide in the users manual. This number is just for obtaining a number to a dometic rep in my region. Each time, it says they are buys and I get put on hold for ever... never actually got a real person yet...
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I would think that the compressor type is the most effiecient. Because if it wasn't then we would all have the absorption type in our houses instead of the compresor type. Their used to be absorption type central air conditioners and they ran on natural gas but they were VERY ineffiecient.
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