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New 63qt ARB Element Fridge Review

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Chuy:
My old 50qt ARB fridge has been faithful for years, far more than the Whynter's an Engel fridges I have used. I think its time to upgrade the 50qt, its perfect for couples or small families, but I find it lacking a little space for those extra wine bottles, 12pk of Ultra Lights, bottles of apple pie delight etc. or when bringing more produce. In the past I found 65qt to be a great compromise on size and capacity. I decided to try the new Element ARB fridge since it it does not require a bag, and its suppose to be element proof/resistant. I find that the coils in any fridge accumulate a lot of dust. I also find that they are very exposed in the rear to condensation or rain. 

Old Blue Model


Initial impressions: The side walls are almost 2x as thick as a regular ARB fridge, no glue is used for the panels, and it has a nice gas strut to help open the lid when you are digging around inside with a beer in your hand. Very nifty, the rear cord panels and WiFi transmitter are also recessed.

The Cons: Its heavy, almost 25lbs more, the lift handles are recessed and suck when lifting. The display panel is also hidden, hard to see from the rear window. The old ARB tie downs are not compatible and neither is the slide out.

I will be testing it next week on a week long (FJ) Florence Junction camping trip, it will receive lots of use. Im curious how it will handle the abuse. The firdge is also shorter and wider than the rest of the ARB line-up. I kind of like that, I wont have to dig for a michelada in the morning.





Anyways here it is now, I will have more pics once wired and mounted in the mall crawler.


Thupertrooper (Victor):
Very nice can't wait ti crack a cold one out of it ;)

Chuy:

--- Quote from: Thupertrooper (Victor) on September 29, 2017, 12:06:28 PM ---Very nice can't wait ti crack a cold one out of it ;)

--- End quote ---

You bet your ass! I will have it stocked with the traditional brews.

AZGeorge:
Benefit to having spent a fair amount of time in Scotland - developed an appreciation for warm beer :) 

Chuy:
Just got back from a week long quail camp/hunting trip. The fridge did great but a couple of notes.

Battery Power: Im running a Yellow Top Optima group 27, the fridge did fine in Low Mode but in High mode would shut off and my top level beers would reach an unacceptable 45degrees. The bottom ones were still frosty with condensation on them. The outdoor temp was in the high 90's but it did cool down at night. My recommendation for this beast would be to carry a self jump pack, or go to a dual battery setup for good insurance. My cousins and friends would make the comment I want an ARB Luke warm beer out of Chuy's fridge. I guess you cant beat ice for the coldest wet beers.

Just a side note I can fit a 30pack and a weeks worth of food for breakfast lunch and dinner in it without any issues. I also made a few group dinners and breakfast for 8 people.



A friend made the comment that booze only needs to be cold when serving.

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