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4X4 ICE CUBE FRIDGE The problem with fridges is that you become quickly reliant upon them, and your average-sized 40-50L fridge quickly becomes too small. But as we’ve found from our last few trips, the 65L dual zone is right on the money, especially with the separated fridge and freezer. Because after a while, if you’re on a budget and you’re travelling for an extended period of time, having a freezer becomes a cost-saver. The Ironman 4X4 65L Icecube uses the same compressor as some other well-known dual compartment fridges, and shares roughly the same design. However, it does this at nearly half the price point ($1199) and even includes a fridge jacket to keep it better insulated. I was a bit surprised when I found out the price, because Ironman 4X4 could really be selling this for more money. You adjust the fridge by way of the built-in digital panel, which tells you the current interior temperature of each compartment, along with what you’ve set it to. In addition, there’s a three setting low voltage battery cutoff built in (which actually works), and the option to turn up the compressor to cool things down quicker. It’s really handy if you’re throwing a warm carton of beer in, and you absolutely need to have it cool down as fast as possible, though it does use more energy.
The build quality is good, but don’t expect perfection at this price. For example, the latches seem a bit ordinary, but they do their job just fine and don’t come undone on even the roughest tracks. And the seals on the inside seem like they could be a bit more substantial, but then again, we’ve found this fridge to be quite efficient, so maybe I’m just crazy. Granted, my testing period has been almost exclusively during autumn, so temperatures haven’t been extreme, but it runs on my auxiliary battery for a day or two without worry, and what more do you really need?
I’m impressed. I think Ironman 4X4 has finally struck the balance between price, performance, and quality. It’s a solid fridge and it has all of the features you’ll find on fridges twice the price, yet on the inside it has the same compressor (which is the big focus) as the big boys. Not to mention for $1190, it comes with a insulation bag of good quality. I’m sold, and it’ll be staying in Snoopy for the long haul, so stay tuned for a long-term review. IRONMAN 4X4 1300 731 137 www.ironman4x4.com
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