Can I Run my Engel Fridge on a Generator?
The only requirement needed for running your “E” or “F” series Engel Fridge – Freezer (The later Models) on a 240 volt generator is to ensure the generator you are using is A.V.R. Automatic Voltage Regulated. Please refer to your generators user manual. If it is an older generator with A.V.R., it doesn’t hurt to add an in line spike protector or surge arrestor.
Why has the digital temperature readout on my fridge gone blank?
Usually this is just the battery has gone flat. It is quite easy to change, please refer to your user manual, simply remove the lid and the Philips head screws holding the top compressor cover in place, on the MT45F-S and MT35F this includes the hinge screws. Then gently turn over the end cover and you will see on the back of the temp display a round cap, to remove turn anti clock wise with a flat screw driver bit, and you will see the battery inside, remove and replace with a new battery. Replace cap, cover and all the screws and you are done. There have been two types of battery fitted, once again please refer to your user manual or the label on the inside of your lid for battery selection, LR44, or CR2032 Fridge.
Do Engel fridges need to be perfectly flat and level when running?
Unlike other brands of portable fridges, Engel doesn’t need to be level to perform. Engel has a unique compressor that is designed to be portable, the famous Sawafuji Swing Motor (please refer to the Swing Motor link on the right) it can run up to a 30 degree angle without losing efficiency.
Do you need to unplug the 12 volt cord when plugging into 240 volt?
Not at all, the latest models (E & F Series) fridge / freezer will detect that 240 volt is now available and select it, leaving you battery alone. Same in reverse simply unplug the 240 volt lead and the fridge will switch back onto 12 volt keeping everything cold with out you needing to lift a finger.
Can my fridge be repaired by any refrigeration mechanic?
No. Only Authorized Engel Service Agents can do warranty work.
Please contact us for repair work guidance.
How cold will my Engel fridge get?
An Engel chest type fridge / freezer can be used for either a fridge or a freezer it[squote]s just a matter of adjusting the thermostat. Set to freeze number 5 on the dial it will get to approximately minus 18 degrees C
How do you plug my Engel into 24 volt?
It is recommended that you use the Engel Posi-fit connection for connection to a 24 volt system. This fitting is supplied with your 12 volt lead as standard, simply unscrew your cigar lighter fitting and this will expose the pos-fit connection two pins with a keyway to prevent incorrect polarity damage, and also has a screw on flange to prevent the fitting vibrating out. This is the best fitting for all your off road uses.
Can my old fridge be repaired by someone who is not an Authorized Engel Service Agent?
The quick answer is probably however, only Authorized Engel Service Agentshave specialized testing equipment supplied by Engel, training and access to genuine Engel parts to ensure a fast accurate diagnosis and repair. Any parts fitted by someone who is not authorized will not carry the full Engel Warranty.
How long will my fridge run on my car battery?
This is one of the most common questions we get and also the hardest to answer. There are many variables when it comes to refrigeration. It can depend on many things for example, the temperature on the day, what you have inside the fridge, how many times you open and close the lid or door, the size and charge of your battery, etc. But as a guide the 40 litre chest fridge / freezer (MT45F-S please refer to the chest category) is our most popular model the maximum current draw is only 2.5 amps on 12.8 volt, so the way you would calculate the number of hours your fridge would run on you battery is divide the number of amp / hours your battery holds by the maximum current your fridge draws and that will give you an approximate time. Keeping in mind if you only have one battery you will need this battery to start your car. This is of course worse case scenario your Engel will cycle on and off controlled by the thermostat so the current consumption would be much lower when being used as a refrigerator.
I have an old Engel can I still get parts for it?
In most cases yes we still carry many parts for the older models, in some cases we have an updated part replacement, for example replace an old B – series cooling unit with a later model E – series cooling unit with the new ozone friendly refrigerant.
I own an Engel Combi Fridge & Freezer. Can I use this unit as all fridge?
The Freezer must be maintained at or below -4 degrees Celsius to ensure the Fridge is holding +4 degrees. If you wish to use the Freezer compartment as a Fridge, you can use the Fridge compartment to store dairy products, which will be approximately 6 to 8 degrees higher than the Freezer.
What does the green mat in the bottom of my 32 / 40 litre fridge do?
The green mat distributes weight across the bottom of the cabinet, it protects the inner liner and allows air to flow beneath over the ribs in the floor, and yes with all new fridges you can remove the plastic wrapping it is shipped in.
What is special about the Engel 12 volt fuse?
The 12 volt Fuse is designed to protect your vehicles wiring harness in addition to working as a normal fuse. The thermal fuse is unique as it measures resistance. Resistance generates heat (heat and wiring don’t mix). The amount of resistance will vary depending on the length and thickness of the cable used in the installation. If the cable has too much resistance the fuse will blow, protecting your vehicle. These fuses are also directional, the arrow marked on the side of the fuse should point in the direction of the cigarete lighter socket. If you find that the fuse has blown we would suggest that you consider having your vehicles wiring tested and fitting an Engel pos-fit connection..
What type of compressor does Engel use?
Engel’s World Famous Sawafuji Swing Motor
Unique to Engel this purpose built compressor is designed to be a portable refrigeration compressor and is one of the key reasons why ENGEL is A LEGEND IN RELIABILITY.
What is the first rule in engineering?
Keep it simple!
The Sawafuji Swing Motor is a true reciprocating compressor; it has only one moving part. It doesn[squote]t get any simpler. The piston is connected to an electro dynamic device which is powered by the use of magnetic fields. With this technology there is no need for bearings, cranks or con-rods, so less moving parts means less chance of failure. With only one moving part there is a very low friction loss which means this is a highly efficient compressor.
It has no high start up current draw because when it starts up it can simply move down just a fraction then return. Then it slowly increases the distance the piston travels each stroke until it reaches a full stroke. The Sawafuji Swing Motor does not need to perform a full stroke on start up unlike many rotary type compressors that must perform a complete cycle and need much more current to start.
Because this is purpose built and designed to be a portable refrigerator compressor it has to be engineered to take the harshest of Australian and African conditions.
The Sawafuji Swing Motor is located inside the compressor casing with pins locating in rubber bushes then suspended in between shock absorbent springs. It operates at 30 degrees angles and on rough corrugated tracks without losing efficiency.
The leading brand for over 40 Years, only ENGEL portable fridge-freezers guarantee to go anywhere. Their reputation speaks for itself. ENGEL’s commitment to continuous improvement means that the ENGEL of today is the most reliable, the most efficient ever, quieter and full of features to ensure it is easier to use than ever before.