9 Mar 2021

Review: Costway 53 Quart Dual-Temperature Car Freezer/Fridge with Wheels (EP24413/24413-CYPE) (53qt/50L/50 Liters)

By |2022-02-09T21:57:29-08:00Mar 9, 2021 - Tuesday|Product Reviews, Reviews|2 Comments

Read: 15 mins. It has been nearly a year since I purchased my first 12V/110V car freezer, and since then I had reviewed and compared six of them. All were coincidentally rebranded units manufactured by Alpicool, but they lacked features I increasingly longed for: dual-temperature storage zones, transport wheels, removable wire racks, drain hole, and remote app control. The Costway 53qt car freezer was a popular, affordable choice among outdoorsy people with the additional properties I was looking for. Was it better than my favorite Foho appliances? In nearly every way, YES... Almost!

3 Aug 2020

Review: Foho 34 Quart Car Freezer/Fridge (BCD-32) (34qt/32L/32 Liters)

By |2022-02-09T22:02:48-08:00Aug 3, 2020 - Monday|Product Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Read: 14 mins. Over the past 2.5 months, I had the fortunate opportunity to test and review 3 car freezers/refrigerators that could be powered by the 12V port/battery of a car. Their energy efficiency allowed them to be powered by a battery power station and supplemented with solar panels. We came to love the Foho over the Rockpals and Domende ones, and in this review, we look at the smallest model of that product line: the 34qt Foho BCD-32. There was much to like!

17 Jul 2020

Review: Domende 54 Quart Car Freezer/Fridge (HC-50) (54qt/50L/50 Liters)

By |2022-02-09T22:03:07-08:00Jul 17, 2020 - Friday|Product Reviews, Reviews|6 Comments

Read: 11 mins. A family with two, young children was preparing for their first trip to Yosemite after having secured a visitation permit, a temporary requirement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The mother asked me how the Domende HC-50 (54 quart) car freezer compared to my Foho BCD-52. I have never heard of Domende, but there was one glaring difference: it only has one compartment. With no section divider (like the Foho), what does that mean in regards to temperature control, storage space, and flexibility? Here are my impressions.

30 Jun 2020

Review: Garmin inReach Explorer+ (vs Mini), Tips, and Subscription Plans

By |2021-09-09T23:23:57-07:00Jun 30, 2020 - Tuesday|Product Reviews, Reviews|2 Comments

Read: 14 mins. A week ago, I took my young son on his first backpacking trip into the Sierra Wilderness on a multi-day journey. Naturally, my wife was worried for our safety, and that gave me the opportunity to finally purchase something I had been eyeing for a while: an emergency GPS satellite communication device. I looked into SPOT, Garmin inReach, and various other products, but ultimately went with Garmin for its reliability and Iridium global, satellite network. How did it work for the trip? Did it send timely updates on our status and whereabouts?

29 Jun 2020

Review: Euhomy Countertop Ice Maker (26 lbs/day) IM-12AR

By |2022-03-04T15:02:57-08:00Jun 29, 2020 - Monday|Product Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Read: 5 mins. When the summer heat hits, having ice readily available is a blessing for quenching one's thirst and to cool down. Ice makers come in various shapes and sizes, and I was looking for an inexpensive, compact one for use on camping and road trips with a portable, solar-capable, battery power station. In this review, I take a look at a beautiful, red-colored ice maker from Euhomy that was recently used in 106F-degree weather during a backpacking outing and for a few days at home.

1 Jun 2020

Review: Foho 55 Quart Car Freezer/Fridge (BCD-52) (55qt/52L/52 Liters)

By |2022-02-09T21:59:24-08:00Jun 1, 2020 - Monday|Product Reviews, Reviews|0 Comments

Read: 13 mins. Did you know that there are refrigerators/freezers available that can be powered by the 12V port/battery of a car? One that could be operated with a battery power station and supplemented with solar panels? In this review, I purchased one for extended road trips, camping, and a 3-day simulated power outage, but most importantly: to surprise our children with ice cream in the middle of nowhere. How much power did it use? Was food kept frozen? I was pleasantly surprised.

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