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Compare Engel 12-Volt Fridge Freezer Technical Information

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The Swing Compressor motor and pump used to power the Engel Portable Fridge-Freezer was developed about 40 years ago. Having only one moving part, it is the only compressor of its type in the world. The Swing compressor is internationally patented and considered the most reliable compressor in the world today. It is the reason the Engel name is world renown for reliability in 12-Volt refrigeration with over 3 million units sold worldwide.

Engel Fridge Freezers are Light weight, offering low power consumption. Their durability and consistent reliability have made Engel the world's premier brand for mobile refrigeration. They are used in Trucks, RVs, airplanes, cars, small and large boats, remote cabins, and anywhere else that has a 12-Volt or 24 volt power source, including solar panels and wind generators. Engel is also used by professional Emergency Response teams to keep life saving drugs cool or IV fluids warm, as well as field biologists and researchers for quick freezing field samples. The Engel can also be powered from standard 120 volt household current.

Engel refrigerator freezers are trusted for their great reliability, superb performance, tough construction, and longevity. Many Engel owners testify to stories of car rollovers and collisions, units dropping off trucks and still performing. Thousands of units, some built in the 1960s are still operating today keeping food and drinks cold or frozen throughout Australia.

This Engel is the best Portable Fridge Freezer in world and is used by many government departments, small and large couriers and trucking companies, health organizations, and food and beverage companies all over the world.


Detailed Diagram of the Engel 12 Volt Fridge Freezer Swing Compressor

The Swing Compressor

The Swing Compressor is an electro-dynamic reciprocating device that connects directly to the piston of the compressor. It is a true reciprocating compressor with only one moving part. The piston is connected to an electro dynamic device which is powered by the use of magnetic fields. There is no need for bearings, cranks or con-rods, with this technology. Less moving parts literally means less chance of failure. Because the Swing compressor has only one moving part there is a very low friction loss.  i.e. This is a highly efficient compressor.

The compressor 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, thereby needing much more current to start.

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 dirt roads without losing efficiency.  See Diagrams to the right.
 

Advantages of a Engel Refrigerator Freezer:

  • ROCK SOLID ENGINEERING: Unlike most companies that continually procure parts from many sources, the Sawafuji Electric Co. Ltd alone has produced and improved the Engel Swing Compressor over many years. With only one moving part and no need for bearings, cranks or con-rods, the fatality rate is lowed significantly.
  • BUILT WITH A PURPOSE: Engel's swing motor is purpose built to with stand shock and vibration.
  • Operation Angle: The Engel compressor is suspended in between shock absorbent springs, giving it the ability to operate at up to a 30° angle and on rough corrugated tracks without losing efficiency.
  • TRI-VOLTAGE: Your Engel will run on 12-Volt dc, 24 Volt dc and 120 Volt dc.
  • AUTOMATIC AC/DC CHANGEOVER: All Engel Fridge Freezers can be plugged into both AC and DC at the same time. The Engel is smart enough to use the AC while available and then automatically switch to DC when the AC is no longer working. It will also sense the resumption of AC power and automatically switch back to AC making it ideal for high hurricane areas and places where power disruption is common.
  • ADAPTIVE TO POWER SOURCES: The Engel is capability of being able to run from a quality AC generator or from a Solar Panel through a battery.
  • TRUSTED: Engel is a Trusted Name all over the world for their great reliability, tough construction, superb performance and longevity.
  • HIGHLY EFFICIENT COMPRESSOR: With only one moving part, there is very low loss do to friction.  That means excellent efficiency.
  • NO HIGH STARTUP CURRENT: On startup the Engel does not have to make a complete cycle. 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.
  • CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT: 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.

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Engel 12-Volt Fridge Freezer Comparison Chart

Engel 12-Volt Fridge Freezer Model MD14 EMS MHD13F MT17 MT27 MT35 MR040 MT45 MT60 MT60-Combi MT80
Power consumption * (12.8 Volts DC) 0.9 - 3.9 Amps 2.8 Amps 0.5 - 2.5 Amps 0.5 - 2.5 Amps 0.7 - 2.5 Amps 0.7 - 2.5 Amps 0.7 - 2.5 Amps 1.0 - 3.6 Amps 1.0 - 3.6 Amps 1.0-3.6 Amps
Volume 15 Quarts 14 Quarts 16 Quarts 22 Quarts 34 Quarts 40 Quarts 43 Quarts 64 Quarts Fridge 34 Qts Freeze 26.5 Qts 84 Quarts
Volume Equivalent in 12 oz. Cans 21 Cans 21 Cans 24 Cans 30 Cans 54 Cans 58 Cans 60 Cans 107 Cans Fridge 54 Cans Freeze 36 Cans 118 Cans
Weight 23.5 lbs. 24.5 lbs. 35 lbs. 35.3 lbs. 46.3 lbs. 48 lbs. 52.8 lbs. 68.3 lbs. 75 lbs. 86 lbs.
Inside Dimensions 13.75" x 7.5" x 7.5" 13.75" x 7.5" x 7.5" 11.5" x 8" x 10" 13.6"x7.9" x11.4" 15.4" x 10.8 x 12.4" 14.5" x 10.5" x 14.4" 15.4" x 10.8 x 16.4" 20.1" x 14.9 x 12.4" Fridge 15.3" x 9.8" x 12.4"
Freeze 15.3 x 7.8 x 12.4"
20.1" x 14.9" x 16.7"
Outside Dimensions 17" x 11" x 14.5" 17.5" x 11.25" x 14.5" 21.2" x 12" x 14.2" 21.2"x12"x 18.2" 25.5" x 14.3" x 16" 25" x 15.5" x 18.5" 25.5" x 14.3" x 20" 31.1" x 19.3" x 17.4" 31.1" x 19.3" x 17.4" 31.1" x 19.3" x 21.7"
Freezing Ability
Temp Range*
From 45°F to 0°F 0°F to 113°F
Constant
From 45°F to 0°F From 45°F to 0°F From 45°F to 0°F From 45°F to 0°F From 45°F to 0°F From 45°F to 0°F From 45°F to 0°F From 45°F to 0°F
Temperature Control Variable Thermostat Digital LED Variable Thermostat Variable Thermostat Variable Thermostat Variable Thermostat Variable Thermostat Variable Thermostat Variable Thermostat Variable Thermostat
Exterior Material ABS Plastic ABS Plastic ABS Plastic ABS Plastic Powder Coated Steel ABS Plastic Powder Coated Steel Powder Coated Steel Powder Coated Steel Powder Coated Steel
Available Colors 2 Tone Gray 2 Tone Gray 2 Tone Gray 2 Tone Gray 2 Tone Gray 2 Tone Gray with Red Band 2 Tone Gray 2 Tone Gray 2 Tone Gray 2 Tone Gray
Refrigerant Gas CFC free -134A CFC free -134A CFC free -134A CFC free -134A CFC free -134A CFC free -134A CFC free -134A CFC free -134A CFC free -134A CFC free -134A
Input rating DC12V - 3.9A DC12V - 2.8A
DC12V - 2.7A
DC12V - 2.7A DC12V - 2.7A DC12V - 4.1A DC12V - 4.1A DC12V - 4.1A
12-Volt Power Lead 9' Detachable 9' Detachable 9' Detachable 9' Detachable 9' Detachable 9' Detachable 9' Detachable 5' Hard Wired 5' Hard Wired 5' Hard Wired
Warranty 1 Year 2 Year 2 Year 2 Year 2 Year 2 Year 2 Year 2 Year 2 Year 2 Year
Shipping Dimensions 20"x14" x17" 20"x14" x17" 24"x15" x16" 14" x 23" x19" 29" x 17"  x19" 29" x 17"  x23" 29" x 17"  x23" 36" x 24"  x20" 36" x 24"  x20" 36" x 24" x 26"
Shipping Weight 27 Lbs. 29 Lbs. 39 Lbs. 41 Lbs. 59 Lbs. 61 Lbs. 66 Lbs. 82 Lbs. Plus Pallet 90 Lbs. Plus Pallet 97 Lb.s Plus Pallet
Also Acts as a Warmer NO YES NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO

* Refrigerator Setting (Minimum) - Freezer Setting (Maximum Running Continuously) - Chart Does not include Built-Ins


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