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Anyone Used a 110v Plug in Cooler for Trips?

Thinking about getting a "plug in" cooler for longer trips. MY 12GC has the 110v outlet in back, but a lot of them use the 12v lighter outlet . There is also a converted available for 12v to 110v. Any comments from users?
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It's been a few years but we had one that could either cool or heat and it worked really well as a cooler/refrigerator. Can't remember but think it might have been a igloo
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Re: Anyone Used a 110v Plug in Cooler for Trips?

Most of the portable coolers/warmers are equipped with the 12v plug plus an external transformer. Given the inverter in the Jeep is designed for somewhat low power draw devices, I'd stick with the 12v plug for the cooler/warmer. In fact, that's what I do with mine. The 120v plug is used to power/charge iDevices.
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Re: Anyone Used a 110v Plug in Cooler for Trips?

I have used a 12v cooler quite a bit, they work great. But as others have said, use the 12V outlet not the 110AC. Why convert from 12VDC to 110VAC just to come back down to 12VDC again. Besides the cooler will come with only the 12VDC cord, the 110VAC adapter would just be an extra expense.
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Re: Anyone Used a 110v Plug in Cooler for Trips?

We used the 12V coolers in all of our vehicles when our kids were very young. They worked really well.

The only thing that I recall was, the in-line fuses in the power cord would blow quite often. I would keep spares in the SUV.
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Re: Anyone Used a 110v Plug in Cooler for Trips?

I have several from one sixpack capacity to a 44 qt Igloo all work well if you start out cold but are slow to cool if not.

They pull about 4 amps at 12v so I also use a cutout that disconnects it if the voltage drops under 11v to keep from killing the battery.

The 110v Igloo converter produces more heat than power, it is very inefficient and best used either in hotel rooms or to pull things down the night before.
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Re: Anyone Used a 110v Plug in Cooler for Trips?

I have a Coleman 12VDC that uses a thermocouple and can heat or cool.

Next door neighbor has a Wagan, which is cheaper, a tad smaller, but seems to work better than mine.

I'd stick with the 12 source....

You might want to check out camping and RV supplies online and local as there are some pretty nice ones available, and you can also buy a small solar panel to stick on top of the vehicle to power it when parked to keep from a loooonnnnnng walk home.
I keep meaning to buy one of those--wonder how well it would work thru the sunroof...

You buy decent 12v - 110v convertors from Rat Shack, Bust Buy, etc. I use one for the missus laptop so she can surf whilst I am driving.
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Re: Anyone Used a 110v Plug in Cooler for Trips?

We still have a (12VDC) Koolatron cooler/warmer (switching polarity changes the unit's function) that we bought years ago and it still works great. It runs great from the 12-volt accessory socket in the cargo area, but don't leave it running for several hours without running the engine... don't ask me how I learned this.
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