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i'm looking to get a 12v fridge for the boat. something small 1.7 to 2.3 cu ft. anyone have any experience with norcold or isotherm. i'm leaning towards the isotherm due to the ASU automatic start system which is supposed to store energy when it senses excess power, such as when the engine is running. any thoughts would be appreciated.

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I can only say that I read the actual specs for both and, after some serious consideration and running real numbers, ASU made absolutely no difference to me (and the extra price did).

YMMV but run your own numbers.
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I would highly recommend you look at Engel as well. Engel and Norcold are fairly similar, since they're made by the same OEM IIRC, and both have generally been rated as tops in PS magazine tests. I have a small Engel aboard my boat and think it is an excellent unit. Most of the Engels are dual voltage, and will run off of 110 VAC or 12 VDC, with a preference to the 110 VAC if it is available.

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SD - Are you talking about a built-in or stand alone Engel unit? I have a huge top loading cooler built into my galley counter, and am fine using ice when we are on the boat, but would like something that can run off shore power during the week so I have some cold beverages available when I first arive and can leave a few other items on the boat when we aren't around.
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I have an Engel MT27 which is a portable unit, but it is permanently installed in my boat, hardwired to AC and DC systems. It is about the size of a medium cooler. The temp setting runs 0-5, and at anything above 1.25 or so, it acts mostly as a freezer. Fairly quiet, fairly low energy draw.

Looks like this, when not permanently mounted:

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Thanks, now if I could just figure out where to put it.
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btw, they make a base tray that will lock the unit in place.

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I saw that, and the insulating blanket. My issue is more of where to put it in the saloon where it won't be too intrusive. But I do like the cost much more so than for a refer conversion unit, and it could come in handy for road trips.
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Not a blonde...more a chrome dome... used that photo from a commercial website to give a good idea of the unit size.
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