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18 Hours Ago 10:03 AM
Donna_F
Re: Anybody Use A Portable Ice Maker?

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Originally Posted by capta View Post
I bought one a few years ago and hated it. Since they are not refrigerated or well insulated, one must decant the ice immediately or it melts pretty quickly. Then constantly adding water to keep it going was also a hassle. You must be very careful not to allow any contaminants into either side or you have dirty ice.
I'm sure if one was on shore power it would be OK, but on a generator it was way more trouble than it was worth. If you could find a well insulated one that would keep the ice frozen then it might be a good tool. Otherwise, pass.
I had this same experience. Also, it's pretty damn loud. I looked at our ice invoice at the end of last season and decided to try an ice maker. It's now sitting next to my home bar. I fire it up for Cocktail Fridays.
1 Day Ago 02:36 AM
capta
Re: Anybody Use A Portable Ice Maker?

I bought one a few years ago and hated it. Since they are not refrigerated or well insulated, one must decant the ice immediately or it melts pretty quickly. Then constantly adding water to keep it going was also a hassle. You must be very careful not to allow any contaminants into either side or you have dirty ice.
I'm sure if one was on shore power it would be OK, but on a generator it was way more trouble than it was worth. If you could find a well insulated one that would keep the ice frozen then it might be a good tool. Otherwise, pass.
1 Day Ago 11:00 PM
Cinccino
Re: Anybody Use A Portable Ice Maker?

I have one ice maker bought at Crazysales. You can take one anywhere that you have a 110 to 120V outlet. However, if you want to take them on a boat or similar, you can purchase an inexpensive power inverter. And it has a insulated storage bin and it keeps the ice cubes form melting too quickly. The capacity is big enough.
09-14-2011 04:01 AM
tomperanteau Always refreshing to see a comment that is negative, does not add anything to the subject, and attempts a back-handed insult.

I am glad that most of the people here add to the conversation as opposed to trying to hurt others. That's why I enjoy coming back here - for the nice people here.
09-14-2011 02:54 AM
celenoglu I am lucky because we sail on different seas. A generator running for hours for your ice cubes will surely disturb me.
09-14-2011 02:21 AM
tomperanteau
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Originally Posted by MacGyverRI View Post
After seeing a friends portable unit working, I bought one from EBay for $105 w/ shipping.

They cycle in 8-10 mins. after the 1st batch and 12 bullet shaped (3/4-1" or so dia.) cubes ea time. I'll use it w/ dock power mostly, but I also have a sm generator along w/ Solar and Wind w/ an inverter if out. It came in today and cycled 4 batches in 45-50 mins.


that 12 volt unit above only uses 4 amps but $ 985.00?? yikes
Might be better to buy the cheaper ice maker and use the additional money to buy extra solar panels, eh?
09-12-2011 12:11 AM
MacGyverRI After seeing a friends portable unit working, I bought one from EBay for $105 w/ shipping.

They cycle in 8-10 mins. after the 1st batch and 12 bullet shaped (3/4-1" or so dia.) cubes ea time. I'll use it w/ dock power mostly, but I also have a sm generator along w/ Solar and Wind w/ an inverter if out. It came in today and cycled 4 batches in 45-50 mins.


that 12 volt unit above only uses 4 amps but $ 985.00?? yikes
09-11-2011 11:36 PM
ctj1950 I've been thinking about getting one of these.
12 Volt Portable Ice Maker
09-11-2011 11:28 PM
joethecobbler Yes ! I've used one the last 3-4 years aboard. It works great. boaught mine onine from miniappliance dot com for 150 and power it w/ a gas generator , 1/2 hour and enough ice for the evening refreshmens for 2 , while simultaneously toppong off batteries while on the hook. If in a marina all the rage as your the most popular person during the cocktail hour ! I've also taken the portable generator ashore small islands , set up the screen tent, generator,lights ,tunes,icemaker,etc and had a great beach party.
doesn't take up alot of room,.
09-11-2011 10:05 PM
mitiempo If the gen is running for another reason why not? Its power draw is really only an issue if using an inverter and having to replenish the amps.
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