Rated 4.8 out of 5 by 16
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by RJ Great!
Where have these been all my life! Just got back from a three week road trip with the Whynter FM-62DZ and I am very pleased with it. Kept ice cream and ice frozen the whole time, even with the battery saver cut out shutting it off in the middle of the night. I set this to the middle setting and bought a battery booster just in case, but never needed it. Granted we were in Canada and not Arizona, but if you're traveling all day and get an early start or have access to AC at night you'll be golden. I'll never go back to coolers again.
August 21, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Pebbledropper All Okay so far
Too soon to rate unit. Looks good and works. Will have to see how it responds to trails.
August 16, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MexiDan Two weeks in and good
Picked up the unit about two weeks ago, dropped it into my small truck camper and have been running on solar and land lines solid since then. Seems to work well. I think it could use some additional insulation to make it more efficient but if does a nice job. Especially like the fact that the two compartments can be run at separate temps and that it drops strait to AC when you plug into the land line. If the compressor lasts it's a steal compared to Engels. I have been told that there is really only one compressor manufacturer for all of these types of coolers but no idea if it is true. Great not to have melting ice to deal with any longer.
June 14, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by slowwheelin works great
It's holding up just fine on the top bunk going down the road. I keep it plugged into the converter with the DC plugged in as a backup when making coffee. It keeps my ice cream frozen and the rest of the food cold unlike the refrigerator installed on the truck.
August 2, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Rollergirl404b Excellent product
Holds enough food for several weeks for my Daughter while She is out on the road in Her tractor trailer
February 23, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by VideoGuy Does what is advertised. Great!
This machine works great. Dual compartments are super handy. I keep mine at 9 and 39 degrees. I also bought the infrared-reflector lined cover, which came in the advertised grey color and is put together quite well.
If you use an extension cord for the 12VDC outlet in your car or RV, be sure it's heavy duty. A lightweight extension will show enough voltage on the cooler's display, but may not support the initial surge current that the compressor requires to start up. This has happened in my Honda CR-V, which has a convenient rear 12V outlet, but the wiring that feeds it is not heavy gauge.
Solution? Use a heavier extension, or start the car to boost voltage to the fridge, or fire up the fridge on AC power. My experience is that once the unit has cooled down, it's perfectly happy running off a battery, even with the lightweight wiring in the CR-V. For car camping, this unit is excellent.
Yes, an Engel is even more energy efficient, but as always, you pay... To me, this unit occupies a sweet spot in the marketplace. Does what people need, affordable (compared to RV refrigerators) and noticeably less to buy than the Swiss unit.
As others have said, hold onto your packaging, even if it means breaking down the boxes and hiding it all somewhere. Whynter pays freight both ways for 60 days if anything fails, and after that, you don't want to pay a crating charge if you have to ship it. Mine is working flawlessly after a few weeks, so hopefully I won't have to ship it - ever.
January 19, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DK Nice design for refrigerator and freezer
Easy to operate and cools to set temps in less than an hour, when empty. Not sure about energy efficiency until we are able to use it in 12 volt battery mode. Seems to run quietly.
January 12, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Gpa Very good product
The D.C power cord is only 4' long. makes it difficult to power in a pickup truck unless you run additional wiring from the battery to the back of the truck with the DC adapter.
December 8, 2015