Solar Freezer: Top 5 Compact Solar-Powered AC-DC Fridge Freezers

There are many DC-powered portable fridge/freezers available and any one of them can be a solar freezer by virtue of the available solar kits to power them.  A compact solar freezer is a great asset whether you’re camping, RVing, off the beaten path, or just trying to stay off the grid.  This article takes a look at some of the more compact models that are highly portable and don’t require the huge solar investment that larger freezers would require.

What do we mean by compact?  Our definition of a compact, portable solar freezer is one that comes in at about 2.0 to 3.0 cu. ft. and is designed with features that make it very portable and durable.

Want to see other great portable freezers and refrigerators?  Be sure and read our in-depth articlesSolar Freezer Grape Solar GS-CF-2-75 Fab1 Glacier Portable Fridge/Freezer Camp View before you buy:

You don’t actually have to buy a purpose-built solar freezer to get solar capability.  You can by a DC-powered portable chest freezer and a separate solar kit and combine them to power the freezer.  In some ways this might even be more desirable because you can get the best of both devices by getting a high-quality portable freezer and a high-quality solar panel kit that you can tailor to your needs.

Solar Freezer Dometic CF-080AC110 80 Liter Portable Fridge/Freezer Open ViewIn fact, some of the portable freezers in our list are not actually built for solar operation.  They are just great DC freezers that you can add a solar kit to for the ultimate in off-grid operation.

Portable solar freezers make a great addition to a motor home, trailer, RV, camper, or tent while camping or on vacation.  This is particularly true when visiting our National Parks, National Forests, and National Monuments where it can be difficult to find a source of electric power and you may be on your own to provide your own power.

Compact indoor refrigerators and freezers are very popular for taking the burden off your main refrigerator/freezer.  See our complete posts to understand why!

Portable freezers have some features that make them ideal for powering via a solar array kit.  They are typically very energy-efficient with thicker insulation, they are chest freezers which keeps the cold in while you open the top, and they have the ability to be AC or DC-powered.


Also, just a note that none of the portable freezers in our list come with the solar power panels or controllersSolar Freezer Engel MT80-US Dual-Voltage 84 Qt Portable Fridge/Freezer Full View making that an extra, not insignificant expense if you don’t already have them.  We have added links to some portable power that you can use to keep the freezers charged.  Also, it is likely that the solar array will need to be connected to a battery pack rather than to the freezer itself directly.  Make sure you know if you need a battery pack before you buy.

Although, most of these portable freezers can also function as refrigerators, they typically can’t do both at the same time, so you most likely will be using them for one or the other.  One in our list includes separate freezer and refrigerator compartments is a nice feature.  Some comments online suggest buying two smaller units so that you can use one as a freezer and the other as a fridge.

Take a look at our list and see if one of these portable freezers is the perfect solar energy freezer for your needs!

Solar Freezer: Top 5 Compact Solar-Powered DC Fridge Freezers

#5 – Grape Solar GS-CF-2.75-Fab1 Glacier DC/AC Fridge/Freezer, 2.75 Cubic Feet

Solar Freezer Grape Solar GS-CF-2-75 Fab1 Glacier Portable Fridge/Freezer Main ViewThe only fridge/freezer in our list that actually has “solar” in their name, the Grape Solar GS-CF-2.75=Fab1 Glacier DC/AC 2.75 cu. ft. Fridge/Freezer, is solar compatible and accepts either 12V DC or 120V AC input.  Durability is important in a portable freezer and this model is built with a steel cabinet for extra durability.  Metal also adds weight, so that is something to consider.  A true DC compressor freezer, it can freeze down to 0 degrees F (-18 degrees C).  You’ll like the easy-to-read digital display and soft-touch buttons which keep you in the know and make temperature adjustment fast and accurate.  A built-in Turbo function rapidly cools the freezer to the desired temperature and the memory function returns the cooling action to your preset desired temperature after a power outage.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • 2.75 cu. ft. chest-style, portable 12V DC or 120V AC-powered refrigerator/freezerSolar Freezer Grape Solar GS-CF-2-75 Fab1 Glacier Portable Fridge/Freezer Outdoor View
  • Steel cabinet and steel lid provide extra durability
  • Cools down to 0 degrees F (-18 degrees C)
  • Extremely powerful, high-efficiency DC compressor provides worry-free performance when connected to a 12V solar kit
  • Easy-read, programmable digital LED display and soft-touch buttons make temperature control fast and accurate whether using it as a fridge or freezer
  • Turbo function rapidly cools freezer to desired temperature
  • Memory function returns the system to the desired temperature if power is interrupted
  • Two-coated organization baskets
  • Large ergonomic steel carrying handles are durable enough to be used a tie-down points
  • Solar panels necessary for solar operation are not included
  • AC and DC power cords are included and are designed to work with Grape Solar PV Kit
  • Dimensions are 20.1D x 20H x 35.9W inches and it weighs in at 59 lbs.

Pros

  • Good customer support
  • Digital temperature readout is a nice feature
  • Can freeze down to zero degrees F

Cons

  • Poor portable design
  • Thin sheet metal cabinet doesn’t look durable

Solar Freezer Grape Solar GS-cf-2-75-fab1 Glacier Portable Fridge/Freezer Review

 

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Grape Solar GS-CF-2.75-Fab1 Glacier User Manual >>>

 
 

#4 – Engel MT80-U1 Dual Voltage 84-Quart Fridge/Freezer 12V/24V/110V

Solar Freezer Engel MT80-US Dual Voltage 84 Qt Portable Fridge/Freezer Main ViewThe Engel MT80-US Dual-Voltage 84-Quart Fridge/Freezer 12V/24V/110V is Engel’s largest capacity portable fridge/freezer.  Engel has a good name in the industry for fridge/freezers and this model is one of the reasons.  It includes the highly efficient and reliable Engel Swing Motor Compressor that draws up to 40% less power (1 to 2 amps per hour) than a traditional compressor.  Great for traveling as an RV refrigerator, camping, boats, or even for your home.  Automatic switching changes power from 12/24 volts DC to 110 volts AC

Features

  • 84 Quart multi-voltage 12V/24V DC and 110V AC large capacity portable fridge/freezer
  • Rugged, heavy-duty construction features a galvanized steel outer case with melamine coating, vibration resistance, heavy-duty removable handles (with screws) and a removable lid
  • High-power, high-efficiency Engel Swing Motor Compressor draws up to 40% less power (1 to 2 amps perSolar Freezer Engel MT80-US Dual Voltage 84 Qt Portable Fridge/Freezer Open View hour) than a traditional compressor
  • Capable of include operation up to 30 degrees off level
  • Automatically switches voltage power between 12/14 volts DC to 110V AC
  • 1 – Interior wire organization basket
  • Dimensions are 31.1L x 19.3W x 21.7H inches and it weighs in at 86 lbs.
  • Includes standard AC cord with AC plug
  • DC cord does not come with car adapter but will need to have a dedicated DC connection or be hard-wired to a DC power source
  • 2-Year limited warranty

 

Also available is Engel’s Transit Bag to fit the MT80 >>>

 

 

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ALLPOWERS™ 60W 18V Foldable Sunpower Solar Panel Charger with iSolar™ Technology >>>

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#3 – Edgestar FP861 86 Quart Portable Fridge/freezer – Grey

Solar Freezer Edgestar FP861 80 Qt Fridge/Freezer Open ViewAnother large 80 Quart plus portable fridge/freezer, the Edgestar FP861 86 Quart Portable Fridge/Freezer gets high marks for its easy-to-use controls, and dual fridge/freezer sections.  This is one of the only fridge/freezers in our list that supports storing both refrigerator and freezer items at the same time and that’s more what users are looking for in a portable fridge/freezer.  It has a Fast-Freezer mode that rapidly cools down the freezer to -8 degrees F and maintains it.  The “Low” indicator lets you know when power is running low so you can switch to an alternate power source before the unit shuts down.  Known for efficiency, this Edgestar model has solid, rugged strength and heavy-duty insulation.  This outdoor refrigerator and freezer is perfect for campers, hunters, boaters, and many other outdoor or travel activities, this combination fridge/freezer will keep your food stored cold and ready to eat. Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • 86-Quart rugged, portable refrigerator and freezer
  • Separate freezer and refrigerator compartments and high-efficiency operationSolar Freezer Edgestar FP861 80 Qt Fridge/Freezer Rear View
  • Fast Freeze mode rapidly cools the freezer down to -8 degrees F and then maintains it
  • Rugged, solid strength construction and materials with heavy-duty insulation
  • Easy-to-use controls including a full-range adjustable thermostat that can chill food items between -8 and 50 degrees F
  • Side-grip comfort handles for easy transportability
  • Built-in liquid drain is perfect for manual defrosting
  • “Low” indicator warns when primary power source is running out of power so that an alternative source can be connected
  • Small and large wire storage and organization baskets
  • Includes AC and DC portable adapters for household wall sockets or vehicle power ports
  • Dimensions are 23-6/16H x 28-3/16W x 18-12/16D inches and weighs in at 66 lbs.
  • 90-days labor and 1-year parts warranties

Pros

  • Quiet and efficient operation
  • Digital temperature display adds to accuracy
  • Lightweight compared to similar units
  • Great for camping using solar power

Cons

  • Reports of a sticky lid
  • Some customer service complaints

Solar Freezer Edgestar FP861 80 Qt Fridge/Freezer Review

 

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#2 – Dometic CF-080AC110 Portable Freezer/Refrigerator Large Capacity, Gray

Solar Freezer Dometic CF-080AC110 80 Liter Portable Fridge/Freezer Full ViewDometic is one of the premier providers of portable fridge/freezers and their Dometic CF-080AC110 Portable Freezer/Refrigerator is a perfect example.  With its polymer coated metal cabinet, three-stage battery monitor with low-voltage shutoff, and lightweight design, this model is very portable and perfect for any off-road adventure.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • 85 Quart portable freezer and refrigerator with 12/24V DC and 110V AC operation is suitable for operation with solar power sources and features a reliable and efficient Danfoss compressor
  • Attractive, durable, rugged, polymer-coated metal cabinet is weather-resistant
  • Electric thermostat is capable of cooling down to 0 degrees F (-17 degrees C)
  • Quick Chill Turbo Function runs the compressor at maximum performance until the desired temperature has been reached
  • Memory feature will maintain preset settings if the system is turned off
  • Three stage battery monitor has a low voltage shut-off to protect against a dead batterySolar Freezer Dometic CF-080AC110 80 Liter Portable Fridge/Freezer Open View
  • LED readout and soft-touch buttons
  • Variable, removable lid mounts
  • Includes a coated wire grid divider to keep foods from adhering to the interior walls
  • Convenient, removable carrying handles aid in transport
  • Built-in Interior light helps quickly find contents in the dark
  • Features Dometic’s 2-Year Protection Plus Warranty

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Real freezer
  • Quiet operation
  • Reversible, removable lid is a nice feature

Cons

  • On the pricey side
  • No built in 120V connection, must by adapter separately
  • Handles don’t collapse and take up extra space
  • Heavy freezer, some buy hand trucks to maneuver it

Solar Freezer Dometic CF-080AC110 80 Liter Portable Fridge/Freezer Review

 

Grape Solar GS-100-KIT 100-Watt Solar Panel Kit >>>

Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Solar Generator Kit >>>

ALLPOWERS™ 60W 18V Foldable Sunpower Solar Panel Charger with iSolar™ Technology >>>

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Dometic CF-080AC110 Portable Freezer/Refrigerator Video

 

#1 – Whynter FM-85G 85-Quart Portable Refrigerator/Freezer, Platinum

Solar Freezer Whynter FM-85G Portable Fridge Freezer Open ViewThis Whynter Portable Fridge/Freezer features and 85-quart capacity, premium quality construction and materials, and an innovative design that will easily supports your off-grid frozen and refrigerated needs. This freezer is great for RVs, boats, campsites and fishing trips and truly portable so you can take your fridge or freezer anywhere. All you need is either a standard household 110 Volt outlet or a 12 Volt power source, like an automotive battery. Whether on a day trip or major expedition, you can easily keep your food and beverages chilled, or frozen with this benchtop freezer. The Whynter portable freezer fridge is a true freezer/refrigerator which cools between -8°F to 50°F. A cost-effective and mobile solution for your recreational and critical freezing requirements.  Here’s what you need to know.

Features

  • 85-quart portable fridge/freezer with a compressor-based cooling system and multiple voltage support including 12/24V DC and 110V AC
  • Tough and rugged outer casing is durable for long lifeSolar Freezer Whynter FM-85G Portable Fridge/Freezer Rear View
  • Insulated walls and lid keep contents cool even after power is off
  • Fast Freeze mode rapidly cools the freezer down to -6 degrees F
  • Adjustable thermostat cools to a temperature range between -6 to 50 degrees F
  • Accurate LED temperature display makes tracking temperature easy
  • Built-in power-low indicator
  • Side handles for easy transportability
  • Able to operate at angles up to 30 degrees off level
  • Two removable wire organization and storage baskets
  • Includes both 8-foot AC and 5-foot DC power cords
  • Dimensions are 28.1W x 18.25L x 23.5H inches and it weighs in at 71 lbs.
  • 1-Year warranty

Pros

  • Very efficient and reliable
  • Perfect for solar power source
  • Large and spacious
  • Quiet operation

Cons

  • Chest top opening door makes it difficult to store items on top
  • Plastic handles and hinges are common failure points
  • 2-year warranty has holes in it

Solar Freezer Whynter FM-85G Portable Fridge/Freezer Review

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Whynter FM-85G Portable Fridge/Freezer User Manual >>>

 

 

Solar Freezer Comparison Chart

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TitleWhynter FM-85G 85-Quart Portable Refrigerator/Freezer, PlatinumEdgestar 80 QT Portable Fridge/freezer - GreyGrape Solar GS-CF-2.75-Fab1 Glacier DC/AC Fridge/Freezer, 2.75 Cubic FeetEngel MT80-U1 Dual Voltage 84-Quart Fridge/Freezer 12V/24V/110VDometic (CF-080AC110) Portable Freezer/Refrigerator
FeatureCapacity: 85 Quarts or 120 Cans (12FL oz)
Operates as a refrigerator or freezer
8' AC power cord and 5' DC power cord are included
"Fast Freeze" mode rapidly cools to -8°F
LED temperature display
Storage for both fridge and freezer foods for added convenience
Temperature range: -8 F to 50 F, Fast freeze mode
Storage capacity: 83 qts, Dimensions: 23 6/16" H x 28 3/16" W x 18 12/16" D.
Power: 115 V/60 Hz/1 A/80 W
Small & large basket, Latched lid, Side handles
2.75 Cubic feet of interior space; Compact overall size to fit almost anywhere
Extremely powerful 12V DC compressor cooling system; Turbo switch for quicker cooling
Comes with DC and AC power cords; also works with optional Grape Solar PV Kit for reliable, worry-free operation anywhere
Multi-functional fridge/freezer settings and digital temperature control with LED Display
Steel Cabinet and Steel lid and large, ergonomic steel handles which can double as tie-down points
Largest model of the legendary Engel freezer/fridge product line.
Great for large loads of drinks or frozen food.
Heavy duty construction for many years of rugged service.
Automatic Voltage Selection 12V, 24V DC or 110V AC .
Galvanized Steel Outer Case with Melamine Coating.
Dometic Portable refrigerator and freezer
ModelFM-85GFP861GS-CF-2.75-Fab1Engel MT80F-U1CF-080AC110
WarrantyOne Year Limited Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer's 2-Year Warranty.N
Price$635.00$799.95$528.74$1685.00$875.75
Height23.5 inch21 inch17.7 inch19.3 inch
Weight75 pound35.3 pound52.9 pound86 pound
Width28.1 inch23 inch30.1 inch21.7 inch
Length18 inch23 inch17.9 inch31.1 inch
Rating0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars0 out of 5 stars
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