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Healthy and tasty drinking water with Wave Flostream water filters

Many motorhome users carry bottled water or bulky water storage containers for their fresh drinking water rather than using the tank and tap.  This is often because water from the vehicle’s tank tastes bad, and also has the risk of containing bacteria and bugs.

Now there’s a solution with the Flostream water filter.  Simply by fitting the water filter between the water tank and the tap, the Flostream cartridge removes all major contaminants from the water including lead and other heavy metals, chlorine and chlorine by-products, cyst and other harmful bacteria. With its built-in bacteriostatic control, the Flostream will prevent any risk of micro-bacterial growth when the water filter is not in use.  The Flostream also removes limescale, helping keep taps and sinks clean.

Flostream drinking water filter

Motorhome enthusiast Malcolm Lawrence recently fitted a Flostream into his van conversion.  He said, “We now drink the water direct from our tank, no more carrying water containers, storing them or having to buy bottled water when abroad.   Additionally, it removes the anxiety about the quality of the water. The taste of the filtered water has no chemical taste whatsoever.  We even notice that when we have been away for a month, the water from the tap at home is definitely not as good.”

Flostream install example

Zeb Elliott of Penguin Refrigeration, the UK distributor for Wave International products, says the Flostream’s filter is certified to NSF 42 and 53 standards to ensure that all chlorine taste and bad odour is removed via the replaceable filter.  Depending on quantity of use, the filter only needs changing once a year and as a compact unit, can be located in an easily accessible cupboard.  “While there are other filters currently available, the Flostream is the only one in this sector certified to NSF 42 and 53 health and aesthetic standards.  It is the only filter that removes limescale as well as providing KDF inhibition and reducing heavy metals.  It’s also available in both 3,800 and 7,600 litre capacity,” says Zeb.

“Using a Flostream filter avoids the health dangers associated with drinking water from plastic bottles that contain Bisphenol A and phthalates.  Users also save money on the cost of bottled water and help the environment by reducing plastic waste,” he continues.

Costing from £70, the Flostream comes in two compact sizes.  The Flow2 is 265mm tall by 85mm diameter and delivers two litres per minute.  The larger Flostream HiFlo10 is 390mm by 110mm diameter delivers ten litres per minute.   Simple to install with twist lock head and 10mm, 12mm or 15mm push fit connections make the Flostream water filters ideal for boats, motor homes, campervans and welfare vehicles.

The Flostream drinking water filers are in stock and can be shipped out in 48 hours. See the full product spec or buy now by clicking below.

Buy Flostream Drinking Water Filters

More information about Wave International products can be found at www.waveinternational.co.uk

For more information contact Alice Driscoll, Consulting Partners, Tel +44 (0) 7971 019377 or email [email protected]  To download his resolution images of the Flostream products follow the link Download images for print

Penguin Refrigeration COVID–19 Update

12v fridge

Penguin Refrigeration Ltd remains open and able to dispatch goods and will continue to do so while our couriers are still collecting.

Our staff are working from home ensuring they are safe and we are following the Governments Stay at Home directive, so if you need technical help please email [email protected] or use the Live Chat and we will be happy to help.

Our office lines are live 8.30 -5pm Monday to Friday +44 (0)2392 453430

We have also introduced the option to Pay on Dispatch. This allows you to place an order without us taking any payment. We will then email you to confirm exactly when we can ship your order to you and once confirmed by email we will send you a pro-forma invoice for payment (no goods will be dispatched without payment first)

 

What is the most efficient 12 volt compressor fridge?

We have long maintained that Vitrifrigo fridges are the most power efficient 12 volt compressor fridges on the market so imagine how pleased we were when we found this test report from Magnum Motorhomes.

Lee at Magnum Motorhomes has been selling 12 volt compressor fridges for campervans and motorhomes for many years and understands the best way to specify and install them correctly.  One question he is continually asked is which fridge is best? Specifically, which 12 volt compressor fridge will give them the best cooling and last longest on their 12V leisure battery.

To find out Lee decided to run his own test on three of the fridges that Magnum Motorhomes sell – the Dometic CRX50, our Vitrifrigo C51i and the Chinese DC-50.  The test was simple and straightforward, running all three fridges on their maximum thermostat setting at the same time from their own fully charged 110A/H battery.  Thermometers were used to record the temperature from the middle of the fridge and the freezer compartment of each the 12V fridges and the battery voltage was checked throughout the test.

The results

12 Volt Battery consumption

The battery level on the Vitrifrigo C51i remained the highest of the three fridges tested, reaching temperature quickest it cycled on and off twice on the maximum thermostat setting with the battery condition remaining closest to 12.5V.

12 volt fridge test voltage results

Temperature performance

The Vitrifrigo C51i cooled fastest and stayed the coldest in the fridge, with the freezer compartment maintaining a temperature below -18⁰C.  The Dometic CRX50 took the longest to cool down and ran continuously the entire hour with the fridge temperature failing to get to 4⁰C, although the freezer was at -24⁰C.  The DC-50 took 48 minutes to reach temperature 4⁰C on the thermostat with the freezer at -24⁰C.  It also appeared to have the largest variation in temperature on the thermostat with the freezer temperature rising to -13.7⁰C with the fridge temperature continuing to drop to 1.2⁰C.

12 volt fridge performance results  12 Volt Freezer test performance

Conclusions

The Vitrifrigo C51i clearly outperformed in this test of 12 volt compressor fridges in both the speed and efficiency of cooling and power consumption.  It reached temperature faster, cycling on and off on the thermostat twice in the one hour test period and the condition of the battery remained higher than the other two fridges tested.

Although Dometic claim their CRX 50 is 25% more efficient, in this test by Magnum Motorhomes, the Dometic CRX proved to be less efficient in terms of both cooling time and battery draw than either the Vitrifrigo C51i or the DC-50. (if you read the small print the 25% increase in efficiency they claim is actually compared to the old Waeco CR50, which we know was a really power hungry fridge).

For more details of the super-efficient Vitrifrigo C51i 12V fridge

Click the link for the full test from Magnum Motorhomes or for details of their extensive range of campervan and motorhome parts and accessories visit their website: https://magnummotorhomes.co.uk/

New range of portable 12 volt compressor fridges from Vitrifrigo

Our brand new range of 12V & 240V portable fridge freezers are now in stock.

5 options from 15 to 65 litres the VFree range are supplied to highest specification

1. Dual voltage power as standard. Runs from 12 volt or 24 volt DC or will automatically switch to run from 110 – 240V AC if this available.

2. Accurate temperature control with digital thermostat with LED temperature display.  Working temperature range is an impressive +10C to -22C (-18C on the VF15P).

3. Battery protection function, can be activated to run the fridge only when the battery has sufficient charge.

4. A++ energy rating.

5. Excellent access as the lid can open either end and is also completely removable if required.

6. Inside there is an LED light and also a removable storage basket.

7. They even feature a USB charging point.

Check out our website for latest offers on 12v compressor fridges at Portable Fridge Freezers

VF16P 15 Litre Portable 12v compressor fridge

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3 great reasons to buy a Vitrifrigo 12 volt fridge

There has never been a better time to buy a Vitrifrigo 12 volt fridge. Competitively priced, well stocked and backed up by the best after sales service and support.

 

Vitrifrigo 12V Fridges

  1. Best for value – Prices down or frozen

Not only are all Vitrifrigo 12 volt fridges still at 2017 prices, but we have also reduced the price of two of our more popular models!
We have dropped the price of our C51i (equivalent model to the Dometic CRX50) by 5%, bring it in inline with our best selling C39i and C42l models.
We have also reduced the price of the larger C62i (CRX60 equivalent) by 6% to £595.00 ex VAT.  A great option at a great price.

12V fridge C51i(airlock)

  1. Best for stock and supply

Our stock levels have never been higher, with stock fridges normally delivered within two to three days of receipt of order.  We stock the complete Vitrifrigo range with everything from the new C25P 25 litre mini fridge through to DW360 drawer fridge freezer plus everything in between.  Also please remember that we stock the fitting frames and dual voltage options for all models.

12 volt fridges arrive

  1. Best for service and support – 3 year extended warranty

All Vitrifrigo fridges are supplied with a 2 year warranty as standard, but follow our fitting guidelines and we will extend the warranty on all parts to three years from date of invoice or handover (if supplied on a new vehicle).
At Penguin we pride ourselves on the telephone and online technical support we provide for all Vitrifrigo fridges.  Whether new and in warranty, or 10 years old we are here to help and hold extensive spares for all the fridges so even if you are refurbishing an existing fridge we can help you put it back to tip top condition.

So if you are thinking of replacing your old fridge or finally treating yourself to some home comforts onboard your boat or campervan (just think chilled wine and cold beers on the move!), then check out the Vitrifrigo range at www.penguinfrigo.co.uk/shop/category/vitrifrigo-12-24-volt-fridges/ on our website or contact the sales office on 02392 453430 for assistance.

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Flostream Drinking Water Filters for healthy drinking water on the move

An NSF certified drinking water filter that deliver great tasting healthy drinking water from your motorhome water tanks from just £59.50 inc VAT*.

 

Flowstream drinking water filter 

The unique filtration media in Flostream water filter cartridges removes all major contaminants from your water including: lead and other heavy metals, chlorine and chlorine by-products as well as cyst and other harmful bacteria and hormones .  As Flostream water filters are a point of use water filter it has built in Bacteriostatic control so there is no risk of any micro-bacterial growth when the water filter is not in use.

By using a Flowstream filter you also avoid health dangers from drinking water from plastic bottles that contain Bisphenol A and/or phthalates, both proven to be harmful to human health.  Plus you will save money on the cost of bottled water and you will help the environment by reducing the use of bottled water which produces a vast amount of plastic waste and pollution around the planet.

Supplied in two compact sizes/flow rates, the Flow2 is just 265mm tall by 85mm diameter and delivers 2 litres per minute and the slightly larger High Flow, which is 390mm by 110mm diameter and delivers 6 litres per minute.  The compact sizes and simple installation with the twist lock head with 10mm, 12mm or 15mm push fit connections make both water filters ideal for boats, motor homes, campervans and welfare vehicles.

Key Features of the Flostream Water Filters:

  • NSF 42 & 53 certified to meet health and aesthetic standards
  • Chlorine taste and odour reduction
  • Lime-scale and inhibition, anti-bacterial and reduces heavy metals
  • Cyst reduction, removes contaminants that cause health issues
  • Bacteriostatic control to inhibit microbial growth in the water system
  • Cartridge is easy connect/release with a 1/4 turn
  • Pressure range 0.7 – 8.5 bar 2-38 degrees C
  • Simple installation with 10mm push fit connections for standard 10mm flexi pipe

Install a vertical position with cartridge hanging below for easy replacement

*£59.50 is introductory offer for the FLOW2 (RRP £71.33 inc VAT)

 

Service and Support for 12 volt fridges

For help and troubleshooting advice on 12 Volt fridges check out our self help videos