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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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New Vitrifrigo SLIM150 Fridge Freezer 12V & 24V

Vitrifrigo SLIM150

For sometime we have been asked for a dedicated fridge freezer for the larger panel van conversions.  People were asking us for a compact fridge freezer with more volume, better internal storage and access and a good sized freezer for distance touring. It is great to know that Vitrifrigo are listening to their customers as they introduce the new Vitrifrigo SLIM150 which ticks all these boxes and more.

Key Features of the Vitrifrigo SLIM150

With 144 litres fridge capacity plus 16 litres of freezer capcity the Vitrifrigo SLIM150 was designed for the larger panel van conversions i.e. VW Crafter, Mercedes Sprinter, Citroën Relay, Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato. At just 400mm wide and 450mm deep (front to back including the doors( the SLIM150 also has an angled top and base to fit the curvature of the vehicle roof and floor of the vehicle.  This means the fridge freezer can fit close to the internal side of the van allowing you to give a wider space infront of the fridge.  To further maximise the volume of the Vitrifrigo SLIM150 the compressor is separate to the cabinet, supplied pre-charged with couplings, allowing it to be remotely mounted and then connected to the cabinet once installed.

Compact Dimensions of the Vitrifrigo SLIM150

Vitrifrigo SLIM150 Dimensions

 

The main fridge with internal freezer compartment sits above a drawer fridge below. The fridge has an internal LED light, two ‘lock in’ shelves with fiddle upstands (plus the dividing shelf between the fridge and drawer below).  The 16 litre insulated internal freezer box is 3 star rated.  The drawer internals are manufactured in stainless steel with heavy duty stainless steel runners. The internal height of the drawer is 365mm making it ideal for storage of large drinks bottles.  The SLIM150 doors use Vitrifrigo’s innovative AIRLOCK catch system and both doors have a vent position to prevent unpleasant odors when the fridge is turned off.

The Vitrifrigo SLIM150 is controlled by an LED thermostat, with a graduated light to show how cold the temperature is set. It also has a fast chill boost setting to bring the fridge freezer down to temperature quicker and a night mode when the compressor is switched to its economy mode and the noise is minimised.  The Vitrifrigo SLIM150 is powered with a BD50 12/24 volt  compressor, which can be easily upgraded to 12/24V and 110/240V.

Available from stock the new SLIM150 retails for £1433.82 ex VAT and delivery

Finding the Vitrifrigo spare part you want

Use our new exploded drawings (with part numbers) to find the Vitrifrigo spare part you require.

To find your Vitrifrigo spare part, go to the product page for the fridge or freezer that you are looking to find a spare part for.  At the bottom of the page you will find the exploded diagram under downloads. Simply click the link to download and open the PDF exploded diagram.

Vitrifrigo exploded diagram

Identify the number of the part you wish to purchase then find the stock code and description in the information list (see below). Once you have the part number for the item you require, enter it into the search box at the top of the Penguinfrigo website.

Vitrifrigo spare partsPlease Note: It may be necessary to scroll down to the bottom of the list of information displayed to find your part number details.

Click on the part number to display the product details and price for ordering.

If you can’t find the part on our website, please email us at [email protected] with the part number of the Vitrifrigo spare part you are looking for and we will get back to you with the price and lead time.

 

Updated Frigoboat and Climma Pricing

Due to the ongoing increases in supply chain costs we have had to increase Frigoboat and Climma prices effective on all future orders from 6th March Vitrifrigo prices remain unchanged :)