Solar Powered Refrigerators

If you have a remote cabin or rural dwelling that you only visit periodically, a solar powered refrigerator may be just the thing for you. Solar powered refrigerators or solar powered fridges operate on 12 volts DC which is the same as a car battery. Your home refrigerator operates on 120 volts AC. Visit our other blog post for a good description of DC vs. AC.

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Solar Powered Refrigerator Capacity

It comes as no surprise that these solar powered fridge is smaller than what you’re normally used to . A typical residential refrigerator is 18 cubic feet. These solar powered refrigerators range from 1.8 cubic feet to 8.0 cubic feet.

These solar powered refrigerators are better insulated than a typical residential home refrigerator. The sizes shown below are typical.

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1.8 Cubic Foot – Solar Powered Refrigerator (24.5″ x 27.5″ x 36.5″)

This is the size of the smaller dorm type of refrigerator. The larger dorm refrigerators like you see in hotels are typically 3 cubic feet. There is typically room for a gallon of milk, eggs, and other items that you may want to refrigerate for a short time.

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5.8 Cubic Foot – Solar Powered Refrigerator (30″ x 40″ x 37″)

This is the midsized refrigerator and is about 2 times the size of the larger dorm refrigerators like you see in hotels which are typically 3 cubic feet. This would be a good choice if you’re staying in your cabin for a week or more.

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8.0 Cubic Foot – Solar Powered Refrigerator (30″ x 50″ x 37″)

This is a slightly larger midsized refrigerator and is about 2 times the size of the larger dorm refrigerators like you see in hotels which are typically 3 cubic feet. This would be a good choice if you’re staying in your cabin for a week or more.

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Assembling a Solar Powered Refrigerator

All these solar powered refrigerators listed above require some additional parts. You will need a solar panel, a battery and a charge controller. These parts can be found at the following links:

The solar panel and charge controller can be purchased together as an 85W kit here - 85W Solar Panel & Charge Controller Kit

or they can be purchased separately

I’m partial to the Universal Power Group batteries. Here is a link to their 110W battery (about $240).

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 A Cheaper Solar Powered Refrigerator

Another option is to use an existing refrigerator. You’ll need to supply power to the standard refrigerator using 120V AC. To do this, you’ll need an inverter to convert the DC power (battery) to AC power (outlet). Remember that you’ll loose some power during the conversion and these refrigerators may not be as efficient so you’ll probably need a larger battery, solar panel, and controller.

Hopefully, this has been an informative article for you. If you have any suggestions, please let me know so I can include it. Now you should be set to get a solar powered refrigerator.

 

 

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