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Five Best Camping Fridges For Cooler and More Refreshing Camping

Updated on October 1, 2010

Some of the most popular food choices for camping trips are canned goods and space foods but this doesn’t mean that they’re the only types of food you have to rely on when it comes to camping foods. In fact, lots of campers enjoy freshly-cooked foods with their portable camping stoves and camping ovens because camping doesn’t mean you have to limit your choice of foods just because of the absence of cold storage containers.

While some people even take the full home-cooking experience through their portable kitchens, you too can go on a camping trip with your family or friends and bringing along your portable cold storage backpacks so that at least you could stock up on food a little. Preparing fresh and warm dishes could be one of the amazing outdoor experiences you can have. However, a portable storage backpack can only accommodate few pounds of foods and refreshments so it is only ideal to bring along during one or 2 days camping.

So, if you will be staying outdoors and camp for few days, it is necessary to have a bigger cold storage container and this time a camping fridge is the most ideal equipment you should have. A camping fridge can save leftovers for the next meal because it would be critical if you would run out of food supplies while being solitary in the wilderness. You can also stock up on meat, fish and other fresh ingredients with it so you can still enjoy fresh and delicious meals while camping. Not to mention, you can easily enjoy cold water and beverages with a portable fridge.

Camping fridges are commonly brought along by camping families and big groups of people who bring camping generators because it makes camping more convenient and efficient. These little appliances will really allow you to save food as well as enjoy refreshments even during the hot summer vacation days.

Here are some very high-quality camping fridges for you to choose from to make your own camping trip a blast.

Koolatron P95 Travel Saver Cooler 45-Quart, Light Grey
Koolatron P95 Travel Saver Cooler 45-Quart, Light Grey

Koolatron P95 Travel Saver Cooler 45-Quart, Light Grey


Here’s the first one on this list and – Surprise! This isn’t just a cooler because it’s a food warmer too! With this, you can keep anything from ice cream to warm chicken soup. This portable fridge is specially designed for camping with its light weight, easy-to-carry structure and domed lid. It’s got built in handles on either side to make carrying easier. The domed lid allows for more room for food containers and bottles. This camping fridge has the capacity to chill up foods to 40 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees Celsius) and the capacity to heat up to 135 degrees Fahrenheit (57 degrees Celsius). It can also hold up to 42 liters for long hours without ice. You can plug it to any 12V cigarette-lighter for power. This one is just perfect for long road trips and camping.

4 Liter AC/DC Portable Mini Fridge Cooler Warmer (White)
4 Liter AC/DC Portable Mini Fridge Cooler Warmer (White)

4 Liter AC/DC Portable Mini Fridge Cooler Warmer (White)


Here’s another cooler-heater you’ll surely love. This one also runs on DC 12V. It includes an adapter you can plug into your car’s cigarette lighter. It has the capacity to chill up to 32 degrees Fahrenheit and heat up to 150 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s got a hot/cold/on/off-switch for easy operation. It also has red and green LED lights that indicate whether it is on a cooling or heating function. This fridge is also environment-friendly because it operates through semiconductors, free of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) and liquid refrigerants like Freon that do damage to the atmosphere and contribute to global warming. Aside from effective cooling and heating functions, this fridge also keeps food temperature well with its hinged door and locking latch that seals the chill/heat in. This one is capable of storing 6 soda cans or 4 liters.

Koolatron Voyager Thermoelectric Cooler - P-27
Koolatron Voyager Thermoelectric Cooler - P-27

Koolatron Voyager Thermoelectric Cooler - P-27


The more you get out of your camping gear, the better. That’s why here’s another fridge that can also function as a heater. It can heat up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and chill up to 45 degrees lower than the temperature of the surrounding air. So for example, if it’s 75 degrees Fahrenheit out there, this thermoelectric camping fridge will keep its contents in 30 degrees Fahrenheit. On cold days, you can even store ice cubes. For heating purposes, the Voyager operates with the Peltier effect that allows it to heat up quickly. You can easily power it through any 12V source which could be in your car, truck or boat (if you’re going fishing). It’s environment-friendly too so you don’t have to worry about contributing to ozone damage. This camping fridge is also compact and it won’t wear out easily because it’s not affected by motion and it does not have any moving parts aside from a little vent fan.

Koolatron Compact Kooler
Koolatron Compact Kooler

Koolatron Compact Kooler

For camping alone or with one or two companions for a couple of days, here’s a little handy cooler that weighs only five pounds. Aside from the very convenient weight, this cooler also has folding handles on the side that makes it easy to carry. It fits easily in a car’s backseat so you can quickly reach for a cool drink. It can carry about 23 soda cans and can cool contents up to 40 degrees Fahrenheit lower than the temperature of the air outside it. Here’s a bonus: this little wonder also doubles as a warmer. You can put in your warm food to preserve their warmth. This cooler/warmer is easily powered by any 12V source like the cigarette lighter in your car. For little camping plans and road trips, nothing could be more compact than this one.

Koolatron KWC-25 Coca-Cola 28-Can-Capacity Portable Fridge with LED Display
Koolatron KWC-25 Coca-Cola 28-Can-Capacity Portable Fridge with LED Display

Koolatron KWC-25 Coca-Cola 28-Can-Capacity Portable Fridge with LED Display


Our last camping fridge may not double as a warmer, but this doesn’t make it the least on the list. In fact, you’ll be surprised at the great perks of this little fridge. It’s just like a full-sized fridge when it comes to its functions -  only in a smaller, portable form. This junior-sized refrigerator can chill 28 soda cans up to 35 degree Fahrenheit below ambient temperature. It operates quietly with a thermoelectric cooling system, has adjustable settings for temperature from 35 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and has effective insulating walls. All it needs is a 12V DC source. It can also operate on 110V AC. Its user-friendly s with it push-button controls that allow you see the internal temperature through a LED read-out and allow you to see the contents with a light inside. Having this on your outdoor trip is just exactly like having a mini-fridge with you.



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