Alpicool T36 Dual Temperature Control 12 Volt Refrigerator 38 Quart Portable Car Fridge Freezer (-4°F~68°F) for Truck, RV, Boat, Camping and Travel
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This is for anyone experiencing F1 codes when using the 12volt power cord that came with the Alpicool unit. br>Be patient with me; electrical work can be tricky. br>Voltage is a term that is used to describe how much electricity is present in a Replace the Alpicool's original power cord and cigarette-lighter adapter. The problem could be caused by a lighter male connector. br>The printed information on the 12 volt power cord's outer insulation appears to say the cord is 16 gauge, which is small for a 12 volt application. br>In addition. If the voltage supplied to the cigarette drops significantly- Your vehicle's lighter-style power outlet is also contributing to the problem. br>In a 12 volt system, voltage-dependent devices are used to control the flow of electricity. Drop is an issue, which is why heavy-duty vehicles have been developed. Wires of a certain gauge must be used. You may still be able to get an F1 code even if your batteries are fully charged. br>I'm using my T36, which is plugged into a cigarette lighter. In my van, when I use a lighter type of outlet, the voltage reading on the T36's display panel is usually around 0. My van's 220 amp-hour battery terminals are 8 volts lower than what is available at the battery terminals. battery bank with an hour capacity Remember that the voltage available right where the power cord plugs into the refrigerator is most likely used by the unit to determine whether or not to trigger an F1 code. br>When the Alpicool first starts a cooling cycle, the increased current draw causes an even greater voltage drop for a brief period of time.br>During that brief period, an F1 code is most likely to appear. Using a good voltmeter, I discovered that much of the voltage drop occurs in the 16 connector cord that comes with the Alpicool T36, as well as the cigarette-lighter adapter. The long length of this cord is probably part of the voltage drop. lighter male connector on the end of that cord br>The remaining voltage drop is approximately 0. Other parts of my electrical system, which consists of four large AGM batteries charged by a grid-connected solar panel, are experiencing 2v. Charger with electrical power br>The Alpicool's connector cord has a significant voltage drop, as does the cigarette-lighter cord. Even if your battery bank's voltage isn't low enough, a lighter type of connection could cause an F1 code to appear. This is especially true in the first few seconds after the Alpicool begins to operate. Using the "L" setting on the Alpicool for the low-temperature setting. battery- Many people who use the original 12 volt cord that plugs into a cigarette lighter may consider voltage cutoff to be a "must have." socket for a lighter br>In order to address the voltage-related issue, Because there was a drop problem with the Alpicool's 12v power cord, I cut it about 6" from the refrigerator end, firmly attached a 12 cord to that short end, and wired the other end of the 12 cord to the closest 12volt source I could find. that is connected to the battery bank in a secure manner br>I tried to keep the new 12 cord as short as possible while doing this. br>Be aware that cutting the original Alpicool cord may result in a customer service issue if the Alpicool fails in any way and needs to be returned. br>However, I believe that the original Alpicool cord should have been made of 12 or 10 gauge wire rather than the lighter gauge wire that it is now. br>This is especially true because the unit draws approximately 9 amps for a short period of time after startup. br>This is for a T36; a T50 or T60 may draw more than 9 amps when first turned on. br>As well as smoking a cigarette- There will always be a small voltage drop when using a lighter type of power point. This serves as a reminder to those of us who power the Alpicool with a 12 volt system. The cord connections must be secure, and the wires must be of HEAVY GAUGE. br>I know this is a lot of information, but it might help you avoid a few issues with a refrigerator that otherwise looks great. br>so far, it's been a fantastic refrigerator,br>best wishes
Mine only lasted a month before it stopped working. Alpicool has never been able to assist me with a warranty or anything else. When I bought the cooler, I also bought the insurance from Amazon. They demanded that I send it to them and then refunded my money. I went out and bought an Engel.
Low, Medium, and High are the three battery protection settings. I haven't been able to find a way to completely disable any protection, but I believe it is possible. You might be able to get away with just setting it to low (9). 6V off; 9V on). You can ask the seller if there's a way to turn it off to allow for lower voltages from a lithium power source, which can deplete much faster than a standard AGM or conventional lead acid battery without causing damage.
Turn off the device - F1 will appear if you hold down the "set" button. Then you can choose between F and C.