COOL RUNNINGS

PRODUCT TEST NATIONAL LUNA 60-LITRE FRIDGE/FREEZER

WORDS RON MOON

ITS A WELL-PROVEN UNIT, BUT DOES THIS BIG BOPPER FROM NATIONAL LUNA WARRANT THE STEEP STICKER PRICE?

THIS IS the third National Luna fridge weve owned over the past 20 or so years, and Ive always been a little surprised (and miffed) when theyve failed after about 10 years and havent been worth repairing. Still, we keep getting them, so we must be impressed with them in other ways. We give our fridges a hard time and probably use them off-road more than most, as we spend six to nine months on the road each year. So anything we use gets a near-continuous and pretty hard life.

All National Luna fridges come with German-engineered and built Danfoss compressors and controllers, while each unit has National Lunas own fan-assisted condenser, full wall-plate evaporator system, control panel and interface for maximum efficiency.

This 60-litre fridge/freezer is a twin-compartment, dual-control unit; the left-hand freezer bin offering 25 litres of space and the right-hand fridge bin 35 litres. The freezer compartment is wrapped with 60mm-thick insulation, while the fridge area sports 42mm-thick insulation.

Two control panels on the front of the fridge mean you can set the temperature independently; the freezer box anywhere between 20C and -24C, and the fridge between 20C to -12C.

Battery consumption is rated by the manufacturer at a healthy current draw of 34.72amp/h for a 24-hour period. This is measured with a seemingly practical setting of -10C and 4C over 24 hours in ambient temperatures of 21C for 12 hours (simulating overnight), 32C for seven hours (morning/evening) and 43C for five hours (midday/afternoon). I normally run the freezer at -6C and the fridge at 4C and the current draw is very reasonable. A choice of 12/24V DC and 240V AC are all built-in and the unit will automatically select to run on mains power whenever it is available.

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