April 14

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Adventure Kings Fridge Freezer Review – 15L/45L/60L/70L/90L [2021]

Are you thinking about getting an Adventure Kings fridge but wondering whether it’s worth it? Perhaps you’ve heard some bad things and are wondering whether it’s best to steer clear of it?

Well, in this Adventure Kings fridge/freezer review, I go through the pros and cons, main features, what makes it different to its main competitors like Brass Monkey, Engel, Dometic etc. Finally, I’ll let you know whether I think this fridge is a good buy or not.

To get started, here's a quick comparison of some of the most popular units in this range!

 

15L Fridge

45L Fridge

60L Fridge

90L Fridge


Kings 15L fridge
Kings 45L fridge
Kings 60L fridge
Kings 90L fridge

560 (L) x 240 (W) x 375 (H) mm

660 (L) x 410 (W) x 430 (H) mm

660 (L) x 410 (W) x 510 (H) mm

920 (L) x 520 (W) x 465 (H) mm

7.9 kg

17.8 kg

19.8 kg

33 kg

15 L

45 L

60 L

90 L

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68 cans

88 cans

150 cans

Single

Single

Single

Dual

-18°C/+10°C

-18°C/+10°C

-18°C/+10°C

-18°C/+10°C

35W

45W

55W

85W

1 year

2 years

2 years

2 years

Pros & Cons

Kings 45L fridge in boot of car
Pros
  • Very affordable - much cheaper than competition
  • Can set temperature from -18°C to +10°C
  • Accepts 240V AC and 12/24V DC power
  • Max and Eco cooling modes available
  • 3 stage battery protection
  • Tie down points and seat belt brackets to secure it in your vehicle
  • Reversible lid makes for easy access
  • Carry handles feel solid
  • Optional extras like insulating covers, slide drawers and tie down straps are available
Cons
  • Only a 2 year warranty - warranty return process reportedly poor and very time consuming
  • Some have reported that their unit can’t always reach the set temperatures - they hover a few degrees higher
  • No USB charging port
  • No Bluetooth app control
  • Build quality poorer than competitors (though not terrible)
  • Seals and lid quality feel subpar
  • Requires 150mm clearance on all sides
  • Dual zone fridge & freezer capability only available on 70L & 90L models

With these pros and cons in mind, let’s take a deeper look at these fridges.

Design

The Kings fridge/freezers come in 5 capacities: 15L, 45L, 60L, 70L and 90L. Unfortunately, all models except the 70L/90L are single zone units which can be operated as either fridges or freezers, not both.

Kings 15L fridge

Kings 15L fridge

The 15L size is designed to fit in the centre console of your car, or on the back seat. It’s a simple yet smart looking black/blue portable fridge, weighing in at just under 8kg.

Kings 60L fridge

Kings 60L fridge

The 45L and 60L units make up Kings’ mid-range offering. They are blue/gray and come with an internal dairy basket which makes it easy to organise your food/drinks. Their lids have slight depressions to act as cup holders and are also reversible, meaning that you can open them in either direction.

These units are a great balance of capacity and portability, weighing about 18kg and 20kg respectively.

Kings 90L fridge

Kings 90L fridge

Next up are the 70L and 90L models. These are chest freezer style models, coming in a blue colour.

The main point of difference here is that both of these models are dual zone units, meaning that they can be run as both a fridge and freezer simultaneously, with separate temperature settings for each compartment.

Each compartment has its own lid, so you only need to open the side that you wish to access.

They are very heavy, so they are better suited to staying put in one spot, rather than being moved around a lot while you camp. They weigh 30kg and 33kg respectively.

They all come with an internal light to make it easier for you to find what you are looking for late at night.

Internal light

Temperature Settings

All of the Adventure Kings fridge/freezers can be set at temperatures ranging from -18°C to +10°C. For the 70L and 90L models, there are two separate temperature settings, one for each compartment.

Unfortunately, a number of users have claimed that their units struggle to hit the set temperatures and often hover a few degrees higher. It’s not yet clear whether this is an isolated problem with a few units or a more widespread issue.

Power Specs

As you would expect, they can be powered using either 12V/24V DC or 240V AC.

This means that you can use them at home by running them on mains power (useful for cooling them down before going on a trip) or you can run them off your vehicle via the cigarette lighter connection (or Merit connection).

Power connectors

Of course, you can also run them directly off a 12V battery. The table below outlines the power consumption for each of the units, along with the expected current draw.

Scroll to the right or rotate your device to see the full table ⮧

Capacity

15L

45L

60L

70L

90L

Power Cons. (W)

35

45

55

85

85

Current Draw @ 12V (A)

3.5

NP

NP

7.5

NP

Power Cons. @ 240V (Ah/day)*

NP

0.7 - 1.0

0.7 - 1.0

NP

NP

Power Cons. @ 12V (Ah/day)**

NP

14 - 20

14 - 20

NP

NP

Power Cons. = Power Consumption
* Provided by Adventure Kings - based on initial and ambient temperature of 32°C, set temperature of 3°C over a 24 hour period
** Calculated by Outdoor Explorer

Unfortunately, the power information provided by Kings is incomplete (they only list this in the 45L & 60L manuals), so it is difficult to get a clear picture of how much power you can expect each unit to chew through. I will get in touch with them to see whether they have any additional power consumption info.

In any case, the power consumption numbers for the 45L and 60L fridges look pretty comparable to their competitors, so you don’t need to be worried about these units draining your batteries faster than normal.

Do be aware that these power consumption figures tend to be slightly optimistic, as they assume that you aren’t opening the fridge at all, nor adding warm contents to the fridge.

The figures will also vary heavily based on the temperatures that you set in the unit, as well as the ambient air temperature.

Electrical connections

Power consumption will also vary depending on whether you are running the unit in Max or Eco mode.

The fridges also come with 3 low-voltage battery protection modes. You can select your preferred mode based on your desired cutoff voltage. The table below outlines the specific voltages for each mode.

Battery protection modes

Extras

If you have some budget left over after getting your Adventure Kings fridge, consider getting some of these extras to make your unit even better!

Insulating Cover

An insulating cover will wrap tightly around your unit, keeping it cool and reducing how much heat gets into the fridge. This means that the compressor doesn’t need to run for as long, reducing the power consumption and extending the life of your fridge and batteries.

Kings Fridge Insulating Cover

Considering that the default lids that these fridges come with are not very insulating, a cover is definitely a good idea.

Kings sell specific covers for each of their fridge models that include mesh panels to allow the fridge to properly expel hot air.

Tie Down Straps

If you plan on keeping the fridge in the boot, consider getting some tie down straps to secure it in place and prevent it from sliding around or falling over while you’re driving.

Each strap is rated up to 200kg and can cam-lock into place.

Tie Down Straps and Slide Draw

Slide Draw

Reaching deep into your boot to pull out your food or drinks each time can be a pain. With a slide draw, you can easily pull your fridge/freezer out from the boot and access your grub.

They aren’t cheap, so I only recommend a slide draw if you go camping regularly and will be able to make good use of it.

Build Quality & Warranty

As with all camping gear, you really do get what you pay for. Kings gear is not premium by any stretch of the imagination, and is more suited to those who are going camping on a budget and need some entry level gear.

The upside of this is that the Kings gear is available at entry level prices. As I mention later in this review, their units are about a third of the price of the likes of Engel and Dometic.

Sure, the Kings warranty is shorter and the quality isn’t the same as those premium brands, but for many people, it’s a fair tradeoff when you consider the affordable prices.

Temperature Control

Known Problems

As I mentioned earlier, a number of people have said that their unit has trouble reaching the temperatures that they set. For some users, the fridge starts off working fine, but ends up drifting to a few degrees above where they set it.

Others have complained of issues with the 240V/12V transformer.

Others still have had issues with the noisiness of their fridge. Kings don’t provide a decibel rating for their fridges.

Warranty

In saying this, Kings do provide a warranty for all of their fridges. All of their fridges come with a 2 year warranty except the 15L unit, which comes with a 1 year warranty.

This is lower than the 3 year warranty offered by Brass Monkey and the 5 year warranty offered by Engel. This probably shows that Kings don’t have a lot of faith in this unit going the distance.

A number of people who have returned their units to Kings for replacement/refund have said that the warranty process is very tedious and time consuming.

Kings are reportedly slow to respond to queries about the status of your warranty claim, couriers don’t turn up to collect your fridge when they are supposed to and a whole host of other issues seem to be par for the course when it comes to dealing with the Kings warranty claim department.

Considering this, I wouldn’t assume that you’ll get a quick replacement even if your fridge does turn out to be faulty.

Kings fridge freezer on the beach

Price

Price is where these fridge freezers really shine.

Most of their fridges cost about one third of what premium brands like Engel and Dometic cost. Whereas as the 60L Kings fridge costs about $600, the same size Engel and Dometic fridges are easily $1,500.

Even if your fridge does end up failing outside of the warranty period, you could buy a Kings fridge 3 times over and still end up spending the same as a single comparable Engel fridge.

In any case, most people just don’t have a spare $1,500 to spend on a camping fridge. Kings target a different audience, which is people who want entry level gear at entry level prices.

Use the buttons below to check out the latest prices on these units. The 4WD Supacentre is the main supplier of these fridges, which they sell in store as well as on Amazon and eBay.

Conclusion - Adventure Kings Fridge Freezer Review

If you only go camping occasionally, the Kings fridge freezer range is perfect for you. It’s a great balance of price and quality and you can expect to get plenty of use out of these units.

If you are on the road for longer trips (ie. a couple of weeks or more), then I would definitely recommend upgrading to some more premium gear, such as an Engel or Dometic fridge.

Another option is the Brass Monkey fridge range. They are priced quite similarly to the Kings fridges but are a step up in terms of quality, in my opinion. Check out my full Brass Monkey fridge freezer review if you are interested in finding out more.

This list of the best camping fridges might also help you make up your mind!

In any case, I hope you have enjoyed this Adventure Kings fridge freezer review! Did you end up buying one of them? Or did you get something else? Let me know in the comments below!


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Louis

After swearing off camping at a young age after a number of cold nights in cheap sleeping bags, Louis has ended up becoming a great lover of the natural beauty that Australia has to offer. This change of heart came after realising that, with the right equipment, camping can be as comfortable as it is fun. He is passionate about helping people reconnect with nature and explore Australia's great outdoors.

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