The Portable Alpicool Fridge Is a Road Trip’s Best Friend

Meet the Alpicool fridge, a camping-friendly accessory that keeps almost any food or drink item at the right temperature—without ice.

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The best coolers keep ice for days, but what if you don’t want to deal with ice? If you’re going on a long road trip across states, ice may not be the most practical solution. That’s where the Alpicool fridge comes in. It’s a portable fridge/freezer combo that powers using your vehicle’s battery—car, truck, RV, boat, you name it.

You can keep the Alpicool fridge at your desired temperature for food and drinks, and it can even drop below zero degrees for portable deep-freeze power. From fruits and veggies to ice cream, the Alpicool fridge can keep it all at the ideal temp. If you need to keep meats and seafood freezing cold on a long fishing excursion, you can plug the portable refrigerator into your boat and watch it drop to an impressive -4 degrees. Keep reading for all the details on the portable fridge/freezer combo.

What is the Alpicool fridge?

The Alpicool C20 portable fridge is a fast-cooling car refrigerator designed for camping and use in an RV, truck or boat. It has a 20-liter (or about a 25-can) capacity and can get as cold as -4 degrees.

Made of strong plastic, the portable refrigerator is lightweight at less than 20 pounds and easy to lift in and out of a vehicle. It’s also made with high-density foam insulation, so your food and drinks stay cool for the long haul—even 10 hours after the cooler is powered off. Thanks to its durable and thick construction, the mini fridge can withstand bumpy roads and slopes.

The Alpicool fridge has an LCD control panel that allows you to power the cooler on and off, adjust the temperature and change the freezer’s settings. The control panel also has a USB port for charging your phone. This fridge is super quiet while running, so it won’t disturb anyone trying to catch some zzz’s in the car.

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How to Use the Alpicool Fridge

Say goodbye to ice—the Alpicool fridge runs on your car’s battery! It has three different levels for battery protection to protect your vehicle’s battery without running it down. If you don’t want to power the cooler with your car or truck, you can plug it in at home or even plug the cooler into a solar panel and power station.

It takes just 15 minutes for the cooler to drop down to 32 degrees Fahrenheit. After 30 minutes, your freezer will be chilled to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. Whether you’re packing canned sodas and sandwiches or ice cream and frozen meat, the Alpicool fridge preserves your food along the journey.

The internal dimensions of the Alpicool C20 fridge are 13.8 inches by 9.7 inches by 7.3 inches, so you’ll be able to fit wine bottles and other tall items in the cooler. The fridge/freezer combo has two built-in handles for easy lifting and a latch in the front to keep the lid securely closed. Power is provided by a 12-volt/24-volt battery, and the cooler automatically powers off if overload occurs or the car battery is on low voltage. The cooler has low energy consumption, too. Depending on the settings, the cooler only takes 1 kilowatt hour (kWh) for two to four days of usage.

The Best Amazon User Reviews

With nearly 1,500 customer ratings on Amazon, the Alpicool fridge earns an average of 4.5 out of five stars. Here’s what buyers had to say about the car fridge/freezer combo.

Five-star reviewer, Steve Hopper, says, “I’m a truck driver and got this for my truck. It is awesome,” he writes. “[I] set mine at 32 and always have a cold beverage ready to drink. And I mean cold!”

“Have had this a couple months and it works great,” writes verified purchaser, Jill Offer. “Use it in the house as my beer fridge. Recently went on a two-week camping road trip and it was awesome (so much nicer than dealing with an ice chest). Powered it with my Jackery power station, and the energy consumption is very reasonable—the fully charged Jackery 1000 would power it for close to three days in moderately warm, sunny weather with cool nights when set at 39 degrees Fahrenheit. Also did a lot of off-road trails, and it had no problems with all the very rough (bumpy), uneven trails… Great product for a very fair price!”

“I travel a lot for work and I like to meal prep,” shares another five-star reviewer, Robert Petty. “This allows me to carry my meal prep with me. I leave it plugged up all night in my truck and has never drained my battery. It’s the perfect size to carry in a hotel if I’m going to be there for more than a day or two. Other than that, I leave it in my vehicle. I love it and plan to buy a larger one for my cargo trailer camper.”

Where to Buy the Alpicool Fridge

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The Alpicool C20 portable fridge retails for $240 on Amazon. You can also shop other sizes and models at the Alpicool store on Amazon. Whether you’re picnicking in the park or need to keep food cold while camping or driving across the country, this portable fridge is sure to impress with its chilling powers. It may even become your new favorite RV accessory.

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Mary Henn
Mary Henn, MFA is an Associate Shopping Editor at Family Handyman. She’s also a national award-winning writer and journalist. Her expertise lies in interior design, home decor, gardening and outdoor trends. When she’s not working on the latest content at FHM, you can find her reading poetry or hiking with her dog, Henry.