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Portable Refrigeration Systems For Your Car

Portable Refrigeration Systems For Your Car

Portable Refrigerati..

  • 03 Oct 2016, 12957 Views

Praveen

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  • 3 Oct 2016, 4:56 pm ( 2 Photos )
So I was surfing online, looking for a small sized refrigerator. Flipkart's 'The Big Billion days' caught my attention and I discovered this interesting product called Chotukool from Godrej. It is basically a thermoelectric cooler which sustains low temperature. Apparently, the device can cool up to 28 degrees below room temperature and is battery operated. The company claims that it can also stay cool for upto three hours even when there's no power supply. Chotukool maintains temperature at 10'c, which I think is enough for basic stuff like milk, vegetables, etc. This solid state cooling device weighs only around 7 kg and consumes 62 watts of power. I feel this device would be ideal for people like me and would also be perfect for our Zigdrives as it can be charged using car inverter.
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I checked out the product's official website and here's where things got weird. The product was sold at a much lower price than Flipkart. The actual price in Flipkart was Rs. 6,990 and after discount, it amounted to Rs. 5,400. Whereas on the official website, Chotukool is available only for Rs. 4,739 (for the designer variant), exclusive of taxes. So, when it comes to pricing, there is a difference of around Rs. 600. I'm not sure if Flipkart's pricing is legitimate. Here's the screen grab:
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Yes, prices change according to the visual specifications but such big discrepancy in the pricing by Flipkart is something worrying. What do you guys think? Apart from that, I think this product would be perfect to keep your beer chilled in long drives.

Roshun

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  • 3 Oct 2016, 5:25 pm
Praveen
Soft drinks, Praveen. Soft drinks, Red Bull and water chilled on a long drive ;-). I have been toying with the idea of a car fridge for my road trips. So far I have only seen one from Tropicool that is fairly decent. But the one you have posted about does seem interesting. Considering it can work off the car inverter, it's worth it. The Tropicool one though comes with a 12V power plug, unlike this one, which requires a separate car inverter.

Arjun

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  • 3 Oct 2016, 6:33 pm
Praveen
I had such a fridge in my bachelor days. When I used to move around a lot, it was an easy to carry accessory and could be used even in my hostel room.
The one I had was from the UK, and also had an option to charge using the home socket.
Never used it in the car, but it performed decently. It was quite small and could store two or three cans or two1 lt cartons of tropicana. The cooling wasn't great,but it used to be mildly cold.
Comparing it to the glovebox AC vents, I think they would be equally effective when it comes to cans of your favourite drink(read red bull or 'fruit' beer). It would be good for SUV owners who have ample space, but for hatchbacks it would consume quite a lot of precious boot space and the wiring to the 12V charging port is another hassle.

Roshun

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  • 3 Oct 2016, 6:39 pm
"Praveen"
Yes, prices change according to the visual specifications but such big discrepancy in the pricing by Flipkart is something worrying. What do you guys think? Apart from that, I think this product would be perfect to keep your beer chilled in long drives.

I don't quite understand why FlipKart would sell the product at a higher price, when on "sale". I think Godrej has deliberately hiked the prices, for sale on Flipkart, but kept it low on its own site, to try and gain some traction with direct sales. Not sure how this works though.

Praveen

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  • 4 Oct 2016, 12:51 pm
Arjun
Yeah, these refrigeration systems are ideal for long drives. I was actually considering getting one from abroad but the logistics didn't work out. Then I stumbled upon Chotukool. This one seems to offer better value for money when compared to the Tropicool. Plus, the customization offers make the fridge look less boring as well! Roshun yeah, I also don't see how it works. Royal Enfield also introduced their gear on flipkart, but that I think was to gain more customer reach. They didn't increase the prices. Plus, it is better buying RE gear from Flipkart as they don't have minimum purchase limitations for delivery. Though you can't beat the experience of visiting the store and buying.

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