Outdoor Beverage Coolers with an App: The Dometic CFX3 35 Electric Cooler

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I never thought I’d be able to say about outdoor beverage coolers, “There’s an app for that.” But there is. The Dometic CFX3 (and other electric coolers, I’m sure) has an app that connects via Bluetooth or wifi.

Why would you want an app for your cooler? Well, that’s one of the features I’ll review for you in the article that follows.

If you’re in a hurry and just want to check the pricing, availability, and any discounts for the Dometic cooler, you can click (or tap) the link just below.

A Note about the Model Name and Number

Dometic CFX3 35
Dometic CFX3 35 electric cooler

If you do any amount of shopping for the Dometic electric cooler, you’ll see several variations on the model name and number.

On their website, Dometic calls the unit we’re looking at here the CFX3 35 as well as the CFX335 (without the space).

At Amazon and elsewhere, you may see CFX3 35US, CFX 35W, and just plain CFX35.

Here’s the important point. If you want a cooler with the remote (wifi) capability, be sure to read the fine print or ask questions before you buy. Dometic says that a model labeled 35US does not have wifi but one called 35W does have it.

If it doesn’t say either (US or W) in the model name, be sure to check whether you’re going to be getting the features you want ahead of time.

Main Features of the Dometic CFX3 35 Cooler

Let’s first cover the standard features like capacity. The CFX3 35 is rated at 36 liters. This translates to 50 standard sized cans – beer, pop, wine, or whatever. Of course, if you load it with larger containers, you’ll need to reduce that number accordingly. Note that it’s a little too small to stand up a 2 liter bottle inside.

You should be able to vary the temperature range from -7°F to +50°F, though as with most coolers (of any style) the actual temperatures you can achieve will probably be inside that range. The ambient temperature of your surroundings and whether your cooler is in direct sunlight or near a heat source will affect your results.

That said, this unit is really a combination refrigerator / freezer, so you should be able to make it quite cold inside. Obviously, you wouldn’t want to do this with cans of liquid, but it’s great if you need to store frozen burgers or steaks in there for a time.

One owner tested the temperature settings and found the following results.

“I set it at 39 degrees for cooling. I noticed that it went to about 34 degrees before going idle. It then warmed up into the low 40s before the compressor kicked in again. It’s close, but technically not completely accurate.”

As long as you know this going in, you should be able to set the temperature according to your needs; that is, according to the type of food or drink you’re storing inside. The app (see below) may help with this too.

Note that this is a single zone cooler. You can’t set or expect to freeze food in one section and only cool it in another. It’s all or nothing in this regard.

What helps a lot in maintaining the temperature of this “smokey gray” cooler is the polyurethane insulation which is 55 millimeters thick. In addition, the scratch-resistance cover protects your food and drinks from dust, unwanted water, and other nasties.

Additionally, the “heavy-duty yet lightweight ExoFrame” gives your cooler strong, protected edges and removable, aluminum alloy handles. Though the structure is solid, it’s not meant for sitting on. Neither should you lay it on its side; the virtually silent compressor inside will not appreciate it. You might get away with setting it an an angle for a time, but I wouldn’t do more than that.

Getting Power into and out of the Dometic CFX3 Electric Cooler

The CFX3 comes with 2 power supply cables – one for AC, one for DC – each of which are 6.6 feet long. There is no battery involved, so there’s no charging or recharging period needed.

Dometic CFX3 control panel

It is possible (with extra purchases) to power it from a solar panel that outputs at least 60 watts continuously. You’d want to set it in a location with constant direct sunlight for this method.

Details are a little sketchy but apparently you can use a car battery to charge the cooler too. It has a “3-stage dynamic battery protection system” that will prevent draining all the power from your car’s (or truck’s) battery.

You can also get a little power out of your cooler via its USB port. Use this for charging your smaller portable devices like a tablet or phone.

What You Can Do with the CFX3 App

You can download the free iOS or Android app from the appropriate store to connect your cooler to your device.

Why would you want to do that?

Mainly to make sure it’s still cooling properly when you’re not in the immediate vicinity.

Perhaps someone accidentally left the top open (notification will be sent automatically), or maybe a curious raccoon decided to take a peek inside. It’s also possible, though unlikely, that the power cord became disconnected or something else inside is failing, preventing the temperature from staying where you set it.

If you’re really, really curious about the performance of your CFX335 cooler, you can even track its historical data via the app.

Specifications and Additional Features of the CFX3

There are wire baskets inside, much like drawers in your fridge, that you can use for specific items you want to keep separate from the rest of the cooler.

The cooling grates inside (only) are removable, in case you ever need to clean them. There is a drain plug for removing any liquids that spill or accumulate inside.

There is an LED light inside that makes it easy to use the cooler even at night. The display panel on the outside has a high-resolution color display that’s easy to read night or day.

There are “threaded inserts” in the base of the cooler that you can use to mount it, if you get the appropriate brackets for doing so.

The Dometic CFX3 35 measures just over 16 inches high by 15 ⅔ inches wide by 27 ⅓ inches deep. If you remove the handles, it’s just under 25 inches deep. Empty, it weighs 37 ¼ pounds.

AC input voltage is 120V, and DC is 12/24V.

Dometic gives you a 5-year limited warranty on this cooler that is UL listed.

Conclusion about the Dometic CFX3 35 Cooler

Current owners are overwhelmingly pleased with their purchase of the CFX3 35. Other sizes are available (as you’ll see if you click through to the Amazon page). They should all perform just as well as the 35 model.

If you have a reliable power supply [link to GP] , you should be able to make good use of this electric cooler while camping or on any other trips where you want to take your own food along instead of eating at a restaurant.

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Best Soft Cooler for Camping: TOURIT Voyager 20 Can Soft Cooler

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A cooler really has just one job: Keeping drinks cool. The TOURIT Voyager does that very well. The company even provides a lengthy warranty to back up their product.

Let’s take a quick look at the TOURIT Voyager 20-can Soft Cooler to see just what you get and what makes it the best camping cooler for most trips.

If you’re in a hurry and just want to check the pricing and availability of the Voyager at Amazon, you can click (or tap) the link just below.

Features and Options for the Voyager 20 Can Cooler

TOURIT Voyager 20 can soft cooler

While there are under counter beverage coolers that can hold more, you can’t – by definition – take them along with you on a camping trip.

Since this is tagged as a “20-can” cooler, you might at first think you have no options in this department. And, strictly speaking, I guess you don’t. However, you can get virtually the same cooler in a 30-can size.

The larger cooler would be handy for a larger family or any other gathering involving more than a few people. (Note: You’ll find the 30-can cooler on the same Amazon page as the 20-can version.)

The main option beside size is color. You can get the Voyager in any of these four shades.

  • Cool Gray
  • Navy Blue
  • Dark Gray
  • Black

Cool gray is light gray, as opposed to the dark gray or black choices.

As far as capacity goes, there seems to be some disagreement, even on the manufacturer’s website. Obviously you can get at least 20 standard size cans to fit inside – in an upper and a lower tier.

TOURIT Voyager soft cooler capacity
TOURIT Voyager showing 20 can capacity

But you might be able to fit more than 20 in there. As you can see in the pictures, there are 13 can showing in the upper tier. The might mean, as indicated in the one picture, that you can also fit 13 cans in the lower tier for a total of 26 cans.

TOURIT Voyager 26 can capacity
TOURIT Voyager showing 26 can capacity

Sadly, I don’t have a Voyager in front of me to test this, so I’m guessing that the actual capacity is somewhere between 20 and 26. It will definitely be less than 26 if you intend to include ice or ice packs inside too. The description on the manufacturer’s site does say that it “holds 20 cans plus ice”.

The case itself is waterproof and leak-proof. The zipper is so tightly constructed that they even give you some lubricant to make it slide more easily. Don’t be surprised if it’s a little tough to open and close at first.

The case is made of 3 layers of materials. The visible, outer shell should not sweat and get your other gear all wet. The middle layer is made of “high density foam” to insulate your beverages or whatever else you put inside. The inside is made of an antimicrobial liner that prevents leakage (along with the zipper) and resists mold and mildew.

TOURIT claims that you can keep things cool inside the Voyage for up to 3 days. I haven’t been able to test this, but it seems reasonable, as long as you keep it zipped shut and away from a direct source of heat.

You get a removable, padded shoulder strap for ease of carrying when your hands are full of other (camping) gear. When your hands are free, you might choose instead to use the two top, “grab-n-go” handles. These are especially useful if the cooler is full and thus relatively heavy.

All materials are BPA free and are FDA approved, in case those features are of importance to you. For most of us, getting that one job done is plenty.

Specifications of the TOURIT Voyager

I mentioned that this is a great cooler for camping, but you obviously will use it for other excursions too – picnics, tailgating, hiking, hunting, fishing, or just having fun out in the backyard.

Take this 5.1 pound cooler wherever you like. On the outside, it measures just 15 inches long by 10 inches high by just over 13 inches wide.

On the inside (for those 20 to 26 cans), you get a space measuring 12.8 inches long by 7.9 inches high by 9.9 inches wide.

TOURIT offers a full 3-year warranty. Also, if there’s a problem within the first 30 days of your purchase, contact the company for a full refund or replacement. (Of course, you’ll have to provide the usual proofs of purchase.)

Conclusions about the TOURIT Voyager

Personally, the 20-can TOURIT cooler seems to be the right size for most outings. Even if 20 can is the maximum it can hold, that’s plenty for most people.

If everyone drinks 4 cans per day, that’s enough for 5 people for one day. If you only need 3 cans per person, that’s just about enough for 7 people for a day. Or it’s enough for 3 people for 2 days. At some point, no matter how big your soft cooler is, you’re going to need to refill it on an extended trip. To me, 20 feels like the sweet spot. Obviously, your “mileage” will vary.

Click here to get your TOURIT Voyager Soft Cooler at Amazon today.

Remember, both the 20 and the 30 can sizes are on that page.

hOmelabs 120 Can Mini Fridge: Great for Party Time

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At our house, it would take a long time to go through 120 cans of just about anything. However, if you like to host parties, the hOmelabs 120-Can Mini Fridge is just the cooler you’ve been looking for.

Let’s take a look at what makes this such a popular wine and beverage coolers. I’ll give you all the features and specifications so you can see why this might be a mini cooler that fits your needs.

If you’re in a hurry and just want to check the pricing and availability of this hOmelabs (That’s not a typo; it’s how the company stylizes its brand name.) cooler, you can click (or tap) the link just below.

hOmelabs Mini Fridge Features: Nothing Unexpected

There’s really nothing spectacular about this mini fridge, and that just may be what makes it popular. You don’t have to learn how to use it. It does what it claims it will do. It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

hOmelabs 120 can mini fridge

As the name implies, you can fit 120 standard size cans of your favorite beverages inside this cooler. If you want to opt for large cans or bottles of wine, you will, of course, need to reduce that number. Most of the time, you won’t have the full complement of cans housed inside though. Even if you buy in bulk, you still might only fill it half way on most days.

You set the containers on 3 adjustable, removable chrome shelves. That chrome finish should help when it comes time to clean them. Removing them makes it easy to clean the bottom of the interior of the cooler. You know there’s going to be a spill in there sooner or later. It’s nice to know that mopping up won’t be too hard.

To keep those contents cool, you can set the temperature controls as low as 34 degrees Fahrenheit. The actual temperature achieved will depend on where you position the cooler itself and how much you have stored inside. It’s probably safer to assume that you’ll usually only be able to chill your drinks down to the upper 30s or so.

There is a “whisper quiet compressor” working behind the scenes, along with a fan, to keep the temperature as stable as possible in this single zone mini cooler. It runs on 120 volts at 240 watts, so if you’re power goes out and you’re running on a portable generator, this machine won’t use up too much juice.

Even though you can’t set the thermostat to the freezing point or below, you still get an auto defrosting function built into the unit. It’s possible, with a lot of opening and closing of the glass door, for a little frost to accumulate inside, so this is a great feature that obviates the need to manually defrost the cooler – a real pain as anyone who’s ever needed to do it can tell you.

A final important note about the temperature: Since the lowest possible temp you can expect is 34 degrees, do not attempt to store perishable foods in this cooler. It’s a cooler, not a freezer, even though the word “fridge” is sometimes used to describe it.

Specs of the hOmelabs Cooler

Starting on the outside of this stainless steel frame unit, you’ll need a space just over 33 inches high by 19 inches wide by 18 inches deep to place this cooler. (The actual measurements are 33.25 inches by 18.87 inches by 17.3 inches, despite what the diagram below shows.)

Inside measurements are 29 inches high by 16 inches wide by 12 inches deep. This gives you 3.2 cubic feet of space – a figure normally only needed for comparison purposes.

hOmelabs mini fridge

This is a free standing mini fridge, but as long as you can give it breathing space, you can treat it like a built-in as well.

There is a white LED light bulb inside, so you can easily see how many cans are left no matter what time of day it is. Also inside is a digital temperature display. The temp that it shows is what the chiller will reset itself to in the event of a power outage, once the power comes back online.

Conclusions about the hOmelabs 120 Can Cooler

The vast majority of current owners are more than pleased with this hOmelabs cooler. The handful that have complaints either got a (rare) lemon or weren’t using the machine properly.

So if you’re often hosting parties and really need a place to store and cool lots of beverages, especially those that come in standard size bottles or cans, this hOmelabs cooler is definitely the first one you should look at.

See your hOmelabs 120 Can Mini Fridge at Amazon now.

NewAir AWB-360DB Dual Zone Wine and Beverage Cooler Review

NewAir AWB-360DB cooler
NewAir AWB-360DB cooler

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The NewAir AWB-360DB beverage cooler is the most popular (as of this writing) mini-fridge for chilling both wine and other beverages at the same time. It frees up space in your regular refrigerator for more food.

In this review, I’ll show you the main features and benefits of owning the AWB-360DB fridge, so you can get a better idea if this is the one you’ve been looking for or not.

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Avallon ABR241SG Beverage Cooler Review: Pricey Yet Popular

Avallon ABR241SG beverage cooler
Avallon ABR241SG beverage cooler

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If you were to ask me to name a brand that is “pricey yet popular”, I think the first one that would come to mind is Apple. Their products, like the iPhone and Mac computers, are very popular, even though they tend to cost significantly more than other similar electronics.

The Avallon ABR241SG beverage cooler is obviously not in the same niche as Apple gadgets, but I think it’s fair to say that you can think about its price and popularity the same way.

In this review, I’ll tell you about the features and specifications of this Avallon cooler so you can get an idea of what makes it so popular. We’ll also look at what several current owners have to say about it to further educate you before your possible purchase.

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NewAir ABR-1770 Beverage Cooler Review: Stylin’ While Entertainin’

NewAir ABR-1770 cooler
NewAir ABR-1770 cooler

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The NewAir ABR-1770 beverage cooler is a stylish unit that will serve you well for any entertaining you do, especially during the holidays.

If you tend to make your beverage purchases in bulk – at a warehouse or club store, for example – this NewAir refrigerator could be just the container you’re looking for to hold them all.

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Phiestina Beverage Cooler PH-CBR100 Review: An Unusual Brand

Phiestina PH-CBR100 cooler
Phiestina PH-CBR100 cooler

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Even though it’s only been around since 2016, the Phiestina PH-CBR100 model is already quite popular.

But Phiestina as a whole is an unusual brand. There is no Phiestina website (that I have been able find). There is a Facebook page, but that’s a little strange too.

Is that important for your purchase? Let’s find out.

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Whynter BR-091WS Beverage Refrigerator Review: For Work or Play?

Whynter BR-091WS refrigerator
Whynter BR-091WS refrigerator

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The Whynter BR-091WS beverage refrigerator is from a maker you may not have heard of before. Don’t let that scare you away. Remember, at one time Coke wasn’t a well-known name either. They all have to start somewhere.

Whynter advertises this beverage cooler as being good for “entertaining and retail merchandising” – in other words, for work or play. Let’s take a look at its features and specifications to see if we agree with that assessment. Continue reading “Whynter BR-091WS Beverage Refrigerator Review: For Work or Play?”

5 Popular Beverage Refrigerators Reviewed: Chilly Enough?

NewAir Dual Zone Cooler
NewAir Dual Zone Cooler

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Beverage refrigerators, or beverage coolers if you prefer, come in many shapes and sizes. Well, mostly in many sizes. They almost all have the pretty much the same shape.

A beverage refrigerator is generally sized by how many 12 ounce cans of liquid it can hold. In this overview and review, I’ll take a look at 5 coolers of various sizes that are currently among the most popular in the market, especially at Amazon.

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