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Waeco TCX21 12v 24v Cool Box
- 230 volts
- Cooling up to 30ºC below ambient temperature
- Heating up to +65oC
- TC special electronics
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WAECO Tropicool TCX 21 is a new thermoelectric cooler range. Suitable for use on 12/24 volts DC and 230 volts AC. Contents: approximately 21 liters. Cooling to max. 30 degrees below the ambient temperature and heat to 65 degrees.
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We were looking for an upgrade from a basic 5+ year old Halfords own 24 litre powered toolbox that we used in the back of the car in Europe this summer - the Halfords one had a claimed 16c below ambient cooling capability, and it was OK-ish but didn't cool that quickly and was a bit noisy. We investigated the full on compressor coolboxes, but were put off by their price and weight - the TCX21 seemed to be the perfect compromise, as it claimed to cool to 30c below ambient, to go as low as 0c, and only produce 41db, and had the built in 240v connection. OK, at £180 it's well over 3 times as expensive as the alternatives from Halfords and the like, but we thought it would be worth it if it did what it said on the tin.
However, the reality is VERY different.
For one thing, the noise that it produces is simply awful, and much noisier than out old Halfords box. Unless you have your stereo cranked right up all the time you're driving, the noise form this would be very intrusive. Out of interest I borrowed a decent quality sound meter from a mate and tried a test.. our kitchen had a background noise level alone of 42db, so in theory you wouldn't be able to hear the box - however, testing it at 1m distance (which is how noise levels must be tested), this box produced 51.3db. I did the same test with the Halfords box, and that was 46db.
Then the more important cooling performance, which was, errm 'interesting': I ran it for over 12 hours overnight plugged into the mains, and set it at maximum cooling. I also ran the Halfords box next to it so I'd have a direct comparison. The room was 20c. I put a glass of water into each box to take the temps from them. The next morning, in the TXC21 the water was 5c (so nowhere near the advertised 0c capability) - yet in the Halfords one it was 4c - OK not much colder, but it was actually better, and bang on the advertised 16c below ambient claim as well, and all for a fraction of the price.
It went back for a refund. Unfortunately the seller was less than helpful and made the process unnecessarily painful - in fact they then laughably claimed that they tested it themselves and that it cooled to 30.1c below ambient, and got down to MINUS 8.6c!! yeah right... if that sort of fake news is true, Donald Trump will be buying these by the lorry load.
So all in all, cooling performance is nothing special at all, and can be achieved elsewhere for a fraction of the money - and your ears probably will not thank you. I did not test the 'warming' capability so can't comment on that.
To be fair, perhaps the one we had was faulty, although it did not show up any error lights. More likely the advertised performance is nothing special at all - the response from the seller suggests to us that this was more likely.
Great price too. Thanks