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Completely dissatisfied, its adverse side effects far out way its benefits.
on 13 September 2015
Campingaz Power Box 361. After taking it on holiday to France, I have to say how disappointed I am with it. Whilst it performed as expected, reaching down to 5c, its adverse side effects far out way its benefits.
I purchased the unit following recommendation from my son, who has a much older model and the glowing comments seen on
the internet. My unit had an extremely noisy fan to the point of distraction, which has to be turned off at night. Also the cooling system generates around ½ a large mug of water that needs to be emptied daily.
We found that we were unable to store any items in the box that had a porous type wrapping, only glass, plastic or tin, otherwise the wrapping turned to mush by the water it generated, sloshing about in the bottom.
I accept that the booklet provided with the box mentions the water but at this point it is too late as the box had already been purchased when the booklet was read. Certainty the quantity of water was not mentioned. The booklet does not mention however the noise. Even in the car the fan is heard over the road noise as well as the car radio.
My son's older Power Box is by far much quieter and is supplied with a plastic bottom grid to lift items off the bottom and out of what little water it generates. We had both boxes side by side to compare, his producing just a table spoon of liquid for the same time period and quiet enough to be left on overnight.
I have had over the years Campingaz products including recently the large blue cool bag with the Velcro top flap that has proved most useful and efficient. This being another reason for purchasing the box, together with the Campingaz name and reputation. Unfortunately on this occasion I am completely dissatisfied.
After emailing Campingaz and accepting their advice, I have now returned the box to Amazon and waiting for a refund. I am also concerned regarding the glowing feedback this box has with Amazon and the validity of these comments. Clearly they cannot be discussing the same model as I purchased. Had I read the comments for the 1 and 2 stars, I most certainly would not have purchased but with the glowing comments and seeing my son's older box I was happy to purchase.