Alpicool C15 12 volt car fridge / freezer review

I bought an Alpicool C15 model compressor/refrigerant based car refrigerator/freezer for a project. They also have a C20 model which is exactly the same but has a “bump up” in the lid for 20 liters of capacity. I paid $145 with a coupon, and I’ve seen them retail around $190. Here is my Amazon Affiliate   link:

Quick summary of the review video above:   15L interior capacity, can get the interior down to at least -12C, chills four 12oz cans to 3.5C in 4.5 hours, freezes 2 lbs of water in 12 hours, draws up to 50 watts continuous when the compressor is running (never goes above 150 watts on startup so can be ran by my Ego Nexus Escape). It averages 13 watts draw over a 24 hour period at 0 deg C without opening the lid (310 watt/hrs in a day). When set to -20 deg C it draws an average of 25.4 watts per hour (610 watt/hrs in a day).

The amount of insulation is relatively minimal (especially if you are using it as a freezer) but the internal volume / total surface area is small enough that it really doesn’t take up that much power as a refrigerator. Its all plastic construction and friction fit lid is cheap (reflecting the price I paid) but serviceable.   My unit was damaged in shipping and had some plastic break off the side, but still functioned fine. As I plan on voiding the warranty and most of the exterior case in my project, I didn’t mind, but a normal customer would have shipped it back to Amazon for a replacement.

Video on how to use the control panel (including converting the display to Fahrenheit) is here:

4 thoughts on “Alpicool C15 12 volt car fridge / freezer review

    • By “trips” do you mean shuts down or turns off? 4 degrees F is quite cold, and may be the lowest operating temperature it can reach, but that is just a guess.

  1. Hi, I’ve been running my Alpicool C15 in my van conversion for 2 years – on 12V it’s never got below 10C and even when plugged into 240V supply (UK) it still struggles. It has never got anywhere near freezing water – when the ambient temp is high its pretty useless.
    Have I got a faulty fridge or do you have any suggestions on how to fix this?

    • Mine definitely froze water (took a while, but was able to maintain under zero C temps), but it was running inside a house (e.g. 75 f ambient temps) and off of the mains power supply (14 volts). However, assuming your 12v power supply is constant and the temp inside your van isn’t over 80 F I would still expect it to be able to get down to -1 C. So it sounds like yours isn’t working as well as mine.

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