Dometic ACX40G with Gas Canister cradle . GAS CANISTER NOT INCLUDED. Absorption cooler, with an integrated cradle for a gas cartridge – the only one on the market.
You’ve found a dream place to stay but there’s no way to get there with the vehicle and no mains hook-up either ... Don’t worry, CombiCool ACX absorption coolers from Dometic give you maximum freedom in choosing your picnic site. They run on 12 volts in the vehicle and on 230 volts at home or at a campsite. In the great outdoors you simply switch over to gas mode. This provides cooling up to 30 °C below the ambient temperature. As this is part of the ACX family it has the elegant aluminium housing with the distinctive lid.
The ACX40G (Formerly RC1205GC) offers uncompromising independence, and are even able to operate with a gas cartridge (approx. 250 g). Ideal for camping in a tent and other last-minute activities – this uncomplicated source of energy is easy to take along. With a volume of 40 litres, and vertical space for large bottles, this decidedly goodvalue absorption unit has proven to be the ideal camping coolers. The ACX40G will keep their contents 30°C below the ambient temperature. In addition if anyone wants ice cubes in their drink: Ice cube trays are included.
We have been told by Dometic that a single canister can last upto a day (depending on ambient temperature). This makes it perfect for a weekend trip as you don't need to bring a large gas bottle as you would with other coolboxes, you can just use 2 or 3 small canisters instead!
This coolbox is 508 mm in depth and can be used on 12 volts, 230 volts and gas cartridges. Energy supply guaranteed anywhere it is used!
(gas canister not included)
Dometic ACX40G with Gas Canister Cradle Features
Thermostat regulation in 30-volt mode
3-stage flame regulation in gas mode
Vertical space for 1.5- and 2-litre bottles
Ice cube tray
Colour: aluminium finish/black
Cooling : 18 °C below ambient temperature
Total volume (l) : 40
Weight (kg) : 16
Dimensions (HxWxD) (mm) : 500 x 444 x 508 mm
Cable length (m) : 1.5 (100V)
Consumption at 12 volts DC (watts) : 85
Consumption at 230 volts DC (watts) : 9.8
Gas (g/h) : 9.8
THIS COOLBOX USES ABSORPTION TECHNOLOGY
What is the difference between the cooling technologies? ABSORPTION COOLING Details of distinguishing features:
Gas-powered cooling independent of electricity
Three way cooling – Gas, 12 volts DC or 230 volts AC
Cooling performance depending on the ambient temperature
The Technical Bit A concentrated ammonia solution is heated in a boiler and expelled as vapour. The pressurised ammonia gas is then liquefied in a condenser. Supplied with hydrogen, it evaporates and in the process extracts heat from the storage container. The ammonia gas then enters the absorber where it is reabsorbed in a weak solution of ammonia. Finally, the saturated solution flows back to the boiler where the whole cycle starts again.
THERMOELECTRIC TECHNOLOGY Details of distinguishing features:
12 / 24 / 230 Volt
Independent of inclination
Lightweight and low-cost
Cooling performance depending on the ambient temperature
The Technical Bit The thermoelectric principle was discovered by J. C. A. Peltier, which is why the temperature generating parts of thermoelectric systems are referred to as Peltier elements. Thermoelectrics are based on the fact that cold or heat energy (depending on the polarity) is generated when a DC current is conducted between different types of metal. The heating or cooling capacity is further enhanced by heat exchangers and air fans. Ideal for low and medium cooling volumes.
COMPRESSOR TECHNOLOGY Details of distinguishing features:
Excellent cooling performance even at extreme ambient temperatures
Refrigeration and deep-freezing
12 / 24 / 100 – 240 volts
Low power consumption – suitable for solar operation
Quiet operation with little vibration
Independent of inclination
The Technical Bit Compressor units operate using a refrigerant that changes from liquid to gaseous state in the evaporator. The evaporation extracts heat from the interior of the cooling unit – the temperature drops. The compressor draws in the refrigerant, compresses it and passes it on to the condenser. Here, the absorbed heat is released to the atmosphere. The refrigerant liquefies again and flows to the evaporator, where the cycle begins again.
20 Customer Reviews on Dometic ACX40G with Gas Canister Cradle
Good Little Alrounder
by Preston lancs (26 Apr 2020)
Neat solution for camping / camper or day van fridge. Using in my vw transport kombi. Like that it captures spills in the compartment and has ribbed bottom so stuff isn't sat in liquid. Ice cube tray is tiny (6 half size cubes) and falls off element then melts quickly if bumped, I'll add some sort of elastic band at some point. Great for EHU and acts as a silent 100w cabin heater. Can't use gas in van or house as fumes danger. Recommends run in house for 24hrs on mains before trip. Looks sturdy but wouldn't say can use as seat.
by Mrs B (01 Sep 2019)
We were sceptical but the fridge did an amazing job with keeping our food and drinks chilled. We used 3 gas canisters for 4 days of camping.
Ideal For Camping Trips And Quick Delivery
by Amanda Saunders (01 Aug 2019)
Product perfect for camping & the mens fishing trips. Quick delivery and great customer service. Very happy with product and would recommend
The Jury's Still Out
by Wcg (01 Aug 2019)
Used for 6 days camping at Fairford 2019, where the temperatures ranged from around 12C ( nights ) to 28C. Running for 12-14 hours each day it only used 2 gas cartridges, so can't fault it for that.
Despite following the instructions, getting it to light was a bit of a pig of a job, usually taking several minutes.
During the daytime it never got close to the claimed 'up to 30°C below ambient temperature', usually falling short by 8-10C despite trying just about every combination of settings on the controllers.
Switched off during the nights, where I found that by the following morning ( 7-8 hours later ) the interior temperature was the same as the outside temperature.....not too bad when that was around 12C, but it led to curdled milk when it was around 17C.
One thing they really need to look at for future models is fitting a lock/catch on the lid....ridiculous that a £300+ coolbox lacks what's standard on an el-cheapo £30 coolbox! And as another reviewer has commented, it could also do with a built-in temperature gauge
by GRAHAM FLINT (02 Jul 2019)
NO NEED TO CARRY A BIG GAS BOTTLE ABOUT JUST POP A GAS CANISTER INTO THE BACK SHOULD LAST AT LEAST A DAY OR MORE WILL BE TRYING END OF THE MONTH AT SHELL ISLAND
by Mr D H Greatbatch (11 Jun 2019)
Well pleased with this device, looks smart easy to use large capacity and works well. Very quick delivery. Would recommend to anyone thinking of purchasing one.
Silent, Cold And Looks Good In Person.
by James (02 Jun 2019)
Great looking, the brushed finish really stands out. As a fridge I'm impressed, on mains and setting 7 it is very easy to accidentally freeze most of the contents. 12V keeps it cold but doesn't freeze quite as much. Setting 4-5 is still cold, cans will get condensation on them etc. For those who haven't used this type of fridge it's worth noting that anything directly touching the element (rear top of the inside) will likely freeze; do not put fruit/veg here.
And utterly silent, I'm very happy with it.
by James Bennett (18 May 2019)
Cold, freezes ice cubes (not many, but quickly) and absolutely silent, when I first plugged it in I was sure it was working due to the silence. This is perfect kit for camping!!!
Plugged In At Home, Cold Beer In A Jiffy.
by Dc10fun (31 Mar 2019)
got the stand with it so we now have a mini bar until we can get out camping. beautiful construction quality.
Amazing Device, Very Robust, Outstanding Performance And Build
by Bob (13 Jul 2018)
Very robust, outstanding insulation, well made. you could stand and jump on it it's that sold. The unit gets REALLY cold on gas, and makes ice-cubes easily on gas, which I wasn't sure was possible. The unit is incredibly efficient and literally silent on all 3 power-sources as there are no fans. The unit is solid-state in effect with no moving parts like fans to go wrong, like it invariably will on cheap models, so it should last a lifetime. This unit is the only one on the market that uses disposable gas cartridges, the other Dometic model that also used cartridges [RC 1205 GC] has gone end-of-life and is replaced by this one. This model is supposed to have +5 degrees see cooling from ambient over the previous [above] model also, and I have no reason to doubt that, if anything it'd give you ice in mid 30's and higher [ the ice holder is fairly small, you just get 6 cubes, but they are created fairly quickly, often before you've finished you previous drink ;-) ] Because it is silent, you just can't tell it's on, when on AC/DC as there is no LED or otherwise any indication it's on, you have to guess, as it's silent as well as gas, but on gas you can see the gas flame by looking down the 'chimney' at the back. You have to infer it's working as heat rises from the heat-exchanger on the back on AC/DC. That's a good thing though, as it won't disturb your sleep when it's just outside your tent. When on AC the lack of a power LED isn't so much of a problem, but in my car on DC, i want the reassurance the plug is still in the lighter socker and, in general, they forever pop out when driving [in general, not related to this model]. It also has no temperature reading, which on a unit of this price-bracket is pretty short-sighted as the 'cooling level' just has a rotary adjustment knob. I just dropped a £4 min-max digital thermomiter in the bottom and i'm good. Surprising [but trivial] oversights aside, this unit is actually outstandi
Very Glad To Have Purchased It And Looking Forward To Putting ...
by Theresa Perchard (01 Mar 2018)
A totally silent 3 way top class piece of camping equipement, and totally worth investing the money on, very glad to have purchased it and looking forward to putting it to good use in the warmer months.
by D Chambers (01 Sep 2017)
After much research decided that this Dometic with gas canister was right for me, this product did not disappoint, easy to operate, amazingly efficient, generally used 1 canister over 24 hr on mid setting which was perfectly good for one of our hottest bank holidays! A real gem!
by Sze Ka Lun (19 Aug 2017)
Its a really good cool box.
by Mrs Evans (09 Aug 2017)
Does exactly what it says. Cools superbly and using the cannisters couldn't be easier. Perhaps in the long run may prove not to be as economical but then there's no paying for connectors or bottle and no extra storage space required. Cannister lasts 24-26hrs. Looks classy and very stylish, only concern is if it will mark easily
Handy Cool Box
by Mr Gardner (04 Aug 2017)
Dometic Cool box ACX40G.
I used this over a four day weekend visit to a music festival. I stored the coolbox in the awning next to our campervan, which does not have a fridge. This why I bought the coolbox. I ran it at home on 240v to get it cold then 12v whilst travelling the six hour journey, then finally used a gas canister at the campsite. The gas canisters just push in and seem to held magnetically. It was easy to light the flame on the gas setting. I just pushed the igniter button down about three times whilst holding the gas button down. You can see the flame in a small hole at the back. You can also feel the heat rising from the vent as well. The gas canister lasted around 24 hours on the middle setting. The canisters are about £1.50 each so for a short break this is fine. The coolbox itself is well made and worked fine keeping all our food and drinks nice and cold, just like a proper fridge!
Delivery was excellent and swift.
Fantastic, A Camping Must Have
by Amazon Customer (18 Jul 2017)
best camping item ever, just works brilliantly uses approx. a cartridge of gas every 25 hrs when in high ambient temperatures, On 240Vac / 12Vdc or gas it gets really cool. more expensive but it works.
by Mr Stevens (03 Sep 2016)
I've only used the Dometic 1205GC on gas canisters so far but it was excellent. Kept food and drinks very cold, even on lowest setting, over a hot long bank holiday weekend.
Only negative is it's pretty heavy, even empty and suspect in colder weather it might get too cold inside as it refrigerated to a certain number of C below ambient.
It's silent when running, which is great in a tent.
Overall a very good product.
by Mr irving (31 Aug 2016)
best piece of camping gear i have ever bought charged up on mains before leaving plugged into car got to camp switched to gas cartridge worked perfectly if switched off at night as it was in my tent large well vented tent just in case well worth having if your staying at your site for more than a couple of days
by Tracey Bateman (10 Jul 2016)
Really impressed with this fridge! Gas canister last 24 hours with the setting on high! I did have to turn it down as it froze some chicken I had put in!!
Only down side is that it is heavy but still the best bit of camping kit I've bought apart from a tent!!!!
The Best One So Far
by Kellins (18 Jul 2015)
We had a bit of a fault with ours but it was sorted out by Leisureshopdirect's amazing customer service and support. We bought this piece of kit as recommended by several friend's and it works great. Even keeps ice going on a weekend trip using the canisters!
This is the third fridge we have bought and the best so far so no need to keep looking.
1 FAQ on the Dometic ACX40G with Gas Canister Cradle
What are absorption coolers?
A concentrated ammonia solution is heated in a boiler and expelled as vapour. The pressurised ammonia gas is then liquefied in a condenser. Supplied with hydrogen, it evaporates and in the process extracts heat from the storage container. The ammonia gas then enters the absorber where it is reabsorbed in a weak solution of ammonia. Finally, the saturated solution flows back to the boiler where the whole cycle starts again.
Gas-powered cooling independent of electricity 12 volts DC and 230 volts AC Silent operation Cooling performance depending on the ambient temperature
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