by nancy » Mon Jan 16, 2012 12:09 pm
I know that many people have had problems in floods and other electric outages with keeping food frozen and cold. We live in an area where the power can go out for a week or two in the winter. This got me thinking about my freezer. I tried to run it with an inverter but the compresser took too much start and just wouldn’t work. So I started looking around to see what I could find and I went to Walmart. They have small but not too small freezers. The one I got is about waist high and about four foot long. They don’t take much power but hold quite a bit. The main thing is to check and see how much power it takes and make sure your inverter is bigger to compensate for the compresser. I have a harbor freight inverter at 1000 watts peak power. And I can start my little freezer from unfrozen on a summer day and run it to freezing on a very small car battery. I haven’t tried keeping it on to see how long it stays frozen on the same battery but since it doesn’t run all the time probably quite a while.
The little freezer was 149.00 when I got it and the inverter was 69.00 and I just used the batteries we had. So this is a pretty cheap way to keep frozen food with no electric. You can also freeze containers of ice and build an insulated box to put them in and have refrigeration as well.