Off-road adventures have always been full of surprises, challenges, and camaraderie. As you go along your journey, adrenaline fires up in bursts to keep you going on without feeling much fatigue. This keeps on going while you still drive and navigate. Before you know it, the effect of the adrenaline wears off, and you feel tired. But the day isn't over yet. After that long day of trailing in the mountain with your buddies, you will still have to set up camp, fix some barbecue, and refresh with a cold drink. This is where the need for a cooler comes in. And we are talking about a big efficient cooler, enough to keep your drinks, meat, and other food in frigid conditions. Ensuring your pack remains in almost constant temperature despite a long day under the sun is a challenge. Fortunately, you can equip your rig with a portable freezer. This is where ARB comes in. This aftermarket off-road equipment brand designed the ARB cooler exactly to address that specific need of every outdoorsman. Having our concerns in mind, we decided to test one unit and bring it to our journey. We carried the ARB cooler in our Toyota Land Cruiser 80 Series. Here's what we found out:
- 100% CFC free
- Low amperage draw
- Ice-free operation
- Powder-coated zinc steel cabinet shell
- Compatible with solar panel and generator
- Integrated battery protection system
- Recessed front mounted digital control panel
- Internal LED cabinet light
- 50oF to 0oF cooling capacity
- Equipped with Danfoss refrigeration compressor
- Can be matched with the remote fridge monitor
- Three years warranty
- The ARB cooler fit snugly behind the Land Cruiser's second row bench seat. The dimensions were just right that we still had enough space to fit other camping gear for the day trip. What's cool about the cooler is you can adjust its position to your liking without compromise.
- It also had carrying rails which we believe were strategically placed so that it can be moved around places with ease.
- We liked the lid mechanism of the cooler. It allowed us to remove the lid in two ways. First is by sliding it away from the cooler's top, perfect when there are vehicle ceiling issues. The second is opening using the joint as a fulcrum.
- Just like any other cooler filled with drinks and food, the ARB cooler is a hefty bulk to carry. However, because of its compressor, you might need some extra muscle to carry the cooler when filled to the brim.
The ARB cooler can keep your food and drinks at low temperatures. This equipment is ideal for long trails and camping. However, if you just plan a half day's worth of trip, you can just opt for smaller coolers that don't have compressors.