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[Walmart] Hamilton Beach Compact Refrigerator 3.3 cu. ft. - $97.97 (was $169.97)

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[Walmart] Hamilton Beach Compact Refrigerator 3.3 cu. ft. - $97.97 (was $169.97)

Was looking to buy a new mini-fridge and this is the cheapest one I could find. I think it's a pretty good price given the size. Delivery is free.

Price was rolledback from $169.97.

Also 1% ebates.

Items subtotal: $97.97
HST @ 13.0%: 12.74
Total: $110.71

I would also recommend waiting at least 24 hours before plugging it in after delivery. Once a fridge is on its side, it needs to be upright for a while before you plug it in or else it will break it.
Last edited by BillyBill on Aug 3rd, 2019 3:18 pm, edited 5 times in total.
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Do I need another one?

Price in titular subject line, OP.
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Anyone know if this can be used for a long roadtrip? Can it be powered through an AC adaptor and how much current will it draw ?
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Saw a skid of these at the Gerrard Square store.
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Might be a good excuse to start experimenting dry aging beef...
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i've had mine for year now, i don't think it gets as cold anymore! might be user error, as im running it on a power cord extension instead of straight to wall outlet
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mikka2017 wrote: i've had mine for year now, i don't think it gets as cold anymore! might be user error, as im running it on a power cord extension instead of straight to wall outlet
Shouldn't be a problem. I've got a full size fridge running off a cheap extension, and it's plenty cold. Hamilton Beach doesn't strike me as a very good brand, but I don't know why I have that impression.
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My fridge broke down and I needed something to put some sandwiches and small amount of groceries for the next few days until the new fridge comes.

This is a life saver so I don't have to eat out for the next week and will hold beer/soda after the new fridge comes.

Everywhere else wanted 170+ for a fridge like this.

Thanks OP.
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How many cases of beer does it fit?

I want to hide it in the garage and away from the mother in law.........'cause she's a mean son-in-law beater when she drinks...... Disappointed But Relieved Face ......Smiling Face With Open Mouth And Smiling Eyes

On a serious note.....I need one for work but even a hundred bucks is a waste if it doesn't last several years.
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I bought 3 of these fridges in May of this year. One is already on its last legs, the compressor is starting to fail. The other two are rock solid. So as long as you get a good unit, you're good!
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OK I think I need to clean off the frost! No wonder it's not cold
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mikka2017 wrote: OK I think I need to clean off the frost! No wonder it's not cold

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Do you have the same model? How is it? :)
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jochooi wrote: Anyone know if this can be used for a long roadtrip? Can it be powered through an AC adaptor and how much current will it draw ?
Probably not. You would need to use an AC inverter and the start up draw of the compressor would be 3 - 4 amps @ 120 volts which = 360 watts. Assuming no loss in the inverter, this 360 watts would = 30 amps @ 12 volts (automotive voltage). While fridge is running I am estimating about 1 amp @ 120 volts which = 120 watts. Getting this 1 amp out of an inverter would require 12 volts X 10 amps = 120 watts. Again assuming no loss through the inverter. This load would exceed the current rating of most 12 volt cigarette lighter type sockets in vehicles. If you absolutely had to do it, you would need an inverter rated to produce the start up current and pretty heavy wires (probably 8 gauge) connected to the vehicles battery.

Without the engine running the battery would be discharged pretty quickly.

Inverters are not 100 percent efficient so my numbers are on the low side. It sure would be nice if it worked though...
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Aspyred wrote: Do you have the same model? How is it? :)
Yes same. Bought it. Last yr at wally with 10 evoucher code 90$. Works great when itsv100% new. My compressor might be going I don't hear it much. When new u shud hear it humming
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darcyh wrote: Probably not. You would need to use an AC inverter and the start up draw of the compressor would be 3 - 4 amps @ 120 volts which = 360 watts. Assuming no loss in the inverter, this 360 watts would = 30 amps @ 12 volts (automotive voltage). While fridge is running I am estimating about 1 amp @ 120 volts which = 120 watts. Getting this 1 amp out of an inverter would require 12 volts X 10 amps = 120 watts. Again assuming no loss through the inverter. This load would exceed the current rating of most 12 volt cigarette lighter type sockets in vehicles. If you absolutely had to do it, you would need an inverter rated to produce the start up current and pretty heavy wires (probably 8 gauge) connected to the vehicles battery.

Without the engine running the battery would be discharged pretty quickly.

Inverters are not 100 percent efficient so my numbers are on the low side. It sure would be nice if it worked though...
Wow, thanks ! you sure know your stuff
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ProjectPixelation wrote: Quick Edit to add more info [x2] - Added efficiency and annual KW figures for comparison.

I just returned this fridge to Walmart after trying it for 6 weeks. Note that I got this at regular price ($200 after tax).

Pros:
1) it "works" - for $200 after tax (at regular price), it was usable for the price.

Cons:
1) Due to the lack of a circulating fan, internal temps are very inconsistent. I've had the majority of items on the lower rack completely frozen, while stuff on the top are "chilled" this is at setting 6 (range from 0 - 7) - Note that 0 turns the unit off.
2) Power efficiency is terrible - uses about 80% of the electricity of my Samsung Fridge with 5.5x the capacity with a top freezer. FYI I used a P3 P3IP4400, Kill A Watt Electricity Usage Monitor to track energy usage.

Overall, warm-ish deal for $99... thought I'd share my experience so others can adjust their expectations.

Update #2:

This mini fridge uses approximately 40-50 watts when the compressor is running IIRC - Rated at 270KW annual - efficiency leaves a lot to be desired.

For reference I am using an Samsung RT18M6213SR top freezer fridge - 17.6 cubic feet - 448KW Annually (with Ice Maker), 364KW Annually (w/o Ice Maker). This fridge is 5.3x the cubic feet.

To simplify;
Hamilton Beach uses 81.81KW Annual per cubic feet VS:
Samsung 25.45 KW Annual per Cubic Feet (Ice Maker On)
Samsung 20.68 KW Annual per Cubic Feet (Ice Maker Off)
My response from the previous. thread. Thought I'd share my experience :)
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BillyBill wrote:
I would also recommend waiting at least 24 hours before plugging it in after delivery. Once a fridge is on its side, it needs to be upright for a while before you plug it in or else it will break it.
Curious, why do you have to wait 24hrs before plugging in (if it's been on it's side)?
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