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Old 09-20-2014, 01:51 PM   #15
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Replaced our norcold 12XX refrrig with the Samsung RF197 last week. Cuts and bruises are now healing. Went in pretty well through the rv door with no doors.
My question is how much does this refrig pull in watts? I am measuring about 65 to 70 watts through my inverter. That seems pretty good. What do the rest of you measure?
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I have never measured the amount of Inverter Watts the RF197 uses however I did do a three month study using shore power for the RF197. It averaged between 1.81 - 1.83 KwH's per day.

I would be more concerned with the amount of Inverter Amp Hours it uses in one day. That would tell you how many batteries you would need to have before needing to re-charge those batteries back to Float SOC. BTW, if you have a typical battery bank of four 6 VDC batteries with about 450 AH's, then you are only able to use 225 of those AH's before needing to recharge back to Full SOC.

Remember the power formula, Watts=Amps x Volts

So if in one day the RF197 uses 1800 watts at 120 VAC, that would be 1800 Watts = 15 amps X 120 volts AC.

Now 15 amps shore power would be about 180 Inverter amps and most likely a little more due to Inverter losses. If you only have 225 available then without having ANYTHING else running you could easily run the fridge for almost one day before needing a battery charge.

If you have other stuff plugged in and running then you will need to re-charge earlier.

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Thanks Richard,

My main concern was the comparatively low power drain. I should be able to do quite will overnight boon-docking.

We usually are connected to shore power but occasionally dry camp.

Your right, we have 4X6 VDC batteries and 250 Watts solar so I'm happy.

We'll see how it works out at Quartzsite next Jan.
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