BODEGAcooler Mini 12V Portable Freezer P15 Review

Credit: by by Brian Beeler

Not all IT admins are located in a data center, some might be located out in the field. For individuals in that group, we’ve located an off-the-shelf option that fits in the back of a work truck or transport vehicle. The BODEGAcooler Mini 12V Portable Freezer is a compact 15-liter portable fridge/freezer that has an operating temperature range of -4-68F, and capable of operating 12/24V, 120V, or optional batteries. This isn’t a Peltier-chip based cooler, but one equipped with a compressor to reach and maintain sub-zero temperatures.

mini portable freezer
The size is very compact, able to hold a day or two worth of beverages depending on how much “Helpdesk” help is needed out in the field. While the sizing might initially seem too small when compared to a traditional cooler that requires ice to maintain its temperature, all of the internal volume can be dedicated to food or drinks inside this unit.
mini portable freezer P15

The controls are easy to use, with physical buttons and a display to set or view the temperature of the unit. It also has Bluetooth connectivity for some advanced settings through an app. Besides the obvious temperature, the settings are pretty basic.

You can switch between eco and max power modes for power conservation and for vehicle usage set voltage cutoff limits so the truck still starts after those long-haul deployments. Noise during operation is minimal, staying completely in the background without drawing attention to itself.

portable freezer temperature display

The BODEGAcooler Mini 12V Portable Freezer offers three ways to power itself. It includes both an AC adapter and car power socket adapter. Being rated for 12/24V conditions gives it some flexibility. We enjoyed using the DC power plug with a portable power station for extensive runtime. The unit also supports optional integrated battery packs, although we didn’t receive those for testing. Instead, we used the two battery bays to store additional snacks.
temperature app control

At the time of this article, the BODEGAcooler Mini 12V Portable Freezer has a street price of $359.

BODEGAcooler Mini 12V Portable Freezer P15 Specifications

Model P15
Capacity 15L/16Quarts
Cooler Size 17.04*12.20*18.39 inches
Weight 8kg
Rated Voltage AC 110V~240V DC 12V/24V
Rated Current AC 0.8A-0.3A DC 4.0A-2.0A
Rated Power Input 45W
Noise Level ≤45dB
Temperature Range -20℃~20℃ (-4 °F~68)

Final Thoughts

For IT admins in a data center, the StorageReview IT Helpdesk is a fun way to blow off some steam and enjoy some fun in a data center. Yes, it might also strike fear into the hearts of IT admins when they calculate the cost of all that equipment under a pile of ice, but can you really put a price on happiness?

For those who want a similar experience without job liability, there are some other great options. The BODEGAcooler Mini 12V Portable Freezer P15 offers similar capacity, without the need for ice. It can get down to temperatures as low as -4F, and operate off almost all lab or remote voltages like 110-240V AC or 12/24V DC. This allows it to operate just fine in any data center that you can sneak it into or a remote work site. It also fits excellently underneath a desk.

Whatever your need, we’ve got you covered at StorageReview when it comes to “optimizing” your IT needs.

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