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Saturday, 26 Nov 2016

We review BainTuff power sockets with good results

BainTuff Engel socket
BainTuff Engel socket

Have you ever looked at your Engel car fridge and been surprised to see it far above normal operating temperature? This is sometimes caused by the standard cigarette socket power plug becoming loose through vibration, and can make the food in your fridge unsafe to eat.

It happened to us on day four of a three week 4x4 trip from Kalgoorlie WA to Halls Creek NT via the extremely remote Canning Stock Route.

There are little supplies available over those 2,400 odd kilometers, so we set up at Kalgoorlie for a few days, planned our menu, and purchased meat from the local butcher.

He kindly cryovaced it into two-person portions and froze it in his Engel. We picked it up the following day and packed it neatly into our Engel. Our fridge was pre-chilled and set on minus 5ºC.

Having packed the frozen supplies, we then covered them with two cut-to-fit newspapers and a piece of cardboard leaving the top half of our fridge available for fruit, veggies and milk.

On this adventure, we removed meat from under the newspapers at night and placed in the top half of fridge to thaw for the following day.

All prepared and set up, we headed off on a 4x4 adventure of a lifetime enjoying the rugged scenery, exploring many wells and points of interest along the way.

Engel end CigaSocket plug screws off for terminal fitting of BainTuff plug
Engel end CigaSocket plug screws off for terminal fitting of BainTuff plug

On day four, we suddenly noticed our fridge temp had risen to 2ºC.  The standard Engel cigarette plug had partly vibrated out of the vehicle’s standard ciga socket and lost power.

Now, with Baintech’s BainTuff surface mount Engel Socket, those days are gone. With a hinged cap and metal construction, the socket is rated 0-36v DC with maximum 15amp load.

The Engel plug has a unique 2-pin connector which screws off from the ciga socket end. The plugs fit into the special BainTuff hinged-cap spade socket and the cord section screws in under the cap, resulting in a tight, secure, and vibration-free power connection.

Naturally, the Engel socket must be wired into a suitable power supply in your vehicle, preferably from an auxiliary battery system. It will work in a vehicle, RV Camper or boat as well, wherever you keep an Engel portable fridge/freezer handy.

During that trip along the Canning Stock Route, we temporarily repaired our connection on the road by running a bead of silicone around the plug while inserted into the vehicle’s ciga socket.

Luckily no food was lost and upon arrival at Halls Creek three weeks later, we still had two packets of frozen chicken in the same condition it was packed.

The Baintuff range is designed to continue to perform in the toughest Australian outdoors conditions. Available in a Ciga socket, Engel socket and USB, this range is durable, robust and safe, and can be purchased from their website at www.baintech.com.au/baintuff

Pam and Alan


Standard Engel CigaSocket plug
Standard Engel CigaSocket plug
Engel power supply securely fitted to BainTuff Engel Socket
Engel power supply securely fitted to BainTuff Engel Socket
BainTuff double USB
BainTuff double USB
BainTuff CigASocket
BainTuff CigASocket



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