An efficient way to keep your personal refreshments cool.
There is something really refreshing about having a private cooler in your office. A few years back, I was working long hours for a communication agency and I loved the convenience of having a mini fridge in my office. That was quite a while ago though and I thought it might be time for an upgrade. The Uber Chill 6 Can Mini Fridge is the perfect size for any office – even the work from home office.
The Uber Chill 6 Can Mini Fridge is available in six different colors – Ubertone Red, Gun Metal Silver, Navy Blue, White, Black, and Black with Blue LED. It is designed to house up to six 12 ounce cans or four 16.9 ounce bottles of beverages. The fridge uses environmentally friendly thermo-electric pettier technology and can cool or warm the contents. The device comes with both and AC power cord and a car power cable for ultimate portability.
- Compact yet roomy 4-liter size, holds up to six 12-oz. cans or four 500-mL. bottles
- Features heating and cooling options to keep contents cool or hot. Both options are preset optimal temperatures
- Portable Plugs into 12V car or Home outlet (Built in AC/DC transformer) Both cord’s included
- Eco Friendly High quality Solid-state thermo-electric cooling system keeps drinks at optimal drinking temperature
- Retro styling perfect for bedroom, office or dorm. Features a removable shelf and a self-locking recessed door handle
As I mentioned, I have used mini fridges like the Uber Chill in the past. The design of my previous fridge was almost identical in size and shape, but I think the cooling/heating technology is actually better than my older fridge. The Uber Chill comes in a simple cardboard box. The name of the product is on the box, but there isn’t tons of information included on it. The box is only slightly bigger than the fridge itself and doesn’t seem to be able to protect the unit if it were to be dropped.
Operation of the fridge is very simple. You plug it into power using either the AC outlet cord or the car cord. I opted to plug the fridge into a standard wall outlet in my office. The fridge is so small that it easily fits on top of a bookcase or desk. There is a switch on the back of the fridge with three positions – heat, off, or cool. I switched it to cool and let the fridge cool off before I attempted to place anything inside. The fridge has a vent and fan on the rear of it and while it’s plugged in and turned on, there is a moderate amount of noise produced by the unit. It can easily fade into the background and isn’t distracting, but it does add to room noise.
After about an hour of having the fridge turned on, I reached into it to see if it was cooling and the sides did feel chilled. The difference between this type of fridge and a traditional one is that there is nothing pushing cool air into the unit. The temperature change comes from the sides on the interior. So, when you first open the door to the fridge, you don’t feel a rush of cool air come out, but if you place your hand inside and touch the sides, you can feel a temperature change.
One of the things I noticed about my previous fridge was that it did a lousy job of cooling down items that weren’t already cold. So, I wondered if the same would be true of this mini fridge. Fortunately, the Uber Chill does a much better job than my previous mini fridge. To test the Uber Chill out, I placed a chilled 12oz. can of soda into it along with a 16.9oz. bottle of water that was room temperature. After an hour, I checked both beverages. The soda was still cold and the water was slightly cooler than it was when I first placed it in the fridge. So, I left the two drinks for another hour and checked them again. This time the soda was still cold and the water was cold, too! Now, I’ve never timed how long it takes a bottle of water to chill in a standard fridge, but I think it’s about the same timing as the Uber Chill.
While this chilling session was successful, I have noticed that the more you pack into these fridges, the less efficient they are. So, I don’t know how well it would work if you were to pack an entire six pack into the unit.
The Uber Chill seems to be a decent mini fridge. It is convenient for homes and offices alike. If you are careful not to overload it, the unit is a very good option for keeping items cool and private.