APPLIANCE magazine traveled to Chicago, IL, U.S. to report on the National Hardware Show, held Aug. 10-12, and found that some small appliance makers are moving into the thermoelectric cooler and warmer market. The cooler/warmer is a portable appliance for use in boats, cars, offices, dorm rooms, on camping trips, and other locations where space is at a premium. The appliance provides hot and cold storage for pop, sandwiches, wine, and other food items.
One of the companies that featured such appliances at the show was Zhongshan Haika Electric Appliances Co., Ltd.
The cooler/warmer products available from Zhongshan have capacities ranging from 4 to 24 L and have energy consumption of 59 W a.c. cooling (39 W d.c.) and 53 W a.c. heating (32 W d.c.). According to the company, the products cool to 20 degrees C (68 degrees F) below ambient temperature and heat up to 65 degrees C (149 degrees F). It has a CFC-free polyurethane foam lining.
Shown is the Model CH-205D/CH-205AD, with a capacity of 13.5 liters - about 3 gallons.