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 If you’re one of the folks who is in an endless search for ice for your hard-sided cooler, you might want to rethink your cooling strategy…

Camping cooling has come a very long way in recent years, including the advent of smart fridge/freezer options that take the guesswork out of keeping your food and drinks at the proper temperature. Who’d have thought when you were roughing it all those years ago that today you could control your camping fridge/freezer with your phone?!

Smart cooling options like the National Luna Legacy 50L smart fridge/freezer are at the top of our list of must-have camping items. With reliable performance, ease of use, and the backing of one of the best names in the business, there are plenty of reasons to invest in one of these units for your adventures.

Let’s dive in and explore exactly why you should consider a smart fridge for your camping setup!

You Can Use an App to Monitor Your Smart Fridge/Freezer

 With a fridge/freezer like the National Luna Legacy 50L smart fridge/freezer, you get the benefit of smartphone app monitoring to keep an eye on how the unit is performing. Just download the NL Connect Bluetooth App to your iOS or Android device, and you’ll have all sorts of information at your fingertips.

For example, you can monitor the fridge's live charge and discharge currents, battery system voltages, and charge state. You can also set custom timers and alarm parameters, so if you want, the app will notify you if the fridge exceeds a set temperature point.

You can also use the NL Connect app to be notified of low-battery conditions, adjust the unit’s operating thresholds for different vehicles, and receive fault notifications. In other words, you’ve got all the live data you could possibly want to monitor the Legacy fridge/freezer’s performance—all without getting out of your camp chair!

Take Control of Your Smart Fridge/Freezer’s Settings Remotely

 The NL Connect App isn’t just for monitoring how the Legacy 50L fridge/freezer is working, though…


Instead, you can use your phone to accomplish simple tasks, such as changing the temperature readings from Celsius to Fahrenheit. The app can also be used to control the temperature set points in the fridge’s compartment (or compartments in the case of a dual-zone unit).

The NL Connect app gives you the ability to adjust the fridge’s operating modes as well. You can even turn a compartment on or off. So, for example, if you have a dual-zone fridge/freezer and you only need the space in one zone for a short trip, you can disable the other zone to reduce power consumption.

Of course, the Legacy 50L has manual controls on the front if you prefer. Use these controls to adjust everything from the temperature to the depth of discharge of the battery to the operating mode (low, medium, high, turbo, energy-efficient). It really couldn’t be any easier to operate this fridge/freezer!

Enjoy Better Efficiency With a Smart Fridge/Freezer

 The whole point of having a fridge/freezer is to give you the cooled space required for the duration of your trip. And with a National Luna Legacy 50L, you can reap the benefits of ample cooling space because this unit is extremely energy efficient.

A big part of that efficiency is due to the new off-road compressor (a proprietary feature of National Luna) used in these fridge/freezers. In addition to being more efficient, this compressor was purpose-built to handle the rough life of off-grid camping. It can take the bumps of the trail without skipping a beat

Furthermore, the Legacy 50L has an AC/DC electronic power supply. This supply enables the Legacy 50L to operate anywhere from 9.6V to 31.5V DC plus AC voltage from 100V to 240V. Automatic switching between AC and DC is standard, too. An 8-year warranty is included on top of that, so you have peace of mind that this compressor will do its thing, and if something goes awry, you’re covered.

Premium Construction Makes a Smart Fridge/Freezer Well Worth It


National Luna isn’t one of the most trusted names in the camping fridge/freezer game for nothing. As explained in our video above, National Luna models are built like tanks - to the point that one of our 60L models survived a structure fire at our headquarters!

The Legacy fridge/freezers have a durable stainless steel exterior that can handle use and abuse. Inside, the aluminum interior provides a lightweight, durable surface that also aids in improved cooling. In between the stainless exterior and aluminum interior is an injected high-pressure foam that kicks the insulative value of these fridge/freezers up a notch.

The result of all this is a fridge/freezer with more interior space for your food and drinks without increasing the overall footprint of the unit. Add in copper cooling piping, and you have a recipe for a fridge/freezer that offers consistent temperatures throughout. With more stable temperatures, these units require less time to cool down and reduce running time. Your food will stay cold longer, too.

Cold food using less space and less energy - what’s not to like?

A Quality Name Brand Smart Fridge/Freezer Makes Camping More Convenient

 You’ve undoubtedly heard the term “you get what you pay for.” Well, that’s a true statement in a lot of areas of life, and camping gear is no exception.

Sure, you can get some knock-off, bargain-basement fridge/freezer, but the consequences of doing so are often borne out with poor performance, malfunctions, and an overall lack of functionality. These aren’t things you want to deal with when you’re on a weeklong off-grid adventure!

When you’re enjoying the outdoors, the last thing you want is to be concerned if your food will keep or be spoiled by your fridge/freezer. That’s why it’s so important to shop for brands like National Luna that build high-quality products that enhance the convenience factor around camp. The higher price point is worth it in the long run because of the durability, energy efficiency, and ease of use discussed earlier. Would you rather buy one National Luna fridge/freezer that lasts you a generation or several cheap models that fail after a few weeks, months, or years? The choice seems obvious!

At BTR Outfitters, we take the “you get what you pay for” matra seriously. We know there are plenty of outdoor adventure companies you can choose to work with, so we strive to make your experience better - that’s why BTR (pronounced better) is in our name!

Before, during, and after the sale, we’ll be with you along the way to help you make the right decisions for your needs. Stop by our headquarters off Interstate 20 in Abilene, Texas, or contact us today to learn more about the National Luna fridge/freezer options we recommend (and for help with whatever other outdoor adventure questions you have!).