Cheap enough but there is a reason for that. They don't work very well and chew 12v current like crazy. Of course it would make a useful ice box if you try it and find it useless as a fridge. Just throw away the peltier bits and seal up the holes. good luck olewill
I think our comments should be catagorized.
1) the general arguments for and against peltier type coolers.
2) the value of the Lidl cooler in particular.
I use a waeco compressor chest and also a peltier. The peltier uses 3 amps continuous and has simiar noise levels to the compressor but being on all the time is actually less noticable (at night) than the compressor which cuts in and out.
There are pros and cons related to both these types of cooling device. The Lidl sounds good value, I wonder what was the price of the Waeco badged item.
The rebadged Waeco-Dometic cooler I bought from Aldi was £39.99, AFAIK they are still available depending on which shop you visit. See here : https://www.aldi.co.uk/en/specialbuys/thur-25-june/product-detail/ps/p/electric-coolbox-2/I wonder what was the price of the Waeco badged item.
I foolishly bought one from force 4 a few months ago on impulse... £49...although I must say it keeps things nice and cool...even in the hot weather we are having, I could do with another so might give the lidl one a go.
I have the Aldi/Waeco one too, and for the money it's not bad. I don't find it that noisy and it keeps drinks and extra food cool, and so I use it as an overflow for my built in fridge.+1. I have the Aldi version (rebadged Dometic-Waeco mode with mains as well as 12V options).
In addition to what Olewill has posted, they're noisy and they do not maintain the low temperatures attained at all well if powered off, partly because the insulation is not very good and partly because the peltier coolers are alleged to run backwards allowing the contents to warm up quickly.
There is something like them, but for the same capacity they're bigger and more expensive.Shame really, as something like them which actually worked well would be a complete boon on the boat and in the car.