Ok.. I have a question about this... I'm upgrading to a wine cooler (fridgeador) from a coolerador ... Basically because of the size - NOT THE COOLING ABILITY. In fact, I found a great deal on a glass door wine fridge that has a cooling issue (it doesn't cool! haha)- it has built-in fans for air circulation, stainless accented wooden trays, blue led lights and a gorgeous blue led display for temp - that I'd love to convert in to RH display!
I don't want to run the compressor to cool - even if it did work, I don't want the added electricity expense. Any issue with running the fridge without plugging it in? I can't see why- it would just be a big glorified cooler at that point right?
It certainly doesn't seem that it would matter if you're not using the fridge for cooling and only for storage.
I did speak with a Sr. Designer at Vinotemp and he "schooled" me about the compressor cooling units they use in Vinotemp products (I was actually at the Vinotemp factory in LA). He told me that they are designed specifically for use with Wine and designed to not completely draw the moisture out of the air. David went on to tell me that the cooling units will allow an RH between 55%-75% (and some units are actually programmable). I'm not a wine-drinker/hoarder, but apparently the "ideal" wine storage conditions are fairly close to the ideal storage conditions for cigars (at least as far as there is an acceptable range of temperature and humidity that's good for both).
Here's a link for more information on Vinotemp.
Hopefully this additional information is helpful. And I don't work for Vinotemp. I've just been looking around at options considering another hot LA summer is on the way.
--->edited for some bad grammar
Edited by seadub, 29 March 2010 - 05:22 PM.