How does this product hold up over the years of use? Been thinking about purchasing one but they are pretty expensive. Give me your pros and cons thanks.
I have the Fabril and it works fine, going on about 4 seasons but I don’t abuse my stuff. The pump is noisy but only use it for transport then change out water a few times a trip, I use a 2 gallon water cooler more often with the spigot on bottom to drain then add water from lake during the day.Can anyone give a review of the similar Frabil bait cooler ?
I've been going to buy one or the other, but can't decide. Prices are similar.
The weight is the only drawback I found as well. I started keeping a 1 quart ish Styrofoam bait cooler in the shanty as well with a couple minnows in it. Made it a lot easier to take it with me when I get a flag or checking tip ups. Engel stays on the snowmobile or in shanty now...I just picked up the 13qt. Cant really add too much to what has been said
I have only used it once last Sat.
Just a few observations
I do find it a little heavy full with water and dragging it out on the ice. Next time I think I will pour some of the water out before hitting the ice to lighten it up and add water when I get to where I am fishing, I dont know. Kind of wish I got the smaller one
Anyway I think I am going to use an aquarium pump I have when its in the cabin instead of using the pump that comes with it. Its kind of noisy in the cabin. I did run it on the 12 v adapter since I have a 12v power supply in the cabin with a cig lighter outlet.
I had a lot of bait left over from fishing I should have just kept it in the cooler and brought it home with me. I will next time.
Have had my Engle for a few years. Good cooler, but the pumps are junk. I went through 3-4 of them. The company replaced one, it didn't last any longer than the others. Get the cooler if you want-but buy a Frabil bubbler.Never had a issue. Kept minnows alive for 3 days. Worth it
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How much will you take for it?First use of my Engel the minnows died before I got to the launch. It was April so no good reason for that aside from residue in the cooler that didn't rinse out or bad minnows. Haven't used it since. 2 years now I think its been sitting in the basement. Maybe this year is the year...
Hey thanks for the tip on the Kedsum Pump I went ahead and bought one and your spot on I can't even hear it run. My question is how long does the charge last I used it one weekend ran for at least 36 hrs.and still has a power?Have had the larger Engel bait cooler for approx. 10 years. Only cons are the loud bubbler that quits after 2 years & D battery cost. Fact they put hole in side vs lid so water makes way to pump motor if not careful. Note- smaller 7.5 unit they changed design with hole in lid now.
Smaller unit has same loud pump that doesn't last. For price they should upgrade these pumps.
I have switched to these small, chargable & whisper quiet- Kedsum led rechargable single hose pumps.
Other members above list my views/ ideas used.
Use on kayak with ice for sippies as well on no motor areas fishing.
In short there great minus the pump!
I also use the Aerobait blue bucket which is great except pump feature, I don't use. For long bumpy trips on Bay it can be put in 5 gallon bucket with frabill tip ups on/ under it.