QUALITY kit makes camp life bliss. ARB has released an updated Classic fridge range, and Leatherman has brought out the Free P2/P4 multi-tool.
ARB Classic Fridge Series II
ARB has just released the second incarnation of its popular fridge range, with a new colour scheme and updated electronics, along with the ability to operate your fridge via a smartphone app. The new fridges include a backlit touchpad for optimum visibility and use. The display is now dimmable (high and low) and there’s also a 12-volt power input readout.
The app requires a transmitter (sold separately), which is attached to the fridge’s rear. Once transmitting, you can view the power input voltage, you can set the temperature (and check it), and it’ll keep you updated on how the compressor is going (whether it is at idle or running).
The app also offers a warning if the lid is left open. As well, you can turn the fridge on/off via the app, adjust the temperature (or use pre-set ones), toggle between the various battery protection levels and display brightness, and even assign your fridge a name. Excuse the pun, but that’s cool.
Leatherman Free P2/P4
Just when you thought there was no way Leatherman could improve on its iconic multi-tool design, the company brings out the FREE multi-tool series, and packs it full of new tech, based around a technology as old as the earth: magnetism.
The P2 (with 19 tools) measures 108mm long and weighs 215g, while the P4 (21 tools) is the same length, but slightly heavier, at 244g. Both share the same main blade length of 70mm, and both utilise a magnetic system to enable users to open and close the FREE one-handed, as well as each individual tool in the unit. The handles of the FREE are held closed by magnets, but are easily opened with your thumb even with the FREE in the palm of your hand – yep, that’s right, no more nail grooves in the tools are needed.
All implements are on the outside of the tool for easier access. Speaking of which, the usual implements are included, such as two pliers, scissors, bottle opener, four screwdrivers (one of which is Phillips-head) and plenty more.
RRP: $294.95 (P2); $339.95 (P4)