[PROJECT] Vintage Coke Vendo 56 Square-Top Glass Bottle Vending Machine

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Coke tastes best when drunk in a:

  1. Glass Bottle

    93.2%
  2. Plastic Bottle

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    0.0%
  3. Aluminium Can (Modern)

    4.5%
  4. Steel Can (Vintage)

    2.3%
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    So as part of a Sate Government program, Public Libraries here all have a couple of Electricity auditing kits so we can determine ways to save power.

    The 3 things I am going to use out of it to test out my machine is the POwer-Mate (Electricity usage meter) to see how much power it uses per hours/quarter/year after I enter in the kW/h from my power bill. Also going to use the infrared and spirit thermometer to see what the temp inside is.

    Have barely used it for an hour (need 24 hours to get an accurate read through several on off cycles), but so far it says it might cost between $150 to $200 per quarter ($600-800 per year), but the fridge was still cooling down.

    Will be interesting to see. I'm sure if I didn't use a normal fridge, my power bill would be down a lot per quarter, but I know these old fridges use waaaaaay more power. No way I will run this 24/7. Thing is, If I set aside $2.40 per day, should more than cover the extra power needed per year. At 80 cents per bottle, I'll have to drink 3 bottles a day

    ($800 divided by 365 is $2.20 per day)

    You honestly don't think $2 a day really matters, until you think about it over the course of a year. Worth it to have a working Coke Machine though.

    Oh, its below $600 per year now on the yearly estimate after almost an hour of running.

    EDIT: After 2 hours exactly, it has used 9.92 cents. That means $1.1904 per day , $108.63 per quarter. About $434.50 per year. Honestly, its kind of scary seeing what a fridge can draw. Bring back the old ice box I say, and salt everything

    EDIT 2 : After 3 hours, 14.16 cents. $1.1328 per day. Quarterly estimate $103.33. Yearly Estimate $413.59

    After 4 hours, 18.18 cents. $1.0908 per day. Quarterly estimate $99.57. Yearly Estimate $398.25

    EDIT 3: After 5 hours, 21.83 cents. $1.04784 per day. Quarterly estimate $95.66. Yearly Estimate $382.81

    After 6 hours, 26.24 cents. $1.0496 per day. Quarterly estimate $94.55. Yearly Estimate $378.23
     
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    Ok, so after I got home from work, I checked the machine. It has been running for 25 hours exactly. It had used $1.0206 all up, and the hourly rate has fallen to 4.08 cents an hour, therefore it takes 97.98 cents per day to run, $89.40 per quarter and $357.66 a year. But this was on a totally empty machine. Will try it on a full machine soon. Also, I may reset the power meter tonight to see how it goes on a already cooled down fridge, and not start with a compete cool down.
     
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    hey my mate has 2 coke machines
    1 like yours, other like a chest freezer
    both in good original condition
    great for partys, i think his is set at $0.20 & we fill it with stubbies & soft drinks
    ill get some pics
     
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    one of them
     
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    That is a Vendo 63, as it has a larger grander bezel with a fancier round coin slot, and also a light box. I would have grabbed one of those if I could have, but I really wanted the Vendo 56 as its the one I used as a kid. They are the same "form factor", but I dislike the black open grill and the white around the door on the 63. I like the white door on mine, but thats enough two-tone for me. That 63 looks in good nick though.

    Originally, I was worried about buying a machine with "patina" and tried to find something in "mint condition" or restored, but apart from being bloody expensive, restored machines don't have the same character. Plus, the machine I used as a kid wasn't mint wither, so it makes it more real for me.
     
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    So after a few months of searching, I finally found a nice light to act as a "Topper" for my machine.
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    Very cool.
     

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