Tired Of Buying Bags Of Ice? Get An Iceless Cooler!
I don’t know about you – but, I would wager that, in the last 20 years, in the course of prepping my coolers to preserve food and drink during the hot summer months, I have used well in excess of 500 bags of ice. Now, with the advent of the iceless cooler, isn’t it prudent to dispense with this old fashioned way to keep our stuff cold and “get with the times?”
All the money I save by not buying ice would, most likely, pay for a high quality, modern iceless cooler in record time – most likely in only a couple of summers! Would it not?
So, let’s take a look at some great iceless coolers that are taking the market by storm!
Coleman Powerchill Iceless Cooler
This Coleman 40 quart thermoelectric Cooler is on the less expensive end of the spectrum. But, it can keep food and drink relatively cool – 40 degrees below air temperature – and, it easily plugs into a vehicle’s (or boat’s) 12 volt battery system through the cigarette lighter using an 8 foot power cord – or, using an adapter, plug it into a home AC outlet.
It can be positioned as either a chest cooler – on its back – or an upright refrigerator – on its feet – holding up to 44 cans of soda (or other beverages that may be preferred). A storage tray is included.
The motor is exceedingly quiet. And, the door (lid) can be set to open from either the right or left side – making it more flexible to use in many circumstances.
The drawback is the fact that it can only cool (or warm) its contents to 40 degrees below (or above) the air temperature. If it is being used in an area where the temperature is in the 90 to 100 degree Fahrenheit range, then the coolest possible soda will still be in the 50 to 60 degree Fahrenheit range. And, the warmest that stuff can be kept is between 130 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
For me, that is just not cold enough. I like my perishables (especially the soda and beer) to stay very, very cold – actually, “ice cold” is a better way to describe my druthers.
The other downside is that this cooler must always be tethered to a 12 volt power source in order to function. Since this iceless cooler has no internal battery, it limits the areas in which the cooler can be utilized – unless you keep an independent 12 volt battery to power it. If the 12 volt battery feeding the cooler is attached to your car, you’ll need to start the car up every couple of hours to recharge the battery – to keep from getting stranded in a car with a dead battery – hoping to find someone nice enough to give you a jump.
So, even though the Coleman iceless cooler has a 3.8 out of 5.0 rating, this device wouldn’t be an option for me.
However, some folks would find this level of cooling immensely satisfactory – especially if they live in a more temperate location where temperatures rarely exceed 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. That means the cooler box can get down to 30 or 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
TIP: If you going to be carrying bottles of water, freeze some of them first to help keep contents colder – longer. Just don’t put any ice into this Coleman refrigerator. Also, keeping the cooler inside your vehicle – or in a shady, cool outside area helps, too!
Speaking to those people who would find the Coleman 40 Qt Powerchill Thermoelectric Cooler more than adequate for their needs, maybe you should check it out.
Igloo Iceless 40 Quart Thermoelectric Cooler
The Igloos iceless cooler is a cut above the Coleman Powerchill – but, not by much – coming in with a 4.0 rating out of 5.0. With the same basic features – ability to plug into a cigarette lighter or home outlet – with a 5 to 6 foot power cord.
The Igloo 40 quart iceless cooler doubles as either a chest cooler or upright refrigerator – just like the Coleman. And, it, too, has an internal shelf / divider.
Again – this cooler has no internal battery. And, again – like the Coleman cooler – it doesn’t get the contents very cold – just 38 degrees below air temperature – and, that’s not very cold on a scorching hot day!
Though the Coleman cooler can make food and drink 2 degrees cooler and has a power cord that is a couple of feet longer, if I had to choose between the Igloo Iceless 40 Quart Thermoelectric Cooler and the Coleman 40 Qt Powerchill Thermoelectric Cooler, I would choose the Igloo – because, they seem to be more durable and longer lasting over the long haul – according to experienced owners.
Iceless Cooler By Costway
The Costway Iceless Cooler comes in 2 sizes – 54 quart and 105 quart. Each of them can produce a very cold environment for all your perishable goodies – down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit.
The cooling box has interior LED lighting – making it easier to see food and drinks. That’s a nice touch!
There is an LCD display for trouble-free temperature mode and cooling adjustment.
Able to withstand the shockingly bumpy rides that can happen while driving on back trails to get to some remote destinations, this cooler can go from a hot 90 degrees Fahrenheit to a cool 32 degrees Fahrenheit in just 30 minutes!
It plugs into a car outlet for traveling – and, with an adapter (included), it plugs into any home outlet.
NOTE: This Costway iceless cooler does not have an internal battery. In the field, it runs on external 12V standard (and deep cycle) batteries or lithium ion batteries. What the cooler does have is a battery protection mode that shuts the refrigeration off if the battery power drops to a certain level. That level can be set for “low”, “medium”, or “high” – which helps you protect your car battery if the cooler is hooked up directly to it.
The Costway iceless cooler will never keep you awake at night. It runs continually below a whisper – less than 45 db.
The Costway 54 Quart Iceless Cooler is perfect for tailgating, a camping trip, or just a cross county trip.
If you’ve got a large family, I suggest you check out the Costway 105 Quart Iceless Cooler. It’s got more room inside than you will ever need!
Iceless Cooler By ACOPOWER
Well – here it is – the “be all – end all” of iceless coolers. And, ACOPOWER is making it readily available.
This 42 quart iceless cooler can get down to -4 degrees Fahrenheit – and can run on solar panels, home AC through an outlet, or a 12V battery. It can run independently on an internal lithium ion battery for about 10 hours without recharging – and the recharge takes between 4 and 6 hours – no matter how it is recharged.
In 40 minutes, the cooling box can get down to 10 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s pretty quick!
The digital LCD display can be directly adjusted – or, you can change the settings remotely using a Bluetooth app made especially for iOS or Android.
The ACOPOWER iceless cooler also has a telescoping handle and extra large 6 inch durable wheels for easy transport.
Comment Quotes From Blissful Owners
“This is one great cooler! It’s great not having to worry about adding ice all the time!”
“It is so easy to set up the battery protection. And, I also found out that I can change back and forth between Celsius and Fahrenheit.”
“The best cooler / fridge ever!”
“I keep my ACOPOWER cooler plugged in for weeks at a time and it runs so quietly, I hardly know it’s on.”
“I was really surprised at how much this cooler holds! Lots of room since no ice is needed.”
“An awesome cooler. It is great that I can charge the battery 3 different ways; solar, AC, and DC.”
Don’t wait – if you want an iceless cooler that will allow you to “cut the cord and go mobile!” Invest in the best – the ACOPOWER 42 Quart Iceless Cooler!
ACOPOWER Removable / Rechargeable Lithium Battery
It doesn’t hurt to have an extra battery on hand to use in a pinch – and, the ACOPOWER 173 Wh Removable / Rechargeable Lithium Battery is the ticket.
ACOPOWER Battery Charger
Tie the ACOPOWER Battery Charger in with solar panels for AC (100 – 240V) and DC (12.6 volts at 3 amps) power.
ACOPOWER 90W Portable Solar Panel
The ACOPOWER 90W Portable Solar Panel power station, with a built-in charge controller, folds up into a suitcase, is lightweight, and is all you’ll need to charge your ACOPOWER iceless cooler batteries when you’re off the grid. It can be interconnected as part of a larger solar array.
These are about the best in the market today – for getting into the swing of things with an iceless cooler. Save all those ice cubes for drinks and quit buying endless bags of ice to keep your food and drinks cold!
Got any comments? Need to send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org? It would be great to hear from anyone with iceless cooler experience – or someone who is ready to “take the plunge!”