Igloo Iceless Thermoelectric Cooler
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- Cools without ice and leaves you more room for food and drinks
- Ergonomic design features a curved back that comfortably hugs your side while carrying
- Quiet brushless motor and convection cooling with a fan to circulate cold air
- The 8 feet long power cord plugs into any 12V DC receptacle (cigarette lighter) for portable use
- 17 3/4 inches by 13 inches by 16 1/4 inches
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From the Manufacturer
8 feet long power cord plugs into any 12V DC receptacle (e.g. cigarette lighter) for portable use – good universal fit in 12V outlets.
Cools Without Ice
Good for long trips
Cool on-the-go without the mess and inconvenience of ice in your car, SUV, RV or big rig. Iceless cooling performance is powered by thermoelectric technology.
Top Customer Reviews
First off, what I measured; Current draw at 13.5 Volts was about 4.7 Amperes. At 12.2 Volts the current draw was about 3.5 Amperes. The manual says 3.5 to 4.8 Amperes, The manual agrees with my measurements.
Secondly, this is a thermoelectric cooler. It uses about 40 - 60 Watts of energy so it will not cool down a load of warm soda in a few hours. The manual recommends running this for a few hours prior to adding your material. If you put warm sodas in this, expect to wait 20-25 (or more) hours for them to get cold. If you put in cold sodas, this will keep them very cold while running.
Regarding the cord heating problems that others have stated. I connected this to a 'motorcycle' DC receptacle that I had purchased years ago. My receptacle got quite warm while this cooler was running. This was not a problem with the cooler's plug. It was my receptacle not being able to handle the current draw. If you have a good quality receptacle, this device will work good, without heat problems. My plug did not get hot or melt. If you have a worn receptacle it could get hot.
The plug on this device has a built in (removable) 7.5 Ampere fuse. I would not recommend running this with on a vehicle with the motor off as it would probably run your battery down in after a few hours, there is no low voltage shut off built in.
I bought this cooler a couple months ago because I travel as a military pilot and end up in hotel rooms without a fridge. I also use it at home in the car to transport food safely over longer durations.
I bought an adapter for this that is 120-240V by Bestek so that I can plug it in anywhere in the world and still have a fridge in my room even if the hotel doesn't provide it.
There were problems in the past with the provided 12V cord heating up at the source end and melting. I haven't found this to be a problem on my unit. Igloo assured me that this had been remedied.
Go with the 28 over the 26. It's a newer model and provides a bit more capacity. Remember that there is a cooling unit that sticks down into the cooler from the lid that occupies the space of approximately two small water bottles. This does reduce the effective capacity of the cooler. However, considering that when it's plugged in you wont need ice, this capacity is quickly recovered.
Icing food for storage presents problems such as water intrusion and the need to drain and refill daily. This cooler can just sit plugged in and run.
Remember, it's not regulated. So with the average Peltier set up being able to cool approximately 37-40 degrees F below ambient, the cooler environment is essential to maintaining a safe refrigerator temperature. If the room is too warm (I find above about 76) then the cooler may not stay at a safe refrigerator temperature. Conversely, if it's too cold this cooler may freeze items. To monitor this I purchased a small refrigerator thermometer and just keep it in with the food so I can check it if I'm concerned.
The down sides are that you can't sit on this cooler, and you need to be somewhat more cautious for water intrusion into the cooling unit. But this is a very small pay for such an awesome device.
I wish I bought mine five years ago.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Has worked well so far. I'm in and out of my car all day and it keeps my lunch cool. I did make the mistake of plugging it into the outlet in the back of my SUV and it drained... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by DMCC
Worked for me just used it to keep fruit, sandwiches, and drinks nice and cool which it did even when it wasn't plugged in.Published 17 hours ago by Sam
We have had this cooler for a few years--purchased at Costco. Used it once a year on our vacation/road trip. Does well and holds the temperature. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Sydney I Thomson
It works well when an item is already cold. I thought it would cool my food more.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
Did my own product test immediately after receiving the Igloo Iceless 28 quart cooler. I have a pretty accurate digital blue tooth thermometer. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Kenneth C. Cook
So far so good. In spite of some of the negative reviews I decided to give it a try. I bought two. One came with a defective handle and was replaced right away. Read morePublished 7 days ago by jrich
I plugged it in about an hour before use and could feel the cold as I loaded it. Worked better than the $300 YETI. Seals tight and would not be easy to open as in the picture. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Terry Kress