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Koolatron P65 Kargo 12v Portable Cooler

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About the Product

  • Split-level cooler keeps food cold when driving
  • Cooling system plugs into car's 12-volt cigarette lighter
  • Stands vertically or horizontally for use as a fridge or chest
  • Holds up to 42 12-ounce soft drinks
  • Measures 20 by 14 by 16 inches
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Product Description

Product Description

The innovative Koolatron P65 Kargo cooler has a 33 quart capacity and features a split lid/door design to give you easy access to your favourite drinks and snacks, even in a tightly packed vehicle. The P-65 Kargo cooler plugs into the 12-volt DC power supply found in your vehicle’s cigarette lighter.

The cooler’s state-of-the-art thermoelectric cooling module cools food and drinks to 40° F below the outside temperature.  You can also flip the cooler’s power cord to turn this versatile machine into a warmer, to keep casseroles, take-out, or fast food warm. 

The Koolatron P65 Kargo cooler is the perfect companion for road trips, sports events, camping, dorm rooms and so much more. You will be amazed with all the ways you can use your Koolatron cooler.

Koolatron coolers have been proudly manufactured in North America for the past 20 years.

Plug into 12-volt DC outlet or used in your home with the addition of a 110-volt AC Adapter (available separately)

The Kargo Kooler is part of Koolatron's line of 12-volt coolers designed to plug into a car's cigarette lighter. Each cooler keeps your food cool without the use of ice. The really cool feature of the Kargo Kooler, though, is its versatility. With a compartmentalized interior and split lid/door, the unit looks more like a compact refrigerator than a cooler, with multiple stacking shelves and a top and bottom door. Even better, the split lid/door gives you access to the food inside even if the cooler is packed tightly in the trunk with a ton of luggage. The cooler's two dividers can be used in multiple positions--either as shelves (if the cooler is stored vertically, like a refrigerator), or as partitions (if it's stored horizontally, like a chest). To keep things cool, the 12-volt cooling system hums along on one side of the cooler, keeping the internal temperature 40 degrees F lower than the external temperature. Koolatron also sells a portable power pack that keeps the unit cool even when away from a vehicle. As an alternative, the cooler can also act as a warmer when you need to keep something heated. When sitting in chest position, the Kargo Kooler measures 20 by 14 by 16 inches (length by width by height). It holds up to 42 12-ounce soft-drink cans and weighs 14 pounds when empty. --Rivers Janssen

Product Details

User Manual [732kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 16.5 x 14 inches ; 14 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 20 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00009PGNR
  • Item model number: P65
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,403 in Automotive (See Top 100 in Automotive)
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About Koolatron

With over 35 years of manufacturing experience building, designing and improving 12 volts Thermoelectric coolers at facilities in North America, Koolatron Coolers are sold worldwide, offering a wide variety of different size coolers to fit the personal needs of every consumer. Whether needed for short trips, long range hauling or tailgating, they are built to last and provide you with the highest quality travel cooler/warmer possible.

  • 12 volts Solid state Portable Cooler/warmer plugs directly into your vehicle's 12 volts outlet
  • 33 quart capacity and unique split-lid design
  • Keeps contents 40 degrees F cooler than outside (ambient) temperature or heats up to 130°F
  • Solid state technology with only one moving part--the fan motor. No compressors, coils, or gases
  • Great for short or long haul road trips, camping or even in the house (with optional AC Adapter)
  • Reliable and built in North America to last

Koolatron P65 Kargo 12 volts Portable Cooler

The Koolatron 12-volt Kargo Kooler boasts a 33-quart capacity and unique split lid design, which makes it a great choice for long road trips. No ice, no mess and no more soggy sandwiches. Just plug your Kargo Kooler into any 12 volt vehicle plug for reliable cooling no matter where the road takes you. Plus, with the flip of a plug this Koolatron cooler can also be used as a warmer. The AC adapter, sold separately, allows you to use the Kargo Kooler wherever there is standard household outlet. The P65 is ideal for long trips, big families and tailgate parties.

The Koolatron Cooler was invented over 30 years ago, but even today it’s a well-kept secret. It replaces traditional ice chests with technology that is even more sophisticated than your home refrigerator, and far better suited for travel. It's ideal for road trips, camping excursions, boating, tailgate parties. Or use your cooler at home or in a dorm room as an extra fridge. Koolatron thermoelectric coolers keep your food and beverages cool without requiring you to stock up on ice every few hours. Our coolers draw less power than your car’s parking light and plug directly into your car's 12-volt power outlet. Once plugged in, the cooler's solid state thermoelectric cooling module--which takes up less space than a 1.5 x 1.5 inches matchbook--will cool the contents to approximately 40 degrees Fahrenheit lower than the temperature of the surrounding air. For example, at a temperature of 80 degrees F the contents of the cooler will stay at 40 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result, you can store cool drinks for extended trips, preserve leftovers, and even keep ice cubes whole for three or four days longer than traditional coolers. No more costly stops for soda or snacks, means you will save you both time and money while on the road.

And your Koolatron Cooler doesn’t just keep things cool. What’s amazing is that with a simple flip of the cord your Koolatron becomes a warmer. You can use the Koolatron Cooler to warm food up to 130 degrees F--hot enough for a potluck dinner or a picnic meal--or for warming infant food and bottles while on the road. For over 35 years Koolatron has been manufacturing these portable 12 volts cooler/warmers right here in North America.

NASA-Inspired 12 volts Portable Refrigerator:

Because of the tough demands and reliability requirements of space, scientists had to find something more dependable and less bulky than traditional refrigeration coils, gases and compressors. Extensive research finally led to a miraculous solid state component: the Thermoelectric Module.

The Koolatron Cooler has only one moving part, the fan motor, so there are no parts to wear out or break down. Since the thermoelectric module is a solid state heat pump, it’s not affected by tilting, jarring or vibration--which often causes compressor based refrigerators to fail. The 12 volt cooling module is no bigger than a matchbook, yet delivers the cooling power of a full 10 pound block of ice.

From Satellites to SUVs:

Thermoelectric cooling has been proven with over 50 years of use in the most rigorous space, missile control, and laboratory applications. Koolatron, a North American company, was the first manufacturer to make this technology available to families, boaters, fishermen, campers, and hunters or for anyone on the go. Home refrigeration has come a long way since the ice box and blocks of ice. But on the road, the only choice for many years was to rely on messy ice chests and suffer through soggy, even spoiled food. Now all the advantages of home refrigeration cooling are available electronically in your car while traveling.

Consider Your Last Trip:

You finally got away on your vacation and are cruising comfortably in the car along a busy interstate with only a few rest stops or road side restaurants. The kids are hungry. Your fully stocked Koolatron Cooler could have come to your rescue with fruits, sandwiches and drinks--all fresh and cold. Everyone could have helped themselves. With the option to choose from over 15 different sizes and shapes of Koolatron Coolers, you have the right size cooler for your trip. You save precious cargo space and also save valuable vacation time and money with fewer stops and fewer expensive on-the-go restaurant bills.

Just Load It Up, Plug It In, and Save Money as Well:

On road trips, just plug your Koolatron into your car’s 12 volt power outlet. Your Koolatron will use less power than a tail light. If you decide to carry it to a picnic spot or your favorite fishing hole, the Koolatron Cooler can hold its cooling capacity without power for several hours.

With two Koolatron Coolers you can have one to keep drinks cold and another to keep food warm. A family of four on a week’s vacation on the road can save more money than the cost of the Koolatron while being able to picnic at rest stops or anywhere the family prefers.

A Wide Number of Practical Uses:

The Koolatron Cooler offers a number of benefits to anyone who travels frequently in a vehicle. Great for day trips, long overnight journeys, pleasure boating, fishing, camping or just traveling around town. And because there's only one moving part (the 12-volt fan), virtually nothing in the cooler can wear out. The Koolatron Cooler can also be invaluable as an extra fridge in a recreation room or basement bar, the main fridge in a dorm room, as a medical cooler for samples or temperature-sensitive drugs, and as a storage case for heat-sensitive cameras and film equipment in extreme climates.

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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Sean Henry on April 19, 2008
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My Kargo Kooler arrived damaged in a dented box without any interior packing materials. The lid doors were warped and a little loose, a screw was missing from a hinge, the cheap plastic lid latch did not work properly, and I could not use this cooler vertically as a "refrigerator" because the heavy bottom door sagged badly. Perhaps attaching the heavy cooling unit to a lid door is a design flaw of this model.

The Kargo Kooler arrived a day before a 1600-mile road trip: I tested it en route to the Deep South in April as a chest cooler for exotic cheeses and a frozen pork roast, plugged into a socket in the cargo area of my Subaru Forester. I also splurged for the the optional AC adapter so I could plug it in at hotels. It cooled things superbly, despite lid problems. Yes, it may be a bit noisy in quiet office/home environments, but I did not notice its hum above road noise or the loud blasts of heating/cooling in highway hotel rooms.

My unit was obviously damaged from shipping, so I'm returning it to Amazon for a refund. Just check the lid covers and hinges very closely for damage and/or defects if you order this item.

I liked this enough to give Koolatron a second chance: I just ordered Koolatron's slightly smaller rolling mini-fridge model which may better suit my needs, has an adjustable thermostat, and should tuck away nicely and discreetly under the cargo area blind of my Subaru.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Maxx on June 28, 2009
Used this on my road trip, it did great keeping all my food and drinks cold. Even when driving through the hot desert of 90 degree weather, it did cool down below 40 degrees from outside temperature, so it was 50 degrees inside cooler for our food. Warmer does great, can use up to 4 hrs maximum. Either cooler or warmer, plug into 12v lighter when car is running or will drain your car battery. It stays cool when at picnic and cannot plug cooler in.

Only concern is when fans running, its loud inside the car. When driving the road noise blends it out. After awhile you don't even think about it. Not too bulky in the backseat. Easily used seat belts to help hold it down when driving, such as around corners. Greatly recommend this cooler/warmer. My friend had a different brand and didn't work well. This one is a great portable fridge. Plus bought adapter from to use at hotel rooms, plug right in to wall outlet.
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56 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Piano on January 9, 2007
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I got this as a sort of "extra" frig for drinks in the summer. However, it freezes up easily and can't be adjusted for temperature. It is lightweight and portable, working well for a drink chest for parties.

Also, the plug in that comes with it was missing. It only plugs into a car outlet--I had to buy the adapter to use it in the house.

Given the choice, I'd probably go with a small refrig that adjusts temperature. However, again, I like the portability of this product.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Blake on December 16, 2010
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I have used several 12v coolers over the years, but this is the best of them. Large enough to hold a couple of bottles of wine, numerous soda's, etc. The dividers help, and the split top allows you to open only half or all of the top, minimizing temperature changes.
Like all 12v units, the unit is only so-so at either cooling or heating need to put items in the unit at or near the temperature you want to maintain. Don't expect any 12v unit to do all the work. However, this one does a great job of keeping things at the temperature you put them in. It's well insulated for hot or cold. No switches, either...just reverse the polarity on the plug (marked very well with either a red or blue dot) and the unit cools or warms as you wish. You can hear the fan running, but it's quieter than other units I've used.
For the size, effectiveness and reliability, this is money well spent.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By New Beginnings on May 29, 2010
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I read all the reviews before purchasing. I must assume Koolatron read them too because my product arrived in tact; no hinge or other issues. It works great! I purchased the AC outlet at the same time, and many kudos to all of you who made my buying experience pleasurable. Let's keep writing reviews of our purchases because it really helps. Thanks!
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48 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth V. Collins on January 4, 2007
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Beach Girl on June 8, 2009
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I bought this on impulse two years ago for our annual two-day road trip to south Utah. It worked beautifully not only keeping our drinks and snacks cool on the road, but as a mini-fridge in our motel rooms at night and during our stay. Now I use it for all our road trips, short and long and even use it when shopping for frozen/perishable food items in the summer time. I love that valuable cooler "real estate" isn't taken up with ice packs, and that I don't have to remember to freeze said ice packs prior to leaving. I do wish the unit included the household adapter, but that is an additional (and imho worthwhile) purchase. It is designed to used as a chest or upright unit and comes with two adjustable shelves that work with either orientaion. I find if I plug the unit in the night before our trip, it is well cooled and ready to go the next morning. It is also well insulated, so if you need to unplug it for any reason, it keeps items cold for several hours - great for an outdoor picnic. I would make this purchase again and recommend it to my friends.
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