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Koolatron P65 Kargo 12v Portable Cooler

3.9 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews
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  • 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)

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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.
  • International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00009PGNR
  • Item model number: P65
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,670 in Automotive (See Top 100 in Automotive)
  • Manufacturer’s warranty can be requested from customer service. Click here to make a request to customer service.

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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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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 Amazon.com to use at hotel rooms, plug right in to wall outlet.
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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 stuff...you 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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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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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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WE GOT INTO THE TRANSPORTATION BUSINESS AND NEEDED A SMALL FRIDGE TO KEEP DOWN THE COST OF FOOD.. WE HAVE USED THIS KOOLATRON ALMOST STEADY FOR A MONTH NOW. IT KEEPS ON GOING. THE ONLY THING BETTER WOULD BE IF IT WAS VERSITLE TO PLUG INTO CAR AND HOME. WE BOUGHT AN ADAPTER TO TAKE IT INTO MOTELS AND SUCH TO BE ABLE TO TURN OFF THE VEHICLE.. WE JUST LOVE IT THOUGH. WE RECOMMEND IT HIGHLY.
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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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