Coleman PowerChill 3000001497 Thermoelectric Cooler with Power Supply (40-Quart), Silver
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- Cools without ice to stay up to 40 degree F colder than surrounding temperature
- For long road trips in truck cabs, the family car, and RVs
- 40-qt. (1.3 cu. ft.) capacity, holds 44 cans
- 12V plug (5 Amps/60 Watts) with an 8-ft. power cord lets you power the pump from your car or boat outlet
- Storage tray keeps your contents organized
- Use as a chest or upright cooler; Door converts to open from right or left side
- Lightweight travel design - 18 lbs. to easily move to and from your car or truck
- External dimensions: 23.5H x 15.3W x 17D in. ; 1-year limited warranty
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Perfect for the office, dorm, RV, truck or car, the Coleman PowerChill Thermoelectric Cooler is fully portable, plugging into your vehicle's cigarette lighter. The PowerChill's new motor design provides quiet, long-lasting performance, cooling the contents down to 40-degreeF BELOW the surrounding temperature. The PowerChill is designed with many convenient features, including a patented, adjustable door that can open on the right or left side. The cooler can be used in two positions, either as an upright or a chest cooler. An adjustable shelf divider helps keep things organized inside. The PowerChill Cooler's molded handles make it easy to lift and carry.
With a 40-quart interior that holds up to 44 cans of soda or beer in addition to snacks, the Coleman portable PowerChill thermoelectric cooler is ideal for the office, dorm, RV, truck, or car. The cooler is compatible with any vehicle's cigarette lighter. As a result, you can bring the PowerChill pretty much anywhere, from the campsite to the tailgater to your backyard BBQ. The PowerChill is equipped with a redesigned motor that provides quiet, long-lasting performance. The motor cools contents down to 40 degrees F below the surrounding temperature, so you don't have to fret once the ice starts melting in your standard cooler.
The PowerChill includes several handy features, including a patented adjustable door that can open on both the right and left side, an adjustable shelf divider to keep things organized, and molded handles that make the cooler easy to lift and carry. The PowerChill even functions in two positions: upright or chest style. The PowerChill measures 15 by 21.75 by 17.125 inches (W x H x D).
More than 100 years ago, a young man with an entrepreneurial spirit and a better idea began manufacturing lanterns in Wichita, Kansas. His name was W.C. Coleman, and the company he founded would change life in America. A man plagued with such poor vision he sometimes had to ask classmates to read aloud to him, Coleman saw a brilliant light in 1900 in a drugstore window that stopped him in his tracks. He inquired about the light inside and discovered he was able to read even the small print on a medicine bottle by the illumination. The lamps had mantles, not wicks, and were fueled by gasoline under pressure instead of coal oil. Soon afterward, Coleman started a lighting service that offered a "no light, no pay" clause--a big step forward for merchants who were burned by inferior products that rarely worked--and drew substantial interest from businesses that wanted to keep their lights on after dark.
In the ensuing years, Coleman expanded its product line well beyond lanterns. The company's current catalog is thick with products that make spending time outdoors a pleasure. There are coolers that keep food and drinks cold for days on end, comfortable airbeds that won't deflate during the night, a complete line of LED lights that last for years, powerful portable grills that cook with an authentic open-grill flame, and much, much more. Coleman has truly fashioned much of our outdoor camping experience, and expects to do so for generations to come.
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1.) An ice cooler. There are several problems I have encountered using ice.
a.) They are messy because once the ice starts melting the water sloshes around and gets into everything (even zip top bags) unless you use watertight containers, which eat up so much space
that you don't have room for too many.
b.) Buying ice gets pretty expensive over the course of a year, especially at a truck stop.
2.) The next option is a regular dorm room type refrigerator.
a.) They are small and don't hold anywhere near the amount of food that the thermo-electrics or ice coolers will because the thermo-electrics and ice coolers allow you to stack food
b.) Since the dorm fridge stands upright, it can only handle what fits on the shelves, which isn't much, and because it does sit in the upright position, every time you open the door
the contents go spilling into the floor. Needless to say, you can forget about reaching back and getting a cold drink or snack while going down the road.
3.) Then you have the thermo-electric coolers that even though the motors go out more often than you would hope, they are still the most viable option, at least for me, anyway.
The two brands I have always used was either the Coleman or the Igloo. Both, for me, worked equally well and when the cheap little motors would start to go out all you had to do was buy the little replacement motor and you were good to go for about another year. A few years ago Coleman started using 2 fan motors. One on the outside and one on the inside. These new motors look the same as the cooling fans inside a desktop computer. There are a couple of problems I have encountered because they switched to this type of setup.
1.) They draw quite a bit more current which will, depending on the health of your batteries, drain them quicker; sometimes even overnight.
2.) If you have an outside motor go bad then you are in luck. You just call Coleman up and they will ship you a new one. But, if the inside motor goes out on you then you are out of luck.
Coleman told me in an email that the inside motor cannot be replaced and that if the cooler was still under warranty they would replace it, but, of course, it wasn't.
Thermo-electric coolers do a great job, but once the motor starts getting loud you know the end is near. In the last 3 years I have been through 5 of these Coleman coolers. Now my 5th one is so loud that I can't sleep at night with it on. It has been quite a while since I have had an Igloo brand, so I am going to try them again because I am just tired of replacing them so often. I am hoping that Igloo still uses only one motor and that it is still replaceable.
We couldn't have been more pleased by its performance. Having the plug for wall use included in the package was a plus. The delivery was prompt and everything was set to go.
I used it another time at a yard sale to keep sodas and water cold, but it took a really long time to cool the stuff down, much longer than a traditional cooler with ice. By the time the stuff got cold enough to enjoy, the sale was over and we didn't need it any longer.
I also took it camping at an RV park and again, the results were lackluster at best. It was a 3 hour drive to the campsite and I had the cooler plugged into the cigarette lighter the whole time. When we arrived at the park, I plugged the cooler into a power supply and left it. Even the next day, the things inside were barely cool to the touch. I ended up removing most of the items and putting them in a regular cooler until they got cold and then put them back into the electric cooler. It did maintain the temperature of items that were already cold, but seemed to struggle at cooling down warm items.
The adapter that comes with it that allows you to plug the cooler into a 120v outlet has a few problems. It doesn't hold the 12v connector very tightly and I had to keep checking to make sure it hadn't come unplugged. Finally, I plugged the 12v cord into the adapter and then taped them together. That worked pretty well.
I would not recommend this item for camping. If you have a power supply and items are already cold, it might be okay, but if you are roughing it (without power), it isn't so good. Coleman recommends you don't leave it plugged into your car's 12v outlet for more than 4 hours or your battery may go dead and 4 hours at a shot isn't enough to keep this cooler cold.
It's great, however, to use in the house for parties and other special events, and it's cheaper than a standard mini-fridge.