on June 30, 2008
This product was purchased primarily to keep insulin cool on a vacation trip. We were in Arizona during a hot spell (105 and hotter). The cooler could not keep up with the heat in the car. It was not insulated well enough to hold the cool temperature we got while in our hotel room.
As an aside, we resorted to dry ice and a typical igloo type cooler. It worked much better in this environment.
If the temperature outside is more than about 5 degrees hotter than the temperature you want the cooler to maintain, and you have to shut it off from time to time, don't buy this cooler.
If you want to cool it down at night in the hotel, and only use it while the car is running, then it might work. We were very disappointed.
Finally, there is a compartment on the front of the cooler that held the cord. The door to this compartment broke within the first 48 hours of ownership.
I simply can't recommend this product.
I know it's a pain sometimes to find, but use a regular cooler and buy 5-10 lbs of dry ice for $0.99/lb. Separate the dry ice from the stuff you want to keep cold with paper - do not let any liquid you want to remain a liquid touch the dry ice directly. The dry ice will last about two days depending on how much you open the cooler. As long as the cooler is well insulated, the dry ice will hold up much better that this travel tote cooler did.