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Koolatron P-20 Thermo - Electric 12-Volt 18 Quart Compact Cooler/Warmer
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- Slim, compact design is ideal for minivans, SUVs, or small cars
- Uses 12 Volts power to cool or warm drinks and food
- Quiet motor and fan circulate air for even cooling/heating
- State of the art thermoelectric cooling system
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Koolatron Compact Kooler
The Koolatron P20 Compact 12V Cooler was designed for the active lifestyle. Constantly on the go? No problem! This thermoelectric cooler goes along for the ride and keeps all your snacks and drinks cool without the use of any ice. It is specially developed to fit in those tight spaces between and behind the seats of your car, minivan or truck. This 12 Volt cooler plugs directly into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter, and can be set to keep your food up to 40 ° F colder than the outside temperature.
The Koolatron Cooler was invented over 30 years ago. 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 inch x 1.5 inch 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 F. 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 12V cooler/warmers right here in North America.
-12V Solid state Portable Cooler plugs directly into your vehicle's 12V outlet
- Keeps contents 40 degrees F cooler than outside (ambient) temperature
-Slim, compact design is ideal for minivans, SUVs, or small cars
- 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
NASA-Inspired 12V 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.
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.
With over 35 years of manufacturing experience building, designing and improving 12V 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.
Product Dimensions: 16.25 x 17.5 x 8.5 inches ; 9 pounds
Shipping Weight: 10 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Item model number: P20
Top Customer Reviews
To use this effectively both the cooler and the items to be placed in it should be cool to begin with. The empty unit will cool about 10 degrees an hour to about 40 degrees lower than the ambient temperature around it, and maintain it's pre-cooled contents at that temperature as long as it powered on. Warm items placed in a warm cooler take much longer to cool, (the manual says up to 12 hours or longer).
We purchased the optional AC power adapter, so the night before we leave on a trip we plug the unit in and pre-cool it. The morning we are leaving we load it with a few soda and water bottles that have been cooled in the refrigerator. We also put in 2-4 plastic food containers that have been chilled in the refrigerator. One or more of those we fill with ice. The more space that is filled with cool/cold items the better the cooling process for everything else (less infiltration of warm air every time the unit is opened, less warm air to cool).
On our trip we then have cool soda and water to drink, and ice to use with the soda in a cup kept in the cup holder. If we add a room temperature soda or bottle of water the presence of the other cool/cold items filling the rest of the unit together with the action of the unit will cool that within an hour or two.
The plastic boxes are mostly for use with "doggie bag" contents from restaurant meals. Assuming an ambient temperature around the unit of 75 degrees, if the other contents were already cooled to the 35 degree temperature produced by the 40 degree cooling capacity of the unit, a room temperature container of food will be below 45-50 degrees within a couple of hours .Read more ›
I worried about its 17" height and depth, but once it was decided that it was going to live behind the passenger's front seat, those concerns became non-issues. In fact, its height is a benefit as long as it doesn't interfere with the seat back when you lift the lid, as you can reach right in from the driver's seat and get a can or a sandwich without much effort if you pack it well.
I also worried about all the ads that portrayed it as being only a cooler. But after having so much trouble with other companies' cooler/warmers, I decided to forget warming and bought the Koolatron without it (or so I thought). So when the unit arrived--in its original box, no less--I was pleased and surprised to see that it warms too! Excellent combination, since I have consumer-issue MRE's that I can now warm in it while I use my clumsier (and larger) Igloo Cool-Mate unit to cool other things down. And when I'm not doing that (like when the world ends or Limerick blows up), I can use it in the car as a cooler as I originally planned--an ideal situation.
If you need cooling in the car--or in an emergency situation (such as a power outage)--for medicines or for food, don't hesitate to buy this unit. In my opinion, it's by far the best one out there for its size and price, and I've seen or tried almost all of them.
The Cooler arrived promptly on March 16, 2007. However, the 110VAC Adapter was back-ordered. With the Adapter on back-order, there was no way to check the Cooler's function. There was no way to pre-cool the unit, since the recommended time was about 12 hours, and it is not to be powered by vehicle battery for longer than 4 hours without the engine running. Furthermore there was no way to keep the contents cool at night while in the motel room, unless one wanted to let the engine run all night. So for the first 2 months the Cooler was useless!
The Adapter finally arrived on May 10, 2007, a full two months after the original order was placed. (This slow delivery is the reason for the 4-stars.) With the Adapter it was finally possible to test out the unit.
The unit was completely empty, outside air temp. was about 80 degrees. I was impressed by the cool-down time; a little over an hour to reach 40 degrees. Certainly the unit was not pre-cooled enough to fill with food, but the fact that it reached 40 degrees so quickly was encouraging. The adapter is somewhat cumbersome, but is easy enough to use and connect.
I have used the unit on several trips and have found it quite adequate, provided items are cold when they are introduced to it. Warm items take forever to cool down; twelve hours is not usually long enough. While the product may be cool-er it certainly is not cold. Extra frozen ice packs and/or freezer containers filled with frozen water help a great deal. They add extra cold air to the inside of the unit while frozen. Even thawed, they are still maintained at about 40 degrees.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Works great. Keeps things cold and fits the car without taking up a lot of space.Published 4 days ago by Cheryl C.
Fridge very small for the prize, you can hardly fit anything in it Other than that it is ok. Do not let it run over night when it is attached to your car. My car died. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Christiane Schwartz
For a decade I had a wonderful Koolatron cooler which I used in my vehicle for keeping groceries cool until I could get home from the store. Read morePublished 13 days ago by DS
Most Peltier effect coolers do not have a fan inside the chamber; only on the outside to remove heat. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Charles Stell
Used to keep things cold while on a driving trip out west, worked great and was in the car when it got quite hot, no problem.Published 1 month ago by cdub
We've used it twice and it works just as described. It cooled about 42 degrees below ambient. We bought the adapter and plugged it in when the ambient temp was 76 degrees. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tom Shively