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Koolatron 52-Quart Krusader Cooler

3.7 out of 5 stars 156 customer reviews
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  • Cools to 40°F below the outside temperature
  • State-of-the-art thermoelectric cooling technology
  • Reverse the power cord to turn the cooler into a warmer
  • Fits up to 80 12 oz soda cans
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Product Description

The Koolatron P-85 Krusader Cooler uses a 12 Volt thermoelectric module powered by cigarette lighter in your vehicle to cool your favourite drinks and snacks to 40° Fahrenheit below the ambient temperature. The P-85 Krusader Cooler is the largest 12 volt cooler available. It fits 80- 12 oz cans, and is great for large families or serious tailgating.

Koolatron 12 Volt Coolers and Warmers will heat or cool your lunch and beverages. You can use Koolatron 12 Volt Coolers in your car, RV, boat, truck, dorm or just at home as spare fridge. So while you relax and enjoy quiet, dependable 12 volt cooling, other campers and drivers are stuck in the "Ice Age", standing in line to buy overpriced ice or driving from store to store looking for an ice.

By reversing the power cord you can also turn the Koolatron P-85 Krusader into a warmer to keep "fast food" or "take out food" hot on the way home. Take a full load of hot chocolate or coffee to the gang in winter, or a hot casserole and other hot foods to family gatherings. The P-85 Krusader is so versatile you'll never want to leave home without it!

Koolatron Coolers have been proudly manufactured in North America for over 20 years and are backed by a 1-year Manufacturer's Warranty.


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User Manual [732kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 15.5 x 20 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 17.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000Q71N8K
  • Item model number: P85
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,960 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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By Dennis R. Strobaugh on May 16, 2010
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Product EXCEEDED expectations! Had a Coleman previous with marginal results. This is PERFECT for Pro Drivers. VERY easy on the Batteries and keeps what you want very nice and COLD.
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After owning several other brands of 12 volt coolers, I found a winner with this one. The Coleman PowerChill seemed to ice up , not cool very well and the motors and fans just would not last very long. The P-85 Koolatron Krusader gets cooler and stays cold longer. Of course it is in my truck sleeper and in an insulated cabinet where the ambient temps rarely reach above 75 deg. I did shorten the cord to a minimum length to help keep the plug cooler and ease the current draw. (longer cord = more current draw = more heat)
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As an OTR driver, I've gone through many 12v coolers over the years. However, this is my first Kooltron. When I first started using it, it was loud! It sounded like the fan was hitting something. I had to pry open the outside fan cover. And I discovered a screw was loose and one was missing completely. Luckily I had a screw that fit well enough. Tightened them up. And now this is a great cooler. Even with the troubles, it's probably the best one I ever had. Unfortunately, most of these are poorly made, over-priced junk. This one is now running pretty quiet and is easy on the batteries. It's a nice size too. Fits perfect buckled onto the passenger seat and holds a lot of stuff. Here's a little trick...keep a big soda cup of ice in the cooler. I use a 64oz from Pilot. Most truck stops won't charge for ice refills. Keeps all my goodies extra cold.
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I hate dealing with melted ice getting all our food wet while on camping trips. Plus, with most coolers, during the summer it seems like you're having to add another bag of ice almost every other day to keep your food cold. The ice takes up space, makes it hard to get to the food in the bottom...on and on. With all that in mind we decided to spring for one of these powered coolers. We just returned home from our 5 day campout and couldn't be happier. We put frozen food in the bottom and it stayed frozen the whole trip (I discovered when we got home that the very bottom of the cooler had even iced up a bit). The food toward the top was 'fridge cold'...I never did any temperature checking but that's what it felt like to me. We used a Schumacher PC-6 120AC to 6A 12V DC Power Converter to power it while in the campground and had it plugged into the car for 3 hours back and forth from the campground. I had it jammed right up against the seat in the back of the car so the cooler vent was slightly covered but that didn't seem to cause it any trouble. Like I said, food was still frozen/cold when we arrived. All our old coolers are going to the thrift store...I'm sold on these!
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I bought this cooler to use in the car while moving out of state. It was really handy to have. Very roomy and light weight (empty). It keeps drinks/food cold, but not as chilled as I had expected. I suppose this probably has to do with how much stuff you put into it. Overall, I was quite satisfied.
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Had a Coleman unit before, which died after a year. The Coleman fan motor is a common failure mode according to other reviews. Too early to judge the Koolatron 52 longevity, but it is more quiet, seems to use less power to operate (the Coleman 12 volt plug was always hot and finally melted, whereas the Koolatron 12 volt plug stays cool) and it keeps my food as cool as the Coleman did, maybe a little cooler. The only reason I didn't give the Koolatron 5 stars is the outer walls with insulation are about half as thick as the Coleman, so clearly when the Koolatron is unplugged at night to save my truck battery for morning startups, it would surely loose cooling a little faster than the Coleman. However, I find that in the morning everything is still sufficiently cool to start the new day of over the road driving, so that minor difference in insulation has not been a real problem for me.
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Did the job while we were on the road. Problem we realized was that when the car was off it couldn't cool. To help it hold for the long periods we weren't operating our Jeep (we went 4-wheeling for 10 days) we helped it with dry ice when we could. I've devised a setup where it runs on the car's system while driving. When it isn't it runs either on solar or a deep cycle battery. Keep a blanket, sleeping bag, etc., tossed over it and it will cool even more than the 40 degree difference to the ambient temp. We were in back country with temps near 100 degrees during the day.
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I used to own a Koolatron cooler. I used to think it was the best thing I'd ever run across. But I have changed my mind.

Reason #1: It can only cool, at best, to 40 to 45 degrees F below the ambient temperature. (Read the Koolatron info for yourself) That means if it's 95 outside the box, the coldest it will get inside the box is 50 degrees F. Not too chilly if you you were hoping for a (n)ice COLD drink. Also not as low a temperature as is recommended for food storage safety. Daily temps of 90 to 95 are commonplace in many areas in the summer. If you have warm stuff you want to chill, it takes a long time to get the temp down.

Reason #2: It is a battery hog. It will draw your auto battery down an uncomfortable amount over a days running, unless the battery is receiving a charge as in, the engine is running. So I found it not too useful for a camping trip of longer duration than just a single day or a day trip, where (a) there was no AC power available, and (b) you didn't want to drive or run the engine every day.

I'd say it works well enough to be used as a transportation cooler. Load it at point A, unload or use the contents up shortly at point B.

I have been much happier with the Extreme type of cooler offered by Coleman and others. These have extra thick walls. If used with frozen bottles of water there's no melted ice (water) to deal with. Maybe a little condensation, but that's all. And they keep my stuff COLD for several days at a stretch.

Just my opinion.
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