As even an amateur tailgater will tell you, keeping your food and beverages cold on your way to and during your tailgate party is of the utmost importance. The most common form of transporting and keeping tailgating food and drink cold has been the old fashioned ice chest. The trusty old cooler that you fill with ice and you’ll eventually end up tossing out at the end of the day because it is either melted or no longer needed. What if there was a tailgating cooler out there that kept your food and beverages refrigerator cold and dry and you no longer had to buy ice? There is and it called the Koolatron 52 Quart 12V Cooler
I was sent a sample of the Koolatron 52 Quart 12V Cooler and I was impressed right from the start. The instructions manual was a single sheet of paper. I like things that are simple to understand. And honestly, the only reason it was that big was because it had instructions in both English and French. The Koolatron 52 Quart 12V Cooler is very simple. You plug the cooler connection into the connection that plugs into your cigarette lighter. Because it works just like a refrigerator blowing cold air, you’ll want to have it plugged in for a few minutes to get it cold first. Much like placing items in a brand new fridge that has not been running, for maximum benefit, you want the cooler to be cold first. Then all you do is transfer those items you want to keep cold into the Koolatron 52 Quart 12V Cooler and you are good to go tailgating. If the cooler is loaded with warm items, it will take quite a while for the cooler to do all the work to cool them down. So it is suggested that you placed already chilled items in the Koolatron cooler.
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The Koolatron 52 Quart 12V Cooler also has the capacity to get hot as well. Just reverse the polarity of the connection to the red dot, and you are keeping items hot on your way to the tailgate party. Again, all you need is to make sure you have it plugged into your car’s power outlet and you are good to go. Take a look at the sample Koolatron 52 Quart 12V Cooler I was sent to test out.
To get a good idea of the capacity of this 52 quart cooler, I was able to put in 24 12 oz cans along with a number of food items in there as well. I was surprised at how much food and drink I was able to fit in there because I could utilize all the space and not have to worry about leaving room for the ice I normally would use. (A word of warning: Do not use the Koolatron 52 Quart 12V Cooler like a normal “wet cooler” and think you can add ice. Think of it as a small, portable dorm fridge sized cooler that has moving parts and is electronic. Water from melted ice and electronics do not mix.)
As you can imagine, the Koolatron 52 Quart 12V Cooler uses about 4.5 amps in order to maintain the desired internal temperature, whether you choose the cold or hot option. If your car is running and you are driving to the game, your cooler will work continuously without discharging your battery. If you are parked and the vehicle is not running, the cooler should not be operated for more than four hours. Then again, that is just common sense. If you are using any electrical device that draws on your car battery, dome lights, radio, etc., you’ll need to make sure you have enough battery at the end of the tailgate to start up and drive home.
The things I liked best about the Koolatron 52 Quart 12V Cooler is that it worked well, kept items cool on the way to and during the tailgate, there was no clean up or getting rid of unmelted ice and the best part, I saved money but not having to buy any ice. By using the power that my car battery was already producing, I not only saved money but this could be considered a “green” product. By using the power of my car battery I was saving water by not purchasing a 10 lb. bag of ice.
The price on the Koolatron 52 Quart 12V Cooler is normally $199 but right now they are running a sale. You can get the Koolatron 52 Quart 12V Cooler for $169.15 plus free UPS or FedEx shipping. To get your own Koolatron 52 Quart 12V Cooler visit CompactAppliance.com or just simply click HERE.