on November 12, 2012
Tips for Keeping Your Cooler Colder Longer!
Using these tips will help keep your critical items chilly:
- ALWAYS Pre-cool your cooler, preferably for 12 to 24 hours in advance.
- Always pre-cool your contents if possible.
- Always try to keep your cooler out of the direct sun light.
- Latch the cooler's lid shut promptly after opening. Do not overfill - it may damage the hinges of your cooler.
- Cover or Line your cooler with foil backed bubble wrap - the bubble wrap creates an extra insulation barrier within the cooler.
- Quickly take out what you need and seal it up right away. Less use means longer ice retention.
- Find high quality sculpture quality ice, usually the clearer the better
- Make sure you pack the cooler tight and as full as possible. Layering the ice will also increase the cold temperatures.
- When your trips are more than one or two days, use larger blocks of ice instead of ice cubes - blocks of ice last longer and keep contents colder.
- You may use dry ice directly in most of our coolers - dry ice requires special care and handling but will keep your food dry and your cooler contents cold the longest.
- Talk to your butcher, game processor or favorite restaurant about using their walk-in freezer prior to packing it. Freeze thin layers of ice and incorporate vacuum sealed food into the layers if possible.
- Pack items in your cooler in chronological order based on when you plan to use the items, pack all items used first last.
- Keep a few plastic bottles of frozen water handy - the frozen water will act as ice and will keep the other items in the cooler colder. Nice for short or long trips.
- On short trips or when cooling warm items do not drain the water from the cooler - the cold ice melted transfers coldness to your fish, beverages and other items quicker. Cold is the name of the game. It don't have to be ice!
- On Longer trips drain the cooler of water to preserve your ice integrity. Covering your contents inside the larger coolers with a wet cloth will also help extend the coolness.
- We have had people report back to us that their coolers have kept ice for 3 weeks or longer.
Important: Please do not overfill your cooler. The lid on several models goes down inside the cooler a bit when closed. Please take that into account or you can break any hinge.