The Powerchill Thermoelectric cooler is definitely a luxury item when you can pick up a cheap Styrofoam cooler, bag of ice, and your beverages for around $10. However, shelling out under $100 for a thermoelectric cooler seems like a steal when you consider the benefits.
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I was completely sold when I heard we would review this item. A cooler that I don’t have to continuously refill with ice. No more sloshing, no more soggy food items after we’ve been sitting at the beach for a few hours? I’ll take one!
The Powerchill cooler gives quiet and long lasting performance. It was going to be awhile before I could take it on the road and the beach season was over but I just had to use it. I plugged it in with the provided 12v power supply and put it to the “Code Blue” test. Would my Coors Light stay cold in the cooler if I let it run ALL week?
Each evening I returned home and was welcomed by an ICE cold, and BLUE, Coors Light. Nice…and it worked perfectly all week. In the car, the Powerchill plugs into the cigarette lighter. I’ve tested this on a few road trips now and it works perfectly. Back with the luggage, I never heard it running and actually checked on it at a few stops to make sure it was actually still on. Everything was working just as it should and it was purring quietly, keeping everything around 40°F.
The Powerchill has many excellent features that make it a must-have luxury item. It can be used as a “chest” or stand upright like a mini fridge. It has an adjustable shelf, and the door is also adjustable and can be made to open on the right or left side. This came in handy in the backseat of the Jeep. Packed with other gear, I wanted the motor facing out but wanted to be able to reach back for a cold non-alcoholic beverage while on the road. A simple flip of the lid and the problem was solved.
I recommend this product to everyone who enjoys the outdoors and has experienced water-logged groceries a short ways into your trip. I never want to deal with that again, and there’s no reason you should either.
* Published by JPFreek Adventure Magazine – The leader in Jeep and adventure enthusiast publications.