Save Power And Money - Amazing No Power Cool Boxes

Updated: Feb 8





Hey everybody, although 12v compressor cool boxes are amazing and are the perfect solution for a lot of people they are very expensive and very much overkill for most people.


If you are a weekend warrior, go away for a week at a time or even just know somebody that will give you access to their freezer (if you are a full time Van Lifer) there is a good chance you can just get away with a decent cool box.


There are some really good ones on the market to suit all budgets and will keep your food cold for anything up to about 10 days with the good ones. Some can even keep your food frozen for 2 days.




Here are some good ones...

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The Coleman Xtreme cool boxes come in a few different sizes and will keep your food cool for up to 120 hours thats 5 days. As with all no powered cool boxes you need to put ice packs in these to keep it cool, I will post links to to good ones at the bottom of the post.



Coleman Xtreme



49L https://amzn.to/3eaSwVJ

66L https://amzn.to/3fxIaj7

91L https://amzn.to/2AIF4Km



Coleman Xtreme Marine


26L https://amzn.to/3d82xlh

66L https://amzn.to/2Y6Q8Kc

90L https://amzn.to/3e59lkZ






Another amazing brand for cool boxes is IGLOO, these come in various shapes and sizes and also like the Coleman Xtreme cool boxes above will keep your food cold for up to 5 days.


Here are a few of them.


Heavy duty

IGLOO Camping BMX 52 Cool Box, 49 Liter, Gray/Carbonite Blue, 26.6 x 16.9 x 16.9 inches



https://amzn.to/30ST9iW




Massive


IGLOO Camping Polar 120 Cool Box, White, 114 Litre


https://amzn.to/3fA1goy




Marine


IGLOO Marine Ultra Cooler




https://amzn.to/2USZtDo




And whilst we are still on the IGLOO brand I would Like to mention this too. If any of you would like to get creative with a submersible pump you can have ice cold water coming from your kitchen tap, it's also a cool little stool. This will keep your drinks on ice for 3 days with at an ambient temp of 30℃


IGLOO Outdoor Seat Top Water Jug, Orange-Orange, 18.9 Litre




https://amzn.to/2N9hAQY





The next brand of cool box I want to recommend is the Dometic Cool - Ice CI. Not only will this amazing cool box keep your food cold for up to 10 days in the right conditions it also looks cool. It wouldn't look out of place in a Landrover, expedition or ex military vehicle.



Dometic Cool - Ice CI


42L https://amzn.to/2UQrcVl

22L https://amzn.to/3hDi7Je






70L https://amzn.to/3ebcpMx

55L https://amzn.to/2zEud3w

42L https://amzn.to/2YHJ7P4

22L https://amzn.to/2UUeIMf




If you want to keep your food cold for up to 10 days then these are another good option. They keep food frozen 2 days or cold for 10. They come in lots of different sizes and even more colours. Some of the colours are very bright but there are also some less bright colours if you prefer. You can choose the colour before you purchase them...



ICEY-TEK




25L https://amzn.to/37Dx0GJ








40L https://amzn.to/37zQBaW

55L https://amzn.to/2UN59yL








56L LONG https://amzn.to/37F8jJS

70L LONG https://amzn.to/37BfK4Q

This colour would look awesome in an expedition vehicle too.




And finally if you are a weekend warrior then I would like to suggest this little set to you. you can use the big cool box as fridge for your van and the small cool box for picnics and days out. The cool boxes will keep your food cold for 3 days and the drink container will keep your drink cold for 24 hours.


Coleman Cool Box Combo, 3 x high-performance cooler boxes, capacities 46 L, 4.7 L and 2 L Jug


https://amzn.to/3emFjco





So thats it for my cool box suggestions, now you need something to keep them cold.


You could always just fill some empty bottles with water, freeze then and then use them as your ice blocks. This is obviously the cheapest option available to you but bottles take up lots of space in the cool box.


All of these cool boxes come with a draining hole on the side so if you were just wanting to use it to cool cans or bottles you can just tip bags on ice in when needed and drain through the hole when it's all melted.


The best option it to just buy some of the reusable ice blocks, they are relatively cheap to buy and once you have them they will last you years. If you are a full time van lifer don't forget you will at least two sets one to use and one frozen ready for when they have melted. Obviously the bigger the cool box the more ice packs you will need.



Budget



Campingaz freez' M - 10 Pack






https://amzn.to/2UPyoAU




Huge


TOURIT Long Lasting Ice Pack 13 x 10 x 1.25 inches - 2 pack




https://amzn.to/2N9CUpz




Large


Icey-Tek (like the cool boxes above) Ultimate Large Gel Ice Pack Freezer Block. Commercial. Camping - 4 pack


https://amzn.to/37GeeOQ




Medium


Thermos Cool Bag Ice Pack Freeze Board 800G PACK OF 2


https://amzn.to/2UQBWCP




Small


2 x Thermos Freeze Board Ice Pack Small Ice Block Flat Travel Ice Box Pack 200g





https://amzn.to/3fvV4hB




Tiny

Set of 3 Mini Freezer Blocks, Green, Orange, Blue or Pink



https://amzn.to/3hAGWW5





Long and thin


TOURIT Reusable Ice Packs Long Lasting Freezer Cool Packs - 8 pack




https://amzn.to/2N9aY5a




For cans


Kleager Can Beer Ice Pack for Lunch Box 2 Piece Double Sided



https://amzn.to/3dc385F




For your drinks cooler


Invero 60x Pack of Reusable Fast Freeze Water Filled Ice Cubes



https://amzn.to/2CidXWZ




So that should be everything you need to keep your food cold for up to 10 days at a time, I do have some tips though to help you make the most of your cool box.



  • Try and keep your cool box in a cool or shaded area as much as possible. The cooler the ambient temp on the outside of the cool box the longer the contents will stay cool.

  • These are better at keeping things cool than cooling them down so it s a good idea to make sure everything is nice and cold before you put it in.

  • The more you open it the quicker the ice blocks will melt.

  • It is best to fill these boxes right up the fuller they are the more efficient they are.

  • The ice blocks take roughly 24 hours to freeze, so plan ahead.

  • These things can be heavy once fully loaded. Just be aware of that.


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