Electric Cooler

Koolatron Cooler from Costco.ca
Koolatron Cooler from Costco.ca

I quickly discovered that ice really doesn’t last long in an ice box and messy to clean up after it melts.  The cleanup was complicated further after discovering that the drain from the icebox didn’t actually go directly to the bilge.  At that point, I knew we needed to go electric, but how?  I found an expensive electric cooler  for around $140. The Koolatron electric cooler runs off AC or DC and also comes with a car adapter.  I keep it next to the sink on the pilot’s berth with a million other things. It gives me an extra surface to hold my dish rack  for after meal clean up. The unit uses ambient temps for cooling.  Not really sure what that exactly means, but on cool days it keeps things cooler than it would on warm days.  To avoid draining our batteries, we only run it when our 8GM Yanmar is running. Technically, our boat motor is our on board generator.  Since we don’t run it continuously, it works best if I start with some fresh ice packs on the bottom, covered by and any frozen goods and placing milk and cheese products closer to the cooling unit. The cooler comes in an assortment of sizes, but we went for the larger full size version.

The Costco description and specifications are as follows:

“For optimal ease and reliability this innovative cooler/warmer has eliminated the need for ice. This cooler/warmer plugs directly into your vehicle’s 12 volt power outlet to cool or warm everything inside! This makes using the “KRUSADER” perfect for at home, on the road, camping or even boating. It is a true GIANT among 12 volt coolers. It uses a special large thermoelectric module to cool a full 49 litres (52 quarts)!” 


    • Cools to approximately 22 ° C (40 ° F) below the ambient temperature
    • 3.05 m (10 ft.) power cord
    • AC Adapter
    • Capable of holding 80 – 12 oz cans
    • Colour: Grey with white inner liner


  • Dimensions (L x W x H): 53.3 cm x 40.6 cm x 50.8 cm (21 in. x 16 in. x 20 in.)
  • Inside dimensions: 38.1 cm x 30.5 cm x 40.6 cm (15 in. x 12 in. x 16 in.)
  • Capacity: 49 L (52 qts.)
  • Brand: Koolatron 
  • Capacity: 49.21 L (52 Quart)
  • Maximum Degrees Cooled: 4.44 C (40 F.) 
  • Model: P85A
  • Weight: 8.62 kg (19 lb.)

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