Mobicool Power Cooler/Warmer, 47.5-qt
Love this cooler!
We bought this cooler over the summer to take camping, and were very pleased with it. The large size allowed us to pack lots of food, enough for several days, and it kept everything nice and cold for more than a week, running day and night. It includes the 110v adaptor (which isn't the case with all electric coolers) which saves you from having to buy it separately for about $30. It had some condensation buildup, which causes water to drip from the lid when you open it, and the motor iced up after about 5 days. But I unplugged the cooler overnight so the ice would thaw, and because the lid wasn't opened, everything inside stayed cool.
With both adaptors included, it will be very handy for cold drinks and food on road trips or to transport dairy or frozen goods for any distance. All in all, it is a very good value!
August 13, 2012
I bought this cooler 10 months ago, we have used it about 5 times for about a week at a time. The 110v and12v option is great and the cooler keeps food really nice and cold.
However.....I find the cooler is quite bulky, it has a definite condensation issue with it, moisture actually dripping out of the cooling motor in this lid, causes significant water build up inside in the space of a weeks use. And now it has quit working all together, the light is on but the fan is not running/cooling. I had water issues in my home so do not have sales receipt or owners manual.
I am going to try returning to Canadian Tire and will update this review with how that goes...
August 2, 2012
This works well as a cooler, extra fridge space at the cottage a warmer for bringing food to others. Love it!
August 2, 2012
Bought this cooler 4 months ago and like it very much. The past week I used it for a 2100km trip from BC to Yukon.
I realized that I lost the top of the car charge and call the number in the booklet. I wouldn't have it in time so they sent it to my Yukon address. After a week it arrived already. For the trip I put the cooler in my walk-in cooler for a night and packed it full with stuff from the walk-in. Even with no charger it was still cold after 2 days. I had cool drinks and great food on my trip. I also liked it a lot this summer when buying groceries, especially dairy and frozen products and getting them cooled and still frozen home after a 60km trip. I bought it on sale and it was definitely worth the money.
October 21, 2011
We bought this cooler for a trip to Florida this past winter. It kept our food and beverages cold all along the trip. With the convenient storage compartment for the AC and DC power adapters, it was easy to switch from DC power in the car to AC in the hotel room.
There is a condensation issue but we put a dish cloth inside on top of our food to absorb the water While it is also a bit big, the wheels make it easy to transport.
We now use on a weekly basis when we go to the cottage. We put all our perishables in it and they are nice and cold when we arrive at our destination. Better than using a cooler with ice.
Our cottage is on an island and I use solar power and batteries for lighting and TV/Satellite, etc, and propane for my fridge and stove. I would not consider using this cooler at the cottage since the current draw is high as indicated in the user guide.
This is the second product of this type that we have owned and I would recommend this one for anyone with similar requirements.
September 14, 2011
It's a cooler with fans. Not for camping or cabin.
Bought this for an off grid cabin and ran 12V straight off the 4 Exide 6 volt deep cycle batteries. It drained the batteries in no time. The fan runs all the time and it didn't get cold inside. It really depends on ambient temperature around it. So, in a nutshell, it is not good for a cabin, cottage or camping that doesn't have power.
Like it was intended. It is ideal for car trips and plugged in at home.
Good pointers: The turn knob does lock and it's handy when standing up.
It's a cooler with fans. I'd stick with a block of ice.
May 6, 2011
This unit works fine for me and having the 12v or 120 volt options are great too.
Keeps food and drinks cold. I used it at my cabin and just plugged it in for a few hours each day and it held its cool temp no problem.
Don't forget to unplug it from your vehicle as it may drain the battery if you have a live 12v plug in.
Holds lots of items and I also use it standing up at the cabin, like a little mini fridge.
September 13, 2010
After reviewing this product, I went with this unit, (Bought in Ontario) and, it does keep things cold - it nearly froze a cucumber! Yes, it does work best on A/C; but, it keeps things cold when travelling on auto plug.
And, yes, the A/C prongs broke off and stuck on the cooler after the 30 days (36 actually); but, at another CTC store (in Nova Scotia), MobiCool authorized a direct replacement from another unit. Way to go CTC and MobiCool!
August 7, 2010
Awesome in all climates
I bought this cooler about two years ago for a 11.000km road trip through the US. From cold mountain areas to the heart of Mojave Desert.
I would say that 2/3 of the trip I used only 12V power to cool my food and the remainder with ice in it.
I did have one problem, and that was the connector from the cord got easily bent back and forth and broke (shorted out on me). But I got Mobicools support number from CT and only a week or so later they had sent two replacements (one spare I guess) without fee.
June 18, 2010
Works exactly as promised. Expect no more and you will be satisfied. Molded handles are great for strength and supplied power adapters with built in storage are fantastic. Works great for car trips. Perfect for at home when the fridge get too full. The warmers works great too.
January 3, 2010
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