Polyethylene Iceboxes - all the same?

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After comparing brands & prices of polyethylene iceboxes at Rays Outdoors & BCF we figured they were all much the same but then found Bunnings have them too but are much cheaper (ie save $100). So wondering if there is anyone who knows more about the current models who can confirm if indeed they really are MUCH the same or point out why we should spend more on the campstore ones.

PS we are familiar with use, having previously shared communal use many times as drinks/salads chiller on 2 wk beach camping/fising trips but now need to byo.
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Reply By: Krooznalong - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 13:08

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 13:08
Hello Michelle
Also have a look at Techniice. We have one (60 ltrs I think) and are happy with it.

Sorry - can't answer your technical question.
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Follow Up By: Michaeljp - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 13:41

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 13:41
I agree on Technice. They have the thickest walls of any ice box on the market. I have a 60l hybrid and it kept the ice frozen during summer for over a week in the back of my wagon while up in the high country this last Christmas which had days over 40C.
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Reply By: Shaker - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 13:16

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 13:16
I bought a Waeco Cool Ice ice box & to be honest I think the ice would have lasted longer in it's plastic bag!
When I took it back, the retailer held it up to the light & you could see that the insulation foam was only in a few areas.
The best ice box that I have ever had is the EvaKool fibreglass one, by a country mile.

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Follow Up By: Member - Wozikev - Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 14:48

Thursday, Jun 06, 2013 at 14:48
I'm with you shaker. I've had 'em all over the years and the Evacool beets them all hands down. They're a bit exxy to buy but money well spent. I have the 85 lt model and the lid seal is so good that I have to crack open the water drain and let some air in to be able to open the lid. I mainly use block ice and it lasts forever.

Cheers .......................... Kev.
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 13:29

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 13:29
I think the problem is we have been using the Tropical - 105l (?) but these stores don't sell it so not able to compare sidebyside. Who sells the Tropicals in Perth? Google didn't tell me - only their eBay or qld store that doesn't quote delivery to Perth.
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Follow Up By: Member - Broodie H3 - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 19:54

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 19:54
Hi Michelle ,
My sons brought me a tropical for the boat 120ltr and it is fantastic, did the trip up to Cape Leveque for a weeks fishing, took me four days to Broome towing boats and camper trailer, the Ice held up for six days and then had to replace the ice in Broome before,heading up but I did manage to get some block Ice, and that lasted the seven days at the cape, used a car fridge as well for the meat to keep it frozen, brought 80% of the meat home why eat meat when you have fish each day freshly caught. I have no regrets with the boys choice although at the time I did have reservations about the plastic fantastic. I'll find out where they brought it from and let you know if you like. I could not be happier with the performance and the cool factor.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 13:46

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 13:46
From personal experience have found that the 'ICE COOL' by Evercool are as good as you can get ,even beat Evercool's own fibreglass icebox in the same size by keeping a frozen 2lt water bottle frozen twice as long ,had both eskies side by side on verandah to test last summer when we had 42c daytime temps with lows of only 36c ,,,,,
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Reply By: garytee - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 14:20

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 14:20
TechniIce for me as well.
I just bought one on eBay for $40.00 for a 41lt. Used it last weekend. Even bag-ice lasted for 3 days. Still some ice in the bottom.

They have a double sealing lid.
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Reply By: chisel - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 14:33

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 14:33
Techni-ice now have these ones with 70mm walls http://www.techniice.com/ice-boxes/signature-series.html
Probably very good.
I reckon the bunnings ones are probably pretty good as well. Look similar to the techni-ice basic range.
BCF, Rays and Anaconda do have good sales from time to time. (eg. 50% off)
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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 14:58

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 14:58
Can you believe the Tropical & Techniice are not available in WA so to get one we have to pay $50 delivery. Still, the Techniice classic 100l is only $199 and from these reports maybe better value than even a factory second from Tropical @ $270 plus $50 post. The Techniice Signature seem good but biggest seems to be 85l I think and cost $269 plus post. So I think I'be narrowed it down to ordering the Techniice classic or getting the fibreglass Evakoool locally.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 15:33

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 15:33
You won't regret buying the EvaKool!

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Follow Up By: gbc - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 19:40

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 19:40
Yep, check evakool's own website and see how they rate their plastic eskys vs their fibreglass ones. You'll never regret getting a glass esky.
http://www.choice.com.au/reviews-and-tests/travel/outdoors/camping-and-hiking/eskies-review-and-compare.aspx
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Follow Up By: Member - Leigh (Vic) - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 22:16

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 22:16
The evakool has an awesome reputation Michelle, will last you for your lifetime! I reckon they ought give you one so you can evaluate their product.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 22:59

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 22:59
Yes indeed! Might be the only way we could afford it too so will keep you posted on this ;)
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 15:40

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 15:40
I have seen quite a few and the quality varies, especially the hinges and the seals, I've had hinges pull out, having said that Bunnings were really cheap at one stage so I bought a 45L one, depending on your budget and use the cheaper ones are fine.
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 18:07

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 18:07
Borrowed a mates larger Techni for a longer trip once, instead of my Anaconda Dune 41lt icebox.
Thought it would be way better.

Wasn't better, and might have actually been less effective.

Did the same as I do with the Dune, using a well frozen 3lt plastic milk container of rainwater in there, along with crushed ice. Freeze for a week at least.

Now have second Dune 41lt icebox, one for food, one for refreshments.
Have done several 4 day trips with them, and usually pack them with food, drinks, the block ice, and crushed ice the night before.

I can come home, unpack next day, and still dump half the crushed ice out on the drive, and the block ice is just a bit melted.

I usually get 3 bags of ice and split between the 2 iceboxes.

Without the 3lt block ice in each cooler, the ice would be gone by the last day.
The block ice melted is great to drink out there too.

Whatever icebox you go for, use block ice with your crushed ice, it works !
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Reply By: Eric W2 - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 22:15

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 22:15
Michelle,
Found this site on Google

http://www.bunburyarmysurplus.com.au/products_4.asp?prodID=491&catID=179

Maye be they can get them for you.

Wootts
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 10:45

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 10:45
interesting, but I guess wouldn't drive to Bunbury to pay $425 when I can get one shipped to my door direct for less. But you gave me the idea to look at Army Surplus stores nearby, but seems these are the only guys to stock the Tropical.

Everyone is being so helpful, and has steered me in a new direction away from our local camping stores - an interesting observation. David didn't buy fishing gear from them either as they didn't have the right gear - had to go to a specialised fishing/tackle shop. Makes you wonder who these mainstream camping/fishing stores cater to then when you go to buy, but can't get the right stuff to do the job. They may as well be kmart!
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Reply By: Drew - Karratha - Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 22:31

Tuesday, Jun 04, 2013 at 22:31
Michelle, Check out 'Xtreme Coolers' - a WA company.

www.xtremeproducts.com.au

I haven't got one, nor do I have any connection with the company, but on the 'Fishwrecked' forum everyone who has bought them loves them...

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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 10:32

Wednesday, Jun 05, 2013 at 10:32
interesting, thanks!
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