BEST ICE ESKY?

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Reply By: Dave(NSW) - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 01:22

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 01:22
Evakool the white fibreglass ones
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Follow Up By: Member - Witi Repartee - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 07:42

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 07:42
Choice magazine says Techniice
is best performer.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 10:12

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 10:12
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In January 2015 Choice rated iceboxes as follows:
Dune -- 90% -- $400 -- t=118h
Techniice -- 89% -- $259 -- t=118h
Tropical -- 81% -- $263 -- t=107h
Evakool -- 78% -- $359 --t=93h
Then the "others".
Where "t=" is the time in hours for the temperature to rise from 0 to 8 degrees.
Possibly Dune got an extra % because it has wheels but look at the price!
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Reply By: Member - Allan L2 - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 06:58

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 06:58
Cliff, I would have to agree with Dave on that one. I have 2 white fibreglass Evakools (the first one must be near 20 years old now) and find them excellent although you have to treat them a little carefully to avoid chipping the gelcoat. If you want one to stand a bit of rough treatment go for the polyethelene one but they are not quite as efficient. .
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Reply By: rumpig - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 08:04

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 08:04
The white Evakool esky as already mentioned above...they aren't cheap, but there's a reason for that....I own 2 of them in different sizes. Don't be fooled into thinking the other coloured Evakool eskies are as good, we had a few different ones at camp over Xmas and the white one way out performed their blue one.
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Reply By: Shaker - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 08:24

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 08:24
I would also recommend the EvaKool fibreglass cooler, I tried a Waeco & returned it for a refund as it was hopeless.
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Reply By: Les - PK Ranger - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 10:07

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 10:07
Have had a Dune one from Anaconda for a number of years, very good for 4 - days.

I always use block ice, 2lt or 3lt plastic milk container of water, frozen a good week before trip to get deep frozen.
This goes in bottom, food and drinks in (cold from home fridge), then usually room for a full bag of crushed ice.

This lasts 4 days easy, when I used to get home there'd be 3/4 block still ice, and at least half a bag of crushed ice.
Never used it for longer than that, but feel you could get easy 5, maybe 6 days.

I went a Tecniice fridge then, these have awesome insulation, so suspect their ice boxes would be very good too.
Haven't used an icebox since the fridge purchase :)

No doubt the Evacools would be great too, just balance up what your # of days needs / budget are.
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Follow Up By: Les - PK Ranger - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 10:09

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 10:09
Hmm, just tried edit to put an 'h' in Techniice, not working for me.
I click on edit and it comes up with normal reply window ?
Did this edit attempt almost instantly.

Edit - Lol, the edit on the edit window works, maybe I stuffed up, will try edit on another post.
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Reply By: Member - Rosco from way back - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 10:21

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 10:21
You will get an extra day out of the white fibre glass jobs, but they are fragile compared with the Tropical. So you need to think about your usage. If there's no chance of it falling off the back of the ute eg, go white. If you need a tougher job, consider the orange.
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Follow Up By: Member - Munji - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 11:32

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 11:32
Rosco

Fully agree, my brother has had one sliding around on the back of his ute for past 10 years in the Pilbara and still going strong. And let me say, he has not been gentle with it.
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 12:41

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 12:41
Those Tropical ones most be super tough if the fibreglass ones are "fragile" compared to them....my 120ltr white Evakool esky would be near on if not already 20 years old now....can't say I have ever dropped it though.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 12:55

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 12:55
They are mate .. by comparison. If you want a test, try dropping one of each about a metre onto the corner on concrete and see how you go.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 12:57

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 12:57
If fibreglass was fragile, nobody would buy fibreglass boats!
I can't understand why anybody would have one sliding around in the back of ute.
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Follow Up By: Member - Rosco from way back - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 13:07

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 13:07
Re-read it old son. I said fragile "by comparison".
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Reply By: The Bantam - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 11:40

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 11:40
Bang for bucks .... Techniice ..... remember they have a couple of different families.

AND every techniice ice box comes with some of their icepacks.

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Reply By: Member - backtracks - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 13:48

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 13:48
It depends on your space v efficiency values. We have a 70 l techni ice sovereign model. It is large because of its VERY thick walls and lid. I'm willing to go out on a limb and say for length of time to melt, you cannot do better.
Last 12 day simmo trip we filled it with 3 home frozen 10 l water containers, a 2l cask and some techni ice sheets as well as pre cooling. It was used to cool ( read very cold ) no less than 14 slabs of beer over those 12 days. Back home there was still around10 l of frozen water in the containers ! Previous to this on another simmo trip I used it instead of a fridge and ice lasted 12 days , although I think I threw a bag of ice in near the end just because I could. They are pretty cheap and so far tough as nails.
If you want maximum ice time I don't think you can beat them. If not , other brands are less bulky and still very good.
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Saturday, Jan 16, 2016 at 12:25

Saturday, Jan 16, 2016 at 12:25
remember techniice do a thinner walled more compactrange too.

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Reply By: terryt - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 15:46

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 15:46
Technice for me. White and the fancier one. I got the local plastic welder to put a divider in it. One side ice and beer the other side food. Works brilliantly in lieu of a fridge. He also said he has never had anyone bring a Technice esky in to be repaired
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Follow Up By: cliff p - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 15:59

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 15:59
THANKS GUYS , THINK I WILL GIVE THE TECHNI ICE 80 LT A TRY, WITH MOST OF YOU GIVING THEM THE THUMBS UP I CANT REALLY DO MUCH BETTER ID SAY.
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Reply By: GREG T11 - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 21:31

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 21:31
Had both an Evakool 85 ltr and waeco Koolice, to be honest there is bugger all difference between them. This is comparing the two in nearly the same conditions for over 10 years,.
In sth east qld and northern nsw pre cooled and kept in the shade they both last the same amount of time. This was with normal use as a drinks esky
Experience told us that having 1 food esky and 1 drink esky works a lot better. Afterall you tend to open the food one a lot less! The other advantage is they are a lot easier to manage weight wise, we have a 50-60 ltr food and 45 ltr drinks esky and manage to get an extra day or two out of the food one.

12 days would be a dream, never ever seen in normal 20-30 dergree days and nights. Maybe if your doing the deserts where night temps go very low helps..



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Follow Up By: cliff p - Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 23:01

Friday, Jan 15, 2016 at 23:01
THANKS GREG IM THINKING THERE ISNT MUCH BETWEEN THEM
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Follow Up By: Member - backtracks - Saturday, Jan 16, 2016 at 18:55

Saturday, Jan 16, 2016 at 18:55
You're right about 12 days and winter desert trip in my case. Having said that ,the souvenir has VERY thick sides and lid. Don't think I have seen any esky as thick.
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Reply By: Member - lyndon NT - Sunday, Jan 17, 2016 at 10:31

Sunday, Jan 17, 2016 at 10:31
I would recommend a blue IceKool. Yes, apparently the Fiberglass will hold ice a "little" longer.
I have a 130 ltr blue IceKool. I can pack it in the boat with Jerry cans packed against it and don't have to worry about it being damaged. Replacement handles,hinges and bungs cost very little if ever needed.
Took mine on a fishing trip down to the Roper River. Had it out in the boat where the top of it got so hot I couldn't touch it.
STILL HAD ICE IN IT ON THE 8TH DAY!
Bought it via the seconds site. Nothing wrong with it, not even a mark.

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Reply By: Stephen F2 - Monday, Jan 18, 2016 at 16:36

Monday, Jan 18, 2016 at 16:36
I have a Techni Ice Signature series very thick walls.It can keep things pretty cold but thats using frozen bottles of water in the bottom. Still frozen after 3 days in 35degrees with heavy usage and have 5 year old son always opening it.
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Reply By: arod - Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 19:52

Monday, Feb 22, 2016 at 19:52
For those that are recommending the Techniice, do you have the Signature or Classic? Very big price difference.

I'm tossing up between buying a Techniice Classic or a Campmaster from Masters.
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