Techne Ice eskies

Submitted: Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 18:40
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Does anyone have one of these, and do you think they are better/worse than other similar products. I have seen the tropical and some other brands and they all look pretty much the same albeit some are a bit rough in the finish. I know the evakool are the bees knees but I can't justify twice the price and then some?

http://www.techniice.com/english/iceboxes.asp

80 litres
48 x 70 x 50.5 (cm) (W x L x H)
RRP $289
$165incl 6 FREE Techni Ice HDR
ice packs valued at $40

http://www.techniice.com/english/iceboxes.asp

thanks in advance.
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Reply By: Lone Wolf - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 18:55

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 18:55
If anyone, and I mean anyone, buys the 800 litre model, and is having a get together, I wanna be invited!!!

Can you just imagine, how much grog that'll hold?

We could be holed up somewhere in the desert for months, and not really care (or know, 'cause like we're drunk).

I have NEVER seen anything like that, ever, I WANT ONE!!!

Wolfie
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Reply By: Damien - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 19:11

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 19:11
Hi Darren

From my experience with the 80L, the normal servo ice only lasts approx 2 days. I have found that it helps to freeze ice cream containers or similar and use it as a base. Also, remember to put only cold items in to begin with.

Personally, I wouldn't buy another one. It's been said here before, save your money and buy a real fridge.
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Reply By: Damien - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 19:12

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 19:12
Oh, I forgot to mention. The Techni Ice packs they provide are not that great either.
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Follow Up By: Outbacktourer - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:57

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:57
FWIW, IMHO Techni Ice "packs" or "sheets" are up there with occy straps and the cable ties in the invention scale. I've been running a 60L Waeco esky (similar to evakool) full of drinks by swapping eight sheets on rotation in and out fo the freezer (4 in the esky at a time). No muss no fuss. Very flexible for kids lunch packs, the soft pack drink holder etc, great stuff in my opinion.
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Reply By: DARREN - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 19:17

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 19:17
Thanks Damien, forgot to mention I already have a 60l Engel permanently in the Patrol, and agree/am a big fan of the real fridge.

The esky is for the boat for the fish we keep and when we camp (by boat) (so long term ice longevity not the biggest issue) but still want something better than a crappy uninsulated esky.

Regards,

Darren

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Follow Up By: Damien - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 19:56

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 19:56
In that case, go for it! You will find they are a lot more durable than the average esky.
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Reply By: Member - Reiner G (QLD) - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 20:07

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 20:07
Darren, it took me years and a lot of useless eskies before I got the bleep s and spend the money on an Evakool.
I love it and it is worth every cent. Just bit the bullet and get one after that you will smile evert time you open the lid :-)
cheers
Reiner

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Follow Up By: Member - Willie , Epping .Syd. - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 20:28

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 20:28
Reiner ,
I will second that on the Evakool . I think they are the best .
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Reply By: Member - Peter A (VIC) - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:26

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 21:26
Darren,

Mate, eva-kool are worth twice the price as they are tough and keep the beer cold, we have an engel for the food and eva-kool for the beer and have had them for four years and have taken them outback with no problems, forget the cheap ones mate as when you need them most you may be disapointed

cheers Peter
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Reply By: johannagoanna - Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 22:19

Monday, Feb 06, 2006 at 22:19
Yes, sorry to say, Evacool is the way to go! We freeze ice in used (cut clean!) milk containers, and then top it up with servo ice. After a week camping in October (high 20's each day), these was still block ice in the bottom. Another hint is to freeze almost everything that goes into the esky. I freeze and cryovac all the meat, freeze milk, bottled water, etc. We did have a coleman, but ice didn't even last a day! Hope this helps - Jo
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Reply By: Gronk - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 10:43

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 10:43
We bought a downunder esky(nearly exactly the same as an evercool) and am very happy with it. I freeze 2 old wine bladders(1/2 full so they freeze flat) and lay them flat on the bottom then fill it up with beer(food goes in the basket) and mix in 4 small frozen bottles of water and 4 days later the bladders are still frozen. This is in 35 deg heat so for short trips(some of us has to work) I find it ideal. By the way it's a 63 litre. I also have a finch 3 way in excellent condition but I couldn't be bothered taking it anymore.
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Reply By: porl - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 12:11

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 12:11
I have a smaller of the Techni eskies, it's about a 35L. It's a great esky except the friggin back hinge broke off within 12 months. So I am surprised they don't show the hinges on the website. Maybe they've improved, but mine was just a glued hinge. Now it was easy to fix, i basically just screwed in some self tapping screws and i reckon it's better than new. But, was not happy with the hinge set up.

Should never have sold the evakool, though with 12v fridges i just didn't need a 65L esky (being the evakook i sold).
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Reply By: Austravel - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 18:29

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 18:29
There certainly good for the price. Brought one just before Chrisy and used it for a drinks esky. Ice lasted for the 4 days with plenty of hot tins added. Ice was made at home though.

Yep they look a tad rough in places but you won't beat it for the $$ and I'd have no dramas tossing it into a trailer, not so with the dearer units.
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Reply By: 95DX CRUISER - Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 19:10

Tuesday, Feb 07, 2006 at 19:10
just bought a techni ice 120ltr and couldnt be happier, great esky and great service and even better price ! they may not be as pretty as the fibre glass ice boxes but who cares you dont buy them for their looks, hinges are very sturdy and they have a 7 year guareentee !
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Reply By: DARREN - Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 09:14

Wednesday, Feb 08, 2006 at 09:14
Thanks for the responses all, mixed opinions as usual but that's why the forum is so helpful.

For less than $200 (evakool $400+) I am not expecting the world but for a fish kill box for the boat and beer esky for weekends considering it will get knocked around a fair bit, it sounds like it might do the job.
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