Techni Ice

Submitted: Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 18:42
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Goood evening all,been trying to find some figures on the tehcni ice/stats etc but we bought some last week and did some figures of our own on the week end.
We have an Evakool 60 ltr fridge /freezer,on Sat night at 9.45pm amb temp was 12.0 deg celcius,fridge temp was 2.5 deg.
We put the techni ice in at 9.45.pm. At 7.00 am sun morning amb temp was 8.2 deg, fridge temp 3.1 deg.Sunday night at 9.30 pm amb temp was 19 deg,fridge temp was 2.7 deg. Techni ice went in at 9.30pm and again the fridge was turned off to conserve power and at 7 am this morning amb temp was 9.4 deg, and fridge temp was 2.7 deg.The tech ice remained quite firm and hard as they claim and we were impressed. Will be good to see how it performs in the Cape this year.Any one else had experience good/bad with this stuff?
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Reply By: TerraFirma - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 18:58

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 18:58
We took it to Deal Island in a Waeco 100 litre Icebox. The icebox sat in a Flybridge on a boat in what we call the hotroom. Ambient temp was probably around 24-25 degrees. We also had some normal party ice in the icebox. The Ice melted by the end of the 2nd day, or most of it did and the Techni Ice went soft by the 4th day but seemed to still have some cooling capabilities, so I continue to use it. I have never taken temps but it seems to be worth it, especially given it's quite cheap and reusable. I must say the Icebox was always being opened and shut as it was shared by 7 guys drinking at a rapid rate. Anyhow I have some 10-12 sheets of it and quite like the concept and convenience, I must say when food comes into play it will be invaluable because normal ice makes everything wet and soggy.
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 21:20

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 21:20
Is there any problem freezing this stuff at home? The Techni Ice web site says it freezes between -18 and -21 degrees and better to get it even colder. I doubt that my home freezer gets that cold. Perhaps if I max it out. I tried to freeze a 3 ltr container of fully saturated salt water and it would not freeze.

Also, for on the road, I have a freezer compartment in the fridge. Without turning the whole fridge into a freezer, the freezer compartment runs at about -12 to -15 degrees. Fine for normal use, but won't freeze Techni Ice.

Anyone got any experience using this stuff where you can only get in down to -12 or so (ie probably not fully frozen)?

In addition to our fridge / freezer, we carry a large fiberglass esky. I carry four 3 litre milk bottles of frozen water. Three go into the esky and the fourth in the freezer, each day I rotate the 'oldest' into the freezer and replace it with the one from the freezer. It works OK, but could be better. Hence my experiment with salt water (which I can't freeze) and now my question on Techni Ice.
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Follow Up By: Member - uncle - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 21:42

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 21:42
Hi Norm,we froze the techni ice for 48 hrs in our home freezer before setting off,then put it into the Evakool freezer while on the road,then just pulled it out at night and slipped it into the fridge section.The next morning it was still very hard and hadn't melted much,the bonus is ...it doesnt go all soggy and wet like normal ice does after a few days! So far we are happy with it at $16.00 for six sheets I can't complain. god bless ebay!!That was posted too!!
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 07:14

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 07:14
uncle, that is a great price. On the Techni Ice web site it is $$39.95 for 6 sheets.
I'll have a look. At the price you paid there isn't much to lose is there?
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Follow Up By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 15:29

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 15:29
Thanks for the tip uncle. Just picked up 6 sheets for $14.01 9including postage). Plenty available all the time and seems to mostly go below $20 for 6 sheets. Providing it is the genuine article, that is a steal.

I'll give it a go as a supplement to my 3Lt milk bottle ice blocks for the esky.
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Follow Up By: Member - uncle - Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 06:37

Thursday, Apr 13, 2006 at 06:37
Good pick up Norm give it a try at that price cya.
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 21:48

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 21:48
Mate of mine got some when it first came out, and tried takign it back, they wouldnt touch it.

Since then, ive found out my neighbour (jims lawnmowing), does the dudes lawn that invented the stuff, and was given a dozen packs of it to 'show off' to other customers.
He showed me the stuff and it does seem different to the original crap... if you have a good fridge freezer, why do you need it?
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Follow Up By: Member - uncle - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 21:51

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 21:51
We only bought it to purely save 8 to 10 hrs of battery life each night and takes 2 seconds to put it the fridge.
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Reply By: Outbacktourer - Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 22:41

Monday, Apr 10, 2006 at 22:41
I've got 8 sheets. Up there with the cable tie and occy strap in the invention stakes, great stuff. Don't leave home without it.
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Reply By: Brian B- Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 00:13

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 00:13
Hello Uncle,

We used techni Ice to keep party ice in our drinks esky from melting too quickly in the Kimberlies last year by putting it on top of ice/drinks. We also change it daily with the frozen sheets in the top of our 65lt Waeco. The bonus is the freezer does not need to be running at night & the freezer achieves lower temperatures with Techni Ice on top acting as an insulator as it re freezes, we did need to turn it over though to freeze both sides properly & speed up the whole process. We think it is a fantastic product and will do the same on our next outing to the Cape next year.

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Reply By: TerraFirma - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 09:44

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 09:44
The new Techni Ice is apparently vastly improved over the older stuff. I also don't mind the blue coloured Eski brand reusable icepacks. Bunnings and other hardware stores sell it and you can get it ina range of sizes.
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 17:38

Tuesday, Apr 11, 2006 at 17:38
Interesting that when you buy this stuff on eBay at less than half the RRP, it is the manufacturer you are buying from.
Wonder how their retailers feel about that.
Only advice I can offer is, if you want this stuff. Visit eBay and save a heap.
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