Keep Ice Longer
One of the most common questions we get asked is "How do I keep ice longer". Engel’s original high-performance cooler is roto-molded for toughness and durability. It’s filled with a full 2 inches of insulation in the lid, on the sides, and on the bottom, helping to retain cold and ice for up to 10 days.
However, this does not mean that you though in a few pounds of ice and bunch of warm drinks into a 65 quart cooler, that you can expect it to still be there when you get back 2 weeks later. There are a lot of factors that go into ice retention.
Tips to Increase Your Ice Retention
Always pre-cool your beverages and food before placing them in the cooler. If not pre-cooled then a lot of ice will be wasted before everything is cooled down.
Freeze plastic bottles of water – the frozen water will act as ice and will keep the other items in the cooler colder longer.
Cover your cooler if it is out in the sun - using a space blanket or other reflective foil.
Pack items in your cooler in chronological order based on when you plan to use the items – pack items used first last.
Make sure you pack the cooler tight and full.
When your trips are more than one or two days, use larger blocks of ice instead of ice cubes – blocks of ice last longer. Crushed ice or wet ice from private ice machines will give you the least ice retention time.
You may use dry ice within an Engel DeepBlue cooler – dry ice requires special care and handling but will keep your food dry and your cooler contents colder.
Always try to keep your cooler in the shade as much as possible.
Always try to minimize the amount of times you open the cooler, quickly taking out what you need and closing it right away.
Always latch the cooler's lid shut. The gasket will not be doing its job if the latches are not all engaged properly.
Do not drain the water from the cooler – the cold water from melted ice helps keep the items inside colder longer.
Using these tips will help you maximize your ice retention.
We have had people report back to us that their Engel cooler has kept ice after 3 weeks out on an expedition.
Ice Rentention with Engel Cooler & Freezer Paks
If you are looking to dramatically increase your ice retenention and keep ice far longer than you ever exected, then consider the Engel Cooler & Freezer Paks. Placing 2 or 3 frozen Engel Cooler or Freezer paks on top of the ice in your cooler, will draw all the heat out of the ice... holding off the melting process.