Tips for Maximizing Your Cooler’s Performance:
Whenever possible, store the box in a cool place – if stored in direct sunlight or in a warm environment, a significant amount of ice will be melted to cool the walls of the box each time it is used.
Ice temperature is also a factor and should be 30 degrees or lower before you put it in your cool box. The colder the ice, the longer it will take to melt.
Chilling or even freezing the intended contents such as drinks and food is an often overlooked solution to longer ice retention. Remember, the colder your contents before loading, the less energy these contents will use to cool. If using to store or transport food, ensure that the contents temperature remains below 39 degrees F.
The amount of ice is used is also important. We recommend filling the cool box with as much ice as possible to keep the air space to a minimum, a large volume of air will lead to faster ice melt. A small bag of ice in a large cool box will melt much faster than if it were in a small one. However, a large box filled with ice will keep longer than a small box. In summary, the more ice the better- if weight is a concern, you can use other materials such as paper towel or crumpled newspaper to fill the air space.
Surface area to volume of ice also effects how ice melts. Block ice will melt much slower than cubes or chipped ice. However, as ice melts it is also absorbing the heat from its surroundings; therefore, smaller pieces of ice will chill the cooler faster and keep food colder but it will also melt faster. Using a mixture of ice sizes, for example, putting food on top of a block of ice, then covering the food and filling the empty spaces with cube ice will help retain ice and keep food cold.
Once the cooler is in use, we recommend that you do not empty any of the cold melt water. The water in the cooler will be almost as cold as the ice and will help insulate the remaining ice. If you are storing items that could be damaged by water, consider using protected dry ice, Aussie Gel Pack or similar reusable gel packs, or place items inside a plastic container inside the cooler.
There are many variables that affect ice retention: frequent lid opening, outside environment, placement in direct sunlight, etc.
**AVOID EXPOSING YOUR COOLER TO CONTINUOUS HOT SUNLIGHT, ESPECIALLY DARK COLOR COOLERS, AS THIS CAN CAUSE HEAT BUILD UP IN THE LID AND RESULT IN LID LIFT WHICH IS NOT COVERED UNDER THE MANUFACTURING DEFECT WARRANTY**
****PAYING CAREFUL ATTENTION TO THE ABOVE SIMPLE DETAILS WILL SIGNIFICANTLY EXTEND ICE RETENTION****
HOW DO I CLEAN MY ICEY-TEK™ COOLER?
Before using for the first time, clean the interior with any standard dishwashing detergent and rinse thoroughly.
For tough odors, wash out with a mixture or 1 part household bleach and 50 parts water.
Occasional cleaning of the exterior is recommended using a non-abrasive cloth and mild dish washing detergent. Oil-based grime can normally be removed using a lanolin hand cleaner or baby oil with a non-abrasive cloth. Be aware when cleaning the box that the lid must be held open securely to prevent hand and head injuries.
HOW SHOULD I STORE MY ICEY-TEK™ COOLER?
To guard against suffocation, remove and store drainage plugs inside cooler when not in use and keep in a cool area out of direct sunlight.