Frankencooler Versus The Competition

There are an increasing number of ice-fueled coolers on the market, ranging from crappy eBay ice chests with fans blowing into them, ice chests with a giant duct snaking through them with a blower on the end, to stylish, purpose-built units from companies like Icy Breeze.

The latest scam is the little cube “air conditioner” *ahem* (below) heavily advertised to cool a room in minutes. This “technological marvel” is nothing more than a small evaporative cooler (swamp cooler) that utilizes an anemic PC-type fan blowing through a paper pad wicking up water.  They quickly go through their tiny water supply leaving everyone who wasted their money on this Chinese piece of crap feeling hot and stupid.

The purpose-built ice-fueled units on the market either perform poorly, go through ice exceedingly fast, or (usually) both. The fancy ones feature impressive styling but utilize cheap, weak fans, one small radiator, and still blow through ice quickly because incoming hot airflow is not segregated from the ice/water storage.

Every Frankencooler™, Blowbox™, Blowbox TWIN, and Blowbox Express features multiple Frankencooler™ heat exchangers, the finest marine blowers available, robust 750 GPH marine pumps, infinitely adjustable blower controllers, and total separation of hot incoming air from the ice/water storage. In addition, my Bioenno Power batteries are the finest lithium iron phosphate power cells available for the money anywhere.

The result of all this is my units simply work – average temperature differentials are a phenomenal 50 degrees in triple-digit heat while my competitors strive for 30.

The negative aspect is they are pricey, thanks to me using premium products and having to pay retail for many components. I could easily make these cheaper and sell more but I value satisfied customers over dollars. I am retired and do not do this to survive, but because I truly enjoy it.

Over the last two years, more than half of my sales have been to pilots and aircraft owners, including some commercial airlines. My units are popular with campers, private investigators who spend hours parked in their cars, pet delivery services that use my units for backup or augmentation in their vans, fishing boats, classic car owners, and of course, families taking part in leisure activities and sporting events.

After 5 years, my products are still ugly (it’s hard to make a Frankenstein mishmash of parts look good), but still out-perform any other ice-fueled cooler on the planet, regardless of price 🙂

New Frankencooler TWIN Express

Here’s a new model I have been working on featuring a vertical Blowbox cooling engine housed in a 20″ roll-around case. This arrangement uses gravity as well as blowers to more effectively expel condensation. Cooling is identical to the Blowbox TWIN – its only advantage is being less likely to suffer from airflow interruption due to condensation clogging in extremely hot, humid environments.

What’s New For Frankencooler for 2021

As summer 2021 nears, for the first time ever I have built a small number of completed Blowbox units for sale for those who don’t wish to build one. The $200 premium provides incentive and beer for this old man to stand in his sweltering garage all day constructing these things : )

I also have built an AIR Battery Powered Remote unit, as well as the first prototype AIR unit utilizing the Blowbox design (below). By placing all of the machinery outside the cooler, this design provides twice the space for ice/water and minimizes the time and complexity of extensively modifying the cooler. I will be doing a video comparing these two coolers shortly. After making the video, I will be selling both units.

Revised Blowbox TWIN

Adding a larger pump makes a world of difference as the Blowbox TWIN outputs 44-degree air on a 113-degree Arizona afternoon.

Frankencooler And Blowbox Twin Comparison