The Right Components

Anyone who’s personally seen or built a Frankencooler knows how well this design works. Building one isn’t that difficult, but the ease of building and the ultimate effectiveness of the cooler can vary significantly depending on the components chosen. Cheap blowers that pull high amps will quickly deplete a battery. A motor controller that’s rated too low for the total load won’t last. The majority of marine pumps are bad choices for battery power. Most common-shaped heat exchangers are a pain to mount and difficult to seal. Choosing the right ice chest can by itself easily halve the time it takes to build a Frankencooler.

For over four years I have continuously tried new components in an effort to find the best mix of performance, ease of installation, and cost (you should see my inventory of stuff that didn’t cut it). Thanks to new wholesale accounts and large-scale purchasing, I am pleased to announce that I am now able to offer $$$ high quality, squared, easy-to-mount heat exchangers with threaded. solid brass 90-degree swivel fittings in all of my major component packages at no additional cost. In addition, I am now including intake heat exchangers like the one featured in my grey and orange ‘Ultimate Frankencooler’ in place of the large and cumbersome automotive heater core units : )

To kick off the summer, I have also re-instituted free UPS shipping for all component packages.

Thanks to everyone who has built their own Frankencooler and spread the word that these hideous looking contraptions outperform every other ice-fueled cooler on the planet, regardless of cost. Your word-of-mouth has made Frankencooler a success, and I sincerely appreciate it.

Frankencooler AIR With Wireless Remote

The battery powered wireless remote-controlled AIR single blower cooler is complete.

The power cell is a super high quality 4.5Ah lithium iron phosphate (LiFeP04) unit with onboard cell equalization. The wireless remote has a range of approximately 20′. This cooler is only around a pound heavier than the corded power plug model. While the pump operates at full voltage, the blower is running at 9 volts – a good compromise between airflow and noise.

In testing today (106 degrees) the battery-powered model ran for just under 2.25 hours while maintaining a near 40+ degree temperature differential throughout. At the end of the test, there was still some ice left – a testament to the Frankencooler design 🙂

Upgraded major component packages for both wired and remote versions of this cooler are now available on this site.

AIR Remote 1   AIR Remote 2

 

Extreme Temperature Test

Testing my ice chest air conditioner on a hot, humid day over a period of 7 hours.

Notes: The cooler was holding 35 lbs of ice and one gallon of water.
The actual outdoor temperature in the shade according to my infrared thermometer was 105 degrees (temp sensor under intake grill was in direct sun for a period, indicating 111). Humidity was 70% average.
The cooler was not moved or opened during the test. The camera was removed from the tripod and brought inside between takes.