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.

Ultimate Frankencooler

My Frankencooler design taken to the next level with the finest all-copper radiators I could find, a massive lithium iron phosphate power cell, better insulation, and revised plumbing.

But does spending twice as much money equate to dramatically better performance?

At least as far as the radiators go, not really. My original design’s lightweight and affordable components cool nearly the same for many hundreds of dollars less.

Nevertheless, this cooler incorporates some significant improvements and my Frankencooler Build Plans have been updated to reflect some of these changes.

Ice Chest Air Conditioners – What Works And What Doesn’t

Introducing Frankencooler

Frankencooler

  • Patent pending design
  • Totally self-contained and portable – no external power needed
  • 18-volt lithium-ion battery w/state-of-charge indicator
  • Two flexible cold air ducts
  • Three individual water to air heat exchangers
  • Twin high-pressure fans
  • Infinitely variable fan speed control
  • Marine pump – underdriven for durability and power savings
  • Cooling ice and water insulated from incoming air for maximum cooling duration
  • Coleman cooler features wheels, pull handle and drain valve
  • Average run time at optimum 50% fan speed: 1.5 – 1.75 hrs.
  • 30º – 55° temperature differential (outgoing to incoming air)
  • Additional batteries available for under $40
  • Hideous looks, awesome performance – proven in the desert by Arizona Cardinals tailgaters

Build your own Frankencooler – plans and parts are now available HERE