Q. What sizes are available?
A. Currently we only have the one size available. Although several other models are in the works. (If you are looking for a particular sized insert please use our contact form and let us know.)
Q. What size cooler does it fit?
A. The current model is designed to fit in a variety of coolers up to 65 quarts in capacity). Please check the inside dimensions of your particular cooler carefully to ensure a proper fit. Note: The average interior dimensions of a 65 quart cooler is approximately 23″ long x 12″ wide x 13″ high — Be sure to include the space under the lid when measuring for height. Due to the varying methods some manufacturers use to determine the quart capacity of their coolers the CoolerMate Insert may actually fit some larger quart capacity coolers like a glove. *Placing the CoolerMate Insert into a cooler larger than the dimensions specified above may diminish its performance.
Q. Will the CoolerMate Insert work in a wheeled cooler?
A. The CoolerMate Insert was originally designed to be used in a traditional flat bottom cooler. The insert works best when it’s sitting flat and level this also makes it easier to organize your food. The way many folks with wheeled coolers are accomplishing this is by simply shimming the insert level with the axle hump in the cooler.
Q. What are the dimensions of the CoolerMate Insert?
A. The current model is 19-1/2” long by 10” wide by 11-3/4” high. The lower floor measures 2” tall.
Q. Will the CoolerMate Insert work in a larger size cooler?
A. Yes, but keep in mind that many cooler manufacturers create larger capacity coolers by actually making them deeper. To ensure proper cooling in your cooler never stack food more than 2″ to 3″ above the top of your CoolerMate Insert.
Q. Can I fill the CoolerMate Insert with water and then freeze it?
A. Yes! In fact we refer to this as “Glacier” mode. Fill your insert with water to the bottom, curved edge of the finger indent area (stopping here allows for expansion as the water freezes). You can leave the siphon assembly and lid in place just make sure to tighten the lid only one quarter turn, as this allows the air to escape while freezing. Once your insert is frozen, remove the lid and fill the remaining space with cold water. When frozen, your CoolerMate Insert is the equivalent of a 23 pound block of ice with hours of cooling capacity. * The Coolermate Insert is freeze/thaw stable and everything is covered by our lifetime warranty.
Q. How much ice will the CoolerMate Insert hold?
A. The current model holds approximately 13 +/- pounds of loose ice, this will vary depending upon the size and shape of the cubes used. When frozen the CoolerMate Insert is the equivalent of a 23 pound block of ice.
Q. How long will ice last in the CoolerMate Insert?
A. The length of time the ice will last in your CoolerMate Insert is dependent upon a multitude of variables, including the starting temperature and quantity of food in your cooler, the type of cooler used, where it is located (sun or shade), outdoor temperatures and how often you open the lid just to name a few.
While we can’t say for sure how long the ice will last for you in your cooler. What we can tell you is what we are hearing from people who are actually using the insert in a variety of coolers for numerous summertime activities:
* For those using the insert with ice cubes and water (mixed) their average ice retention is 2 to 3 days.
* For those that are able to freeze the insert (glacier mode) they’re experiencing 4 to 5 days of ice retention.
* Results in your cooler may vary.
* For best ice duration, always pre-chill your cooler interior and food before packing your cooler.
* Read some of our testimonial letters to see how long the ice is lasting for actual CoolerMate Insert users.
Q. Does the CoolerMate Insert take up more room than using loose ice alone?
A. No! In fact it actually increases the useable storage space in your cooler. The CoolerMate Insert concentrates your ice into a tightly defined area. You also no longer need to protect your food with bulky plastic bags or water tight containers therefore giving you more available space in your cooler.
Q. Can I use the CoolerMate Insert in my old cooler?
A. Absolutely, the CoolerMate Insert will work in many coolers regardless of age.
Q. Do I need a CoolerMate Insert if I have a super insulated “extreme cooler”?
A. Extreme coolers extend the life of the ice but they don’t prevent the ice from melting and contaminating your food products. They also don’t provide you with fresh drinking water or easy organization of your food products as The CoolerMate Insert does. By combining your extreme cooler with a CoolerMate Insert you will enjoy the ultimate cooling experience.
Q. How much does the CoolerMate Insert weigh empty?
A. The current model is a little less than 2-1/2 pounds when you include the lid and the siphon assembly.
Q. How much weight can the CoolerMate Insert support?
A. At least 520 pounds (we stopped testing after that).
Q. Can the CoolerMate Insert be filled with Iced tea, lemonade or various types of adult beverages?
A. While the Insert would probably work just fine we don’t recommend it, simply for sanitation and cleaning purposes.
Q. How do I clean my CoolerMate Insert?
A. We recommend after each use that you clean your insert inside and out with an antibacterial dish soap (or white vinegar) and hot water, rinse thoroughly and let air dry completely before storing. Easy to follow instructions are included with every CoolerMate Insert.
Q. Are the materials used in manufacturing the CoolerMate Insert safe?
A. Every component of the CoolerMate Insert is manufactured from FDA approved, food grade plastics that are BPA free.