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Football and tailgate parties are a tradition on New Years Day.  But what do you do if the cooler’s full — or you just want to show off to your tool-challenged friends?  Check out the Auto Can Cooler. 

It plugs into any 12 volt outlet and keeps your drink at least 18 degrees cooler than the surrounding atmosphere, which if you’re camping out at a stadium today would put your beverage at just about the right temperature.  Unless you’re outside at Lambeau Field in which case you can just skip the cooler.

Street pricing starts at $19.

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One Response to Finds: Auto Can Cooler

  1. Myself says:

    Thermoelectric (Peltier-Seebeck effect) coolers aren’t very efficient (5-10%, compared to ~50% for compression cycle). You don’t want to run one of these for more than a few minutes or it’ll kill your battery, and who wants to idle all afternoon while tailgating?

    If your can is already cold from the cooler’s ice-bath, then a traditional foam can koozie will keep it from warming up too quickly, at zero energy cost. The thermoelectric unit will keep it below room temperature indefinitely, but your fizzy will be flat by the time you’d notice the difference from a plain koozie.

    You don’t want to wait around for a thermoelectric cooler, especially not one that can power itself from a lighter socket (and is therefore limited to 10 amps or so), to chill a room-temperature can down to refreshingly cool. Due to the aforementioned poor efficiency, the unit will have dumped a tremendous amount of heat into the air, roasting your wrist if it’s in a nearby cupholder, or turning your vehicle’s cabin into a hotbox.

    Thermoelectric coolers are useful in a lot of applications. They’re solid-state, so they have no moving parts, and therefore do not vibrate. This makes them ideal for cooling imaging circuitry, which can produce clearer results at lower temperatures. They’re used in remotely-located equipment for environmental control, but traditional vapor-compression refrigeration units are getting more practical and reliable at ever smaller scales. And of course, Peltier coolers were popular for a while among the PC overclocking crowd, until CPU heat output exceeded the limits of practically-sized modules.

    As a can cooler, this is a novelty more than a practical tool. It’s certainly fun to play with, but I wouldn’t rely on it to make up for an undersized Igloo.

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