Ice Retention Tips
TIPS ON HOW TO KEEP YOUR CHILLCO COOLER COLD FOR LONGER
All Chillco Ice box coolers have superior ice holding abilities.
The larger the ice box, the longer the ice retention.
The smaller the ice box, the shorter the ice retention.
There are many factors that determine how long an
ice box will stay cold for and by following these easy steps, will ensure your ice stays cold in your Chillco Cooler for as long
1) Quick storage of ice - Bags of ice must be
immediately moved from the freezer to the ice box. Long delays
between moving the ice into the ice box will already begin melting
the ice. (Even if it's 5-10 mins). This 5-10 mins of ice melt could
be equivalent to 1-2 days + of lost ice retention. Just remember
that it's an insulated ice box and not a fridge.
2) Pre-Chill the Ice Box - It's a
good idea to pre-chill the ice box before putting your items into
it. This involves putting a few bags of ice in it and leaving it
there for up to 8 hours prior to use. That way, by the time you put
your items into the ice box, the ice box is already chilled and your
ice will last a lot longer. People with industrial freezers are
recommended to put their esky cooler in the freezer the night before
3) The amount of times the lid of the ice box is open and
closed - Obviously more frequent lid openings will release
more of the trapped cold air inside the box. Each time the lid is
opened, the temperature drops rapidly and then it takes another few
hours to go back to the temperature it was prior to the lid opening.
The aim is to open the lid and get your goods out as quick as
possible without letting too much cold air escape.
4) The ambient temperature - (outside air
temperature) - If it's 5 degrees outside or 45 degrees,
this will also affect the ice rating. Try to avoid placing the ice
box in direct sunlight or if unavoidable, cover the ice box with a
reflective sheet or a wet white towel.
5) Normal party ice or Chillco dry gel ice packs? -
Chillco Dry Gel Ice packs will allow you to achieve maximum ice
retention without any wet ice forming at the bottom of the ice
box. Chillco Dry Gel Ice Packs can be frozen down to -190 degrees
Celsius but in most people's case it will only freeze down to -18
degrees which is the coldest temperature you can get your domestic
freezer down to.
Normal block ice will freeze to -1 degree Celsius and Dry Ice Packs
down to -18. You can clearly see which is the better ice you should
be using if you want longer ice retention. We recommend using our
dry ice packs at a minimum ratio of 1 ice pack per 10L of ice box
capacity. If you are keeping sandwiches at the bottom of your ice
box and using normal wet ice, be prepared for your sandwiches to go
soggy. To prevent this from happening, we recommend using Chillco's
Dry Ice Packs to prevent melted ice pools forming at the bottom of
the cooler and save your sandwiches and other produce.
6) Drainage of melted ice - Melted Ice turns into a
liquid which in turn speeds up the process of melting the ice.
If you keep draining melted ice, this will prolong the ice retention
as well. Draining the melted ice 2-3 times a day is recommended. If
you are only storing drinks in your ice box and only need the ice to
last a day or two, then don't worry about draining the melted ice
because the melted ice will be enough to keep your drinks nice and
7) Ice has melted - Even once the ice has fully
melted, you will still find that the ice box is still colder than
the outside ambient temperature and this alone can last a day or
two. If you still have melted ice water left at the bottom and you
are only storing drinks in your cooler, this melted ice water will
keep your drinks cold for another day.
Please also note that all Chillco Coolers come with white lids to
assist with reflecting the suns rays since most of the heat in an
ice box esky is lost through the lid.
If you know of any other special ice retention tips that we have
left out here, please email them to us at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we
may include them on this page for everyone to see.
Enjoy your new Chillco Cooler!