Chill Out With These Innovative Portable Ice Chests

Keep water, beverages, and deli items cold with these moto-friendly coolers.

“The pause that refreshes.” Coca-Cola coined that marketing slogan in 1929, and after a hard ride, it’s a beautiful thing to reach into a cooler and retrieve an icy beverage. (Smart plan: nonalcoholic until the riding’s done!) For a one-day outing, a backpack cooler filled with ice and drinks works fine. Moving on from here, the variety of insulated flip-top coolers is practically endless, with sizes and capacities to suit individuals to entire teams. But there’s another alternative: electric. These obviously require no ice, and draw their needed current from your vehicle’s DC system or household 110-volt AC outlets. Their advantage is that you never need ice, but the disadvantage is, they take time to cool down and require electricity to keep on trucking, er, cooling. Here are three options for that ice-cold travelin’ man.

Ausranvik 48-Quart Portable Electric Refrigerator/Freezer

Ausranvik freezer
Operating on 12- or 24-volt DC or 110-volt AC, this 48-quart Ausranvik portable refrigerator/freezer conforms to your travel mode. Temperature settings range from -4 degrees to 68 degrees Fahrenheit.Amazon

So where have you been all our lives? This may sound like a bad pickup line, but it honestly lays our feelings bare for this user-friendly 48-quart portable refrigerator and freezer. It operates on 12- or 24-volt DC or 110-volt AC, so it’s highly versatile. Strategy: Cool it down in your kitchen before packing and leaving, let your truck power it while driving, and then tie into a generator at your destination. And when you need to turn off the juice, the Ausranvik cooler will reportedly keep your stuff cold for 12 more hours.

Engel 13-Quart Cooler/Dry Box

Engel cooler/dry box
The Engel cooler/dry box holds 13 quarts and ingeniously features a separate dry box to keep cheese and meats dry when the ice melts.Amazon

Go ahead and ask: How many times has our delicious mesquite-smoked sliced turkey become submerged as the ice in our cooler melted late in the day? Answer: Too many to count, thank you. This Engel cooler/dry box lets you avoid a similar sunken-turkey dilemma and instead enjoy that perfect deli sandwich by offering a separate dry box that nestles into the top of the cooler. As planned, this separates the cold wet stuff from the cold dry stuff. That’s more than just smart when you’re on the road, it’s also poultry in motion. Ha, ha, ha!

Seehonor Insulated Cooler Backpack

On a long hot day ride, nothing beats having a nice cool beverage in the boonies. It’s yours for the sipping with this Seehonor insulated cooler backpack.Amazon

Once, to surprise our buddies, we packed energy drinks on ice, triple-bagged and stuffed them into our backpack for when we summited a tough trail ride. Well, the drinks arrived semi-cool, and our backside, along with everything else in the backpack, arrived thoroughly wet from melted ice. We could’ve been way smarter, such as with this leakproof nylon Seehonor Insulated Cooler Backpack. It’s a big one, measuring 17.7 inches tall, 13 inches wide, and 7.9 inches deep, and carrying up to 30 cans. Padded shoulder pads improve comfort.