In this post, we are going to review the Cool Box from Aldi. These have become really popular, budget-priced cool boxes that are being used by many campers and those who have camper van conversions.
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We bought one of these cool boxes last year when they were being sold in Aldi. We have yet to use it camping but have used it on many trips in the camper. We will be taking this camping plenty this year when camping with EHU hopefully.
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If you are new to camping or new to having EHU while camping be sure to check out our other post on Storing Food While Camping. Here we cover the best way to store food as well as packing up your cool box for your camping trip.
The Adventuridge 30L Cool Box
The Adventuridge Coolbox from Aldi is a 30 L electric cool box with a carrying handle. The box unloaded weighs around 4.4 kg. The cool box comes in both blue/grey and green/grey. I would have liked the green/grey one, to match our tent, but there was only one left and it was in blue, which is typical!
The coolbox has a choice of 2 power sources, that can be neatly stored away in the cable compartment at the back of the box. the cool box has a built-in light in the interior. on the outside of the box, you have both a heating and cooling indicator and a power setting knob which allows you to better control the temperature inside the cool box.
Not only is this a cool box but it can also be used for storing warm food as it also has a heat function.
The cool box comes with 2 spare fuses, an operating manual and a warranty card.
The coolbox has a carry handle for easy transportation and this can also be locked in place via a clip to hold the lid of the cool box open when you need access. No more jamming your hands when trying to get items out for lunch or tea.
Choice of Power Sources
With this cool box, you have the choice of two ways to power it. You have the standard 240v plug that will plug straight into the electrics. You also have a 12v plug that can be plugged into your car, boat, camper via the 12-volt socket. The two spare fuses that come with the cool box are for use with the 12v plug and the user manual gives pictured instructions of how to change these fuses.
As stated earlier this cool box has both cooling and heating modes. This can be controlled by a switch and knob on the front of the box. The switch determines which mode you will be using, cooling or heating and the knob will set the temperature you require.
As with all other cool boxes, the internal temperatures can depend on the ambient external temperature. For this reason, we always suggest that you buy a good thermometer to keep in your cool box so you get an accurate reading while in use.
The cooling capacity is at a maximum of 20°C lower than the ambient external temperature. This means that if the ambient temperature is 24°C the coldest temperature your cool box will reach is 4°C. You need to keep this in mind if using during the warmer months as food should be stored at a temperature of no more than 4° C.
The heating capacity is a maximum of 55 °C. This is warm enough to let you transport hot food short distances.
What We Think Of This Cool Box
So, what do we actually think of the Adventuridge 30L Cool Box that is sold by Aldi? We actually really like this cool box. It does what we need it to do. We would only be able to use this cool box during spring and autumn breaks where the temperature is not going to be over 24 degrees.
We also know that when we are starting to attend parties and get together where we take some food along to share, we can use this to take hot food.
We find that it is spacious enough for weekends away for our food although we still normally take a pre-prepared frozen meal for the Saturday. This is just due to this being the main day we go out exploring and it makes for a quick meal in the evening. This leaves us plenty of relaxation time too.
We think that this cool box does exactly what you need it to and the price is great too. We have used it once just with ice blocks and it also worked a treat then too. The dual electric option is a great feature, just don’t leave it plugged into your car overnight and flatten your battery. These cool boxes draw a fair bit of energy so we would not recommend using them with a leisure battery.
We would defo recommend this product, especially when first starting out. Great not only for camping for days out where you would like to take cool drinks and maybe even something to cook for lunch on a stove or BBQ. If you are looking to camp more in the warmer weather then maybe a tabletop fridge if you are able to transport one.
You can always buy a cool box that will hold your food at more than 20° C below ambient temperature or look into purchasing a multiway fridge that uses gas if unable to have EHU. Both are more efficient at holding food at safe temperatures and better power consumption. This is also reflected in the price at 2-3 times the price of these minimum.
Just remember whatever you use that you want it to keep your food at a safe temperature. Always think use /temperature when making a purchase.
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