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Old 06-27-2004, 10:50 PM
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I purchased a Icey-tek IT-95L 95 qt ice chest May 19th. via the inetrnet. The cooler was shipped to me via UPS from Ft Lauderdale Florida.
I have used the cooler this weekend for the first time. I am very disappointed. It does not keep ice as I expected (5 days at least) I iced my drinks approx 5:30pm Thrus afternoon for my fishing trip today (Fri). When I awoke at 6:00 am the next morning to go fishing, more than 75 % of the ice had melted. The drinks were floating in water. Now, I know I live in Fla but it was not that hot overnight so the ice should last many days like their advertising states. I then opened one of the drain plugs and let the water out and had to re-ice again. I thought about this during the day while fishing and I visualy inspected the cooler again after my fishing trip (by-the-way I didn't catch anything) and first off, the cooler did not come with the bungee type lid tie downs??? I don't think that is the problem thou. I think it is the way the lid was manufactured. The right side has about a 1/2" gap when closed and the left side approx 1/4" gap. The front rubs a little which it appears to be the way it should. I can't tell on the back side of coarse. I think the the lid is too small and the cold is escaping because the inside gaps are too big.


Big Bucks for little cooling!! I wrote the company 1 week ago and I have have not received a response...I'm Pissed
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Old 06-27-2004, 11:30 PM
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the new ultra cold ice boxes are better from igloo i have an icetek as well it doesn't hold as good!!! Its just the cool thing to have!!
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Old 06-27-2004, 11:58 PM
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I will check out the igloo


When surffishing in Hatteras, NC there are tons of icey-tek's all over the place. Everyone (that sells them) swears by them and everyone wants one, but I will have to start asking the owners of them how they feel.

I was about to get one this Fall next time I am down there..... maybe not know.

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Old 06-28-2004, 08:20 AM
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I got a Frigid Rigid from Arktecmarine (a sponsor on the board) and its fit and quality are exceptional.

I do not believe any cooler will keep ice for 5 days unless it is kept closed.

My Fridgid Rigid was used to store fish, bait and drinks and was opened 10 to 15 times per day, minimum. Ice lasted two days.

I will be getting a small cooler for bait and drinks, and expect the ice in the big cooler to last longer as I will be opening it less often . . . at least that is the plan
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Old 06-28-2004, 08:50 AM
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You have to leave the plug open to keep the water drained off if you want to keep the ice. That goes for any cooler. Leave the plug in a no cooler will keep the ice. Its the water that screws you.
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Old 06-28-2004, 11:00 AM
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Hawkeye - 6/28/2004 7:50 AM You have to leave the plug open to keep the water drained off if you want to keep the ice. That goes for any cooler. Leave the plug in a no cooler will keep the ice. Its the water that screws you.
I don't believe that this is true. Water has a higher heat coefficient than the air that replaces it when you drain it off. This means that water will retain whatever temperature that it is (cold or hot) longer than air. The problem is that the water is getting warm in the cooler faster than expected. In other words, cold water is better than cold air for keeping things cool.

BTW - I am very happy with my SSI cooler.
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Old 06-28-2004, 11:10 AM
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Wayne Tj, No doupt a icy slush is coldest for cooling a fish or a beer down quick but my 30 years experience with ice and coolers is if you want the ice to last, leave the plug pulled. If you want it to melt in short order leave the plug in. I have had a 150 qt Iglue keep 75% of the ice for 3 days in 85 deg temps but in the shade. Of course the plug was pulled.
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Old 06-28-2004, 11:19 AM
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I've got an Igloo Marine 128... with about only 3 lbs of ice it kept a case of michelob cold for a day or so. As for draining water to keep the ice? well, yes, drain the water if you want to keep the ice. the specific heat of air is far lower than that of water. HOWever, if you want your drinks to be cold (i know this is a shot in the dark here), you'll leave the water in. it's the water, which is still at 32F, that removes heat from your beverages. Cube or Block ice is very poor at heat transfer because of its low contact surface area. Heat transfer is extremely dependent upon surface area, and if there is no water to provide that medium, well, shucks, you're gonna skunk your beers. And if you are frequently opening the cooler and letting in hot air, don't expect cold drinks if you are draining the water.

since you asked.
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Old 06-28-2004, 01:46 PM
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Sounds like you might have a defective one. I have a 120 quart and the ice actually freezes together when I load it the night before. I have found it works best if you fill it all the way up but mine has kept ice for over 3 days before (that is without opening it). That crack you describe is not right. Mine seals pretty tight.

I have not tried it with the plug out.

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Old 06-28-2004, 02:20 PM
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Good advice from Tsunami above as air in a cooler accelerates the ice melting. Also, pre-chill your cans before you put them in - room temperature cans when put on ice - well, you found out what happens.
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Old 06-28-2004, 04:34 PM
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Something is wrong with your Icey Tek. My 2 icey teks closes tight as a drum. My small one has held ice (5 gallons) in the trunk of my car for the past 3 days. It was filled Fri night and I took out bait to go fishing today. I got bait and forgot to take it out over the weekend. The spearing was still frozen and I had over 3/4 of the ice left. And this was sitting in my trunk in warm sunny weather. I got rid of the new Igloo Marine 72qt I bought at the start of the season cuase it did not hold ice as half as well.
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Old 06-28-2004, 04:41 PM
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Bought the new igloo Max cold and a 100% improvement over the older marine style. Held some Ice for 3 days before completely melting
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Old 06-28-2004, 08:32 PM
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Icey-tek contacted me today finally There is a possibilty it is defective. They were real nice about it and will reimburse me for the return shipping costs.
Now thats's one thing that is COOl
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Old 07-29-2004, 07:51 PM
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Ok it took awhile, but I finally got the replacement cooler from icey-tek. "Jason" the Traffic Mgr has been very helpful. It appears when they ship the coolers from the production line overseas in containers the heat build up warps the lids!!!

I put a bag of ice in the cooler with the drains open and it's in the Fla sun. I'll be montoring the melting process by opening and closing the lid quickly each day one time.........
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shellback - 7/29/2004 6:51 PM

It appears when they ship the coolers from the production line overseas [....]
Christ. Is *nothing* made in the USA anymore? I'm not cracking on you, or Icey-Tek, but man....
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frigid rigid........ft meyers fla.........us of a.........give me a call we are now a dealer in the north east......quality is 10......................jim................arctekm arine..........
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Old 07-29-2004, 08:56 PM
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shellback - keep us posted on the quality of the new cooler. I recently purchased a 70qt. and while the lid seems to seal properly (However I also didn't have the bungee tie downs, did your new one?), it doesn't seem to keep the ice as long as I was expecting. I'm curious about the results of your new one.

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Old 07-29-2004, 09:17 PM
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A couple of blocks in the bottom of a big cooler or
fishbox take a LONG time to melt, and keep the water
COLD for the catch, even if the small stuff melts.
Works for me. If your out of ice and have 32 deg. water
your still good.
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fill the wifes tupper ware.....and freeze.......... works great...until you get home........lol.....jim.... .................................
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pmf - 7/29/2004 8:56 PM

(However I also didn't have the bungee tie downs, did your new one?)
No, the new one didn't have them either
I recently saw the Icey-Teks at World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada keys and they not only had the bungee tie downs but they also included rope handles attached to a molded piece on the sides...what gives with that
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