Kickstarter is always a great place to find some cool projects and gadgets. Sometimes you have some hits and misses and then there are the times you have home runs. The COOLEST cooler is one of those home runs. These guys have blasted past their initial $50,000 goal and are well over $6.5 million with 40 days to go (at the time of this writing)! And I have to admit, there’s good reason why this cooler has made so much money, it’s just about the geekiest cooler you can find. Read on past the break for more on the COOLEST cooler and hit the link at the end to check out the full Kickstarter.
The COOLEST is a portable party disguised as a cooler, bringing blended drinks, music and fun to any outdoor occasion.
A 21st Century Cooler? It’s about time!
Regular coolers are boring, break easily and are a hassle to haul around just to carry the ice. The COOLEST cooler is 60 quarts of AWESOME packed with so much fun you’ll look for excuses to get outside more often.
Maybe you want to use the built-in ice crushing blender to whip up some margaritas or smoothies on your next boat trip or tailgate?
Maybe you just want to always have music on hand with the waterproof bluetooth speaker or want to recharge your electronics with the built in USB charger?
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Nothing is more refreshing on a hot day than a cold blended cocktail or smoothie. The 18 volt ice-crushing beast built into the COOLEST will power through more than 6 gallons of blended goodness on a single charge.
WATERPROOF WIRELESS SPEAKERS
If life is supposed to be a party, then you better bring the music. You’re gathered around the cooler anyway, but now you can DJ the music right from your phone or Bluetooth-enabled device directly to your COOLEST. Just turn your phone on, match it with the COOLEST speaker, and rock out with your bad self.
Since you’ve got that 18 volt battery for the blender, why not get the most out of it? Maybe your camera battery is low or maybe you have an iPhone you just want to use after 3:00 in the afternoon… Re-charge your gear wherever you are with the waterproof USB charger.
LED LID LIGHT
The party doesn’t stop just because the sun goes down, and you shouldn’t have to freeze your fingers searching endlessly for your favorite drink. The COOLEST has unbreakable lights embedded in the lid so you easily find what you’re looking for with the push of a button.
Carrying your gear to and from your destination is a hassle, and your old cooler isn’t doing you any favors.
The COOLEST’s locking tie-downs are like having a roof-rack on your cooler so three trips can be done in one. Easily secure your lawn chairs, blankets, towels, toys, fishing tackle, or grill.
One of the worst unintended workouts can be had by trying to drag a conventional cooler through a sandy beach. The COOLEST wheels are twice as wide so they roll easily and don’t sink in.
There are certain essentials you need for any outdoor gathering so why not have a built in cubby to store them? The COOLEST has storage for a half dozen reusable plastic plates, which also double as a cutting board for the ceramic rust-proof pairing knife.
SPLIT LID and DIVIDER
The COOLEST has a split lid design so you can get access to ice for the blender without letting too much warm air in. This also lets you keep your cups in the cup holders so you don’t have to put everything on the ground just to grab another cold drink.
The split lid design and removable divider give you some great packing options. You can keep your cocktail ice separate from your regular ice. Or you could put ice only on one side, pull the drain plug and the other side becomes a totally dry refrigerator, perfect for keeping sandwiches and any other perishable food cool and dry.
How many hours of your life have been wasted or teeth chipped because someone walked off with the bottle opener. My grandpa’s cooler had a bottle opener and so does the COOLEST.
I’m always looking to maximize my fun when I get together with my family and friends. That’s why I am so passionate about the COOLEST. I invent lots of things, but other than my Jello-shot catapult very few have brought so much fun to my life. 😉
I know firsthand how much fun it is to have a cooler with speakers, and a portable blender for beachside margaritas, because I built myself one of each around ten years ago. Last year I reexamined these well-loved creations and realized just how much room for improvement there was.
I have manufactured and brought other products to market, but for a project of this size and complexity I’ll be using a pool of experts in the field to make sure the COOLEST lives up to it’s name.
The professional sourcing company I’ve partnered with has manufactured other coolers, as well as high tech gear. They have an experienced team in the field to assist with quality control, shipping and and other logistics.
We want you to have your COOLEST as soon as possible. Here’s our plan to achieve that:
- July/August: Make lots of new Kickstarter friends, execute manufacturing agreements/standards
- September:Finalize the engineering and prototype iterations and place the tooling orders
- October: Tooling build-out and procurement of raw materials and components
- November: Part qualification and pre-production builds, pilot production, quality assurance and product validation
- December: Begin manufacturing for the injection molded and blow-molded parts
- January/February: Finalize the assembly and shipment process and begin fulfillment
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