How to Use a Coleman 12-Volt Cooler

Using the Coleman Power Chill Iceless 12-Volt Cooler can make the difference between having warm drinks and perfectly chilled treats.

The Coleman cooler works best in hot, dry weather because of its electrical power usage. You should always shelter your cooler if it starts to rain or snow. If water touches the electrical cord of the cooler, the result may be a fire, personal injury or a malfunctioning cooler. Using the portable cooler can help make your travels a lot more enjoyable.

Connect the cooler to a portable battery. Plug the cooler's cigarette-lighter cord into the battery clip adapter. Clamp the negative and positive terminals on the adapter onto the battery's negative and positive terminals. Never allow the positive and negative clamps to touch, as this will cause a dangerous electric shock.

Connect the cooler to your automobile or recreational vehicle by plugging the cord from the cooler into your vehicle's cigarette lighter.

Use a 120-volt DC power supply to use the cooler in your home. Plug the cooler's cigarette-lighter cord into the power supply. Plug the power supply into a power outlet to start the cooler.

Place your food in the cooler. The cooler will automatically start to operate and cool your food. If you use a battery, the cooler will work for 27 to 48 hours, depending on the power of the battery. For example, if the battery's rating is 1625 amps, the cooler will operate for approximately 48 hours. Check the battery's charge capacity before purchasing it. A high level of amps means that the cooler will work longer. The food and drinks will chill in three hours.

Tips

  • Use your vehicle's cigarette lighter when you are on the road. Use the battery when you are in a stationary setting.
  • You can purchase the batter clip adapter, the power supply adapter and the battery from your local hardware store.

Warnings

  • Overusing the cooler in your car can wear down your car battery.
  • Pre-chill food and drinks before placing them in the cooler so they chill faster and stay cold longer.