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Old 07-01-2013, 04:41 PM   #1
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water coolers, why does no one make a good one?

I have bought a few in my time, and most of them suck at keeping water cold. My present 2 gallon Coleman is laughably useless. The top isn't even insulated, just thin plastic, but it's all I could find when I bought it. You get a day maybe. Several of you live in desert climates. I live in the humid South. Engel, Yeti, etc. are all touting these indestructible super insulated coolers these days, but no one seems to make one for water.
Why?

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p.s. This is one of those subjects that defy the Google. Try searching best water cooler, water jug, best water jug for ice, best water jug for camping and you get nothing useful.
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:25 PM   #2
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Re: water coolers, why does no one make a good one?

What about an all metal vacuum flask?

http://www.hydroflask.com/products/64-o ... wler.html#


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Old 07-01-2013, 05:31 PM   #3
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Re: water coolers, why does no one make a good one?

I look at it as a what sells kinda thing. Think about how many companies, farm workers and the like use these coolers. In the morning I meet around the ice machine with a 100 other workers shoveling in ice at the water trough only to repeat it the next day. Add that during a hot day most of the crews drink 70% of the water, or usually want fresh water every day (sure sometimes I just throw in more ice), having a cooler that holds ice for a single day is fine. Look at a Yeti cooler...very thick and doesn't hold much for its overall size then add to additional cost and most companies wouldn't want to spend that much. Oh crap, my 200 dollar water can is rolling down the highway. The friggin crankster's were stealing mine at least every other month from in front of my house at dark so I had the shop build a padlocked vault around the thing. I'd be in deep ---- if it was an expensive cooler.
You could always go the Fabergé egg route and put a little one in a larger one Huge but don't hold much.
But I'll bet there is some kind of space age material that would work better to insulate; it would just cost bucks cause only a handful of people would probably want such a thing. No demand for the price I would think.
Then on the other hand maybe you could make something and become a millionaire
I've seen some high dollar lab stuff that might work for you just don't know where to get such a thing.
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:39 PM   #4
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water coolers, why does no one make a good one?

You might try freezing bottles of water and packing them in a regular cooler. Pull a couple out in the morning and drink the cold water as it melts. Repeat in the afternoon. This is the solution I used when I am photographing summer races at the track. It works for several days. The more frozen bottles in the cooler the longer they last.
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What I'm doing for adult beverages...you got to have ice... is to pack one of my yeti's with ice and dry ice. If you package the drink ice in smaller bags you keep the open times of the lid down and the dry ice lasts for a few days. Dry ice is cold and the drink ice itself stays so cold (colder than a freezer) that it also lasts longer. If I know that I'm gonna use more than a bag over the evening, I'll throw an extra bag in the fridge and it makes for easy access while we drink. Great for just a cold cup of water but I can stow a jug of water in the fridge. I actually thought about getting a second smaller refrigerator instead of having to deal with dry ice.
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