Pelican Elite Cooler Ice Retention By Size – Adventure Ready

Pelican Elite Cooler Ice Retention

 The Pelican Elite Cooler is built to last and keep ice cold longer - even in extreme temperatures.

With up to 10 days of ice retention - you'll be able to do what you love longer.


Pelican Elite Chilling Power by Size

Chill first and pack cold. If the cooler is starting out warm, a small amount of ice could initially melt faster in a Pelican than a thinner walled cooler due to the stored thermal energy.  Good ice retention results are achieved by filling the cooler completely with high-quality ice. Maximum ice retention can be attained by pre-chilling the cooler. This will sufficiently cool the insulation and inside of the cooler, which will allow the thick polyurethane walls to store and assist with ice retention.  

Ice 101. When it comes to ice, both surface areas and size matter. Block ice will melt at a slower rate and perform best for long-term temperature maintenance. But cubed ice will chill your Elite Cooler quickest. A mix of both may help you get the best results.

We recommend the 2:1 ratio. It seems obvious, but fill your cooler with as much ice as possible. The less air inside the cooler - the colder it can remain. We suggest twice the amount of ice to goods as the optimum amount for longest ice retention.

Simple thermodynamics. A 40-pound cooler at 70 degrees will not keep the contents cold, you must sacrifice over 20 pounds of ice to bring it down to 30 degrees. Then it will keep the contents cool.Freezing or chilling your provisions before adding them to your Elite Cooler can also help extend your temperature retention. This allows the ice to work towards maintaining a temperature versus lowering it from a warmer state. Ice retention is tricky. Coolers do not make cold they only retain it. These Elite Coolers are no different, but they MUST be conditioned before use. Plan well and
your Elite Cooler will reward you by increasing its performance level.

Do not drain. Hold your water. Believe it or not, the cold water resulting from melting ice will help your Elite Cooler chill longer. Acting as additional insulation (as close to the same temperature of ice) it will prevent airflow around your goods. Airflow also brings in heat every time you open the lid. Attempt to be efficient with opening and closing your cooler and latch the lid when finished for top temperature retention.

Please note: Ice retention is NOT affected by bowing. A “gap” is cosmetic only, not a functional failure. The gasket is the seal, and it is about two inches inside the outer rim of the cooler. We propped the lid open 1/8 inch and it still kept ice for 7 days in our test.