I started this project earlier this summer with one goal: have more fun outdoors by bringing my music and tasty blended drinks to the adventure.
I know first-hand how much fun it is to have a cooler with speakers, and a portable blender for margaritas and smoothies, because I built myself one of each almost ten years ago. I tried to bring them both to a party this year and got frustrated when I couldn't get the gas powered blender to start up and the old lead batteries for the stereo were dead.
Technology has come quite a ways since I built these toys, so I decided it was time for a remix. This one would be portable, reliable, and also tackle three other things that annoyed me about coolers.
I call it the COOLEST :)
I'll show you step-by-step how you can build a 'Coolest' of your own, or just improve your exiting cooler and add some or all of these features:
My original plan was to make this idea my first Instructable project, and I hope you like it. I've also decided to enter it in the Outdoor Projects Contest, so please vote for me if you think any of these cooler mods would improve your next outdoor adventure!
Warning: things that are sharp can cut you, things that are hot can burn, etc, etc. If you're not sure how to safely use any of these tools you can probably find an excellent instructions right here on this site. Ok... on to the fun! Main components:
Not everyone has a 3D printer (yet!) but you can get these parts printed at Shapeways, or use your DIY craftiness to figure out another solution. Perhaps wood, or using Shapelock? Miscellaneous components: