We have introduced several new Cooler Shock ice packs since we last blogged. The gray hard packs and clear hard packs have really taken off! Additionally, we’ve introduced the Shock Block 16lb ice pack. These new products prompted many questions about how to store ice packs. Should you store them in your freezer or on a shelf? We always recommend a freezer and here is why:
First off, they will always be ready when you need them, and it is liberating knowing that. If you go back and forth on storing them cold or in the pantry it will be frustrating when you forget to freeze them. Our packs truly absorb more and more cold energy over time. Tossing them in the freezer for a quick overnight freeze is not optimal. The largest pack, Shock Block, takes several days to fully freeze.
We use a natural anti-fungal in our packs for safety reasons. Storing your packs in a warm area for long periods of time can test the limits of any anti-fungal. This can result in reduced Cooler Shock ice pack performance over time.
One additional benefit is that the packs do even out your refrigerators cycling times, and this saves a bit of money over time. The ice packs act as a battery taking and giving back cooling in the fridge, allowing longer off periods between compressor cycles.
Ice ³ Cooler Shock hard packs (Ice cubed)
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged. The big reason is that we were waiting to do something BIG. We’ve been working hard over the past year to develop a Cooler Shock ice pack made of a durable plastic that would still perform like our soft gel packs. There are several factors that go into making this happen. They are material choice, durability, thickness, and shape.
Cooler Shock was tested by an independent group in a top 10 bake off for cooler ice packs. We are proud to report that we took the number 1 position for both 2017 and 2018!
Here is the detail from Ezvid:
Cooler Shock voted number one in 2017 and 2018 contest for best ice packs for coolersCompiled with twenty-three hours of research, this video wiki guide, newly published in our food & drink category, is a broad-ranging, impartial assessment of ice pack for coolers options available to consumers in the United States.
Should you stack your Cooler Shock ice packs when freezing? Not if you need them soon!How to Freeze Cooler Shock Ice Packs
This blog is sometimes about things that I should have covered years ago. What often happens is I have this revelation when I realize something that is obvious to me (because I invent ice packs), is not so obvious to my customers.
This blog is about stacking ice packs and how that can be good or bad.
Cooler Shock ice packs can absorb a great deal of energy (heat). To do this, they must have a lot of mass (similar to weight). The greater the mass, the harder it is to change its temperature and the longer it will take.
What is the ideal food and beverage temperature?
Why Does Cooler Shock Keep My Cooler Colder Longer than Other Ice Packs?No doubt about it – the most popular feature of Cooler Shock is that it keeps stuff colder for longer. A lot of folks ask why that is. The answer is pretty simple: it’s the stuff we add to the ice, and how that changes the physics of melting and warming that ice. Cooler Shock is a phase change ice pack.
What is the Best Ice Pack for Coolers? Trying to figure out what makes the best ice pack for coolers? One question we’re often asked here at Cooler Shock is about the packaging – why do we use our flexible bags rather than making hard-sided ice packs. The answer is pretty simple: we’ve spent a lot of time engineering the best container for the job.
Rigid ice packs usually have a shell made of HDPE (high density polyethylene) or of polypropylene. These are both fine materials: they’re cheap, they keep everything in one shape, and they contain stuff reliably.
A popular use for Cooler Shock ice packs is keeping your catch fresh while fishing. Fishermen can spend hundreds of dollars on ice on longer outings.
Pre-cooling, pre-chilling and pre-loading your cooler. High end rotomolded coolers such as Yeti’, Pelican and Canyon benefit greatly from this. Why?Should you pre-cool your cooler? The better the cooler, the better off you are pre-cooling your cooler. Pre-cooling is also known as pre-loading or, pre-chilling a cooler. Most of the better coolers are made of denser material and therefore have greater mass (weight for its size). The insulation in your cooler insulates but it can also be and anchor for heat or cold. This can be more intense in a high end cooler due to insulation density (weight). Without pre-cooling, you will get better results with a low-end cooler then with a high-end cooler if both coolers start out warm. This is because the cheaper cooler has less mass, making it easier to change the temperature of the cooler.
Cooler Shock exceeds 2000 Amazon reviews on Amazon! Additionally, the reviews consistently average above 4.5 stars. I wanted to take a minute to thank our customers and our team at Cooler Shock. We’ve worked very hard to deliver something we can be proud of and that our customers feel is a real value. Thanks to our customers for taking the time to review us and for the wonderful reviews.