Smart Tailgating: This Cooler Charges iPhones, Plays Music & Even Blends Drinks

I had the opportunity to try Coolest Cooler ($249–399.99). Coolest gave me the accessory to try, just in time for tailgate season. The more I use the Coolest Cooler, the more impressed I am. Naturally, it's a rock-solid cooler and it keeps your drinks (and ice) cold... in fact it can hold 600 pounds and keep ice cold for four to five days! But the other features are where it really shines.


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There's a built-in modular battery that charges a bunch of things. There's an LED lid light that will help you find your favorite beverage during evening tailgating sessions and parties. There's a USB port to charge your iPhone or other gadgets, including the included portable Bluetooth speaker. You can even pair a couple of them for stereo sound thanks to their "Party Pairing" feature. 

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Amazingly, the "Classic" version has a built-in blender that can mix drinks on-the-spot! If you prefer bottled beverages, you will appreciate the included bottle opener. I even found a portable corkscrew knife in the accessory area and a sharp knife and plastic plates under the lid! Heck, there's a divider that can be removed and used as a cutting board. The more I play with this thing, the more appreciation I have for the extra touches. Finally the whole thing can be wheeled around easily, just like a nice piece of luggage.



  • Great cooler that does so much more
  • Optional blender
  • Built-in phone charger
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Wheeled for portability
  • Several color choices


  • Pricey

Final Verdict

The Coolest Cooler lives up to its ambitious name, albeit at a high-end price.

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An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.