Mar 20, 2024

Product test: Plug-in Festivals IceCube 40 DUAL

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Written by Nadine

I already used the IceCube cool box from Plug-in Festivals in my first Caddy to keep food cool on my travels. I was always happy with the cooling capacity, power consumption and handling. Now Plug-in Festivals has further developed its compressor cooler and I took a closer look at the new IceCube DUAL for you.

What has essentially changed?

Probably the biggest and, in my opinion, best innovation is the two separate cooling areas, which can also be set to different temperature ranges. This means you can use the cool box like a combi fridge at home. You can cool food and drinks in one compartment and, if necessary, keep food frozen in the other compartment.

Plug in Festivals has also worked on the volume of the cool boxes and, after two years of development, has been able to significantly reduce noise emissions. The airborne noise emission (in dB(A) re 1 pW) is 45.

The DUAL compressor cooler is available in three different sizes 25/30/40.



My experience

When it comes to coolers, I would always opt for compressor coolers, because they cool constantly at the same temperature, drop from 25 degrees to 0 degrees within 30 minutes and, above all, consume significantly less power.

What I particularly like about the new Ice Cube DUAL is that you can cool and freeze at the same time. The box has a large and a smaller compartment, and you can choose which one you want to use for which process. The lid is split in two so that you can open each compartment separately. I think it's quite a luxury to be able to keep something frozen in a mini camper.

Another point is the app control, I often switch the cool box up a few degrees overnight to reduce power consumption. With the app control, you can do this from the comfort of your bed and don't have to go down to the box. I often put everything in the cool box when packing the camper, but haven't turned it on yet. I then remembered this when I had already got in and was able to start the cool box via the app.

I also find the LC display on the box super helpful, as you get precise information about how cold it is in the box and you don't have to learn from experience when which level leads to the desired degree of coldness. The display also shows the voltage of the battery used to operate the cool box. However, if you are using the starter battery, you don't need to worry, as a battery monitor is built into the cooler. In three modes, you can set the cooler to switch off if the battery voltage falls below a selected level in order to keep the vehicle ready to start.

The housing of the IceCube coolers is made of metal and is therefore very robust, and the removable handles also save some storage space. The coolers come with both a 12 volt plug and an AC (230 volt) cable and can therefore be operated via the cigarette lighter or the normal power box.

I also liked the cleaning plug in the base. Everyone knows how tiresome it can be to clean the cool box thoroughly. Especially when a liquid has leaked out, you can put the box outside, remove the plug in the base and the liquid can simply run off.

Thanks to the three different sizes, they fit into almost any installation.

I couldn 't find any real disadvantages to the cooler except that the small compartment in the smaller size is only 9 cm high and 18 cm wide. Which of course means it doesn't offer much storage space.

Hard facts

  • Two separately controllable cooling zones
  • Integrated basket for both cooling zones
  • Adjustable temperature ranges between 20 and minus 20 degrees
  • High-performance operation and eco mode (12, 24, 230 V)
  • LC display for control and settings
  • Low starting current at 12 V and 230 V
  • Battery protection system (low, medium, high)
  • Robust and simple design
  • Magnetic locking mechanism
  • APP control
  • Detachable handles
  • Available in three different sizes

You can find the Ice Cube Dual as an affiliate product in our store.