About this project
A 21st Century Cooler? It's about time!
Regular coolers are boring, break easily and are a hassle to haul around just to carry the ice. The COOLEST cooler is 60 quarts of AWESOME packed with so much fun you'll look for excuses to get outside more often.
Maybe you want to use the built-in ice crushing blender to whip up some margaritas or smoothies on your next boat trip or tailgate?
Maybe you just want to always have music on hand with the waterproof bluetooth speaker or want to recharge your electronics with the built in USB charger?
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Nothing is more refreshing on a hot day than a cold blended cocktail or smoothie. The 18 volt ice-crushing beast built into the COOLEST will power through more than 6 gallons of blended goodness on a single charge.
WATERPROOF WIRELESS SPEAKERS
If life is supposed to be a party, then you better bring the music. You’re gathered around the cooler anyway, but now you can DJ the music right from your phone or Bluetooth-enabled device directly to your COOLEST. Just turn your phone on, match it with the COOLEST speaker, and rock out with your bad self.
Since you’ve got that 18 volt battery for the blender, why not get the most out of it? Maybe your camera battery is low or maybe you have an iPhone you just want to use after 3:00 in the afternoon... Re-charge your gear wherever you are with the waterproof USB charger.
LED LID LIGHT
The party doesn’t stop just because the sun goes down, and you shouldn’t have to freeze your fingers searching endlessly for your favorite drink. The COOLEST has unbreakable lights embedded in the lid so you easily find what you’re looking for with the push of a button.
Carrying your gear to and from your destination is a hassle, and your old cooler isn’t doing you any favors.
The COOLEST's locking tie-downs are like having a roof-rack on your cooler so three trips can be done in one. Easily secure your lawn chairs, blankets, towels, toys, fishing tackle, or grill.
One of the worst unintended workouts can be had by trying to drag a conventional cooler through a sandy beach. The COOLEST wheels are twice as wide so they roll easily and don't sink in.
There are certain essentials you need for any outdoor gathering so why not have a built in cubby to store them? The COOLEST has storage for a half dozen reusable plastic plates, which also double as a cutting board for the ceramic rust-proof pairing knife.
SPLIT LID and DIVIDER
The COOLEST has a split lid design so you can get access to ice for the blender without letting too much warm air in. This also lets you keep your cups in the cup holders so you don't have to put everything on the ground just to grab another cold drink.
The split lid design and removable divider give you some great packing options. You can keep your cocktail ice separate from your regular ice. Or you could put ice only on one side, pull the drain plug and the other side becomes a totally dry refrigerator, perfect for keeping sandwiches and any other perishable food cool and dry.
How many hours of your life have been wasted or teeth chipped because someone walked off with the bottle opener. My grandpa's cooler had a bottle opener and so does the COOLEST.
I’m always looking to maximize my fun when I get together with my family and friends. That’s why I am so passionate about the COOLEST. I invent lots of things, but other than my Jello-shot catapult very few have brought so much fun to my life. ;)
I know firsthand how much fun it is to have a cooler with speakers, and a portable blender for beachside margaritas, because I built myself one of each around ten years ago. Last year I reexamined these well-loved creations and realized just how much room for improvement there was.
I have manufactured and brought other products to market, but for a project of this size and complexity I'll be using a pool of experts in the field to make sure the COOLEST lives up to it’s name.
The professional sourcing company I've partnered with has manufactured other coolers, as well as high tech gear. They have an experienced team in the field to assist with quality control, shipping and and other logistics.
We want you to have your COOLEST as soon as possible. Here’s our plan to achieve that:
- July/August: Make lots of new Kickstarter friends, execute manufacturing agreements/standards
- September:Finalize the engineering and prototype iterations and place the tooling orders
- October: Tooling build-out and procurement of raw materials and components
- November: Part qualification and pre-production builds, pilot production, quality assurance and product validation
- December: Begin manufacturing for the injection molded and blow-molded parts
- January/February: Finalize the assembly and shipment process and begin fulfillment
Risks and challenges
No one wants to see a good idea executed poorly, especially one called the COOLEST. We have worked extremely hard to ready this product for Kickstarter and full-scale manufacturing and fulfillment, but here are what I see as the risks:
MANUFACTURING: Creating the tooling to manufacture a product of this size is expensive and requires expert knowledge to get it right. There is typically a 60 day lead time to create the molds for a product of this size and this is where delays could occur. To minimize that possibility we're working with tooling manufacturers partners with a track record for prompt quality.
PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS: As the COOLEST gets geared up for production, there will likely be some minor adjustments to improve the final product. Pre-production prototypes are made to test and refine the product and allow us to incorporate our adjustments and those suggested by experienced manufacturing partners. These will always be for the benefit of you, the consumer, and we will let you know exactly how and why any are made.
FULFILLMENT: Sometimes things go awry that can’t be planned for: a supplier misses a deadline, a machine breaks down, or a shipment gets lost. Those things could cause a delay. To minimize the possibility of manufacturing setbacks we will enter the manufacturing stage with at least one back-up supplier for each component pre-located and my product commercialization experts will help ensure smooth sailing from our suppliers and factories.
We will be working with manufacturers who have years of experience delivering excellent products in tremendous quantities. There will no doubt be some surprises along the road, but any obstacle will be addressed by combining our internal knowledge with external expertise, and an overall goal of making the best possible product for you, our COOLEST customer.
Any pledge amount brings us one step closer to our goal. Help us make the coolest idea the COOLEST product by clicking the ‘Back This Project’ button at the top of the page, or by helping us spread the word by sharing our page.
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