Also announced this week is a new Ryobi 18V 24 Quart Iceless Cooler! This is a true powered cooler that can keep your food and drink cold without ice. Let’s check it out below.
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Ryobi 18V 24 Quart Iceless Cooler
Before we discuss this new 18 volt cooler, let’s discuss their previous 18V cooler. The Ryobi 18V cooling cooler. Ryobi probably wants us to forget that model, and with good reason. They described it as a cooling cooler that can cool people nearby. The keywords being cooling people. The idea was to cram it with ice and a built in fan powered by the 18V battery would blow cold air produced by the ice towards you and cool YOU off.
No doubt some users assumed that because it used an 18V battery, it would somehow cool the internal contents via electronic means. That just wasn’t the case as it was really meant to blow out cold air not cool food and drink. For that you’d have to use ice, making it no different than a traditional cooler. You can see how some people would be upset, even if Ryobi disclosed its correct purpose.
Since that model appeared, other true powered coolers have popped up from other brands such as Metabo and Makita. Coolers that run on battery power and actually cool its contents. Some like the Makita use a compressor type cooler system. This new Ryobi 18V iceless cooler also uses a compressor based cooling system.
Ryobi 18V 24 Quart Iceless Cooler – Features
Thanks to its compressor based cooling system, not only can it cool, but it’s said to work as a fridge and freezer! And it doesn’t need ice to do so!
The operating temperature ranges from -4° F to 68° F. A panel with display and buttons is found on the right side cooler. It lets you select the desired operating temperature and you can also check the remaining battery life.
Next to the display is the battery compartment. It has two battery slots to hold up to two batteries.
Because no mention was made regarding if one or two batteries were needed to operate. I reached out to Ryobi asking how many batteries are needed to operate. Below is their answer:
You only need one battery.
Thank you Ryobi for the quick answer to this question! So only one battery is needed to operate this cooler. Adding a second battery will extend its runtime.
In front of the battery compartment is where we find the built in bottle cap opener.
The main compartment is shown above. It’s rated for about 24 quarts which is slightly bigger than Makita’s. It doesn’t look that big but is said to be able to hold up to 40 12oz cans. The reason the main compartment isn’t bigger is because some room was used for the battery compartment and the compressor cooler mechanism.
In the above picture we can see a twist cap at the bottom of the main compartment. I reached out to Ryobi asking them for more info regarding the twist cap. Below is their answer:
Yes that cap twists off to drain!
Thank you Ryobi for the quick answer to this question! So that cap is the drainage cap to drain liquids. I would have preferred if they had placed the drainage cap as a spout on the sides of the cooler for easier drainage. But still great a drainage cap is built in so you don’t have to flip the cooler over to drain.
It’s also nice to see an LED light was added to the main compartment. Nice touch Ryobi!
One thing the Makita cooler can do that the Ryobi can’t is to warm its contents.
Just like most coolers, you’ll find wheels and handle built in for easy transport.
The features don’t end there. There’s even a built in USB-A port to charge your portable electronics on the go. They also added tie-down loops to secure the cooler in a truck bed or SUV trunk.
Ryobi 18V 24 Quart Iceless Cooler – Runtime
Ryobi says you can expect up to 23 continuous hours of runtime when equipped with two 9ah batteries. Most likely, this runtime claim is based on when running on the least coldest setting of 68 degrees F.
Ryobi 18V 24 Quart Iceless Cooler – Power Options
Besides running on 18V battery power, you can also plug this cooler in for virtually unlimited runtime. You can plug it into 120V AC power or power it using your vehicles 12V DC port. Both cables are included as shown above.
Pricing & Availability
It will be priced at $499 as a baretool. This means you will need to supply your own battery and charger if you plan on using it cordless. But you can still operate it even without batteries as you can plug it in with its included cables. This means you can use it out of the box even if you don’t have any batteries. No specific launch date is mentioned however Ryobi says we can expect it during Spring 2023.
Ryobi 18V 24 Quart Iceless Cooler
- Hybrid for Use with Any 18V ONE+™ Battery, 120V AC Adapter, or 12V Car Adapter
- Temperature Ranges From -4° F to 68° F
- Functions as a fridge/freezer with compressor-based cooling mechanism
- Holds up to 40 12 oz. cans
- Up to 23 continuous hours runtime with (2) 9Ah batteries
- Set and display temperature and monitor battery level using on-board LCD screen
- For unlimited runtime use included 12V or 120V adapter
- Charge small devices with the on-board USB-A port
- 2 active 18V ONE+™ battery ports
- Easy transport with folding handle and wheels
- Secure cooler in place with tie-down loops
- Integrated bottle opener
- Part of the RYOBI™ 18V ONE+™ System of over 280 Cordless Products
- 3-year manufacturer’s warranty
- Includes: 12V car power port adapter, 120V power adapter, wheels, and operator’s manual
- This tool will be available in a tool-only configuration exclusively at The Home Depot and HomeDepot.com
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