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This New Cooler Is Powered By The Sun, So Forget About Those Soggy Ice Bags

Summer is finally on its way, which means you probably have a few beach days or barbecues in the works. (Hooray, warm weather!) Before you pack your old cooler with soggy bags of ice, check out the GoSun Chill. It’s a solar-powered cooler that doesn’t require any ice at all (seriously), which means you can pack your frozen goods without squeezing them into piles of melting cubes. Yup, that means you can kiss the days of wet food and overflowing coolers goodbye.

The GoSun Chill was announced on May 7 by GoSun, the company behind those solar cookers you know and love. Similar to GoSun’s ovens and grills, the Chill can be powered by the sun. Yes, that means you won’t have to stop at the grocery store for three bags of ice on your way to the beach. Instead, you can charge up your GoSun Chill cooler using solar energy.

Thankfully, charging the GoSun Chill is really easy. TBH, there are a few ways you can do it — but I’ll start with the solar option. (That’s the point, isn’t it?) According to GoSun, the cooler’s Lithium Powerbank (which powers the device) can be charged with a solar table or a solar panel. Thankfully, both devices come with the purchase of a GoSun Chill, which means you can pick whichever one is more convenient for you.

Once your Powerbank is charged, it’ll run your cooler for up to 14 hours in 80-degree weather. So, yes, it’s safe to say that your beers will stay cold (even during those long, steamy beach days).

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The Lithium Powerbank can also be charged with an AC Adapter (aka a wall outlet), which leads me to my next point. If you’d rather bypass the whole “solar” part, you can use an AC Adapter or 12 Volt Cord to plug your cooler directly into your outlet or car. That way, you won’t need a charged Powerbank to run your mini fridge.

Even so, using the Lithium Powerbank sounds like a pretty convenient option. In addition to powering your GoSun Chill, the Powerbank can be used to charge cell phones and laptops (thanks to its convenient USB ports). Therefore, if you need a quick charge during your camping trip, go ahead and use the Lithium Powerbank after cooling down your Chill.

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If you want to give the GoSun Chill a try, you can order one for $479 on Indiegogo. However they probably won’t be shipped until August 2019 — so plan your summer beach days accordingly.

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KFC’s Crazy Handjob Ad And Delicious Weed Ramen [THE KATCHUP]

Man, what a busy week.

Ben and Jerry, the founders of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream were arrested for protesting at the US Capitol earlier this week. KFC posted a pretty NSFW ad on their Twitter and some folks got pretty steamed.

A popular brand of alcoholic root beer decides it’s gonna get even more alcoholic. Awesome. Remember that cooler Kickstarter campaign that was supposed to be the greatest tailgate accessory ever? Turns out it kinda sucks. A pizza box from Cybertron transforms into a pipe and someone created weed ramen. Because 4/20 was a couple days ago.

This was our week in food news, which you can find out more about in episode 17 of the Katchup.

Let’s also take a moment to remember Doris Roberts, Prince and Chyna. Rest in peace, guys.

OK, on to the KATCHUP!

 

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Ben and Jerry Arrested

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Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, better known as Ben & Jerry’s have been arrested. The two co-founders of the popular ice cream brand were a part of a protest at the U.S. Capitol regarding money in politics. Read more.

KFC’s Naughty Tweet

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We’ve all heard the term “sex sells” but Kentucky Fried Chicken brought that statement to an uncomfortable visual reality in a tweet early Friday morning. And the Internet got pissed! Read more.

Alcoholic Root Beer Gets Boozier

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Beer isn’t for everyone. In fact, you might be surprised at how many people there are out there that flat out don’t like the taste, despite its crisp drinkability and very wide variety of refreshing flavors.

Damn, now I need a beer. Read more.

Cooler, Not So Cool

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In July 2014, we wrote about the Coolest Cooler, a state-of-the-art cooler that would become the second most funded thing on Kickstarter, generating more than $13 million in one month. Nearly two years later, the company is asking backers to fork up another $97 in order to get their coolers “expedited,” and people think that’s pretty uncool. Read more.

Stoner Pipe In Pizza Box

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For the stoner who crushes a large pizza and is too lazy to get up off the couch to find their favorite pipe afterward — now there’s an app for that. Read more.

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This Cooler Comes with a Built-In Blender and a Bluetooth Stereo

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There’s a million coolers in the world that pretty much do what they need to so your drinks stay cool. Then there’s the Coolest Cooler, which is probably one of, if not the most, lavish cooler designs in the history of mankind. That’s probably why it’s winning the internet right now.

Much like Batman’s utility belt, the cooler features many practical additions and even some excessive ones. Among these are: a battery-powered rechargeable blender, a removable waterproof bluetooth speaker, USB charger, LED lid light, a cutting board, plate and knife storage, a bottle opener and even extra wide wheels for convenient rolling.

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The Coolest cooler started off as a Kickstarter campaign aiming to reach $50,000 to start production on the product. With 46 days (at time of publication) left until the campaign ends, the Coolest cooler has already reached $5.7 million.

Anyone interest in purchasing the cooler can do so on the Kickstarter page, with a minimum pledge of $200 ($185 and $15 shipping). The estimated retail price once it hits mass production is $299.

H/T Supercompressor

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Picnic Backpack Guarantees First Date Success

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Ladies and gentlemen, it’s about damn time we stepped our first date game up. Dinner at your go-to Italian restaurant isn’t going to make her swoon and watching Fast and the Furious 273 isn’t going to make him tumble head over heels.

No, it’s time to take things to the next level with the Picnic Backpack.

The canvas pack comes decked out with plates, goblets, utensils, cloth napkins, and a cozy blanket for you and your date to cuddle under. There’s a detachable wine cooler on the side for pinot noir or some bubbly, plus a large insulated compartment to keep your food cool.

Of course, the impressive part comes in the attention to detail, as the backpack also includes salt and pepper shakers, a wooden cutting board and a corkscrew (which you know how elusive those can be).

So, next time you’re trying to impress, invite your date to a modern-day picnic. Break out the wine and cheese plates, then follow it up with a steak dinner while soaking in Mother Nature. Might as well do it proper the first time around.

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As you can see, we got ours personalized. Swag.

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Picnic Backpack, $80 @Red Envelope

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Look and Drink like a Bum with this Brown Paper Bag Cooler

Coming out just in time for you to ring through a whole season of long, hot summer nights, this Bum Bag Drinks Cooler (due out in August) is the perfect accessory for anyone trying to channel their inner lush without sacrificing the refreshing coolness of the middle to upper-middle class.

Created by thabto (two heads are better than one), makers of other puntastic food products like brass knuckle coffee mugs and grenade salt and pepper shakers, this cooler is water-resistant, tear-proof and made to look and feel like your kid’s favorite sack lunch container.

Actual dimensions are still to be announced, but judging from preliminary photos, it looks like this bad boy will cover the body of your average 12 to 16 ounce bottle, but will ultimately leave the neck exposed, thereby nullifying its use as a police-deterrent.

Available soon(ish) for £5.95 or $9.22.

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The Big Bobber Floating Cooler

Oh the weather outside is frightful… or at least that’s what Frank Sinatra’s been telling me over the radio these past few weeks. Fair-weather notwithstanding, it’s never too early to think about the future — I mean these days we’re already thinking about Christmas by the end of Halloween so I see nothing wrong with planning my next pool party in December with the help of this floating piece of heaven.

You can keep a modest number of assorted drinks ice cold as it glides across your pool refreshing your guests with its beverages and novelty. You can also latch on to the floating cooler and have a casual drink while no one notices the fact you can’t swim.

($29.99 @ Amazon)

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Boom Box Cooler

Take the party with you wherever you go with this fashionable and functional cooler.  Not only does it look like a classic ’80s boom box, but plug in your MP3 player and it will sound like one too.  The built-in amplifier runs on 4 AA batteries.  Measuring 14” x 10” x 7”, the cooler holds 12 bottles or 18 cans, and folds flat for easy storage.  ($49.95 @ HomeWetBar)

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Dolores Messenger Chiller

The sun is out and summer activities are in full swing. When it comes to going to the beach or any public setting, the hardest part is getting your beer there with the utmost of fashion and chill. With the Timbuk2 Limited Edition Dolores Chiller, you’ll be able to enjoy your beer with a completely fashionable and utilitarian messenger bag.

The waterproof cooler is capable of carrying at least 12 bottles of beer and comes with an attached bottle opener. A fully insulated interior keeps your drinks chilly, the grab strap sets you up for easy lifting, waterproof TPU lining to keep the sweat inside and the bag is made from durable ballistic nylon. ($110 @  Timbuk2)