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TECHNI ICE --- my results :(

PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 12:47 pm
by oklahomajewel

UPDATE -------------------

I rec'vd my 24 sheets of Techni Ice from the ebay seller last Thurs. 24 sheets, to share with some other friends, etc.

I have a 15 year old Coleman cooler, in good shape , not huge but not small. I have camped with it at least 7 times in the past year, and usually have a little meat, cheese, milk, beer / wine, and such and buy about 3 of the small bags of ice, maybe one more bag when I get to camp. Always come home with some ice still frozen, but everything good and cold.

TECHNI ICE -------
I followed directions, and froze three sheets. Put one in the bottom of the Coleman cooler, put a bag of frozen chicken strips, and a few bottles of Gatorage straight from my fridge, then another sheet of Techni ice and then some cans of room temp soda pop, then the third sheet on top of that .

Left it alone , in the garage (about 80* outside) didn't open it for 24 hours and then checked it.

RESULT ---- I'm not happy ! The inside was just cool , not great. The pop and gatorade was cool, but not cold. the top 2 sheets of techni ice were thawed... squishy, not even really cold to the touch! I checked the bag of frozen chicken strips, they were not really frozen anymore . The 3rd sheet of Techni ice on the bottom was half frozen still but the other half was thawed and mushy.... and this was JUST 24 HOURS LATER .

So I know it says to use one sheet per 7-8 quarts of cooler space. I suspect my cooler should use about 4 Techni Ice sheets. And this is supposed to stay frozen 4-7 times more than regular ice.... this was not the case.
I've gotten bags of regular old ice on a friday noon and come home on sunday with still some ice frozen although most of it water. I went to Cedar Hill with the same cooler, not packed full really - mostly wine and chicken and potato salad, etc but had a BIG $3 something bag of ice and came home after three days with colder contents and a little ice still in the chest.


I'm very tempted to send it back.

PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 12:52 pm
by Ken A Hood
I haven't bought any yet...I kept getting outbid on eBay.

But whenever I camp and I'm packing my cooler everything I put in it is either frozen...burgers, meat etc or well chilled pop etc(ie put in the fridge/freezer at least the day before to get as cold as possible to help the ice last.

PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 1:37 pm
by oklahomajewel
that's what I did for my little test.... the bag of Tyson's Chicken Strips was straight from the freezer, and the gatorage bottles had been in the fridge overnight.

PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 1:39 pm
by madjack
...Julie, thanks for the report...that stuff looks great and Ihave been considering ordering some of it...your report will make me so many things...what looks good on paper, often translates differently when used in real world situations!!!!!
madjack 8)

PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 3:42 pm
by oklahomajewel
I know in that other thread that i linked to..... they mentioned that they use one of those Xtreme Coolers.... I bought the Techni Ice partially for the less mess or watery reason but also so as not to put $$ into another Coleman ice chest.

Rayvillian (Gary & Trudy ) had something that looked similar and loved it. My neighbor has some packet about 7" square, white with the name "Huskies" on it that his mother's medicine comes packed in. I'll experiment with that too

PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 5:59 pm
by dmb90260
I just use it along with the blue frozen things because it folds and fits around stuff. It has never done the job on its own.
I use my metal Coleman with 2 large bags of ice for the serious cold. Main problem with techi-ice is does not work well when I am chilling my martini. :lol:

PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 10:19 pm
by Pam Wright
Hi all,

I tried my Techni ice for the Dam gathering.... I was not real happy with it either. I layered sheet starting at the bottom, then a layer of frozen meat... then another layer of Techni ice so on all the way to the top. I used about 8 sheets for a regular cooler, I think maybe I should have used more, because the top thawed within a day or two. Luckily we were at Friend's house on our journey and I could throw it back in their freezer before it completely thawed... From then on we added ice. So bottom line is.... Is anybody happy with it? What's the secret to making it work?


PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 8:15 am
by cherokeegeorge
I had the same results and they say it last 7 times longer I think I'm going back to ice I'm not impressed

PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 10:49 am
by kajamelu4
I'm really disappointed in your results. I was hoping to avoid the water issue, like everyone else. Would they work in a lunch box to keep things chilled until noon?


PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 11:34 am
by oklahomajewel
that ebay seller offered a 7 day refund policy so I am going to contact them and send it back. I spent about $40 on 24 sheets of it, but glad I tried them before splitting it up among campers.

I'll ask Gary /Trudy some specifics about that stuff they bought.
She was happy with it and they've done several 3+ day trips lately !


PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2007 10:30 pm
by BillyLandry
I read an earlier post, I think it was Gary/Trudy's post. I belive that they had Ice in ziplock bags also along with the Tehnic ice. Do you think this may be the difference in the lasting effect? Just wondering because I have interest in this tehnic ice.


PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 2:23 pm
by mincey
I bought the Techni-Ice as well, based on the positive comment on this forum. According to Techni-Ice's instructions, it says NOT to use with ice because it takes more energy to keep the ice from melting. I only "charged" one sheet to test out using my lunch soft-sided cooler, which is a Maxxi-Cold by Igloo. The blue ice blacks keeps things cool, but I was looking for something more flexible. The Techni-Ice keeps things cool for lunch (I work indoors), but if I don't finish my lunch, I have noticed that items left in the cooler are not very cool when I get home, and the Techni-Ice sheet is almost room temperature. So I am not thrilled with them either. I spent about $20, and way past the 7 day return deadline, but not out that much $$$ to worry about it. But will not recommend it to others, nor try on any camping outings! I was pretty disappointed because I, like others, was hoping for non-soggy alternative for keeping food cool.

I think I'll continue using our huge marine cooler with large tupperware conatiners acgting as buckets to keep food dry with ice all around the buckets.


PostPosted: Thu May 17, 2007 4:44 pm
by oklahomajewel

Check out the response from the ebay seller...

PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 1:15 am
by GeorgeT
Same sad results. I froze the heck out of them in my stand alone freezer with the temp turned way down. they were frozen hard as steel. They did not outlast my old standby placstic water bottles filled with water and frozen in the same freezer with it not turned down any lower than normal. Would not recommend. :thumbdown:

PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2007 7:58 am
by SteveH
Well, I'm glad I procrastinated, for once. I was going to buy some, but not now....well maybe later. :lol: