Monday, 10 December 2012
I received an e-mail a couple of weeks ago from the founder of "The Ice Block Cooler"
Now, I get sent information about products on a regular basis. Some products have nothing to do with Autism, while others do.
My concern at first was - what interest do I have in a cooler like this?
Then it dawned on me that I just cleaned up and reclaimed a room in our home to be the home office, and I was thinking about a small fridge for drinks - but don't have a hundred or so to spend. It also intrigued me that this company was a strong supporter of the Autism Community.
So, I responded to the e-mail, and had a phone call with the Founder of this product. As it turns out the founder is a father of a child with Autism.
For those that know me and how I work, I don't work with just any advertiser on Autisable - I like to know that they have some purpose and can benefit the Autism Community.
And, of course, this one does.
Within the conversation he offered to send me an Ice Block Cooler, which of course I accepted.
I received the Cooler Friday Night and immediately opened up the box. After all, I had to test this thing out...
My first impression was, "wow, this is heavier than I expected - must be cautious with Short Stack around this." But didn't have to worry about that as I worked with it a little more.
Once I found 7 "AA" batteries, I was able to light it up to see how the light made it glow 'blue'.
There were six holes for containers - which I opted for a 6 pack of IBC Root Beer (glass bottles) as my test beverage.
I did check what else would fit - and found some glasses that would work as well.
But, like anything that you have to 'freeze first' to 'charge' the gell within the block - I had to stick in the freezer - which I also had to test.
We have a side by side fridge/freezer - so seeing this fit with room to spare was pretty cool.
Their are options on the Logo you can have on it, I opted for the name of the company - as that's what I think needs promoting.
I would be interested in having the Autisable Logo etched into it. It would take a little work, but I know I'd be interested in that - would you?
They have a version that has the Autism Speaks trademark on it. A portion of the sales from that item being sold goes to @AutismSpeaks.
For those interested in participating in the "Light It Up Blue" campaign - here's the Battery Lid (and this isn't even the Autism Speaks logo version):
The result of the test is that it is truly as advertised. It lasts 5-10 hours, really dependent upon the room you'd have it in. For us after two days, it lasted at least 5-6 hours - we keep our home warm and toasty. This would be more than ample time to keep drinks cold during a special event, or at least for me while I'm in the home office getting work done.
Also arrived in time for me to watch live sports - like NFL football.
The cost is about $50, a fair price for a pretty cool accessory.
If you're looking for a last minute Christmas Gift or are planning some Autism Fundraising events - check out - Iceblockcooler.com