What two items are essential for a good party?
Music and drinks.
By building a Cooler Cooler Speaker system, you can carry both in one compact, convenient package.
What is Cooler Cooler Speakers?
This was a venture that never got off the ground. Instead of just shutting it down, I decided to share my learnings and make it a do-it-yourself page with instructions.
With these instructions, you can make a highly functional cooler speaker system. I have even linked to the supplies you'll need so you can easily order what you need from Amazon.
Of the models, the Ultimate Yeti Model has full photos of its step-by-step build. The other models are mostly written instructions.
Yeti Tundra 65-qt Extreme Cooler
400 Watt Waterproof Amp
4 Kicker 6" Coaxial Marine Speakers with Vivid Blue LED Accent Lighting
Cost to build: ~$575
Coleman 54-qt Steel-Belt Cooler
200 Watt Waterproof Amp
6" Kicker LED Marine Speakers
Cost to build: ~$240
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why are these cooler systems the best?
A: While companies selling these over-build their systems, I have found the right balance of robust features, quality components and simplicity. These coolers give you all of the items you need, without the ones that you don't. That gives you the best product, and doesn't waste your money. Further, many competitors just use the cooler as the speaker box. These coolers are still coolers, so you can chill your beer and rock out.
Q: How long will the battery last?
A: We recommend a lawn and garden battery, as they offer a small size, good power (amp hours) and are affordable. Good options include the EverStart U1-7 or EverStart U1P-7. Both are available at Walmart for $25-$40. These batteries will most likely last longer than you. With the Yeti, they will last about 8 hours. For the other 3 models, they will last about 16 hours. Chances are good that your phone will die before the battery does. But, even if you didn't get a full charge before your outing, you can always hook it up to your car battery for more juice.
Q: What can I connect my Cooler Cooler Speakers to?
A: Anything with an RCA or 3.5mm auxiliary connection. This includes TV's, phones, MP3 Players, cable boxes, stereos, etc. We always use our system at tailgates. Before the game starts, we have a phone hooked up to play music. When the game starts, we hook it up to DirecTV so we can use it instead of the TV speakers - all the while being our cooler for the event. It's a very versatile set-up, and since it doesn't use proprietary plugs, it's future-proof. You can also attach a wireless Bluetooth receiver to the 3.5mm jack.
Q: Why don't you include a stereo head-unit like others?
A: Car stereo head-units aren't cheap, they don't provide much power to the speakers, and they drain a lot of battery power. The only good thing they deliver is the music via FM/AM/CD. The reality is that you have an incredible stereo in your pocket right now. Any smartphone is more capable of delivering entertainment than any stereo head-unit. This saves cost, weight, and space for you.
Q: What's included with the components?
A: I have linked to all needed components in the instructions. The Pyle amp comes with an external mount volume control, a 3.5mm to RCA adapter, a male to male 3.5mm extension cable, and a drybag for your phone or MP3 player. This drybag even features a waterproof auxiliary cable pass-through. Just add a battery and a phone, and you're ready to rock and roll.
Q: What about that crazy Kickstarter cooler that raised over $13,000,000? How do these compare?
A: First, for the record, I branded and started this company prior to the other cooler's Kickstarter launch.
Now, I'm going to be honest. I've been making this type of cooler for several years. My focus has always been on finding a balance between quality of sound and capacity of the cooler. People are paying more than $150 for that Kickstarter cooler and here's what they are going to get: a small rolling cooler with a $15 gas station quality Bluetooth speaker. The thing that irks me most is that they have a Jawbone Jambox Mini in the photos on Kickstarter. Those sell for $100 and their entire cooler is ~$160. What you see is not what you're going to get. Then, they add in a blender that's only real use is as a power supply to recharge everything. They are going to end up with 60,000+ underwhelmed and disappointed customers.
Including a blender with one of our coolers brings this photo to mind: