SUPPLIED BY: Cool IT
PRODUCT: Cool IT Beverage Chiller
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Price is at time of testing!
So now to test the effectiveness of the Cool IT Beverage Chiller. For testing, I purchased a couple TES TP-K02 immersion probes from MCM Electronics for my dual channel K-Type thermometer.
I’ve taken the two probes and sunk them into two bottles of refrigerated Heineken Light. Initially my temperatures read 38°F. Let’s wait two hours and see what the difference between the two full beer bottles is in this 78°F room.
After one hour we find that both of the beers, the one on the Beverage Chiller and the one sitting on the coffee table, have a temperature of 50°F. I know I said we’d wait two hours, but this beer looks good and I’m a thirsty man.
Huh? OK… I’ll wait another hour. We’re still below the temperature of the Beverage Chiller’s cold plate, so the cooling effect may not be effective.
OK. After another hour it seems that things haven’t changed much. Well… the beer is warmer, and flatter, but the temperatures of the beer sitting a top the Beverage Chiller and the one just sitting on the coffee table is still the same. Both bottles of beer measured 63°F after two hours.
I was hoping to at least see a plateau once the beer reached the temperature of the cold plate, but it seems that the Beverage Cooler really did nothing to keep my beer cool.
Needless to say, I’m a little disappointed. So what am I to do? Let’s start by taking the Beverage Cooler apart….
When I take the cover off of the bottom of the Cool IT Beverage Chiller, I can see that my +5V lead is split off to a small fan and a TEC located underneath a large heatsink.
The heatsinks comes right out of the plastic housing without any tools. Flipping the heatsink around reveals the coaster shaped cold plate that sandwiches the TEC between it and the heatsink with four screws.
Once the four screws are removed, we find our very large TEC underneath the cold plate.
After cleaning all of the thermal compound off of the components I can remove the TEC from the heatsink. In the above photo, we see all of the components separated out on my bench.
The TEC has no markings on it. The little black dot is something I put on there so I know which side of the TEC goes towards the heatsink if I want to put this thing back together again.
So now I’m going to plug this stuff back in, bust out the digital multi-meter and measure how much juice this thing needs so I can see what kind of overhead I have for an upgrade.