The SolarCooler: World’s First Portable Solar-Powered Refrigerating Cooler

I can only think of one thing worse than a warm beer in the hot sun. That thing? Food poisoning. That’s it. Nothing else.

So you know what I fear more than anything? An ineffective cooler.

Imagine the scenario: you’re camping on a Saturday in mid-July. But this isn’t “family camping.” This is “day drinking” camping. We’ve all been there, right?

It’s hot and sticky, 2:00 PM, and you’re wobbling around like a baby deer in high heels. This is what I like to call “halftime.” You need some shade, some food, some ice cold light beer, and maybe a little snooze. So you open up your cooler only to find a vivid vision of Hell staring you in the face. Ice melted into a tiny sea of bathwater dotted with the floating survivors: curdled mayonnaise, slimy burgers and cheese, and, horror of horrors, warm beer.

Gross Cooler

This is not acceptable.

This is Camping Armageddon. The good times are no longer rolling and your addled, buzzed, baby deer brain can’t quite believe your bad luck. My friends, this is a tragedy.

Luckily, the world has finally produced a man brave enough to tackle this problem head on. This patriot, Ryan McGann, is attempting to mass produce the world’s first solar-powered cooler. Indeed, we live in an age of miracles.


Behold the SolarCooler charging an iPhone

McGann’s cooler is fully powered by the sun, so you can pretty much guarantee that it will work wherever you want to take it. Camping? Boating? Picnic? It’s always there for you to provide on-the-go chilling for perfectly frosty 42ºF drinks. Of course, because it’s basically a refrigerator in a portable box, you can also trust it to keep your perishable food in safe condition as well.

Best of all? You can use the SolarCooler as a source of power to charge up your phone, run a blender for margaritas, or plug in a light to cut through the blackness of the dark, dark night.

Obviously, the SolarCooler has applications far beyond a fun weekend of camping, and McGann even has aspirations to create a commercial model that can transport vaccines. So all cheekiness aside, go check out his IndieGoGo fundraising page and throw a few shekels at the project if you’re so inclined.


  • Marty Robinson October 7, 2015 @ 1:08am

    I have been wanting to design a solar cooler however you have beat me to the draw. However, I have some added features I’d like to see incorporated into it. I’d like to see how far you are into this project and as is what the cost would be to the consumer.

  • Corey June 4, 2016 @ 8:42pm

    They are trying to sell these for 1200 or 950 presale. Either way it is far to expensive to be practical…. Have thought of many other add ons that would make this even better and I could make it at a quarter of the selling cost. Rip off bro!!!!

  • Eric August 19, 2016 @ 11:48am

    You could just use dry Ice and it would be equally effective

  • Darrrell Humphreys July 1, 2017 @ 7:21am

    I can make one if these for a fraction of the price and market it all over the world with my contacts
    If your interested contact me by email
    This is a one off opportunity so be quick

  • Alebachew Mammo July 29, 2017 @ 6:50am

    I import different Sawyer hollow fiber membrane water filters from Florida and distribute them here in Ethiopia.
    How can I buy your solar powered water cooler and distribute it here along with our dependable water filter.
    With regards,

  • Mae Ann Silva November 15, 2018 @ 1:30am

    Dear Sales Team,

    Please confirm if you are supplying solar cooler box with 55L – 12V.

    Thank you and look forward to hear from you at the earliest.

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