Car cooler : Complete guide

Car cooler : Complete guide

Do you love to go out in the great outdoors with your friends and family and are you looking for a rigid car cooler? Are you a nomadic worker looking for an electric cooler that will fit in the trunk of your car during long trips? We think we have the solution to each of these concerns.

Everyone knows the importance of a good cooler. It's the best companion for keeping food and drinks at the right temperature during a picnic or a party. And if you're a lover of long car rides, it's obvious that you'll need a real beast of a cooler. For this purpose, electric car coolers are the must have. However, trying to find the best model on the market is not an easy task.

Indeed, the best car cooler must respect certain factors and features that cannot be ignored. These include power source, storage capacity, energy consumption and many others.

Throughout this guide, you will have the opportunity to discover all the necessary information to master the world of electric car coolers. Between the type, the criteria of choice and examples of product, take your keys and follow us without further delay. 

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How to choose a car cooler?

The car cooler is not an ordinary container. Therefore, its choice should be based on the following main factors:

The power source

Do you want to transport your cooler in a car, motor home or truck? It is only according to this answer that you can choose an electric car cooler. Indeed, there are coolers on the market that do not share the same power source.

For example, the electric car cooler will have to work on a 12v current. However, if you drive a truck, you will have to choose a car cooler that offers an adapter for 24v power.

A word of advice: never choose an electric car cooler that only runs on 220v or 230v. This is a refrigerator intended for home use.

Storage capacity

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Before buying a 12v car cooler, it is important to know: how many people will use the cooler in your car? If it's just you, a small unit might be fine. However, if you want a cooler to use with your family, you'll need a larger, more robust car cooler. The same is true if you are a trucker who is usually on the road for weeks at a time.

Here's a simple guide to car cooler capacities:

  • 10 - 35 L: this size of car cooler is suitable for keeping small amounts of food or drinks cool.
  • 35 - 40 L: This is the ideal storage capacity for a weekend away or a week if you're alone.
  • 40 L: an ideal size for 2 or 3 people on a long weekend.
  • 50 - 60 L: this type of car cooler can be used for a whole week by 2 or 3 people or during a long weekend with a small family or group of friends.
  • 60 - 65 L: this range offers enough space to spend a week with food. Such a car cooler will fit a large group. However, its size may be too big for most vehicles, not to mention that its power consumption will be very high.

Temperature control

For those who live in cooler climates throughout the year, a portable cooler that reduces the ambient temperature might be an ideal choice. However, if you're camping or driving out of town for a few days, a 12v car cooler that cools your food will do the trick. So opt for a model that offers the ability to change the temperature with a remote or mobile app.

Energy efficiency

Since you'll be dealing with a plug-in cold storage unit, energy efficiency should be a priority. In fact, car coolers can be energy guzzlers. So if you want to keep your battery going for a long time, look for an energy-efficient model. To do this, simply check the unit's energy class and find out its annual wattage consumption.


A well-insulated cooling system shouldn't drop the interior temperature too quickly. Better yet, it should not be affected by the outside temperature. For this purpose, it is highly recommended to choose coolers with a PU foam lining and a removable, airtight lid. And at Healthy Lunch, you can find some perfectly insulated models. In fact, one of the models in the store can keep the temperature for at least 20 hours.

What is the best car cooler on the French market?

When you search on Google the term "car cooler", you will get about 2 million results. In order to reduce the number of results, our team has identified for you 3 12v car coolers from the Healthy Lunch brand. They are all references on the market.

Electric Car/Truck Cooler 32L - 12V -220V


  • Capacity: 32L
  • Weight: 16kg
  • Power supply/operating voltage: 12v/24v
  • Temperature range: minimum of -3°C

Topping the list of our selection, this 12v car cooler is your best option if you want to travel with a lot of food products. Indeed, it's a large 32-liter cooler that can hold meat, fish, desserts, fruit juices, etc. Moreover, it is a compressor car cooler that maintains the temperature of your meals for a conservation period of 20 hours. We remind that this performance is effective when the device is turned off.

On the other hand, this car cooler can be controlled remotely thanks to the LED remote control that it includes in its pack. It is also easy to carry because of the carrying handles it has. We also don't forget to mention that Healthy Lunch store offers it with a charging cable for cigarette lighter socket. You can plug it in your car or truck.


  • Energy consumption and temperature management with LED remote control.
  • Convenient transportation
  • Able to recharge with the use of a 12v and 24v adapter
  • Cooler light enough for its size
  • Free shipping
  • Isothermal design material


  • Cannot keep food warm

25 Liters Electric Cooler - Hot/Cold



  • Capacity: 25L
  • Weight: 11 kg
  • Power supply/operating voltage: 12v/24v
  • Temperature range: -22°C to 55°C

JoyTutus makes great products and this car cooler for sale on Healthy Lunch is ideal for those looking for a large capacity model. Practically, it can hold up to 25 liters with a cooling capacity that ranges from -22°C to +50°C. In other words, this electric car cooler allows you to keep your food and drinks not only cool, but also warm.

It is also a compressor car cooler that can be controlled by a remote control. The latter helps you keep an eye on the power and temperature without having to check the refrigerator itself. It has a compartment inside, which makes it easy to access its contents. Also, its closing system is magnetic, so it's perfectly airtight.

Finally, the product comes free with an electric cooler car charger for permanent use on the road.


  • LED remote control to set, control and monitor the cooler's operating mode
  • Wide temperature range and good capacity
  • 12v and 24v DC power supply
  • Low energy consumption (45 watts)
  • Pu foam material
  • Free delivery

Disadvantages :

  • Single compartment

9 Liters Electric Refrigerator - Vehicle



  • Capacity: 9L
  • Weight: 7 kg
  • Power supply/operating voltage: 12v/24v
  • Temperature range: 0°C

This portable refrigerator may be the best choice for people who want a smaller meal box (9 liters). Its fast cooling mode, combined with its low noise technology, makes it one of the best car cooler models. In addition, the electric car cooler offers smart temperature control via a Bluetooth app.

On the other side, it is important to remember that the product quality ratio of the product is unmatched in the market. Indeed, it is a promo electric car cooler that Healthy Lunch offers with a discount of about 17% off the original price. And like the first two models of the brand, the mini car cooler can be powered by 12v and 24v.


  • Can cool food items in just 20 minutes
  • Lightweight car cooler
  • Can be connected to 12v and 24v DC power
  • Low energy consumption (45 watts)
  • Waterproof PU foam material
  • Bluetooth enabled - wireless temperature monitoring and control with your phone
  • Free delivery


  • Small capacity
  • Single compartment and no wheels




We hope this buying guide has been helpful in choosing a car cooler for your next outing. You will have noticed that the best products are from Healthy Lunch, as they meet all the criteria of a quality car cooler. What's more, they are available at prices that defy all competition. You can also learn more about meal transport techniques by reading our guide on How to Transport Convenience Food.


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