Size. The terms ice chest or icebox refer to a smaller compartment used to store ice, while ice coolers are larger compartments or containers for keeping ice frozen. Ice chests have a capacity of 40-60 liters (10-15 gallons). Ice coolers, in general, have a total of 100 liters or more.
What temp is an ice chest?
A cooler full of ice will start out at 0ºF (-18ºC) with ice straight from the freezer but will then drop to and stay at exactly 32ºF (0ºC) if the ice is partially melted.
What is a ice chest used for?
an insulated, boxlike container that can be filled with ice and used to cool beverages, preserve food, etc.
Does a cooler work without ice?
While coolers are usually used with ice to keep things cold you can use a cooler without ice. If you pre-chill your food and drink the cooler insulation will stop them warming up as quickly. A cooler doesnt need ice to work, ice just helps to keep your items colder for longer.
How long can a cooler keep food cold without ice?
Once the temperature inside rises, the food is only edible for two hours. If the temperature inside the cooler tops 90 F, the food is only safe to eat for one hour.