At some point in our lives, most of us have had to use a cooler. They’re a pretty common, if not necessary addition to most camping and beach trips. So, it’s not really a surprise that someone on Indiegogo has found a way to make a better one.
In this article we’ll be discussing the Furrion eRove and it’s Indiegogo campaign so that you’ll have all the information you need in order to make an informed purchasing decision. The Furrion eRove is a battery-powered cooler that’s supposed to stay powered and cool for up to 5 days.
If you’re not familiar with the campaign, you can check it out here.
The Crowdfunding Campaign
One of the biggest selling points of the Furrion eRove is that you don’t need to add ice to it. However, it has a feature where if you add ice to it, it will extend its cooling power to up to 14 days, rather than 5. That’s a neat trick, but most people are going to be purchasing it because they can freeze things and keep them cool without ice. A lot of people are going to jump at the idea of not having soggy bread and wet cheese. So, using the ice to extend its life is likely going to be something these people aren’t going to even bother with.
It holds 50 Quarts. That sounds like a lot until you realize that the standard party cooler, the rectangular blue Coleman, is 48 Quarts. If you simply want a cooler that stays cool for several days and has wheels, check this one out. It can hole 84 cans, is tall enough to hold 2-liter bottles, and keeps ice up to 5 days. For comparison, the Furrion eRove only holds 72 cans. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-50qt-Xtreme-5-day-Heavy-Duty-Cooler-with-Wheels/23374667
Our Analysis and Review
The firmware isn’t customizable. So, even if you’re tech savvy and you’ve thought of some new features that would be great on the cooler, you’re basically not allowed to try them yourself. One could look at this one of two ways. The first is that most refrigerators don’t have customizable firmware. The second is that lots of technology on Indiegogo is customizable. I’m not entirely sure how other tech-savvy backers are going to like this. I can actually see this being even worse in a survival scenario. If something happens and you’re without power or in a remote area without access to power, I’d be pretty upset about having to rely on someone else’s code for survival. If it breaks in that scenario, it’s pretty likely that it’s just broken, which means you won’t have food. And, apparently I’m not the only one that thought this way because someone asked about the firmware in the comments.
There aren’t any color options for the cooler, and there are no stretch goals. Many Indiegogo campaigns for gadgets include a variety of color options, cases, covers, etc. But this one includes exactly none of that. As of this writing, it’s 331% backed with more than half a month left in the campaign, and people asking about color options and covers in the comments. So, if there were ever a time to announce some goals, it would be now.
The Potential Shortcomings
I had a suspicion that this thing would be heavy. It’s basically a miniature refrigerator/freezer with a battery, charging stations and a bunch of other stuff. I was absolutely right. I actually had to look pretty closely through the campaign to find out how much it weighs, however. This sucker is a whopping 61.5 lbs empty.
For contrast, if you look at the comparison chart here, you’ll see they weigh only between 8-13 lbs. https://www.walmart.com/ip/Coleman-50qt-Xtreme-5-day-Heavy-Duty-Cooler-with-Wheels/23374667 I’ve carried a full Coleman 50 quart cooler, and it’s heavy. I’m not even sure I could do it if I had to add an additional 61.5 lbs to it! They even have the nerve to call it lightweight. That depends: are we comparing it to other refrigerators, or to other coolers? Also, it’s worth stating here while we’re talking about weight that the wheel system doesn’t come with it. That’s an add-on. I’m not sure why wheels for something his heavy are an afterthought, but they are.
So, is the Furrion eRove worth it? I think that depends on what you want to use it for. If you get all the add-ons, so that you have the wheels, extra battery and solar panel to charge it with, I actually think it’s a really great idea for survival and emergency situations. I live in a place where the power frequently goes out as a result of snow storms and tornadoes, and it will stay out for days, so I could see this being useful. But, if you’re just buying it for one camping trip a year, maybe you should consider something that wouldn’t be as much of a pain to lug around.