Cool box test - Mobicool T26

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Best buy
Mobicool T26
Capacity: 26 litres
Price: £52.99
Minicoolers.co.uk

Features
The 26-litre Mobicool T26 is powered by the mains or through the car's 12V DC cigarette lighter. All power leads are supplied and are stored within the unit's lid. It has a maximum cooling capacity of up to 20°C below ambient temperature.

For
At just 4.0kg, the T26 is reasonably light and its dimensions of 340 x 300 x 400mm (l x w x h) make it easy to transport in the car, and to carry when out. The 26-litre capacity will be enough for an average family to picnic with confidence.

Against
The lid design is a little cumbersome and the price a little high. Otherwise, there's nothing to criticise about the Mobicool T26 – hence its best buy rating.

Performance
The core temperature of our test food was 11.6°C after 1.5 hours in the T26 with its fans running – 15.4°C below the outside temperature of a scorching 27°C. With the power switched off for an hour the food hit 17°C, before increasing to 20.5°C after another 60 minutes.



Verdict
Solidly built cool box that has good cooling capabilities and a decent capacity. Our best buy.


All coolboxes at-a-glance
See how all the cool boxes compare with each other on one graph. Simply click here to see all the temperature plots in one place.

We've included a couple of unpowered cool boxes too - just to see how they compare with the powered units.

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