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Old 07-15-2017, 12:49 AM   #1
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Built my first river radio cooler. The dang thing rocks. Can still hear every bit of the song 100 yards away and that's not even full volume. Whole thing cost me right around 100-105$. Definitely beats my Bose Soundlink. Was lucky to find a 600watt amp for 35$ at a pawn shop. Will definitely be building more. Name:  IMG_0193.jpg
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Old 07-15-2017, 06:34 AM   #2
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That's awesome! Now you just gotta keep it above water!
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Old 07-15-2017, 07:41 AM   #3
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Very nice! What kind of battery life with a 600w amp?
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Old 07-15-2017, 01:20 PM   #4
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Very nice! What kind of battery life with a 600w amp?
I haven't tested it out too much yet. Hoping at least 6
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Old 07-15-2017, 05:04 PM   #5
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Put a piece of plexi in there and store your keys, phones and other things on the top half of cooler.
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:37 PM   #6
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So I put a solar panel on my ice chest radio. Should I have to worry about charging the battery still or should this do? Never messed around with solar panels. Anybody done this before?Name:  IMG_0201.jpg
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:42 PM   #7
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Solar Panel is not worth the added expense. The demand of the amp is far greater than the input from the solar panel. There is a forum you can search for that is spot on for the cooler radio topic and based in Texas.

I have built a dozen or so, it's a fun hobby. One thing of note, either build a radio in a cooler or just have a cooler. Trying to make a cooler radio function as a real cooler is pretty tough. Just get a bigger cooler and use a bag style cooler inside, lol.

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Old 07-17-2017, 12:55 PM   #8
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Where does the beer go?
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Old 07-17-2017, 12:59 PM   #9
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Solar Panel is not worth the added expense. The demand of the amp is far greater than the input from the solar panel. There is a forum you can search for that is spot on for the cooler radio topic and based in Texas.

I have built a dozen or so, it's a fun hobby. One thing of note, either build a radio in a cooler or just have a cooler. Trying to make a cooler radio function as a real cooler is pretty tough. Just get a bigger cooler and use a bag style cooler inside, lol.
Thanks for the info
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Old 07-17-2017, 01:00 PM   #10
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Where does the beer go?
I got another cooler for that
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:29 PM   #11
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Is there a USB cable from the amp to your phone? Very cool...
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:56 PM   #12
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yea same ? is this blue tooth? USB? Aux Cord?

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Old 07-17-2017, 03:27 PM   #13
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I guess I'm the old man yelling at kids to get off my lawn, but why do you need to hear it from 100 yards away?
And are you not concerned about the noise pollution to all the other folks wanting to enjoy floating a river, etc. without hearing your music?
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Old 07-17-2017, 06:12 PM   #14
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yea same ? is this blue tooth? USB? Aux Cord?

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Bought a Bluetooth adapter.
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Old 07-17-2017, 06:14 PM   #15
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I guess I'm the old man yelling at kids to get off my lawn, but why do you need to hear it from 100 yards away?
And are you not concerned about the noise pollution to all the other folks wanting to enjoy floating a river, etc. without hearing your music?
It's not like I will be playing it where you can hear it from 100 yards away. Just wanted to build something that sounds good 'to the group that I will be floating with' and not having to worry about a 300$ Bluetooth speaker from Best Buy falling into the water
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Old 07-17-2017, 06:23 PM   #16
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Built one about 20 years ago out of 2 big horse water trough buckets for floating down the Guadalupe. Had 6 6x9 speakers with a big amp and marine battery. That thing would jam! Fun times
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Old 07-18-2017, 07:58 AM   #17
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Depending on how loud you play it, I doubt that battery will last very log without draining it too low and damaging it. You could either add more small feeder batteries in parallel or get a bigger battery from a lawn tractor.
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Old 07-19-2017, 10:07 AM   #18
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ahhh, memories...

Here is the one I built years ago. Sold it last year. Still working just fine.

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Old 07-19-2017, 10:53 AM   #19
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I guess I'm the old man yelling at kids to get off my lawn, but why do you need to hear it from 100 yards away?
And are you not concerned about the noise pollution to all the other folks wanting to enjoy floating a river, etc. without hearing your music?
LOL! I'm the same way. But the OP said he's not going to play it that loud.

I've been floating the rivers in the Hill Country all my life...never needed music, the sound of the water and conversation with friends and the sounds of beer being opened was all I ever needed.

But, to each their own just don't make me listen to your music

Good job OP...put some thought into that contraption.
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Old 09-30-2017, 09:22 AM   #20
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So how long did the battery last?
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Old 09-30-2017, 09:51 AM   #21
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I think that amp will drain the crap out of it
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Old 10-02-2017, 03:46 PM   #22
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Very nice! You might want to put a thin line of soft caulk around the top of the cooler's opening edge, along with some latches for the lid, for a better water seal.
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Old 10-03-2017, 08:01 AM   #23
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LOL! I'm the same way. But the OP said he's not going to play it that loud.

I've been floating the rivers in the Hill Country all my life...never needed music, the sound of the water and conversation with friends and the sounds of beer being opened was all I ever needed.

But, to each their own just don't make me listen to your music

Good job OP...put some thought into that contraption.
I'm the same way and have yelled at a few kids and adults on The Frio that thought they were riding along The Local Strip in their Truck or Escalade riding on 22's. I hear that crap enough in town and on the road, let me and my family relax and enjoy getting OUT of the city.
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Old 10-03-2017, 12:39 PM   #24
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I've got a 1000watt amp in my River cooler piped to 2 speakers, and a 400w piped to two more... all running off my 'music' cell phone using either a USB cord or bluetooth (depending what mood I'm in)
I run a garden tractor battery, with a solar panel.. (but i plug it in the charger at the trailer in evenings.)
Its loud as hell..sounds great, and i get a ton of compliments, people wanting to know how its built.., and had some of other floaters shut theirs off to listen to ours..
just gotta play the right music.. (no rap, no metal, - just old country/new country/texas country/aggie war hymn/ 70's/80's rock)

it runs all day and into the night - no issues.
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Old 10-03-2017, 01:07 PM   #25
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So I put a solar panel on my ice chest radio. Should I have to worry about charging the battery still or should this do? Never messed around with solar panels. Anybody done this before?Attachment 863229
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I've got a 1000watt amp in my River cooler piped to 2 speakers, and a 400w piped to two more... all running off my 'music' cell phone using either a USB cord or bluetooth (depending what mood I'm in)
I run a garden tractor battery, with a solar panel.. (but i plug it in the charger at the trailer in evenings.)
Its loud as hell..sounds great, and i get a ton of compliments, people wanting to know how its built.., and had some of other floaters shut theirs off to listen to ours..
just gotta play the right music.. (no rap, no metal, - just old country/new country/texas country/aggie war hymn/ 70's/80's rock)

it runs all day and into the night - no issues.
Thanks for the real world info... What does a decent 400W amp go for??
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Old 10-03-2017, 01:25 PM   #26
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Thanks for the real world info... What does a decent 400W amp go for??
think i picked it up on amazon for $100? been a while... had this box a long *** time..
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Old 10-03-2017, 01:31 PM   #27
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I guess I'm the old man yelling at kids to get off my lawn, but why do you need to hear it from 100 yards away?
And are you not concerned about the noise pollution to all the other folks wanting to enjoy floating a river, etc. without hearing your music?
This is why I don't go to the river anymore. I miss the days without Bluetooth and waterproof radios
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