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Why does my Pelican Elite Cooler leak when tipped over?

October 06, 2017 6 Comments

Why does my Pelican Elite Cooler leak when tipped over?

Pelican™ Elite Coolers are made with lid gaskets of the same material as your refrigerator gasket and performs the same way. If your refrigerator gasket defrosted and you tipped it over, the water would escape. Hard-sided Pelican™ Elite Coolers are not designed to be 100% air or watertight. When hot air is trapped inside of your cooler, this feature allows your cooler to be pried open. This is also great for when using dry ice so that the cooler does not crack or explode



6 Responses

David Turner
David Turner

August 27, 2019

I have a older pelican does not leak & keeps ice alot longer also…. when I pick cooler up to my chest to carry it soaks my shirt

Ryan
Ryan

August 07, 2019

I have a 65 quart that keeps ice ice for nearly a week, but my 20 quart goes from full bag of ice to water in less than a day. I have the same gap in the seal others have talked about. Something is not right.

Yudhaya Boonlom
Yudhaya Boonlom

August 02, 2019

For the the price we are paying they should not not leak! What gives?

Terry Rouse
Terry Rouse

August 02, 2019

can anything be done to stop the leaks around the lid area? Icer 45 qt does not leak, neither does the Siberia 45 qt , Lifetime 77 qt, otter box 20 and others

josh trahan
josh trahan

October 22, 2018

I agree… I bought two pelican 30qt ice chests and it doesn’t hold ice near as good as my other pelican coolers. Was thinking because the other don’t leak water from the top. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a reason I choose pelican over all the others. Between the latches, USA made, and just plain out tuff! Also, I’m pretty sure pelican is the only one with a lifetime warranty. I’m thinking all the other only have 5 year warranties. Anyway…hoping pelican can shed some light on the subject. I mean the water really pours out. It’s not just trickling out. There was a gap where the seal meets and I worked it around so it touches, but still pours out. And suggestions???

Terry Rouse
Terry Rouse

October 15, 2018

I have a coleman cooler and when it is tipped over water does not leak out of the top as it does with the Pelican. I think you have a gasket design issue and not being truthful about why your coolers leak when tipped over.

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Size + Capacity Guide

Need help choosing the right Pelican Elite Cooler? This guide will help take out some of the guesswork and get you on your boating trip faster.
COOLER LITERS WEIGHT EXTERIOR INTERIOR BASE
CANS
ICE RETENTION
LBS
L x W x H
L x W x H
L x W 2:1 RATIO Days

Sling

8.5 7.90 18.30" x 7.50" x 7.50" 14.60" x 5.90" x 5.90" 7.50" x 7.50" 12 1
Backpack Cooler

13 Upper

5.4 Lower

9.30 12.10" x 7.10" x 21.70" 10.60" x 5.10" x 5.30" 12.10" x 7.10 6 1
12-Can Soft Cooler 12.3 3 14.00" x 7.50" x 12.00" 12.00" x 6.00" x 7.00" 14.00" x 7.50" 12 1
24-Can Soft Cooler 23.66 5
17.00" x 13.50" x 10.00"
15.00" x 8.50" x 8.00"
17.00" 13.50" 24 2
48-Can Soft Cooler 47.32 8 20.00" x 13.00" x 16.00"
19.00" x 10.50" x 10.00"
20.00" x 13.00" 48 3
IM 20QT 19 12.52 18.80" x 12.60" x 17.70" 12 x 6.70" x 14.10" 13.75" x 8.30" 15 Up to 2

ROTO

20QT*

19 16
20.12" x 15.07" x 14.12" 
14.75" x 10.00" x 8.75"
17" x 12.25" 15 2
30QT 31 21.67
25.30" x 19.00" x 18.50"
14.60" x 10.20" x 11.00"
19.50" x 14" 22 6

35QT*

33 32.16
26.41" x 20.00" x 18.75"
15.75" x 12.00" x 11.50"
20" x 16.75" 25 6-7
45QT* 43 35.95
29.66" x 20.00" x 19.25"
19.00" x 12.00" x 12.00"
35 7
50QT 50 26.39
30.00" x 20.30" x 20.40"
17.50" x 11.00" x 13.70"
22.50" x 14.50" 34 7-8
65QT* 62 48
37.16" x 20.00" x 19.75"
26.50" x 12.00" x 12.50"
40 8-9
70QT 68 33.29
36.00" x 20.30" x 21.00"
24.75" x  12.00" x 14.30" 
28.50" x 15.50" 46 9
95QT 90 51
37.75" x 20.00" x 24.88"
27.34" x 12.00" x 17.62"
32" x 17" 72 10+
150QT 142 66
44.88" x 25.00" x 24.38"
34.00" x 17.00" x 15.75"
39" x 22" 138 10+
250QT 237 92
61.13" x 27.50" x 27.50"
50.25" x 17.00" x 17.50"
258 10+
45QT Wheeled 43 37.25
29.66" x 20.00" x 19.25"
19.00" x 12.00" x 12.00"
28 7
55QT Wheeled 52 46.25
29.25" x 20.18" x 20.19"
20.00" x 12.00" x 14.25"
40 5
80QT Wheeled 76 49.50
42.88" x 20.75" x 20.25"
29.00" x 13.00" x 13.00"
58 9-10

*DISCONTINUED 

 

Ice Retention By Cooler Size

TUMBLER OUNCES BASE OF TUMBLER HEIGHT  LID MATERIAL
22 22 2.75" 8.25" 3.50" Stainless Steel
32 32
2.75"
10.50"
3.50"
Stainless Steel
BOTTLE OUNCES BASE OF BOTTLE HEIGHT

LID

W x H

MATERIAL OPENING
18 18 3.11" 9.63" 3.11" x 2.15" Stainless Steel 2.5"
32 32 3.62" 11"
3.11" x 2.15"
Stainless Steel
2.5"
64 64 4.57" 13.17"
3.11" x 2.15"
Stainless Steel
2.5"
x