There’s certainly no shortage of ways to chill your drinks while you’re at home, in addition to simply dropping some ice in a glass. But what about when you’re on the open road?
If you’re in a snowy or cold area I suppose you could pull over and toss your drink into the snow for a few minutes. But stopping is never good when you’re on a schedule. Pittsburgh-based Deeplocal understands this plight and has come up with a rather unique solution: Blitzen.
Blitzen is essentially a roof-mounted drink chiller, designed to cool down your beverages using the great outdoors. Yes, that means while using it you’ll basically be storing your drinks on the roof of your auto.
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Strap down beverages to the roof of any metal-based vehicle with Blitzen.
Blitzen is an aluminum rail rack for the roof of your car that secures drinks or bottles with a plastic strap; you ratchet-tighten the strap to hold a bottle in place. Two strong magnets — with an attractive force of 100 pds or 45 kg — keep the rack atop the roof even at high speeds. Unfortunately, this setup also means that it won’t work with vehicles made out of metal-less materials. Some examples of non-compatible autos include older Saturns, Corvettes made of fiberglass, and various retro cars.
There is one caveat, however. The rate of cooling depends on a variety of uncontrollable factors, many of which relate to the local weather and environment. Ambient temperature and climate, vehicle speeds, bottle size and travel times all directly impact chill requirements. If you’re driving around in Florida, it stands to reason this thing is not going to do much.
Deeplocal will be selling the racks soon, but as of right now there are no announced prices, nor is there a specific release date. If you do find it interesting and want to pick one up, head on over to the company’s website for more details.
It is a neat concept, though I’d be curious how often one might use it.