These devices work like a portable refrigerator, drawing power from AC or DC power (like the

These devices work like a portable refrigerator, drawing power from AC or DC power (like the 12-volt plug in your car) to keep your food cool and dry. Ice is nice—until you do the math. For an ice chest to efficiently keep your perishables cool, you need twice the volume of ice as the volume of food and drink. That means, for most coolers, only a third of the available space can be used for supplies; the rest needs to be devoted to ice. Enter the electric cooler, which functions like a portable refrigerator or freezer that plugs into your car, a generator, or a large portable battery. These devices don’t need ice, so nearly the entire interior space can be used for your comestibles. I say “nearly” because you need to leave gaps between items so air can flow amongst the brisket and brewskis. Usually, the different shapes of the items naturally create enough space between themselves to let the cold air circulate. Both designs share the same off-grid problem: the coolant, whether ice or electricity, will run out at some point, ideally not before you’ve consumed all the food and drink or before the trip ends. My family and I recently tested a few ice coolers alongside some electric ...

We’ve had the Lexus LX 570 for about a month and a half now. It goes

We’ve had the Lexus LX 570 for about a month and a half now. It goes back in late September, but we’ve certainly made some use of it. Our Dictator Trevor has loaded his three kids in for a run down to Young, NSW. We’ve witnessed Lexus servicing first hand when the 10,000km interval came up. But my trip to Grenfell via Bathurst was the biggest challenge yet, just watch the video! First up this is a Land Cruiser 200 Series wearing a tuxedo, there’s no escaping its underpinnings. But this model which arrived in 2017 has seen Lexus go crazy on the design and luxury front. Up front is a petrol 5.7-litre V8 while the Lexus Spindle Grille is undoubtably the wildest out of all its SUV range. It starts to stray away from the Land Cruiser when you do a walkaround. The lights front and rear are distinct and LED all round. Plus, dark tint which makes our black example look even more imposing. That front grille is very divisive, but overall, I get a sense of this from most people – they hate it but want one. You can’t escape the fact you’re in control of a 4×4 that’s more than five metres long, one that can seat eight. The wooden steering wheel, real wood inserts and the Lexus treatment has...