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4AllFamily Insulin Cooler – Diabetes Daily

4AllFamily has invented an impressive cooler with multiple cooling options, perfect for travel in the summer. Whether you are walking around exploring a new city or relaxing beachside on a tropical island, this cooling system is sure to keep all your insulin at the proper temperature. Traveling has become more manageable and less stressful thanks to 4AllFamily’s diabetic travel companion.

Who Are They?

The founders of 4AllFamily were originally inspired by a vacation disaster: a friend with type 1 diabetes lost his entire insulin stash when it was spoiled by hot temperatures. The company, based in Albania, now builds high-capacity coolers designed to withstand extreme summer conditions.

4AllFamily is involved with the diabetes online community and employs people living with diabetes. They seem to have a good practical understanding of the needs of people with diabetes. You can find them on Instagram: @4allfamily_shop.

What Is the 4AllFamily Insulin Cooler and How Does It Work?

This case has two different methods of keeping medicine cool. It’s both a traditional thermos and a miniature refrigerator. These two functions can be used separately or in combination.

The cooler comes with a biogel coldpack that you freeze ahead of time and slip into the canister. As a thermos with a properly chilled biogel pack, it can keep your insulin in the safe range for about two full days in hot weather.

Slip off the traditional cap and add the refrigeration cap to turn the unit into a tiny portable fridge. The refrigeration cap comes with a USB charger; it doesn’t have a battery and needs to be plugged in to work, but it can keep insulin cool indefinitely (although the manufacturer doesn’t recommend running it for more than four days in a row).

 

Image credit: 4AllFamily

With a 3.3″ diameter and a volume of 900ML, the cooler has plenty of space: you can usually insert 6-8 vials of insulin or insulin pens, depending on the precise prescriptions you’re carrying. The company also sells vial cases to prevent the glass containers from clanging against each other.

Here are the details on how long the unit can keep insulin at a safe temperature using the various combinations of features:

1. Best method: Combined biogel bottle and cooling cup lid

You get the best performance when combining both functions. Here are the lab-tested results:

At 104°F constant outside temperature: maintains temperature in the range 36-45°F for 50 hours and 36-79°F for 70 hours.

At 95°F constant outside temperature:  maintains temperature in the range 36-46 °F for 52 hours, and 36-79°F for 73 hours.

At 86°F constant outside temperature: maintains temperature in the range 36-45°F for 55 hours  and 36-79°F for more than 4 days.

2. Biogel only

At 104°F constant outside temperature: maintains temperature in the range 36-45°F for 30 and 36-79°F for 46 hours.

At 95°F constant outside temperature:  maintains temperature in the range 36-46°F for 32 hours and 36-79°F for 50 hours.

At 86°F constant outside temperature: maintains temperature in the range 36-45°F for 34 hours and 36-79°F for 52 hours.

3. Cooling lid only

If you have a source of electricity, you can keep insulin cool indefinitely, although it’s not as effective in extreme hot weather as when used in combination with the cooling pack:

At 86°F constant outside temperature: maintains temperature range 36-79°F.

Where Can I Purchase It and How Much Does It Cost?

You can purchase this cooler along with insulin vial protectors directly from the 4AllFamily website.

As of this writing, the cost is $119.99.

It’s worth noting that this cooler may also be useful for more than just insulin: growth hormones, arthritis medication, and many other medications that may require refrigeration.

My Review

I absolutely love this innovative insulin cooling system. With a few different options for use, this cooler is something that I will be sure to use for a long time to come. Going on vacation can be stressful and the last thing we want to worry about is our medication and insulin. Also, knowing this product is TSA approved can help make travel easier. I can also rest assured that my insulin will remain cool, allowing me to enjoy my time. And hey, this cooler can also keep my cocktail nice and cold while I relax poolside.



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