How to Make Coolers with Speakers

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How to Make Coolers with Speakers: Overview

Hello there, our music-loving friends. It’s time to delve into the wonderful world of DIY, and we’re starting with a compilation of guides for how to make coolers with speakers.

Do you like day-drinking while floating in the lake or pool? We assume you like music, because you’re human. But even if you don’t, there are plenty of other things to play on a speaker: podcasts, guided meditations, language lessons – virtually anything is in audio version these days.

It’s annoying to sift through all the DIY cooler posts that pop up on Google. Many of the projects lack ample instructions, and worse – you have to spend time clicking on broken links repeatedly having to hit the “Back” button.

You deserve to be using your free time looking at cat memes or intriguing Instagram accounts, not doing the nitty gritty that should only be reserved for work.

Fabulously enough, our job is to do the nitty gritty! And we actually enjoy it.

How to Make a Yeti Coolers with Speakers

We give Yeti Coolers a lot of shit, but in all fairness, they’re excellent high-end ice chests. Of course you want to to help your rugged ice chest discover its beastly party animal side!

There are online retailers who offer pre-made Yeti Coolers with blue tooth and waterproof speakers. You’ll find a Yeti Tundra 45 for $350 on Amazon, but pay an arm and a leg for the pimped out version.

Why pay more?

Yeti Tundra 65 Cooler with Speakers

Fentertainment shows their finished project of a Yeti cooler with speakers, but they haven’t released full instructions. (Yet!)  If you’re a Yeti-lover, you’ll probably like seeing the Yeti Tundra 65 Stereo Cooler finished project just to see what’s possible. In the meantime, we’ll be playing the waiting game to hear more from these guys.

Yeti Tundra 65 (with instructions!)

Thanks, Speaker Cooler Systems, for letting us in your amazing creation. This DIY project results in an attractive ice chest with speakers, LED lights, and blue tooth receiver. Plus, this amped up Yeti gives you a full 8 hours of rocking out to your favorite jams.

This project is idea for those of you who enjoy spending time on the water. The creators use this specifically for a canoe-friendly floating cooler with speakers. Of course, it functions just as well on dry land, so take your pick.

How to Make an Igloo Coolers with Speakers

If there were a popularity contest for the best cooler brand to add speakers to, Igloo would win. Because they’re awesome. The following are instructions for transforming a Playmate, Igloo 70 Quart, and 150 Quart All-Terrain coolers into the juke boxes they long to be.

Solar Charged Igloo Playmate Cooler with Speakers

It’s about $30 on Amazon for one of these small, 16-quart coolers. Read more here.

First, shout out to the Indestructibles for sharing their project. Coolers with speakers are rad on their own, but solar power? Major win.

The most vital components used for creating this little masterpiece include a faceplate, speakers, batteries, stereo, LED lights, and a solar panel. These parts are inexpensive, and even free. Chances are, you or a friend has scrap wood lying around.

Watch this tutorial on the faceplate cutting:

You can expect to spend roughly $250 on project materials and tool – doable, right? If this sounds like just the project for you, check out full instructions for creating this solar powered Igloo Cooler with speakers

Igloo Maxcold 70 Quart Ice Chest with Speakers

How to Build a Nice Ice Chest with Speakers provides straightforward and easy-to-use instructions for changing a plain Igloo Cooler into an ice chest with speakers. It’s a simple project, simple and to the point, but the details are all there. Know the saying “less is more”? This article proves that point.

Before you know it, you’ll be shaking your booty with a brewski in hand.

How to Make a Rubbermaid Rolling Coolers with Speakers

Once you’ve built your masterpiece of a rolling cooler with speakers, you’ll be sitting in a grassy field listening to “Rolling in the Deep” in no time. (See what just happened there? It’s so bad it’s ridiculously good.)

Crutchfield Corporation’s DIY project is the most well-known. It’s perfect if you want a cooler radio that won’t break the bank, as the featured Rubbermaid 50 Quart Wheeled Cooler is only about $50.

In Cruthfield’s aptly named “Installing a Digital Sound System in a Cooler“, they show you everything from installing a WiFi hot spot to cutting through the thick plastic walls.

When you’re finished, you’ll have a wheeled cooler with:

  • Bluetooth Stereo
  • WiFi Hotspot
  • Marine-Grade Speakers
  • Amplifier

How to Make Floating Coolers With Speakers

The good news is that you can transform your ice chest with speakers into a floating cooler with speakers and high-beam lights. Things just keep getting better and better in the cooler world!

The Jump, a hunting and fishing publication, provides excellent instructions for building a PVC floating cooler. You just know the finished product will be durable, since hunters and fishers are the masterminds behind this bad boy.

The estimated cost of this project is roughly $30, but we’re sure experienced penny pinchers will find ways to lower the price even more.

Not into DIY? Buy a Cooler With Speakers

Not everyone’s Mary Poppins. We get it.

Maybe you just want to buy a waterproof cooler with speakers that are already built in. With one simple click on that “Buy” button, you’re done. The only thing left to do is unpack the box when it arrives on your doorstep.

There are websites, called IceChestRadios.Net and that offer Yeti Coolers with blue tooth, waterproof speakers. You’ll find a Yeti Tundra 45 for $350 on Amazon, but pay about $215 more when you buy this pre-made Yeti Cooler radio from IceChestRadio.Net.

You’ll find lots of other coolers with speakers in “Banish Awkward Moments: Try a Cooler with Speakers!”

Conclusion: So, What’ll your First Ice Chest with Speakers Project be?

This varied mix of DIY projects for making your own cooler with speakers is diverse on purpose. We all have different budgets, coolers, and preferences. As you can see, you don’t have to limit yourself to a standard ice chest; you can also make make musical floating and rolling coolers.

Even if your primary purpose for an Igloo Playmate is to keep your lunch cool on the job, you’ll still have fun busting out some tunes. Do it during a lull in conversation and act like you have no idea where it’s coming from, or for a throwback to the nineties, saunter down the street as you carry it on your shoulder like a boombox.

Want some free cooler swag? Snap a shot of you and your finished project, tag us on Instagram, and we’ll send you our signature Chuggie Coolies.

Rock on, guys. You’re awesome.


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