Travel cooler with transitionable U-shaped handle

  • US 9,371,081 B2
  • Filed: 06/25/2015
  • Issued: 06/21/2016
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/25/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A travel cooler, comprising:

  • (a) a body comprising a base, sidewalls, and a lid connected together to define an interior, insulated containment space for holding cooler items, a lengthwise dimension of the cooler extending between opposite ends of the cooler, the body further having recessed exterior surface slots extending along a lengthwise extent of the cooler;

    (b) a pair of coaxial wheels attached to the body for rolling of the cooler when the cooler is pivoted about an axis of the wheels; and

    (c) a U-shaped handle for pivoting of the cooler about the axis of the wheels and rolling of the cooler by way of the pair of coaxial wheels, the U-shaped handle comprising two parallel legs connected by a handle portion;

    (d) wherein the cooler is transitionable between,(1) a first configuration, in which the handle portion extends outwardly at an angle to a plane of the parallel legs and from the body of the cooler a sufficient extent to allow the U-shaped handle to serve as a lever in pivoting the cooler about the axis of the pair of coaxial wheels when tilting the cooler for rolling of the cooler by way of the pair of coaxial wheels, the handle portion being distant from the body of the cooler, and(2) a second configuration, in which the legs of the U-shaped handle are received within the recessed exterior surface slots and are secured from sliding out of the recessed exterior surface slots, and in which the handle portion of the U-shaped handle extends in close proximity to an end of the body of the cooler while still defining a handle for gripping and manipulating the cooler by hand when in the second configuration.

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