Travel cooler with transitionable U-shaped handle

  • US 9,586,604 B2
  • Filed: 06/20/2016
  • Issued: 03/07/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/25/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A travel cooler, comprising:

  • a body having an interior, insulated containment space with a height in a heightwise direction, a width in a widthwise direction, and a length in a lengthwise direction, and comprising a bottom portion, a lid, sidewalls extending in the heightwise direction of the cooler between the bottom portion and the lid, and recessed exterior surface slots extending in a lengthwise direction between opposite ends of the body of the cooler;

    wheels for rolling of the cooler; and

    a handle for lifting of the cooler for rolling on the wheels, the handle comprising two legs connected by a handle portion;

    wherein the cooler is transitionable between a first configuration, in which the legs of the handle serve as a lever in lifting of the cooler for rolling of the cooler on the wheels, the handle portion being distant from the body of the cooler, and a second configuration, in which the legs of the handle extend within the recessed exterior surface slots with the handle portion extending in close proximity to a first of the opposite ends of the body of the cooler;

    wherein the cooler further comprises a pair of vertically oriented tubular recesses at a first of the opposite ends of the body of the cooler, and a drain opening for the containment space located at the first of the opposite ends of the body of the cooler; and

    wherein the lid further comprises a storage recess defined in a surface thereof that is configured to receive and retain an object of the cooler when stored, the shape of the recess being commensurate with a shape of the object such that the object fits within the recess without protruding beyond the surface of the lid.

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