Travel cooler with transitionable U-shaped handle

  • US 9,834,240 B2
  • Filed: 03/04/2017
  • Issued: 12/05/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/25/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A travel cooler, comprising:

  • (a) a body having an interior, insulated containment space;

    (b) wheels for rolling of the travel cooler; and

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

    (d) wherein the travel cooler further comprises,(i) a pair of vertically oriented tubular recesses at a first of opposite ends of the body of the travel cooler,(ii) a drain opening for draining of the interior, insulated containment space of the body of the travel cooler, and(iii) a lid having a storage recess defined in a surface thereof that is configured to receive and retain an object of the travel 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;

    (e) wherein the travel cooler is transitionable between,(i) a first configuration, in which the legs of the handle serve as a lever in lifting of the travel cooler for rolling of the travel cooler on the wheels, the handle portion being distant from the body of the travel cooler, and(ii) a second configuration, in which the legs of the handle extend within exterior surface slots, each exterior surface slot extending in a lengthwise direction between the opposite ends of the body of the travel cooler, with the handle portion extending in close proximity to one of the opposite ends of the body of the travel cooler; and

    (f) wherein the wheels comprise a pair of coaxial wheels, an axis of which is traversed by the exterior surface slots.

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