Unitasker Wednesday: USB mini fridge

Keeping your drink cold could be a problem in a relatively warm office space. What better way to keep that can of Coke cold than with this USB Mini Fridge?! This mini fridge plugs into any open USB port and cools your beverage to a chilling 45 degrees.

Wow! Now you don’t have to use ice or quickly drink your beverage with the fear it will lose its cool. You can simply store it in this little, one-can fridge. It measures in at 7.5″ tall x 3.5″ wide x 3.5″ deep, and that formerly empty desk space now serves an important function. Of course, you’ll have to unplug your Brando 4-in-1 lamp, fan, light, webcam from your USB port to use it!

Thanks to reader Erika for bringing this unitasker to our attention.

**Each week, the Unitasker Wednesday column humorously pokes fun at the unnecessary, single-use items that manage to find their way into our homes.

27 Comments for “Unitasker Wednesday: USB mini fridge”

  1. posted by JanetM on

    “You can get anything you want on a USB port!”

    Hm. Doesn’t scan.

    Seriously, I’ve also seen a USB coffee warmer, designed to keep a cup of coffee warm at the desk. And one that’s a coffee warmer and four-port USB hub, which I guess makes it not quite so much a unitasker. :-)

  2. posted by Fit Bottomed Girls on

    Wow…so there’s a whole market of just USB appliances?!

  3. posted by Peter (a different one) on

    what’s the power output on a usb port? 5V DC? 12V DC? Just how long does it take to cool your soda?

  4. posted by Julie on

    Whatever happened to the old fashioned minicooler with some ice in it? And some of them hold *6* cans of soda!

  5. posted by Nimic @ The Green Routine on

    Wow, I don’t even know what problem this device is trying to solve. If I worked in an office without a refrigerator, I doubt I’d want to wait 8 hours for this device to cool my drink.

    Speaking of which, you could probably buy a cooler and about a years worth of ice for $32.99 + shipping and handling.

  6. posted by Rue on

    Is it sad that I really want one of these now?! Lol.

  7. posted by sm on

    I’d never get it, but I must concede it is kinda cute, and since a diet coke can be something of a motivational device for me, it would be a nice reminder that after I finished whatever I was working on my frosty refreshment would be right there waiting for me…

  8. posted by Maria Stahl on

    Ooooh it’s so cuuuuute! And it’s **red and white** !! Must have one! Must must must have one!

    (Not the effect you were hoping for, was it?)

  9. posted by Anne on

    it is cute

  10. posted by Michael@ Awareness * Connection on

    I’ll need a USB hub for my mini fridge, my 4 in 1 lamp and my USB hot water heater. Come to think of it the Brando should have included that mini fridge on the lamp. Make it a 5 in 1 with the fridge on it, and who could resist owning that? No one.

  11. posted by Anthony on

    This is a pretty cool gadget but I’m waiting for a USB George Foreman Grill. I’d never have to leave my office. :)

  12. posted by Carrie on

    Actually, there are several people at my office who have these. They work really well for keeping you lunch cool when the fridge is overstocked.

  13. posted by Leslie on

    I wouldn’t mind having one of these to keep my can of Dr Pepper cool on my desk.
    I was just given the cup/drink cooler, and sadly, it doesn’t work. My glass of coke just warmed up to room temperature while using it.

  14. posted by Deb on

    My school just kicked off their fundraiser today with a high energy assembly to show the kids what they can win by getting people to subscribe to magazines.

    This exact item was a huge hit. Seven hundred kids went “WOOOOWWW” when it came onscreen. All they have to do is sell about 78 magazine subscriptions and they, too, can have a desktop mini-cooler!

  15. posted by Peter on

    Can’t imagine this being a huge seller. Just buy a temperature controlled thermos. Same difference, no?

    http://yinvsyang.com/

  16. posted by Jeanne Thelwell on

    @Peter — You can’t safely put carbonated beverages in a thermos bottle.

  17. posted by Jen on

    Honestly, I would buy the coffee cup warmer. I can’t tell you how many times I have poured myself a cup of tea and found it cold by the time I got around to drinking it! There isn’t usually much of a window there between too hot and luke warm.

  18. posted by Amy on

    There actually IS a USB powered George Foreman grill!!! And a lot of other crazy USB powered devices! Here is a link to it. Grill away!

    http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff.....rill.shtml

    Here is link to a list of the top 10 weirdest USB devices…

    http://gadgets.fosfor.se/the-t.....ices-ever/

  19. posted by Mike on

    @ Peter (a different one): voltage is not a measure of power. But since you asked:

    USB gets a 5V from the computer. Under initial handshaking conditions it’s allowed to draw up to 100mA which would mean 500mW of power. Once connected, it’s allowed to ask the computer for more current, either 500mA(2.5W power) or 1A(5W of power). My guess is that this little fridge takes the full 5W. Which should keep things pretty cold. Your kitchen fridge is probably in the 1kW range and has much more than 200 times the volume to cool down.

  20. posted by Renee on

    Awwww…but it’s so cute!

  21. posted by Kimberly on

    Okay, I actually think this is cool. I would love to have a place to keep my drink cold while I leave my desk for a while. I hate coming back to a warm soda. Not that I have a desk. I am out in the field all day, but if I did, I might actually get one of these!!

  22. posted by Scriv on

    How can purchasing another gadget for your desk possibly unclutter your life ?

    words fail me :(

  23. posted by Rebecca on

    We have a woman in my office who is severely diabetic. She must keep a supply of insulin in the fridge and a “kit” in her desk at all times. I would like to think this could be a nice alternative for her for security, privacy, and possibly help her in an emergency. Perhaps not, but I can see a use for this (or something similar) outside the clutter.

  24. posted by radiant on

    I think my husband would love to have one on his desk, he always wants something icy cold. but does it really do that.

  25. posted by Krista on

    May I suggest you drink water rather than soda?

  26. posted by Scott of the Shire on

    Yes it is a wonderful concept I have a usb port in my car and with a little of my special mounting tape I can see this as a great add on to my ACless car. My question is how long can I expect this device to run properly before it becomes garbage and no longer cools my drinks?

  27. posted by egamer25 on

    @Krista

    No you may not suggest water rather than soda. HEALTH NUT FREAK!

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