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Never Run Out Of Ice Again With The NewAir Portable Ice Maker

Updated on June 18, 2014

One of the problems we always seem to run into when taking our camper on the road is trying to make sure we're flush in ice. It seems that we're always running low, even when stocking the freezer with a 20 lb bag of ice every day - after all, that only makes so many cocktails! Another problem we run into is making sure that our tow weight stays low so we pick and choose what items to bring along.

So, when John presented me with the NewAir Portable Ice Maker, I was at first skeptical of 1) the NewAir's ability to stand up to its claim of producing the first ice within 15 minutes after turning it on and 2) adding yet another thing, weight-wise, to the camper. But, let me tell ya - this thing is da bomb. 

I set up the NewAir just yesterday when I arrived at the campsite and, within 6 minutes, I had my first ice (I selected the smallest cube which is still decent size so I think that's why it was so fast). I was amazed and impressed. Throughout the day, we never ran out of ice - not once. All we had to do was fill the portable ice maker to the suggested level with water (this ice maker holds 3 liters), select either a small, medium, or large cube and turn the sucker on. Voila - almost instant ice.

With an ability to produce up to 28 pounds of ice a day, the NewAir ice maker footprint is fairly small with dimensions of 14.5 x 11.8 x 15. You can set it up anywhere inside where there is an electrical outlet. Since counter space in an RV kitchen is traditionally small, we put the portable ice maker out of the way by putting it on one of the bedside stands during the day and moved it to the kitchen area at night.

So, although it might be an investment in the beginning, the NewAir portable ice maker will save you money and time in the long run. And, it's not just for camping - if I had an office, this would be my first purchase. Fresh ice right at my desk!

If you're an RVer, here's another article you might like: Things I didn't know an RV needed.

Here's a few other items which might be of interest if you're an ice lover like I am.

Update International Stainless Steel Bar Ice Scoop, 6 oz
Update International Stainless Steel Bar Ice Scoop, 6 oz

I just like the feel of a cold ice scoop instead of plastic so I bought this to accompany my portable ice machine.

Mr. Coffee 20 Oz. Frappe Maker
Mr. Coffee 20 Oz. Frappe Maker

You'll want lots of fresh ice for your coffee frappe.

NewAir AI-215SS | Portable, Countertop Ice Maker | 50 Lbs | Stainless Steel
NewAir AI-215SS | Portable, Countertop Ice Maker | 50 Lbs | Stainless Steel

The big daddy to my little ice maker, this one makes up to 50 lbs a day.


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My own NewAir portable ice maker. I have the stainless steel one but it also comes in black.This is the ice made after 30 minutes!
My own NewAir portable ice maker. I have the stainless steel one but it also comes in black.
My own NewAir portable ice maker. I have the stainless steel one but it also comes in black.
This is the ice made after 30 minutes!
This is the ice made after 30 minutes!

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    • gottaloveit2 profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: It doesn't keep the ice cold as it makes it but, if it melts, the water is recycled for more cubes. We just keep the ice maker on at all times and just use it to retrieve the ice - we don't put it in the freezer although you could. It's not particularly noisy - just a bit when the ice drops into the bucket. Well worth it though.

    • smine27 profile image

      Shinichi Mine 

      4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      This would be perfect right next to my bed, especially useful during the hot summer months.

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      4 years ago from Central Florida

      Sounds great if you had an office that let you drink martinis all day.

      Is it noisy while making the ice? Does it keep the ice cold in the unit until you use it or do you have to move the ice to the fridge's freezer compartment?

      I'd love to save space in the freezer so I can store more meat and food. Hubby keeps wanting more space for ice.


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