Self-Cooling Can Plummets 16°C In 3 Minutes

Yesterday we showed you a few methods for quickly chilling your summer libations, but none are as fast, or easy, as West Coast Chillers new can which lowers the energy drink's temperature by 16.6°C at the push of a button.

Now you've probably heard of these self-cooling cans before, and that's because they've actually been in development for over 18 years now. In fact, back in 1998 Pepsi was all set to use these same cans, but it was discovered that the refrigerant used contributed to greenhouse gases. So it was back to the drawing board for another 12 years while the company developed a suitable replacement that now uses environmentally-friendly activated carbon and carbon dioxide.

The science behind how the cans actually work seems like it's a closely guarded secret, but once the West Coast Chillers start popping up in stores for about $US3 a can, I'm sure someone will have the opportunity to open one up and see how it ticks. But, as the cooling mechanism is recyclable, maybe we should just leave it a mystery. [West Coast Chill via Gizmag]

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