This little guy just needs a regular power outlet and distilled water to crank out ice all day, all night. As it says in the name, it can make 26 pounds of ice in 24 hours (assuming you’re willing to pull an all-nighter emptying the cube tray and refilling the reservoir).
There are two different cube sizes, but I always go large; the hollow-rounded-cone shape provides plenty of surface area without melting too quickly. The tray holds a decent amount of ice, but once it fills (or the water runs out) you need to dump pretty quickly before the ice starts re-melting. And, as an ADHD guy, I sometimes forget to do either for long enough that the machine flips back on and re-freezes the ice I let melt.
There is a provided plastic scoop, so you don’t stick your gross hands in the ice—but there’s no place to stow it in the machine, or even place it anywhere on the sloped, angled, rounded chassis. I usually just remove the whole tray and dump it into whatever needs ice.
As you can see from the pic, though, it’s got a perfect little home in our pop-up camper, and it keeps us from fretting about anything going bad or getting warm while the ranger station is closed.
Is it a necessity? No. At $114, will it really “pay for itself” any time soon? Not…soon, no. Is it the Dadsiest Dad thing in the world? Absolutely, and I love it for it.