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by RonnyRonin
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:48 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Ivar Bergman
Replies: 6
Views: 151

Re: Ivar Bergman

It looks to me like either he was purged or pulled his own content. He's pulled his own content at least once in the past, perhaps twice even. He seems to go through cycles where he yanks everything and disappears for a good little while then pops back up again, hopefully reposting some of his old ...
by RonnyRonin
Fri Feb 26, 2021 9:21 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY power system build thread
Replies: 30
Views: 693

Re: DIY power system build thread

I would not touch a flooded lead acid battery for this application. It will off gas dangerous gases, especially considering use in an apartment. Also, lead batteries only get half the capacity without undue damage to the battery. If you used the full 225AH you would only be able to run the battery ...
by RonnyRonin
Thu Feb 25, 2021 10:47 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY power system build thread
Replies: 30
Views: 693

Re: DIY power system build thread

But for a standby application in a house or apartment, where I might only use them a handful of times a year decade and the rest of the time I can care for them on float charge, the lead-acid options could be adequate and I'd save a few bucks. I'm in a similar boat, and part of the battery research...
by RonnyRonin
Wed Feb 24, 2021 9:59 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY power system build thread
Replies: 30
Views: 693

Re: DIY power system build thread

Have you checked it's inrush/starting current? E.g. it may operate at 1.3A, but for a fraction of second might need several times that. I already showed my math rounding up by almost a factor of 4 (continuously) for safety margin, for the time being I'm not going to sweat the small math if I can ju...
by RonnyRonin
Tue Feb 23, 2021 8:57 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY power system build thread
Replies: 30
Views: 693

Re: DIY power system build thread

Do you have, or considering, alternate means of charging the battery bank besides just the 2 solar panels? Assuming you can get 5 hours of full sun per day, which might take some periodic repositioning of the panels depending, that's about 1 kWh of power on a sunny day. A 5 A (60 watt) frig with a ...
by RonnyRonin
Mon Feb 22, 2021 9:52 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY power system build thread
Replies: 30
Views: 693

Re: DIY power system build thread

Ok. At this point I would sit down and do some math on what you plan to run on this because that will determine the amp load on the system and that in turn will determine the wire sizes and fuses you want on there. ---------------- 6 gauge? Which is pretty thick and expensive. This is not to say "I...
by RonnyRonin
Sun Feb 21, 2021 9:25 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY power system build thread
Replies: 30
Views: 693

Re: DIY power system build thread

I already have a few inexpensive inverters laying around, I will probably throw one in but I really don't plan to use it for much of anything if I can help it. I haven't done a ton of research on fridges but a lot of people seem to say the dual fuel fridges are far less efficient and also more finni...
by RonnyRonin
Sat Feb 20, 2021 9:20 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: DIY power system build thread
Replies: 30
Views: 693

DIY power system build thread

Or the "keep me accountable" guilt thread. Having some portable power infrastructure has been on the to-do list for a long time; I thought I had this covered when I started finding Goal zero Yetis really cheap, but it turns out I wanted the roughly $1000 in craigslist profit more than I wanted a cou...
by RonnyRonin
Wed Feb 03, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Has sleeping bag tech changed?
Replies: 36
Views: 2052

Re: Has sleeping bag tech changed?

Pretty standard marketing video; "we didn't want to make the same jacket as everyone else...so we made exactly the same jacket as everyone else" without actual dry time specs, CLO value, CFM numbers, etc. they didn't actually make a single claim that could be verified or falsified. It appears to be ...
by RonnyRonin
Wed Feb 03, 2021 12:57 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Has sleeping bag tech changed?
Replies: 36
Views: 2052

Re: Has sleeping bag tech changed?

Its the same principle, but slightly less reflective and certainly more breathable. I'm told radiation only accounts for 5% or so of body heat loss, but my guess is columbia does it for the immediate feel of being warm, even if once the jacket warms up it doesn't make all that much difference.
by RonnyRonin
Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:47 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Has sleeping bag tech changed?
Replies: 36
Views: 2052

Re: Has sleeping bag tech changed?

I appreciate your analysis. Did you see the demo of them immersing their synthetic down jacket? That really got my attention. Having not worked with prima loft gold what do you think of the compressor ability of their products? I don't see it on their channel at a glance, link? Just assuming it is ...
by RonnyRonin
Thu Jan 28, 2021 9:31 pm
Forum: Civil Disorder
Topic: Surviving Post-Election Fallout and Mayhem
Replies: 22
Views: 1252

Re: Surviving Post-Election Fallout and Mayhem

one aspect that is fairly easy to discuss on ZS is changing laws; many people could find themselves in a case where the chances of them needing a defensive gun goes up while simultaneously the guns and magazines they are allowed to use diminishes. In my neck of the woods we are dealing with a moving...
by RonnyRonin
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:54 pm
Forum: Civil Disorder
Topic: Surviving Post-Election Fallout and Mayhem
Replies: 22
Views: 1252

Re: Surviving Post-Election Fallout and Mayhem

there is another category: weak ROL or weak institutions. It is where the power of the state, compared to non-state actors, is limited. It usually means the actual power of the state is also limited. The scholarship I read argues this is the area where organized crime prefers to exist because they ...
by RonnyRonin
Wed Jan 27, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Has sleeping bag tech changed?
Replies: 36
Views: 2052

Re: Has sleeping bag tech changed?

That is interesting; I know a few insulation companies have tried their hand at down like synthetics (north face has thermo-ball, primaloft has power fill), but there are not very many down/synthetic hybrids out there. the CLO value of 650 down is only a hair higher than primaloft gold/one though, s...
by RonnyRonin
Fri Jan 22, 2021 8:25 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Other prep sites?
Replies: 19
Views: 1737

Re: Other prep sites?

Thank you for your post. What were/are some of those legacy sites, in your opinion? In my mind survivalistboards was always the alternative to ZS, and the on-going warning about where political discussion would take a forum. Alpha Rubicon and the survival blog were also hot sites when I first got i...
by RonnyRonin
Thu Jan 21, 2021 9:02 pm
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: Other prep sites?
Replies: 19
Views: 1737

Re: Other prep sites?

the r/Prepper on reddit is very active; but activity and quality are often inversely proportional unfortunately. Weekly repeat questions of "whats an overlooked prep?" "what should I put in my BOB?" and other low effort posts abound. The real hit has been the inpouring of people due to COVID mainstr...
by RonnyRonin
Thu Jan 14, 2021 12:56 am
Forum: Initial Firearms Prepping Q&A
Topic: Feels like it’s time to start stocking the caches...
Replies: 45
Views: 7142

Re: Feels like it’s time to start stocking the caches...

I kinda sorta saw this coming, unfortunately I'd been in a bad job for a few years just prior to the first big spike in prices. I had a decent personal stock, but I'd said months before that if I had the money I'd buy a few thousand just to sell before the election. I actually ended up selling 500 9...
by RonnyRonin
Fri Jan 01, 2021 10:35 pm
Forum: Civil Disorder
Topic: Attack on Aspen Colorado NG Home Distribution System
Replies: 17
Views: 765

Re: Attack on Aspen Colorado NG Home Distribution System

Well, if it was this "Earth First" group, they've found a great way to lose any credibility with the general populace. This depends on who your audience is. If the audience is not "the general populace" but instead "like minded and inclined individuals" then I'd say they succeeded. You get enough l...
by RonnyRonin
Tue Dec 15, 2020 12:51 am
Forum: Civil Disorder
Topic: The Coming Civil War - (Warning: No Politics)
Replies: 1465
Views: 111518

Re: The Coming Civil War - (Warning: No Politics)

One even had a katana...no word on whether or not it was wrapped with blue cord. Note: NWS https://twitter.com/SRodd_CPR/status/1337953801970466816 Plate carriers seem to be more and more common by the day; hard to tell who is actually wearing armor vs. just a fashion statement, but body armor has ...
by RonnyRonin
Fri Dec 11, 2020 9:17 pm
Forum: Civil Disorder
Topic: The Coming Civil War - (Warning: No Politics)
Replies: 1465
Views: 111518

Re: The Coming Civil War - (Warning: No Politics)

Something I had not considered, but how does one conduct a shooting war amidst a pandemic? And how does one conduct a secession when locked down? Just some questions I had not thought to ask. I am being facetious, but I think this is some food for thought. I don't think the lockdown has significant...
by RonnyRonin
Fri Dec 11, 2020 8:49 pm
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: EOTW & Dystopian Movies that Actually Helped Your Prepping
Replies: 16
Views: 949

Re: EOTW & Dystopian Movies that Actually Helped Your Prepping

I've never seen the movie The Postman, but the book had a line that really impacted me. Something to the effect how everyone had so much ammo stocked that everyone was still shooting at one another 20 years after the collapse, but nobody had ever stocked enough water purification or medical supplie...
by RonnyRonin
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: General Firearms Discussion
Topic: 80% AR Lower
Replies: 25
Views: 1634

Re: 80% AR Lower

ATF just this morning raided at least 2 makers of polymer lowers. Looking, from what I heard, primarily for any info on individuals or distributors who bought "kits" with all the gear needed to make the block into a functional item. If they raided 2x makers, they likely raided more. If they raided ...
by RonnyRonin
Sun Dec 06, 2020 1:04 am
Forum: Initial Firearms Prepping Q&A
Topic: Most common ammo's in US?
Replies: 115
Views: 11901

Re: Most common ammo's in US?

I think it would be a liability nightmare for hornady to make any leverevolution ammo in "normal" rifle calibers.

If the BLR can be had in both .223 and 6.5 creedmoor, surely you could finagle a grendel in there.
by RonnyRonin
Sat Dec 05, 2020 6:02 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: New Columbia waterproof boots...
Replies: 4
Views: 383

Re: New Columbia waterproof boots...

I don't see anything that is really new there; they don't say how they go about waterproofing them though so likely just a traditional membrane. TPU overlays are very common in shoe uppers as is insulation. The reflective lining more common in foam lined arctic work boots (think oil field workers in...

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