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by EBuff75
Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:42 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Fun with Paracord! (or) Misadventures with Paracord!
Replies: 554
Views: 217621

Re: Fun with Paracord! (or) Misadventures with Paracord!

Stormdrane, I love the bottle opener! Had to poke around a bit, but I think that's the Boker Plus Dead Catch Stainless Steel Bottle Opener Tool, right? And you were even using it to open one of my favorite adult beverages! :crazy:
by EBuff75
Mon Feb 08, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: All Things Pandemic
Topic: What WILL/DID you do with that stimulus check? (Round 2)
Replies: 181
Views: 20244

Re: What WILL/DID you do with that stimulus check? (Round 2)

My job has been quite stable (my company actually had its best year ever last year) and I'm in a pretty good financial situation, so I decided to donate the money. For the check last spring, I donated an AED to the local CERT group that I volunteer with (gave them a $1200 limit and they got an addit...
by EBuff75
Thu Feb 04, 2021 6:32 pm
Forum: Introductions
Topic: New here CD
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Re: New here CD

Welcome! Tell us a bit about yourself and what brought you here.
by EBuff75
Fri Jan 08, 2021 9:51 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: BLUETTI AC200 Portable Power Station
Replies: 8
Views: 1337

Re: BLUETTI AC200 Portable Power Station

Will Prowse on YouTube did a favorable review the pre-production unit and provided an affiliate link to the Kickstarter campaign. Now, he has backed off his endorsement after getting complaints from his subscribers. Apparently, they are upset and claiming some units aren't functioning properly and t...
by EBuff75
Thu Nov 05, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Transportation
Topic: strap cutter\ rescue tool
Replies: 9
Views: 638

Re: strap cutter\ rescue tool

My Resqme tools came with zip ties, which let me attach them to the shifter column in both my vehicles. I made the loop small enough that they can't slide out past the knob on the end, so they can't come off short of me cutting them loose. That puts them easily within reach and yet out of the way so...
by EBuff75
Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:28 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Lithium rechargeable aa's?
Replies: 17
Views: 1184

Re: Lithium rechargeable aa's?

I think there's some confusion here about terminology. Lithium AA and AAA (and CR123a, which is 3v) batteries are single use disposable batteries and are not rechargeable. Their main advantages are that they don't leak and that they have a very long shelf life. Standard voltage for AA and AAA is 1.5...
by EBuff75
Tue Oct 27, 2020 8:48 am
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Lithium rechargeable aa's?
Replies: 17
Views: 1184

Re: Lithium rechargeable aa's?

There are quite a few rebranded Eneloops out there if you do a bit of searching. I've had good luck with the Ladda rechargeable batteries from Ikea, which are $6.99 / 4pack. Those are believed to be rewrapped Eneloop Pros. Moab, what charger did you buy? A lot of the Li-ion chargers are smart charge...
by EBuff75
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Post COVID, Poor Maintenance and Cumulative Disrepair
Replies: 13
Views: 1483

Re: Post COVID, Poor Maintenance and Cumulative Disrepair

Last month I was working in the yard and started finding pieces of what appeared to be wire insulation. I looked up at the power lines and realized that they (along with some of the cable/phone/etc.) lines looked really ratty. Once I started looking around, I discovered that there was a ton of this ...
by EBuff75
Fri Sep 11, 2020 1:13 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Charging Eneloop AA through USB
Replies: 25
Views: 1461

Re: Charging Eneloop AA through USB

That is good advice ^^^. One alternative to a battery bank is a simple lead acid 12 volt battery. This battery is $20 and provides 70,000 mah (7 amps). It is a lead battery that is designed for a batter back up. https://www.amazon.com/Mighty-Max-Battery-Replaces-SH1228W/dp/B00DGZL0X2/ref=pd_bp_sim_...
by EBuff75
Fri Sep 11, 2020 12:24 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Charging Eneloop AA through USB
Replies: 25
Views: 1461

Re: Charging Eneloop AA through USB

So even though the USB chargers I got will work they probably won't be good for the batteries long-term if I'm using them with a janky power source like the dynamo on a radio or a tiny solar panel? I'm still happy to be able to do it in an emergency, but I guess this means I should still figure out...
by EBuff75
Thu Sep 10, 2020 5:13 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Charging Eneloop AA through USB
Replies: 25
Views: 1461

Re: Charging Eneloop AA through USB

From the tiny bit of reading I've done 18650 is becoming a really common new standard, but the actual power output of different 18650s can vary, right? The 18650 is quite common (it is frequently used in power packs, battery hand tools, etc. I have probably a dozen flashlights that use them, so I h...
by EBuff75
Thu Sep 10, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Charging Eneloop AA through USB
Replies: 25
Views: 1461

Re: Charging Eneloop AA through USB

I might do that, since I use my headlamps and flashlights all the time now and consider them to be one of the most important parts of my preps, but on the other hand I really don't need a new hobby at the moment. :lol: Yeah, it's a DEEP rabbit hole to fall into! I've loved flashlights my whole life...
by EBuff75
Thu Sep 10, 2020 9:20 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Charging Eneloop AA through USB
Replies: 25
Views: 1461

Re: Charging Eneloop AA through USB

Forgot that I also have the Vinninge Battery Charger from Ikea, but that appears to be discontinued here in the US (the link is for Canada). If you have an Ikea store locally, or you want to order online, their Ladda AA and AAA batteries are supposedly rebranded Eneloops. I have a number of those wh...
by EBuff75
Thu Sep 10, 2020 12:14 am
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Charging Eneloop AA through USB
Replies: 25
Views: 1461

Re: Charging Eneloop AA through USB

You mean like one of these: Olight UC Universal USB Magnetic Charger LiitoKala Smart Battery Charger Klarus K1 Single Cell Smart Battery Charger I have all three and they all work just fine. The Olight is the newest, I've only had that about a month. Haven't used it much, it was mainly just to try o...
by EBuff75
Wed Sep 09, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: The State of Oregon is on Fire
Replies: 19
Views: 1374

Re: The State of Oregon is on Fire

Wranglerstar on YouTube has been posting videos this evening. He has self-deployed (he doesn't work as a wildland firefighter anymore, but he used to) to help protect a home in Oregon. He's got some portable fire fighting equipment that can fit into a truck or UTV and he's there with a few other pe...
by EBuff75
Wed Sep 09, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Family Prep
Topic: Water treatment options
Replies: 14
Views: 2517

Re: Water treatment options

by EBuff75
Fri Aug 28, 2020 12:20 pm
Forum: Bug Out Gear
Topic: Best Rite in the Rain pen?
Replies: 22
Views: 1614

Re: Best Rite in the Rain pen?

It might be worth splitting the process up:
1) Find a pen body that you like
2) Find a pen cartridge which works for the pen body
by EBuff75
Wed Aug 05, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Explosion - Beirut, Lebanon
Replies: 36
Views: 2632

Re: Explosion - Beirut, Lebanon

If you go to Google earth and look at the site you will notice that the crescent shaped cove at bottom of your photo was not there before the explosion. That is the crater left over from the warehouse that ceased to exist as result of the explosion. 33°54'06.00" N 35°31'07.35" E CNN has an article ...
by EBuff75
Wed Aug 05, 2020 10:27 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Explosion - Beirut, Lebanon
Replies: 36
Views: 2632

Re: Explosion - Beirut, Lebanon

I'm not sure what was stored in this structure (maybe materials for concrete?), but it looks as though it may have helped to deflect some of the blast away from the downtown area: https://dynaimage.cdn.cnn.com/cnn/digital-images/org/71070b22-1cb7-4e46-bd48-3c607601fe7a.jpg That's one tough structur...
by EBuff75
Wed Aug 05, 2020 8:54 am
Forum: Disasters in Current Events
Topic: Explosion - Beirut, Lebanon
Replies: 36
Views: 2632

Re: Explosion - Beirut, Lebanon

I'm not sure what was stored in this structure (maybe materials for concrete?), but it looks as though it may have helped to deflect some of the blast away from the downtown area: https://dynaimage.cdn.cnn.com/cnn/digital-images/org/71070b22-1cb7-4e46-bd48-3c607601fe7a.jpg That's one tough structure...
by EBuff75
Sun Jul 12, 2020 10:02 am
Forum: Contingency Planning & Preparation
Topic: An Increase in Violent Street Crime
Replies: 27
Views: 2669

Re: An Increase in Violent Street Crime

Crime in my area has dropped off significantly. Our local PD does a weekly broadcast where they talk about things which are going on (a friend of mine is the one who does it) and other than a large increase in domestic issues, everything else has fallen well off. Property crimes are down, probably b...
by EBuff75
Wed Jul 08, 2020 8:11 pm
Forum: Zombie Training Films
Topic: The Boys
Replies: 16
Views: 3300

Re: The Boys

Really looking forward to this!
by EBuff75
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:23 pm
Forum: Self-Sufficient Living
Topic: Alternatives to Dogs for Herding Livestock
Replies: 11
Views: 1819

Re: Alternatives to Dogs for Herding Livestock

Donkeys and llamas are also used to guard livestock. Just watch out for the spitting and general orneriness!

https://www.greatfallstribune.com/story ... 048380001/
by EBuff75
Mon Jun 15, 2020 7:13 pm
Forum: Other Gear
Topic: Safelite Flexible Rifle Armor
Replies: 9
Views: 1083

Re: Safelite Flexible Rifle Armor

I've been curious about this company ever since I saw Edwin Sarkissian test one of their ceramic plate and vest combos on YouTube (yes, I know that his channel is just firearms/explosives entertainment, not serious testing). He shot it with a .50 BMG and it stopped the bullet, but there was so much...

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