Unigear sent me their MOLLE medical first aid pouch to try out. This is a nice sized pouch with elastic straps which holds things in place. I put it on my Bug Out Bag and use it for my mobile kitchen.
The Unigear MOLLE EMT first aid pouch is shipped with a pair of surgical shears. I immediately put these into my first aid pouch on the back of my BOB.
Unigear MOLLE First Aid Pouch
I put my mobile kitchen into the Unigear pouch. With dimensions of 8 x 6 x 3 inches it is large enough to hold my entire mobile kitchen on the back of my bu out bag. The Unigear MOLLE pouch has elastic straps which hold things in place. I put two granola bars each in two of the straps. In a third I put my folding camp silverware. These items fit on the one side like the pouch was made for them.
On the other side I put a fast dry camp towel and a tea strainer. In the center I keep my folding cup and bowl. Plus I carry my Emberlit titanium folding camp stove in there now as well.
Unigear MOLLE First Aid Pouch Used For Mobile Kitchen
You can see in the image above that this pouch is large enough to hold my entire mobile kitchen with no problem. Compared to my hand in the image you can get an idea just how large this pouch from Unigear really is.
The PALS straps and snaps hold the pouch firmly in place. With cheaper pouches I have had trouble with the straps falling off while hiking. This could be disastrous if you lose your gear in a survival situation. With the Unigear pouch I have no fear because the snaps are tough and hold the pouch in place well. I have taken my backpack out on many trips since receiving the Unigear MOLLE pouch and it has served me well.
The outside of the Unigear medical first aid pouch is covered in MOLLE straps to allow you to attach more gear to it with no problem. This further increases your storage capabilities.
This pouch is made of 900D military grade nylon in black and tan colors and 1000D nylon in red and green colors. With silent pull zippers you will not give away your location when using this in the field. The pouch opens fully and folds flat open which is convenient for accessing your gear with ease.
Get your Unigear MOLLE first aid pouch here: Unigear Tactical First Aid Pouch
You can watch my full video unboxing and review on YouTube here: Hardcore Field Use Of Unigear First Aid Pouch On Bugout Bag
I made a rustic looking potting bench for our off grid greenhouse using all reclaimed lumber from an old barn that was demolished. The wood was left here for us to use as needed. The potting bench is built to a convenient height for my wife Melanie so that she can work in comfort in our winter greenhouse.
I first took a tape measure into our off grid tiny house on wheels and asked Melanie to walk up to our counter and table top to get a feel for the height that she wanted the potting table to be built at. We came up with about 32 to 34 inches for her comfort.
I hauled out a mess of old barn wood from the barn wood pile and cut the framing to size. I made the back legs of the potting bench 48 inches high. Then I cut the front legs at 34 inches high.
Next I cut the boards for the bench itself and then the top shelf. I used two pieces of 2×10 barn wood at 36 inches wide for the table top. A piece of 2×6 lumber formed the top shelf above the work bench.
I used scrap 2×3 lumber under the bench top for added strength to support the heavy pots and soil that will be used on the work bench.
I used 3 inch deck screws to hold it all together.
When I had the main part of the potting table together, I took the entire thing into the greenhouse for final assembly. Otherwise it would get way too heavy to carry myself.
I cut some treated lumber for the battery bank table down under the work bench. This potting bench will double as a battery rack to keep the off grid solar greenhouse batteries off the ground. I used recycled treated lumber that I had on hand for the battery bench. I figured it would resist any chemicals from the batteries better if anything ever spilled.
I ran out of screws so I had to fire up the generator and air compressor and use the framing nailer to finish the project. I figured that screws and nails give the table extra strength anyway. The screws give pulling strength to keep the wood together and the nails give sheer strength to keep the shelfs from ripping apart under load.
When I had it all finished I put it into its final home and leveled it off with treated lumber scraps. This both keeps the potting table off the ground and keeps the legs from rotting with time.
When I had it all finished I brought in some old Alpha Cell solar batteries and put them on the bottom table of the potting bench. I connected them in parallel to increase the total usable current of the greenhouse battery bank.
Next I connected a solar charge controller and a set of solar panels to complete the greenhouse solar power system. I then connected the aquaponics air pump which provides air for the fish in the large 275 gallon IBC tank. I will soon be connecting water pumps and finish assembly of the aquaponics system.
You can watch the videos of the assembly of the greenhouse potting table here:
Part 1 – Awesome Solar Power & Building Potting Bench
Part 2 – Finishing Potting Table & Set Up Greenhouse Solar Power
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Sunjack has sent me two of their remote control, multi color, daisy chainable USB LED camp lights. These lights are really cool with many different color combinations and a remote control. The LED lights are powered through a standard USB port so they are very versatile.
I have worked with Sunjack products before and actually used some of their products while trying out these LED camp lights. I used the Sunjack folding solar panel to charge up their USB portable power pack. The power pack I then used to run the LED camp lights while out camping and tenting.
I like the fact that these LED lights have so many colors. I was expecting maybe a four color LED light but I was surprised to find all the colors of the rainbow when I connected this to power.
Sunjack USB LED Camp Light
The remote control is easy to use. You can turn the LED camp light on or off, set colors or choose a program. The programs cause the LEDs to cycle through the different colors at varying rates.
I have been using these multi colored LED camp lights literally everywhere since I got them. We use them in the off grid tiny house on wheels at night for extra living room lighting or for mood lighting. We have also taken these hiking, camping and fishing. Everyone who has seen them loved them instantly and ask me where they can get one.
Sunjack Multi Color LED Camp Light
These USB powered LED camp lights are daisy chainable which means that you can connect them together in series on a single USB port.
Another cool feature is that one single remote control works for multiple LED lights. Just point the remote at the LED that you want to control.
Sunjack USB LED Camp Light In Tent
These amazing lights weigh only 2 ounces so they can easily be packed and taken with you on camping or hiking trips. With an equivalent light output of a standard 40 watt light bulb and a 7 foot power cord these are powerful little lights and convenient for hanging up in trees or inside your tent.
Sunjack Daisy Chain USB Camp Lights
You can run these off the USB port of your computer or use a portable power pack like I do. With the Sunjack 8,000 mAh USB power pack I can run one of these for days before I need a charge. And with the Sunjack folding solar panel I can recharge the pack on the go at any time for free.
See the full video review I did on YouTube here: SunJack USB LED Multi Colored Light Daisy Chainable
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ThruNite has sent me one of their Ti3 min LED penlights to give away to one of my viewers. The little Ti3 penlight is quite bright and takes a single AAA battery. It lasts quite a while on a battery too. I have mine permanently on my Bug Out Bag.
ThruNite is a good company with high quality products. I have one mini LED penlight to review and one for you. The Ti3 mini penlight has four modes of operation and up to 130 Lumens of light on a single AAA battery.
ThruNite Ti3 Mini Penlight Review & Drawing
To turn on the Ti3 LED flashlight you simply twist the front end. To turn it off again, twist in the other direction. To switch through modes, you twist the light on and off and back on again.
The Ti3 mini penlight flashlight has a CREE XP-L V6 LED for a super bright output.
First you get the firefly mode with 0.08 Lumens of light. In this mode it lasts for 120 hours on a battery. This is bright enough for map reading or for reading a book. In a dark forest it is actually enough light to get around camp without disturbing others. I know this from experience. The firefly mode is also good for stealth or survival situations when you do not want to be discovered but need a light to see in the dark.
The medium mode has 10 Lumens and lasts 6.5 hours on a single AAA battery. This is surprisingly bright when you are out in the woods using the light.
The bright mode has a whopping 130 Lumens from a single AAA battery and lasts about 30 minutes. This is quite bright for such a small flashlight.
And finally you have the strobe light with 130 Lumens of output. It lasts an hour in this mode. To get to this mode you have to turn on and off the light six times.
The ThruNite Ti3 flashlight has a memory which I love. It turns back on in the last mode you used.
The ThruNite Ti3 mini penlight is impact resistant to one meter and waterproof to 2 meters depth.
Now you can have your own ThruNite Ti3 LED penlight for free. All you have to do is leave a comment below saying “I want a ThruNite Ti3 flashlight” and you will be entered into the drawing. After five days there will be a computer generated random number. The winner will be chosen based on the number of comments and the order in which they commented. The first person to comment being number one. The second being number 2 and so on.
You can see the video review on YouTube here: ThruNite Ti3 Mini Penlight Give Away & Review
I got this old log splitter for free a couple years ago. It was in sorry shape but I got everything freed up and put a little 3 HP gas engine on it to get it working. Now I have recently repaired an old 11 HP Briggs & Stratton electric start gas engine for the log splitter.
If you missed the previous articles where I cleaned the carburetor and gave the old engine a tune up, please visit them here: Repair & Tune Up of Old Gas Engine
Now that the engine is running well it is time to mount the old beast to the log splitter. I first removed the little 3 HP gas engine which I have been using on the log splitter. This little engine served me well but it was too weak for larger logs. I needed more power on the log splitter.
Chris removed the wheels so that we can take them into town to get swapped out with new rubber. The tires were both blown out when I got the machine a couple years ago and I just finally got some replacement tires from a friend. We need to have them mounted for us because I do not have the tools to do it myself.
As Chris worked I removed the old Briggs gas engine from its original mounting platform that it came on. In its former life it was a water sand blaster.
Mounting Engine On Antique Log Splitter
I had to place the larger engine on the platform of the log splitter and mark the mounting holes with a screw. I scratched out the holes with the point of a screw to leave a mark for drilling. Next I drilled out the holes and made them a bit larger to allow for some fine adjustment of the belt tension.
The old 11 HP Briggs and Stratton gas engine did not have a pulley so I mounted one on the shaft before mounting the engine to the log splitter. But when it was time to put the screws in the base to mount the engine in place I realized that my screws were too short. The larger engine has a much thicker base plate than the little engine and I had not thought of this beforehand.
I had to make a run into town for some bolts and washers.
I put the V belt on the pulley and then mounted the engine in place. Before tightening the bolts down I put tension on the belt and then tightened the bolts. This keeps the V belt tight.
Now it was time to fire up the old engine and see what it could do. I have a deep cycle battery which is on a two wheeled hand cart which we use around the homestead for starting engines and running my electric boat trolling motor. I rolled that over and I hooked up some jumper cables to the engine. The engine sputtered into life and my log splitter was running nicely.
I split some logs that had given me trouble with the smaller engine and the machine cut through them with ease. The only problem I have is that the wood is stringy and sometimes hangs together. I have to sometimes turn the log over and split it again to break up the fibers and this does not always work. I then have to split it the rest of the way with an ax.
Now I have a real log splitter for use at the off grid homestead. With all the trees we are cutting out here this is a very valuable tool. We are clearing out land on our 56 acre homestead to make more space for living out here.
Please watch the video of today’s work on YouTube here: Mounting 11 HP Engine On Antique Log Splitter & Test Run