Forget An Inverter, Use These For Most Efficient DC Power Conversion (video)

These buck and boost converters he’s talking about might be a great investment considering they’re relatively inexpensive, especially if you’re needing to power low-voltage DC powered devices. And considering that you’d be running your DC equipment as efficiently as possible (because you wouldn’t be using an inverter to convert battery power to AC and then back to DC) this makes some sense. Last, like he says there are many options available, just do a search but here’s one he recommends

No More Bicycle Flats (video)

This idea has been around for some time, it seems, but if you’re looking to NOT have to deal with bicycle flat tires consider a Bell Solid Tube Inner Tube (for 26″ tires).

They’re certainly more expensive than a traditional inner tube and obviously you’ll need to purchase the correct size for your bicycle but knowing that you won’t be stranded on the side of the road with a flat makes for a winner in my book. Plus, they’ll be like gold during SHTF situations. 🙂

99 Places To Learn Survival – Ultimate Prepper Schools List (link)

Bushcraft Survival Skills Course List, Image Credit

Following is an exhaustive list of prepper and survival schools… a good 99 schools by my count, in fact. Many school are local so be sure to look for a course near you… there are even courses listed if you live outside the continental U.S.

They cover a wide range of survival skills, though most are bushcraft and wilderness related which are great if you’re looking to add new skills or as as refresher. A few, however, are online and allow you to learn from the comfort of your couch…. my personal favorite approach these days. 🙂

“I believe the more you know the more likely you are able to handle unexpected situations. I think the ambitious prepper should be learning new skills continually. It doesn’t matter how old or how experienced you are, you can always learn something new. We have compiled a huge list of Prepper Schools from around the world. Each will have a location indicated and if it is an online course or a local one that you attend in person. Here is the list of various Prepper School facilities and online courses:”

Read the full article here

Top 50 Long Distance Hiking Trails In The USA (link)

Image Credit By Joe Parks from Berkeley, CA

Looking for a new hiking adventure this coming summer?

Try one of these 50 beautiful trails found all throughout the continental United States.

Granted, they’re a bit too long for me (by about a few thousand miles in some cases… just as my wife) but if you’re into extended scenic trips then I’m sure you’ll find a trail that’s right for and close by too…

Read the full article here

5 Best 9mm Single Stack Pistols for CCW (link)

Image Credit

Looking for a concealed carry 9mm? Try these options…

“While there is no such thing as the ‘perfect carry gun,’ there’s also no denying that some guns are better for concealed carry than others. When searching for a concealed carry gun, you obviously want to look for a pistol that is small and slim enough to keep hidden. But you also want to have a pistol that is comfortable to shoot and offers enough power for self-defense. The wide variety of 9mm single stack pistol on the market now is slim and compact enough to conceal, while also offering more power than a .32 or a .380.

That’s not to say that a 9mm single stack doesn’t come without limitations. While they are slim, the trade off is less ammunition in the magazine. And while a 9mm is certainly more powerful than a .380, it lacks the extra punch of the .40 S&W or the .45 ACP…”

Read the full article here

GroBucket: Turn Any 5-Gallon Bucket Into Self-Watering Container (video)

I’ve seen other self-watering container ideas (and even tried one) in the past and, for the most part, they’re a useful tool if you’re short on space or just want to use buckets for gardening.

This particular GroBucket is similar to others in general design but the inclusion of a water level (assuming it survives beyond the prototype) is a nice addition I haven’t seen elsewhere.

If you’d like to support this GroBucket Kickstarter click here. Now watch the video to learn more about this neat idea; you can skip to about the 1:45 mark to get to the heart of the video…