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#283579 - 01/29/17 04:46 PM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: bacpacjac]
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Originally Posted By: bacpacjac
Nifty idea, but in addition to be picked by a thief or vandal, I'd worry about the lock mechanism freezing or corroding. smirk


Slightly off topic; always keep your locks lubed with a lock specific spray/lube. Keeps them from corroding and smooth.

Seems plenty of seized locks, which caused mayor frustration. But have or could have been fixed with a little lube.
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#283594 - 01/29/17 09:12 PM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: bacpacjac]
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Originally Posted By: bacpacjac
Nifty idea, but in addition to be picked by a thief or vandal, I'd worry about the lock mechanism freezing or corroding. smirk


I read some Amazon reviews and corrosion or dirt in the lock or sides of the unit were the biggest reasons for low scores. Numerous people said they couldn't remove the cover or pull out the unit to use the hitch. It had a greater number of positive feedback but I'm skeptical.

I couldn't find how secure the combination lock is. It looks like a luggage style lock and those can be opened with minimal practice.

I would look to finding a different location on your vehicle.

Is your key small enough to fit in a prescription bottle to keep it from breaking? I've also seen a number of containers in dollar stores a key could be slipped into.

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#283598 - 01/30/17 01:06 AM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: Quietly_Learning]
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Originally Posted By: Quietly_Learning
I couldn't find how secure the combination lock is. It looks like a luggage style lock and those can be opened with minimal practice.

Hi,
if there is no rating listed,
you can safely assume its unrated,
like dollar store locks, great for gymsocks smile
ok look "ul rated hitch safe" yields this Mesa Safe All Steel MHK1 0.2 cu. Ft. Ca...k - Sam's Club

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#283600 - 01/30/17 07:59 AM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: EMPnotImplyNuclear]
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Originally Posted By: EMPnotImplyNuclear
Originally Posted By: Quietly_Learning
I couldn't find how secure the combination lock is. It looks like a luggage style lock and those can be opened with minimal practice.

Hi,
if there is no rating listed,
you can safely assume its unrated,
like dollar store locks, great for gymsocks smile
ok look "ul rated hitch safe" yields this Mesa Safe All Steel MHK1 0.2 cu. Ft. Ca...k - Sam's Club



Well that stands out quite a bit.

What is commonly used are the 'surf keysafes', which are generally the keysafe's shaped as giant padlocks. Then attached to somewhere hidden on the car. I use it for occasions certain occasions, but never leave it attached.
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#283601 - 01/30/17 01:35 PM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: Quietly_Learning]
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Originally Posted By: Quietly_Learning


Is your key small enough to fit in a prescription bottle to keep it from breaking? I've also seen a number of containers in dollar stores a key could be slipped into.



My thinking too. I found a small tupperwear/rubbermaid container that's just the right size to protect that little fob. Thanks! I had a non-chipped key cut on the weekend too, that I can carry on my body, without worry or it getting smashed or going for a dunk. wink


Edited by bacpacjac (01/30/17 01:37 PM)
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#283716 - 02/11/17 03:00 AM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: TeacherRO]
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When I lived in Dallas, an unexpected overnighter was actually common. In my bag I had what I needed to sustain me for a minimum of twenty-four hours.

I had my bag on my person all the time, even when I go to a store. As you can imagine, it was a big bag.

This week on our trip I considered a way to reduce my gear while having everything I absolutely needed on my person.

I put a plan together and got a smaller bag.

The bag I now have has a large compartment and a small side pocket.

In the large compartment I have food and an 8 oz bottle of water.

In the side pocket I have my prescription medication, a modified Ultrilalight .3, bottle of aspirin, Kleenex Pocket Pack, lip balm and a protein bar in addition to the food I have in the large compartment.

Adjustments may be required.

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#283789 - 02/17/17 06:01 PM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: TeacherRO]
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I moved the protein bar to the large compartment, saving me space to put the EMT sheers in the side pocket.

Today I bought a 3 oz tube of sunscreen. It fits in the side pocket, barely. The side pocket is a bit crowded so I need to find an even smaller size sunscreen.

I'm currently without a flashlight. I considered the MAGLITE Solitaire.

http://maglite.com/shop/flashlights/comp...ml#.WKczxhB7Jmo

After seeing what the 3 oz tube of sunscreen did to the space in the side pocket, I considered either the Mini MAGLITE or the Mini MAGLITE PRO.

http://maglite.com/shop/flashlights/comp...ml#.WKcz5xB7Jmo
http://maglite.com/shop/flashlights/comp...ml#.WKc0NBB7Jmo

Both come with a belt holster, therefore I have another EDC option.

After test-driving it a few times, I'm happy with the smaller bag. It certainly is better organized. I just need to find smaller sunscreen.

There's a side note to this wordy post. I have my tool of choice: EMT sheers. As I looked at flashlights, I looked at emergency and survival tools. Whatever I get has to fit my needs.

Disclaimer: I have no association with MAGLITE other than I'm a fan. When the time comes, the mortician would need to put a MAGLITE in casket with me.

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#283792 - 02/17/17 06:44 PM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
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Reading the specs for the minimag and the Pro,I am surprised that they specify alkaline batteries. Surely they can accept NiMH rechargeables (Eneloops)?

If they can't, and one is restrictedto alkalines, that would be a deal breaker for me.....
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#283794 - 02/17/17 07:09 PM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: TeacherRO]
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Know from experience MAGLITE runs on lithium. Haven't tried NiMh.

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#283795 - 02/17/17 07:42 PM Re: Rethinking my edc ( every day carry) [Re: Jeanette_Isabelle]
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On the mini-Maglite spec sheet there's a field for "Power Management" and the answer is "No". What does "Power Management" mean? Does that encompass voltage regulation? If a battery starts at a Lithium primary 1.8 volts all may be okay, just running hot; at a NiMH 1.2 volts you may be close to where the light doesn't have enough volts to operate. Don't know... what does "Power Management" entail.

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