Travel Hacks

Travel Hacks 1000 667 Michael

There are many little hacks that make travelling easier – they just have to come into your mind. I’ve put some together here for you. The list is not exhaustive and more will follow. If you know hacks, please write them. I’m looking forward to testing them and documenting them here.

Multi Purpose Rubber Band

Travel Hacks

For what?

Giving your old tubes a second live. You can use them to hold all kind of things together for exampe: cables or straps.

Material?

old motorcycle or bicycle tubes

Tools?

sharp knife, cutting board, ruler

How to do?

  1. Put the tube on the cutting board
  2. Use the ruler as guide for the knife
  3. Cut strips of 5mm, hold the knife low get a accurate cut

Valve Puller

For what?

Pull the valve of the tube through the rim hole without breaking your fingers!

Material?

Valve insert, thin steel cable (e.g., bicycle bowden cables), solder and solder grease

Tools?

Side cutter, soldering iron, fine file

How to do?

  1. Shorten the valve insert until only the threaded part remains, if necessary bring it into shape with the file.
  2. Cut the steel cable to length and tin both ends so that they do not fray.
  3. Push the steel cable into the valve bore and solder it, if necessary, shape it with the file.

Pack medicines

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For what?

Vibrations destroy the packaging and quickly the travel pharmacy becomes a universal miracle powder with unknown side effects.

Material?

package tape, medicines

Tool?

scissors

How to do?

  1. Put the adhesive tape over the entire surface of the smooth side of the packaging.
  2. Cut off the protrusion with scissors.
  3. To remove the tablets peel off the adhesive tape piece by piece or just cut it to open.

Find the full battery

For what?

Typically, you have at least 3 batteries for the camera and for Action Cam and Co. you need many more. Full and empty can be easily mixed.

How to?

  • Label batteries with numbers or names (felt pen, label device …) you better remember which was full or empty.
  • Using labeled batteries always in the same order helps to remember enormously.
  • If possible, store empty batteries with the PINs upwards to signal the charging requirement.
  • Store empty and full batteries in separate pockets or small bags

Universal Charger

Travel Hacks

For what?

Camera, Actioncam, Drone, Mobile, Tablet, etc. all have in common they need power and you transfer it with cables. The more you have, the bigger the clutter. Even if you assign this one in hotels and hostels you often find just 1-2 outlets. So the multiple plug also. No, rather build a universal charger, to reduce cables and the necessary outlets at once. The idea does not come from me but from Steffen Wolf his universal carger can be found here: https://bananajoeaufachse.wordpress.com/blog/nachbereitung/ladebox/

Material?

Chargers, mounting adhesive, cables, solder, universal housing (available from Reichelt, Conrad, etc.)

Tools?

Side cutter, flat screwdriver, soldering iron, desoldering pump, multimeter, vise, knife, fine file

How to do?

  1. Open all charger housing
  2. Arrange the charger boards, charging cradles etc. in the universal housing
  3. Make cutouts in the universal housing for plugs or charging cradles
  4. Find power connections and connect them with cable
  5. Glue charger boards charging cradles, etc. in the housing

Security Note!

This work may only be carried out by qualified electricians. Partly must be worked under power. In any case, sufficient insulation and protection of the components must be ensured. We assume no liability for damages incurred during copying!

12V Powerbank

Travel Hacks
Travel Hacks

For what?

A power bank is a must today and the jump start functionality is a must for electric starter motorcycles. It’s obvious to make a universal 12V source out of it. It can be used to charge devices that you can’t charge on the motorcycle like Tablet / Notebook.

Material?

EC5 plug, cable, fuse holder, 12V socket

Tools?

Side cutter, soldering iron

How to do?

  1. Solder the ground the cable in the EC5 plug and the 12V socket
  2. Solder positive cable with fuse holder in EC5 plug and 12V socket

Security Note!

The EC5 connector has direct contact with the lithium ion battery. A short circuit can result in a bruning battery! This work may only be carried out by qualified electricians. Partly must be worked under power. In any case, sufficient insulation and protection of the components must be ensured. We assume no liability for damages incurred during copying!

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