Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Before You Buy - LiteFighter 1 Combat Tent - Setup

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The Setup process is very important when it comes to the purchasing a tent; how easy or how complex is it?

Today Luke is setting up the LiteFighter 1 Combat Tent  in multiple ways and this is an episode of Before You Buy!

Friday, August 16, 2019

Alone in the Wild - Bushcraft Adventure - One With Nature

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Join Luke as he goes into the forest for his next adventure which is all about Bushcraft, Real Bushcraft!


Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Budget Camping Cot - Alps Mountaineering Cot - Review

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Today Luke is reviewing the Alps Mountaineering Cot which is a budget friendly, good quality option for your outdoor/overland needs.

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Cost : $64 at the time of filming on Amazon – Retail $80

Color : One Color – Gree

Weight : 11.5lbs

Features :

Lightweight and compactible
Green 600D polyester fabric
34" x 9" x 2" carry bag
Durable steel frame
Dimensions: 30" w x 74" l x 7.5" t
Weight: 9 lbs. 5 oz.
Weight capacity: 250 lb.


Review Pros

Rather simple to setup
Good quality
Has held up well for with my use
Lot profile means that it can be used in side of some tents.
Excellent for car/truck/overland camping
Carry bag is plenty big so you won’t have any frustrations there
The material has held up well to the last 3 months of use.  I weight 155 – 160 by the way and I can’t comment on heavier individuals and how the material will hold up.

Review Cons :

Support bars don’t lock into place solidly

Support bars can be a pain to remove

Not the quickest to put together; there are faster to setup options on the market such as the Go-Kot

Those with weak muscles may have issues with putting this cot together as you will have to use strength to  get the legs into place. Using your body weight to push the legs into place works nicely

While the quality is good, it’s not to the same level as the Go-kot for an example but it is far less expensive.

The legs don’t have any feet to protect your tent or whatever surface that you put it on; this is a feature that you will find in some higher end cots.

While the quality of mine is good, I have seen plenty of reports of poor quality when it comes to this product.  When you have something that is of a budget nature, it is often common for there to be some problems which may require you to send it back and get a replacement.  Defects are possible with anything but with budget gear, that will happen at a higher rate so keep that in mind.


All in all I like this Cot, the price is good, the one that I purchased and receive is of a good quality.  The design isn’t flat out terrible but it isn’t the best. It is heavy and I wouldn’t personally use it for backpacking.

Monday, August 12, 2019

That's a lot of Power! - Anker PowerHouse 200 - Review

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This is the Anker Powerhouse 200 and the question is, what do you need it for?

200 watt hour capacity!

2 - USB / 1- USB- C
1 -12 volt car output
1 - 110v AC output

Our review starts now!

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Price : $350
Weight : 6lbs 1.5oz
Size : Roughly 7”L x 5.5”W X 4.7”T
This a battery bank / generator which is perfect for all sorts of situations.

200 watt hour capacity / which is 57,600 milliamps hours

3 input options :

·       USB / USB- C (60 total watts of power from the usb ports)
·       12 volt car output
·       110v AC output

Carry handle – Is excellent, comfortable and allows for you to easily grab and move the device when you need to

Grippy feet on the bottom

Issues :

We’ve had no issues with our testing of this device over the last 3 months.

Cold weather does have an impact upon this bank;

For an example, one morning with temps around 45F, the battery bank read 71% charger left. But a few hours later when the temps were in the 70’s, it stated that the remaining charge was 84%.

Time Usage :

Floor Fan : 6.5 hours

Charge my laptop : 3 times

Camera Batteries : one fully charged Powerhouse will charge my camera batteries 52 times!

My Samsung Phone : 14 times

Uses :

Emergency use
Overland use
Camping use
Cross country driving
Photography and video shoots

Review Pros :

Lots of power

Very portal – not all that heavy

Easy to use – right out of the box, it makes sense and you can use it.

Shows which ports are being used and battery percentage

Quick to charge

Some ports can be used at the same time; AC and USB or 12V and USB

Can charge the powerhouse while using the ports as long as you aren’t consuming more power than what it is getting from the wall.

Countless protection systems built-in including protection from overloading your gear, temp control, high-voltage, etc.

Review Cons :

Pricey – Compared to other similar products on the market, this one is more expensive.  On the flip side, you are getting a product from a company which has a strong background with quality and customer service and that alone is enough to justify the price.

AC and 12V can’t be used at the same time; I mention this as there may be a situation where you wish that you could run them at the same time but I haven’t been in that situation with my use.

Summary :

I have been looking for a product like this for a long time as I am one who happens to film a great deal of video and one of the biggest hurdles for me especially on week long road trips is power.  Power for my laptop so I can get work done and a way to charge my camera batteries.

Talking about filming, I rarely film indoors but when I do, I plug my studio light into this the powerhouse and I can easily move my light source and the battery bank as I move around without having to look for a plug; this saves me time.

Then of course, comes the overland aspect and this is an awesome option for that as well as you can charge a phone, run a fan, run lighting and so on all at the same time.

Not talking about youtube for a moment but with my full time job, I never get a day off so if I go on a trip, I still have to work and this allows for me to have the power to do just that.  With my cross country trips what you all don’t see in those is having to stop to powerup my laptop or the time that I had to work; this for me is a game changer and it really works well in that regards.

Another side to this product is emergency use and again, it works very well in that regards and Susan and I recently got to test this product out for that exact purpose.  There was an outage in our area which lasted roughly 12 hours and the Powerhouse kept us going throughout the night with lights, charging our devices and so on.

Anker is a leader when it comes to mobile power solutions and I have countless battery banks from them which are over 4 years old and continue to work flawlessly.