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How to make a CamelPack with an old plastic bottle

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In this instructable, you will make your own camelpak that you can carry around with you on your back. The biggest problem with carrying water bottles around, I've noticed, is that one: it's uncomfortable in a pocket, and two: that it takes forever to refill. This instructable uses a half gallon jug, so you don't run out as fast, plus you can exchange lids to another at any time.

PS. Sorry about the bad pictures. My camera is the worst thing ever to have 3 MegaPixels
 
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Step 1: Parts Needed

There are four parts that go into the CamelPack. This is an apple juice bottle pictured here, but you could probably do it just as well with some smaller surgical tubing and a two-liter bottle. Also not depicted here is a clothespin. The wooden kind works well.

Step 4: Drill air holes.

If you don't drill these, then you will constantly have to let the bottle reshape itself. Take the lid off of the tubing, put it under the drill press, and drill two holes with the 5/64 bit. They should be barely visible through the seal, but the air coming in will push this back, and it will block the water fairly well to not splash.

By the way, for those attempting this with a two liter bottle, only one hole is probably necessary.

Step 5: Tape it up.

Stick the hose back in the lid, screw the lid on the bottle, and adjust the hose so it barely scrapes the bottom of the bottle. now tape around the hose with the electrical tape, but be careful not to cover the smaller holes with the tape.
Nothing2it967 months ago

Hot glue would work better than tape and would look better.

bholzhueter3 years ago
I bet if you put another cap on top of that with staggered airholes there would be almost no leakage unless it was upside down.
willrandship (author)  bholzhueter3 years ago
Perhaps. I'm not sure if it would have enough airflow to do any good, though, but if it did, there's already such a cap built in! The little plastic sealers on the inside of the caps would be easy enough to rotate 180 degrees after cutting.
You said it is 3mp, but the pictures it takes looks like my .3mp camera. Yes that is POINT3 megapixels.
willrandship (author)  Yerboogieman4 years ago
That camera is now garbaged. The battery pack slider never stayed on either. Maybe it was point 3, but it DID have a big 3 on the cover somewhere. It was a horrible camera, but for a while it served well as an SD card reader!
Garbage? Electronics? These things never go together.
willrandship (author)  Yerboogieman4 years ago
It has left this life for the landfill 6 miles from my house. That better?
No, I'd rather hear that you put it in your parts bin.
willrandship (author)  Yerboogieman4 years ago
Well, actually it's probably still hiding behind my desk with a 1G SD card in it and I can't find It! maybe my brothers rat carried it away...
My biology teacher has rats.
willrandship (author)  Yerboogieman4 years ago
well, this rat died a while ago, so I don't think it's one of the ones your biology teacher has.

This camera went missing a long, long time ago...
Actually, I was using it, and it broke. I broke it. Then I hid it where you will never find it.
willrandship (author)  Yerboogieman4 years ago
Hmm...do you go to my high school?
Probably not.
willrandship (author)  Yerboogieman4 years ago
hm...I wonder how you got into my house....
I take it you haven't seen the ibles that have to do with "breaking and entering".
codester5 years ago
Nice job. The air-holes are def key. btw, 3 mps isn't bad, it's probably your sensor size. Good job though.
willrandship (author)  codester5 years ago
It's not the megapixels, it's the color and brightness. If I don't have it set to uber high detail, then it looks really orange.
It may be that your camera is taking strange pictures, but it doesn't look like you have a whole lot of light for the camera to take in... Maybe you've already tried everything and this is the best your camera will do, but my best guess from the images is that a lot more light would help. ( ie take pics outside on bright sunny summer days, or gather up a couple of desk lamps and aim them at your subject from different angles)
Great instructable. When I got my materials i wondered if the tube safe to drink out of? (are there any chemicals inside)
If you got it brand new, or you never used it for chemicals, it should be fine. it's just rubber, after all. :)