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Paintball Pod Quick Loader Mobile Station

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I play for the scenario paintball team Pub Crawling. We have more than 20 members on the team and over the years we have come up with ideas that keep the staging area better organized. One of the items we get asked about a lot is the custom Paintball Pod loader station we built.  

A pod is the plastic tube paintball players use to carry extra paint onto the field. Pods range in size from being able to hold 50 to 150 paintballs. When you have 20 players each carrying 6 pods of paint on the field you need a way to keep them loaded up with paint and on the field.

Requirements for the station would have to be: stable base for loading paint, light as possible for travel and convenient for loading paint.  Since this was the first attempt at the stand and it's made of 3/4 inch plywood it isn't as light we would have hoped but it's possible with some cut outs in the panels we could lighten this up without losing the structural integrity. 

The stand works with an AJP Paintball Pod Loader. This custom stand was designed by my team mate Chris "Tea Pot" Shanks and was built by one of the contractors he works with. I just reverse engineered it so we could post it up here.

You can find out more about the paintball team Pub Crawling at www.PubCrawling.Org .

 
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Step 1: Materials List

The Wooden sections are built out of 3/4 inch plywood. I believe they used two sheets of it. 
There are (3) side panels and a top piece. 
(4) pod loader clamps 6 1/2 x 2 1/4 x 1
(4)  slide bolt latches
(8) 3 inch hinges
(1) door handle 
(1)  Hasp

Step 2: Sides

There are three wooden sides made of 3/4 inch plywood.
The dimensions for each side panel: the top is 15 inches, the two sides are 37 3/4 and the base is 34 1/2. 
 The side cuts are on a 45 degree angle. 
nice nice
Byoung4now (author)  Cheyannelovesham2 years ago
I have a couple of mini pod loader stations that I am working on too. I have the instructables up and hope to do a followup with how well they work soon.
lol lets see shall we
bmr3212 years ago
at our field we have 1 that has like a door at the bottom and we keep balls in it all the time so if we need a refill we push the lever with our pod like a coke machine
lnocella3 years ago
Very simple, clever and elegant solution. Well done!
mg0930mg3 years ago
Very cool. I play by myself and this seems too big for me. The only thing I do is use empty detergent containers. They hold about a case and a half iirc.
Byoung4now (author)  mg0930mg3 years ago
Thanks for the feedback. Yeah this is definitely more of a team or even a field owner thing. I see a lot more fields with the pod loader attached to a table or spool for players to use. Its a nice tool to offer the players.

The detergent bottles work well, I see a lot of players use them. There are even some commercial ones that are pretty much just that but with the fill port more Pod Sized. Some of the commercial ones like the one from Gen X look like it might seal better than a detergent one and it might keep your paint fresh longer if you store it in there.
Undying3 years ago
This looks like exactly what I need!! At the most recent SuperGame, 41, my AJP podloader slipped off of the plastic table it was mounted to and spilled a few hundred balls. This looks like the answer to my problems!!
cam.dav323 years ago
That is a brilliant idea, for me and a lot of other frustrated paintball players at my local field its always been an uphill struggle trying to get paintballs into pods fast, this idea should make short work of it, good -ible.
Byoung4now (author)  cam.dav323 years ago
Thanks for the feedback. Let me know if you need any measurements or any help. And if you could send a pic of your completed project to MJ@Pubcrawling.org. He would love to see it.