Plastic Hanger CamelBak Dryer

Introduction: Plastic Hanger CamelBak Dryer

After finding my CamelBak bladder rust stained from the metal coat hanger I previously used to dry it, I thought there had to be a better way. I thought I remembered a site where somebody modified a plastic coat hanger. I After some searching I found it here: http://www.fightingreality.com/blog/?m=200606. Plastic it definitely a better material, but I thought I could do better.

Step 1: Materials

Materials:

CamelBak bladder
Heat gun
Plastic hanger
Cool water
Index card
Sharpie or other marker

Step 2: Measure

Measure the opening with an index card to get a rough size.
Trandsfer the measurement to the hanger.

Step 3: Bend the First Side.

Using a heat gun, heat the hanger on the top right marking.
Bend the hanger until it forms a right angle.
Run the hanger under cool water to lock the bend
Repeat with the bottom right marking.

Heat the hanger slowly and apply slow even pressure or it will snap.

Step 4: Bend the Second Side

Bend the second side like the first.

Step 5: Bend the Hook


Step 6: Test Fit

The hanger will probably be a litte wider then the bladder. You should be able to squeeze the hanger until it pops into the bladder.

Note the clothspin for holding the mouth valve open.

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    20 Discussions

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    LydiaT2
    LydiaT2

    1 year ago

    Umm, What the heck is a CamelBak bladder?

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    LeslieGeee
    LeslieGeee

    2 years ago

    benjamenjohnson I just went through 5 hangers to get this very clever bladder dryer to work with mine. I also have a narrower mouth bladder and all I did eventually was just stand my heat gun on its built in stand and heat up both the hanger area and the bottom area and slowly bend into a V shape instead of squaring it up. After those areas cooled a bit I went back to the hanger area and heated that up to straighten the hook out to hang properly. I ended up making 2 in less than 5 minutes. Thank you so much for sharing your idea. Also for those concerned with mold, just mix very hot tap water with dishwashing liquid and a good amount of bleach and let it sit in the bladder for a while, the bleach will get rid of any bacteria that will turn into mold. Rinse well, put the dryer in drape the hose around the hanger part and you are good to go :)

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    JamesS331
    JamesS331

    4 years ago

    great idea, perfect for what i needed on my knockoff camelbak. only took
    me roughly ten minutes. used a simple lighter since i dont have a torch. again thanks!

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    jim_clare148
    jim_clare148

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Just made this, my first Instructable!! Thanks, it's worked brilliantly

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    tictaclad
    tictaclad

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Ok so ive always had trouble drying my camelbak. after i found this, i dried it in like 3 hours i just used a blow torch and you dont really need 2 measure just estimate. even if its a lil uneven it still works. great ible!!

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    kazilla
    kazilla

    12 years ago on Step 6

    I made one with a child size hangar. I think the child size hangar worked best. Also, use a thin plastic hangar - it bends easier than the thick ones. Great tips!

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    chotzeny
    chotzeny

    12 years ago on Introduction

    If the coat hanger snaps, you can always use a hot glue gun, this will cause it to be easier to squeeze into bladder.

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    geoscirockhunter
    geoscirockhunter

    12 years ago on Step 3

    Awesome. I just happened to have a heat gun and a few dozen spare plastic coat hangers. Took all of 5 minutes to bend the hanger. Saved me $12 thanks for sharing the idea.

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    adidame
    adidame

    12 years ago on Introduction

    You could just use "drip" hangers. They are regular metal hangers coated in plastic, so as to not rust on clothes/camelbacks. They cost a dollar at Walmart-ish stores.

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    rolson
    rolson

    13 years ago

    instead of a heat gun, you can use a candle flame for the heat, that works fine, but be careful not to burn the edges of the hanger. You can also take the mouthpiece off of the camelbak for it to dry

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    jojopyro
    jojopyro

    13 years ago on Step 6

    Very nice, I made one very easily. Thank you. However, couldn't you just remove the mouth piece (being as it just pulls off), instead of the clothes pin?

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    saltcreek
    saltcreek

    14 years ago

    Here is another way to do it that doesn’t involve having to build anything: 1) Empty out as much water as you possibly can, then reseal the camelback 2) Through the drinking tube blow air into the pack until it’s inflated 3) Hang upside down for the night (So all the water will settle at the opening 4) Wipe out the excess water in the morning with a paper towel

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    leevonk
    leevonk

    14 years ago

    I recently started unplugging the tube from the bag too because I got some moldy build up in the junction which is a real pain to clean.

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    michaelalanjones
    michaelalanjones

    14 years ago

    Well, I have a wire coat hanger, and I just wrapped it with tape. I am afraid to melt plastic with my soldering iron, because I think that's carcinogenous? I think you could just snip it off with snips just as easy, and not yuck-up your soldering iron.

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    fungus amungus
    fungus amungus

    14 years ago

    I just toss mine in the freezer after I empty them out.

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    Robotrix
    Robotrix

    14 years ago

    This one won't work for me - the filling hole is too narrow, but the clothespin on the mouthpiece is genius! I could never figure out how to get the tube dry, and the metal hangers never worked for me either. Maybe i can fashion a much narrower version of this.