Feature photo courtesy of Fava Photography
Despite all the advancements in paintball technology, there has been one constant, pods that open when they are not supposed to. Sure there have been efforts to make pods with better locking mechanisms. But those pods are more expensive and just as easy to lose. Rather than spend more than you need to for a decent pod or resign yourself to the possibility of losing your paint to a pod unexpectedly opening, we at Kinetic have come up with a simple, at-home solution to address this issue.
Here's what you need
- 5 inches of 1/8 inch elastic shock cord
- 3/4 inch heat shrink
- Duct tape
- Power drill with a 5/32 inch drill bit
- Black sharpie
1. Measure 1 inch down from the lid of the pod and mark it with two black dots. The dots should line up roughly with the front tab of the pod lid. Drill two holes.
2. Take your elastic shock cord and loop it through the holes you just drilled like this.
3. Knot the elastic cord as shown in the picture. Ensure the knot is about 3/4" from the holes you drilled.
4. Cut the excess shock cord and melt the cut edges with your lighter. Then place heat shrink over the knot and shrink it around the knot using your lighter (or a heat gun if you have iy).
5. Place a piece of duct tape on the inside of the pod to cover the holes you drilled and prevent moisture from entering the pod.
And here is the final result
The knotted loop easily comes off the top of the pod lid with a flick of your thumb, but is strong enough to keep the pod lid closed. Give it a try and let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Hope this helps you guys out!