*Space Bag Storage*
01 June 2011
I recently found a great deal on bath towels, hand towels and washcloths. Being the "prep-minded" individual that I am, I bought a life-time supply, and then some. These were the thick over-sized towels that I really like.
But how was I going to store all of these towels that I wonít be using for a long time? I initially put them in garbage bags, but I didnít like this method for long-term storage. You know how cloths get that sit around unused for years. So, I thought I would give the Space Bag concept a try.
I was a bit skeptical at first, but I went online and placed an order that included 3 jumbo cubes, 4 extra large cubes, 2 large cubes, 4 large bags, 4 medium bags and 2 travel cubes. I actually just wanted a single order but was sucked into the "super-size" offer, which doubled the size of the order. The following picture shows the bundled package that I received.
As a special offer, the deal also included a free Space Bag Organizer. But the organizer isnít very big and wonít hold all of the filled space bags. The whole order came to just under $70 including shipping. Initially, it seemed to me that this was a bit pricey for a bunch of over-sized zip-lock bags.
Each bag is basically a big double zip lock bag with an air valve assembly as shown in the next picture. They are made of bi-axial layers of polyethylene and nylon and are airtight and watertight. The thickness of the bags is 2.2 millimeters.
For demonstration purposes, I chose a Large Cube bag. Each bag has pictorial instructions stamped on them. There is a printed white line just below the opening, which is the "fill to" line. Overfilling can stretch and damage the bag when vacuuming the air out. The valve shown in the next picture is a simple flap valve allowing air to be sucked out while not allowing air to reenter.
The instructions stamped on the bags shows how to fill them. On the cube bags, there is an unfolding bottom and the instructions show the bag being filled while it is in the vertical position. The instructions on the regular bags show the bag being filled while it is in the horizontal position. I prefer to fill either type in the horizontal position as in the next picture. For me, it just seemed easier to do it that way.
After filling the bag and closing the zip top slide, I went and found my shop vacuum. But the nozzle on my machine didnít fit to anything on the valve. In fact, there really isnít anything on the valve to fit any kind of vacuum nozzle to. At least not to any kind of vacuum nozzle I have.
So, I just pressed the vacuum machine nozzle against the valve and that did great. The bag compressed to about half-size as the air was vacuumed out. The towels I used where pretty thick so half-size was great. But, I wasnít really worried about space as much as I was about keeping the towels protected.
According to the specs, the bags will hold their vacuum for 12 months and can be resealed. It is also suggested that the bags be periodically reopened, the contents re-fluffed and re-sealed.
If I donít have any more problems, then I will say that I am glad I tried them out.
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