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Product Reviewed Tech Protect Faraday EMP Bag

Discussion in 'Shooting Gear and Storage' started by ZDriver96, Oct 9, 2012.

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  1. ZDriver96

    ZDriver96 Well-Known Member

    Fellas I recently purchased some pricey electronic equipment and wanted to have something to protect them all. See I live in the lightning capital of the United States and I'm concerned lightning will strike my house and my metal gun vault will conduct electricity through all the electrical equipment rendering them useless.... So I decided to purchase some Tech Protect faraday bags.

    I subjected them to 3 tests:
    1.) Cellular reception
    2.) Wifi reception
    3.) Microwave resistance
    4.) Electrical continuity

    1.) After being subjected to a double eye roll and an :rolleyes: "Omg really?", my lovely girlfriend leant me her cell phone to call my cell phone which was contained in the faraday bag. The Faraday bag completely blocked out cell signals.

    2.) I then proceeded to download an app from the app store via wifi connection. Wifi signals do penetrate the faraday bag. Wifi signals operate at a much higher frequency than radio or cellular. My Wifi is 5+ghz I'm sure. The iphone was able to download the app while secured in the faraday bag.

    3.) Oooooohhhh the most fun one..:fire: the microwave... After getting verbally assaulted by my girlfriend... something along the lines of "your a dork"... I placed the faraday bag in the microwave to see if it could take a few strikes and keep working. After watching a quick light show I could see that the microwaves/lightning made small burn marks and cuts into the faraday bag (cuts did not pierce, only removed to reflective layer so u could see the layers that are see through). All strikes and damage was directed against the edges of the bag as well. I took the faraday bag out and placed the cell phone in it. The faraday bag still blocked the cell signal.

    4.) I broke out the fluke meter to see if i could get any continuity across the slightly damaged faraday bag. Negative. The faraday bag, even in its weakened state,would not allow electricity to pass to the red and black posts, anywhere. See 1st picture below. I then placed my metal guitar capo on top of the faraday bag to illustrate how the metal guitar capo conducted electricity. See 2nd picture below.

    So to sum up everything up these appear to perform as advertised. The fact they do not conduct electricity should be enough to keep electricity from even connecting with the bag in the first place. And if it does they seem to be able to take direct hits and keep on working..

    *** In the coming days I will try and test radio signals and tasers as well. I will also compare/test anti static bags to see how they compare to these faraday bags

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    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  2. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    What electrical firearms related equipment do you have in your gun vault that this would be a problem looking for a solution? The issue would be any equipment connected to metal plumbing/wiring when a lightning strike occurs and there's not much in a gun vault you can put on a firearm that plugs into the wall and would fit in a metalized mylar bag.

    BTW, grounding your safe would protect the contents just as well as long as you had a non-conducting interior. Since most safes/vaults are lined with drywall and carpet that alone should be sufficient to protect any electrical/electronic equipment in it.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2012
  3. ZDriver96

    ZDriver96 Well-Known Member

    I have electrical cords and RJ45 connections running to the safe. I have a surge protector on it but don't trust it completely and I have an unprotected RJ45 connection. It is insulated with drywall.. but i put custom LED lighting/wiring throughout the safe so it lights up when i open the door.
  4. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    Why do you have network cable running to your safe and what firearms related electronics are you trying to protect with these bags in your safe?
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2012
  5. ZDriver96

    ZDriver96 Well-Known Member

    This subject is about the type protection properties of Tech Protect faraday bags. I don't see what electronic equipment I own has to do with the product review topic.

    If you want to pm me on an equipment discussion thats fine.
  6. blackwtech

    blackwtech member

    Black Hole Faraday Bag

    Hey ZD - check out the "Black Hole Faraday Bag".


    What do you think about this? Would you be interested in providing a review comparison for it? I'd like to know how it performs. They've also got one with a shielded USB port so you can plug a device in and keep it safe. http://www.amazon.com/Black-Hole-Data-Bag-Kit/dp/B00946MKCW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1350595134&sr=8-1&keywords=black+holes+data+bag
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2012
  7. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

    blackwtech, why not send him one to test?
  8. blarby

    blarby Well-Known Member

    My question is.......

    Will they block electromagnetism ?

    I use these bags often enough transporting hard drives and RAM, and have often wondered if they "really" do.

    If you are up for trying it, I think the easiest way to try would be to take the bag, put a debit or credit card in it, and try to swipe it at a local store.

    You'd need a sympathetic clerk or teller. LGS might not be a bad shot.

    I dont currently have one of these that isn't quite old and beat up, so I don't know if it'd work for the purposes of "science". They do block static really well !
  9. One would think that you'd know how it performs. You might not realize that you registered for the forum with an email address with the domain of the company that makes the bag you are wondering about.
  10. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    These things are a meaningless scam preying upon the ignorance of the fearful. They don't do what other simpler means will accomplish better and there's nothing firearms related to them.
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2012
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