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Windows 7: Ziplock Bags For Electronic Devices?

09 May 2010   #1
Wandering Flame

Ziplock Bags For Electronic Devices?

I see that most of the ziplock bags in the stores are supposed to be for food..

I was wondering if there are any ziplock bags meant to store or protect electronic devices, like cell phones, and other hand-held devices.

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09 May 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

You mean a static bag? You can get those at stores like Fry's Electronics, or order them online.

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10 May 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64

Zipper bags work really good for trapping moisture inside. Maybe a good old fold top sandwich bag.
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11 May 2010   #4
Wandering Flame


See that's the thing drywall...I'm looking for something to keep my electronics in, that will not be exposed to the outside environment.

Call me OCD-affected or extreme, but I don't like the sound of the idea of microscopic sand or polluted particles going inside the ports of my psp and cell phone. Two days ago I was invited to a picnic where there were volleyball courts...and the sand was literally flying in my face. My pockets, which had my electronics had no zippers. There's a 99% chance some percentage of sand went inside their ports. Even though they undeniably work...yeah...but sand, no.

The only thing that came to mind that will protect future small electronic devices are ziplock bags, specifically the one you can slide-lock because the ones you PRESS together are obviously not as effective (because there's that little horizontal area that may catch sand and whatnot, and you are not going to be able to remove them and they can just fall in when you open the bag).

I'd rather have a little bit of moisture (how much? like 2% moisture? The kind my hand sweats on them?) then ****ing microscopic crystals flying in the ports of my portable electronics.

I'm not mad...about this. I'm actually mad about something else which doesn't relate to this.


So my last question is, about the anti-static bags, which apparently are specifically designed for electronic devices...

Are there ones with the slide-closing feature? Like this slide-shutter:

(see upper left where the white zipper is)

That is the kind of bag I'm looking for, one that is anti-static (or just one made for electronic devices) because, I'm not really sure what a little bit of static would do to a cell phone or me ignorant but, what would putting an electronic device in a non anti-static bag do? I mean, how much static could possibly build up if I put the cell phone in a ziplock bag, with almost no air in it, wrap the remaining un-allocated area of the bag around the cell phone, then put the whole thing in my pocket? It's not going to be exposed to sunlight, rain, etc.

I lol'd reading Roger Caffin's reply in this: Photography Ziplock bag for cameras? -- Forums

Here it is saying ziplock bags are safe for electronics: Buying Ziplock Bags? Don't Pay More! View Our Selection First

"Zip lock bags are also water resistant. These bags can be used to protect your items from rain.
You're sure to avoid accidents by placing your clothes, wallets, and electronic devices in zip lock bags before putting them in your bag."

I take it he/she meant standard ziplock bags and not "anti-static bags" which I'm sure are a better choice. It's just that, I don't THINK ziplock bags are BAD for electronics..does anyone here think otherwise (besides the moisture part which I will work to prevent)?

I am willing to buy anti-static bags, only if they have the slide-zipper (not that classic ziplock seal, but a slide-closer) but I couldn't find any pictures of that online.

Thanks for reading...
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11 May 2010   #5

Win7 Home Premium 64x

My dad was a drywall contractor and did lots of jobs over the years. so many stereos cd players and cell phones....sheetrock dust is horrible stuff.

I would say for moisture you can also get the little silica gel packets that you see in merchandise.
Silica Gel Desiccants - 1 1/16 X 2 1/16" - 3 Grams - 20 Packets | CS ideas, Inc.

I usually would suggest anti-static for computer components. I dont know about cell-phones.
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11 May 2010   #6

Windows 7 Pro x64

OK, I understand where your going with this now. Sure a zipper bag would work fine for protecting your gear while going out and about. I use them when fishing especially at the coast. For some reason I had long term on the brain.
Of coarse don't figure on them helping if your sanding drywall.
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11 May 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by drywallguy View Post
OK, I understand where your going with this now. Sure a zipper bag would work fine for protecting your gear while going out and about. I use them when fishing especially at the coast. For some reason I had long term on the brain.
Of coarse don't figure on them helping if your sanding drywall.

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12 May 2010   #8

Windows 8, Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, Pear Linux Triple Boot

Yeah they work for the short term protection. When I lived in Daytona Beach we would put our cells and camera stuff in ziplocks. I would get some of those Toule bags at an art store and put some dry rice from the box in them to absorsb moisture. Worked fine for me.
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12 May 2010   #9
Wandering Flame


To the person who posted the link to the gel packets, I was going to be sure that before putting in my electronics (small, handheld ones) into ziplock bags that there would be no moisture in the bags. Also, those gel packets are out of stock.

I'm not sure by what some people here mean by you mean long-term as in staying in the ziplock bags for long intervals, or do you mean USING the ziplock bags over the years?

What I was planning on doing was putting them whenever I am outside, and I am usually outside a maximum of 12 hours.

And even if someone did mean long-term in that sense (over the years) I'm not sure why. As I said, moisture wouldn't be a problem if one, I'm not putting wet electronics in or inside wet bags and two, the ziplock bags do not even let water inside of them.

The only problem I see now for this idea, is if the electronics were effected by static (how much static could build up inside a ziplock bag, for Christ's sake...) or by the material in which the ziplock bags are made of (though I doubt that could actually damage electronics, whether glossy or matte electronics).
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13 May 2010   #10

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)

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