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Are Mylar Bags also EMP Bags
« on: September 06, 2013, 11:09:07 AM »
Looking for some clarification on EMP.  I've done the mighty google, and found lots of forums that talk about it...but end up digressing shortly afterwards and there is a lot of conflicting opinions.

Does anyone know if the same mylar bags we use for long term food storage are also the EMP bags that sell for exponentially more?   It seems these are the same bags that electronics (like new hard drives, etc.) get delivered in but I don't know for sure.

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Re: Are Mylar Bags also EMP Bags
« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2013, 12:28:28 PM »
There you pose a good question. I get a lot of electronics shipped to me in electrostatic protective bags. I do not know if they are exactly the same as Mylar bags. I have tons of electrostatic bags but I doubt that they are food grade which has prevented me for using them for that purpose. Some of the electrostatic bags that I have would not be suitable for protecting against EMP's. In the absence of factual information I would only use the product for its intended use.

Mylar is a special type of stretched polyester film. There are a couple of different methods of production. One of the properties of Mylar is that it is an electrical insulator. Metals such as gold, aluminum or other metals are often added by a process of vapor deposition onto the plastic. With so many variables and a lack of specific specifications I would not entrust my sensitive electronics to Mylar bags for EMP protection.
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Re: Are Mylar Bags also EMP Bags
« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2013, 12:45:07 PM »
short answer the bags are just for static electricity, that is why you should touch metal before opening them and some your supposed to have a grounding strap on your wrist.


Would be good to put stuff inside of it, inside a faraday cage like in your other post. Every little bit counts and helps out in this regards.
Garbage can, or strong cookie tin for small stuff, with two layers of insulation all around.


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Re: Are Mylar Bags also EMP Bags
« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2013, 03:17:41 PM »
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Re: Are Mylar Bags also EMP Bags
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2013, 06:57:29 PM »
No I do not think so!
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Re: Are Mylar Bags also EMP Bags
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2013, 07:37:18 PM »
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Re: Are Mylar Bags also EMP Bags
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2013, 10:14:06 PM »
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