You may have seen my review of the levitating globe. Well, the same manufacture produces a fireproof bag that they wanted our opinion and thoughts on. Naturally I asked for two of their large fireproof bags, also called fireproof document bags. One bag I wanted to test under simulated fire and water circumstances, the other bag I wanted to keep my belongings in. In order to know how the FSW fireproof bag ranked among the competition I purchased two of the top-selling bags on Amazon, and put all three through a series of tests. Below I discuss my results and explain why I believe this is the best fireproof bag currently for sale on Amazon.
Why Do You Need A Fireproof Bag?
I have two schools of thought when it comes to this:
- A fireproof bag is large enough to hold jewelry, documents, laptops, precious metals, cash, electronics, etc., and will help add a layer of protection to those items during a fire
- A fireproof bag can be used to contain LiPo batteries as these batteries are known to be volatile and can combust, causing major fire damage
I am into flying drones, and these drones use LiPo batteries for power. I have read countless stories of LiPo batteries catching fire and causing homes and dwellings to burn down. Last year I witnessed a LiPo battery explode into a ball of flames after the battery made contact with water, so I know just how dangerous these can be. By keeping my batteries inside of a fireproof bag, I know there is a very good chance the bag will contain the fire/heat and not let it spread.
Even if I did not have LiPo batteries, I would put high-value personal belongings inside to help add protection if my house is to catch fire. Some people already use a fireproof safe, however I would still place my belongings into one of these bags to add another level of protection. For $20-ish you can add another layer of protection to priceless items, it’s a no brainer in my book.
Why Am I Recommending the FSW Fireproof Bag
- Held up better and did not disintegrate in direct heat
- Hardly absorbed moisture
- Double sealed and has a thick fire resistant fiberglass outing
- The size
Let me dive deeper into each of the points above.
For the first test I took all three bags (priced at $10, $25 and $40) and placed them on my driveway. I took a hose and doused each bag in water in an attempt to simulate a fire hose. Each bag repelled the water and gave me the confidence that, if a fire fighter was to spray the bag, the contents would most likely not sustain water damage.
Next, I took a blowtorch and applied direct intense heat for 4 minutes, something that would probably not happen in the real world. After letting the bags cool I noticed something disturbing, the two competitors’ bags had got so hot that a hole formed in the spot of direct heat. I was able to put my finger through the hole! The FSW bag did not have a hole. There was a dark brown spot from insane heat, but no hole. I’m not sure what would have happened to the belongings at the spot of the direct heat, but I can confirm that the fiberglass shell was not penetrated. (Note: my mom threw away the bags before I could take any photos. Sorry).
Another area where the FSW fireproof bag shined was in the manufacturing. The opening is double sealed, the main opening is controlled with a zipper but a fireproof flap covers the zipper with commercial grade velcro adding fire protection to any weak spots in the zipper. The bag is made of a fire-resistant fiberglass that is coated – so you do not have to worry about getting glass fibers on your hands. The inside of the bag is made of a soft material as to not damage the contents inside. A top handle is present if you need to grab your fire bag and run out the door. All the stitching is double-stitched giving the user added confidence.
Finally, the size of the bag is impressive, there is 412 cubic inches of storage space, to be precise. I was able to easily fit my 17″ Mac Book Pro inside the bag with no issues. The opening measures 11 inches and the bag comes in at 15 inches tall. It expands to 2.5 inches wide.
If your dwelling is on fire and your highly valued belongs are not protected, these will surely be ruined. If placed within a fireproof bag, then the odds of damage decrease significantly. For a small price your belongings, which may total thousands of dollars, have a chance to survive a fire. We all hope a fire does not happen, but it is always best to be prepared just in case the worst occurs.