Once in a blue moon, you come across a product that fits perfectly into a totally different use from what it was engineered for.
Velcro was like that. Duct tape too. Super Glue, to name a few.
I saw my first Handi Vac at Thanksgiving last year and I couldn't believe my eyes.
My sister-in-law pulled out this little cordless wonder, and proceeded to seal up some food she was saving.
In an instant I saw what I was looking for that no one seemed to manufacture.
As a motorcyclist, when I go on long trips, I am limited by what can fit in the saddlebags of my motorcycle.
I use Ziplock bags, not so much for their water tightness, but because I can suck the air out with my breath and conserve space!
When I do so, I can fit an amazing amount of gear into my saddlebags.
Sucking the air out with my breath is a skill that requires practice to get right. Even with all my experience, I always have air in the bags!.
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I could do without Ziplock bags, but then I would have to cram the gear into the bag and cause undo stress on the zippers or latch.
If a little air *does* enter the bag, it's not a big deal since you've already packed things to a much smaller dimension.
Sure, the concept is not unique. However, no one made such a small vacuum pump that could easily be taken on the road with you.
No one made a device like the Handi Vac where you can re-use the bags over and over again!
Some images of the device.
Everything fits in the 40L Hepco-Becker Bag!