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Mighty Mutt MPV-18 Vacuum Sealer Review

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Mighty Mutt MPV-18 Impulse Vacuum SealerIf your business is in need of an industrial quality impulse vacuum sealer, the Mighty Mutt MPV-18 (found here) is certainly an option to consider. It has been around for years, is made in the USA, is a well-known brand and is commonly used for packaging anything from medical supplies to food. With all the vacuum sealers out there, is this particular one the right choice for you?

The Mighty Mutt MPV-18 falls under the category of external vacuum sealer because it the bags are always outside the machine during the sealing process, unlike a chamber sealer. The advantage to this is that there are no height restrictions. With a wide 17.5” sealing width, the Mighty Mutt can be used to vacuum seal and package a wide variety of products.

This vacuum sealer also falls under the category of impulse sealer. Impulse sealing is a technology that doesn’t require any warm-up time prior to use. The sealing wire heats up and quickly cools down with every use, also making it very safe to use. The MPV-18 seals bags shut using a ¼” (6mm) flat band seal, which is more than enough sealing width for most packaging applications. A footswitch makes hands-free operation extremely easy.

The Might Mutt uses what’s known as a retractable nozzle system (made of stainless steel). When the top of the bag is inserted into the sealer, the nozzle slips inside the bag. This nozzle is what actually removes the air from the package. Once the designated amount of air has been removed, the nozzle will actually remove itself, allowing the bag to be sealed shut. The stainless steel nozzle is extremely easy to clean and far more durable than the plastic nozzles found on many competitors’ machines.

One thing that really sets the Mighty Mutt apart from the competition is the use of the Venturi Vacuum. This type of vacuum is a Seco Gramatech exclusive. Unlike other pumps, it uses no moving or electrical parts. This makes the machine extremely quiet, much more so than the competition. This also helps to improve the compressor life and improves the cycle rate of the machine. If you have ever seen this machine in use, you will be surprised to see just how fast the air is removed from the bag.

Here is a video of the MPV-18 Might Mutt in action:

This sealer is very easy to set up. It includes dials that allow you to adjust things such as the dwell, vacuum, seal and gas settings. It can be fitted with an optional internal compressor, single stage gas flush, bi-active seal system and it can be fitted for use with an optional 220V electrical system.

Weighing it at about 60 pounds, this vacuum sealer can be used on most workbenches, counters, tables or desks. It is designed to be fast, simple to operate and can be used just about anywhere. This machine is ideal for packaging medical supplies, parts, tools and even food.

Be aware that this vacuum sealer does require an external air compressor to operate.

If you have questions about this vacuum sealer, feel free to speak with one of our Packaging Experts at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of external vacuum sealers here and chamber vacuum sealers here. We also have a Service Department that can provide you with replacement parts, service and technical support.

Top 3 Best External Vacuum Sealers 2012

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

Minipack Cyclone 40 External Vacuum SealerIf you need a vacuum sealer to package food such as beef, fish, vegetables, fruits and other food, an external vacuum sealer (found here) is a great option. These machines make it possible for people at home, who can’t afford large chamber sealers, to still benefit from vacuum sealing. At ABC Office, we offer several vacuum sealing machines, but there are three specific models that I feel excel above all the rest.

I have used several vacuum sealers, everywhere from small desktop department store models up to industrial chamber sealers. While some of the department store “cheapies” are OK for the occasional package, the motors in these smaller machines simply aren’t up to the task for anyone who wants to package food on a regular basis. I have found that many of the cheap machines’ motors simply burn out after not much use. Many of them are incapable of producing a seal wider than 2mm thick.

The three models I personally recommend are all made by Minipack. These are the Minipack Cyclone 30, Minipack Cyclone 40 and Minipack Cyclone 50. These machines feature durable Italian construction, tough motors and the ability to be used on a daily basis.

I would like to cover a few reasons why I like each of these external vacuum sealers so much.

Best External Vacuum Sealers 2012

  1. Minipack Cyclone 30 (found here) – This vacuum sealer has a 13″ sealing width and creates a nice 4mm wide seal that is perfect for packaging food. It uses a dry piston, combined with an internal cooling fan, designed to package up to 2 items a minute. It features water resistant controls and is capable of being set up with custom vacuum time and sealing time. It also includes a moisture collector. The external shell of this sealer is made from aluminum and it weighs about 12 pounds shipped. This is a great machine for use at home.
  2. Minipack Cyclone 40 (found here) – The Cyclone 40 from Minipack is a17″ wide external vacuum sealer. This machine has a large sealing width for an external sealer and it is perfect for packaging steaks, fish and other food items. It uses a 350 watt motor that features a dry piston design and can package up to 2 items a minute. The Cyclone 40 features a wide array of programmable features, which isn’t common in an external design sealer. Simply set the sealing time and vacuum time, insert your bag and let the machine do the rest. This is great for home or business.
  3. Minipack Cyclone 50 (found here) – This external sealer has one of the largest sealing widths available in an external design. The Cyclone 50 has a 21″ sealing width, allowing it to be able to package larger items or bags full of several smaller items. It features a sealing bar that creates a 4mm seal and a dry pump piston that helps to remove the air. The 370-watt motor includes a cooling fan to keep things running cool during repetitive use. The Minipack Cyclone 50 will allow you to program the sealing time, vacuum time and has water resistant controls.  This is great for packaging food for retail sale, storage purposes, transportation purposes and more.

All of our Cyclone external sealers have a great track record. It is amazing to see how many people call us for the Minipack Cyclone simply based on referrals from friends and colleagues who own and enjoy using them. Do you have questions about these machines? Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 for more information. If you already own a Minipack Cyclone, you can find the external bag supplies here.

All You Need To Know About External & Chamber Vacuum Sealer Bags

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Vacuum Sealers & BagsIf you have a vacuum sealer, you are probably well aware of the fact that you need vacuum sealer bags (found here) to complete the process. These bags provide a barrier and make it possible to provide an oxygen-free environment for food and other packaged goods. One thing you may not know is that you need to use different bags for different machines. The two most common vacuum sealers used today use external and chamber designs. So which bags do you need for which machines?

Before I go into too many details regarding vacuum sealer bags, I would like to answer a few quick questions. One question I frequently get is, “Can I use chamber vacuum sealer bags with my external vacuum sealer?” The quick answer is no. Chamber vacuum sealer bags and external bags cannot be interchangeably used. External sealers cannot seal using the non-embossed bags and external bags are not designed to handle the low atmosphere process used in a chamber sealer.

Vacuum sealer bags come in different mil thicknesses (1 mil = 0.01″) and are designed to handle different temperature ratings. Not all vacuum sealer bags have a boilable barrier and not all can be used for Sous Vide cooking. Only chamber bags, designed for temperatures up to 212 Fahrenheit (100 Celsius) can be used for Sous Vide. You can read more about Sous Vide cooking here.

I would like to first cover the two most common types of vacuum sealer bags used today. One is an external vacuum sealer bag and the other is a chamber sealer bag.

3 Mil Cook-In Chamber Vacuum Bags (found here) – These bags are the most common used with chamber sealers. They are BPA free (safe for food) and are suitable for use up to 149 degrees Fahrenheit (65 Celsius). The have an oxygen transmission rating (OTR) of 4.1 and are made using a 3-mil thick (75 microns) nylon and polyethylene coextrusion layer. They are available (upon request) with a tear notch, hang hole or zipper. These bags are extremely affordable and come in a wide variety of sizes.

Here are some detailed specifications:

3 Mil Chamber Vacuum Sealer Bags

3.5 Mil Embossed External Vacuum Bags (found here) – These bags are made using a 3.5 mil thick layer of polyamide and polyethylene. The layer features an embossed pattern, designed to help assist with the external vacuum sealing process. While these are designed to work with Minpack Cyclone machines, they work great with most external and non-chamber vacuum sealers.

Here are some detailed specifications:

3.5 Mil External Embossed Vacuum Sealer Bags

While those are our two most popular vacuum sealer bags, we also offer two other chamber sealer bags that you may wan to consider using. Here are some details on those other two bags:

3 Mil Sous Vide Chamber Vacuum Bags with Boilable Barrier (found here) – These bags are BPA free and are microwaveable and boilable and are made with a 3-mil thick (0.8 mil nylon / 2.4 mil linear low density polyethylene) layer. They can be used for Sous Vide and have a maximum temperature rating of 212 degrees Fahrenheit (100 Celsius). These bags have an oxygen transmission rating (OTR) of 3.3 and are available upon request with a tear notch, hang hole or zipper.

Here are some detailed specifications:

3 Mil Sous Vide Chamber Vacuum Sealer Bags w/ Boilable Barrier

4 Mil Sous Vide Chamber Vacuum Bags (found here) – These bags use a 4-mil thick layer of Nylon and Poly Coex and feature a boilable barrier that can be used for Sous Vide cooking. Not only are these bags great for boiling, but they can also be used in extreme cold as well (-2 degrees up to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. These bags are BPA free and food safe. Options include a tear notch, hang hole, zipper or gusseted.

Here are some detailed specifications:

4 Mil Sous Vide Boilable Vacuum Sealer Bags

With all these vacuum sealer bag options, we are sure to have something you can use. We try to keep our prices as competitive as possible and offer bulk-pricing discounts. These are some of the highest-quality chamber and external vacuum bags available. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with questions.

Minipack Cyclone is Getting an “E” Error Message

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Minipack Cyclone External Vacuum Food SealerWe recently received a call from one of our customers who was using their Minipack Cyclone external vacuum sealer (found here) when a letter E followed by a series of numbers showed up on the screen. They thought they could reset the error message by turning the machine off and back on. While they did try this, it didn’t seem to solve the error message issue. This begs the question; can this message be reset and how do you get your Minipack Cyclone back up and running?

To begin with, the Minipack Cyclone vacuum sealers are extremely popular right now. They are far superior in capacity and quality to sub $100 vacuum sealers and produce far more professional results. One mistake many people make, however, is that the Cyclone line of vacuum sealers are not designed for commercial or high volume packaging applications.

What is happening is that people are overheating the motor. The computer inside the Cyclone is designed to disable the machine when the motor gets too hot. This is a good thing, albeit frustrating. By turning off, the Cyclone prevents the motor from suffering permanent damage. The only thing you can do is turn the machine off and wait until the motor cools back down. The good news is this error is not permanent and your machine is not ruined.

The good news is that this rarely happens. The Minipack Cyclone line of external vacuum sealers are probably the best machines you can purchase, as far as quality and output capacity goes, prior to moving up to a chamber vacuum sealers. If you plan on packaging hundreds of items a day, every day, I recommend going with a chamber vacuum sealer. Chamber sealers are designed, by nature, to be well used.

You can find our entire selection of both external and chamber vacuum sealers here. If you are still having issues, or if you have additional questions, please feel free to call our Service Technician at 1-800-658-8788.

What Size Vacuum Sealer Bag Should You Use?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Chamber Vacuum Food SealersIf you’re vacuum sealing meat, cheese, fruits, vegetables and other products, you’re probably going to want to use the right size bag. If the bag is too small, you’re out of luck, and if it’s too big, your loosing money by purchasing oversize bags. Thanks to our friends over at Minipack, they have provided us with a guide that should help you determine the perfect size vacuum sealer bags.

You’re going to need a few tools to help determine the right size vacuum sealer bag. First off, you’ll need the product you’re packing in front of you. Second, you will need a measuring tape or ruler. Third, you will need either a calculator or a sheet of paper to write on.

This guide will help you determine the right size bags for standard-size materials and for round materials (chubs). This guide is in millimeters and in inches.

Vacuum Sealer Bag Sizes

Vacuum Bag Measurement Guide

Hopefully this helps you track down the right size vacuum sealer bags. At ABC office we offer vacuum sealer bags for external clamp vacuum sealers and for chamber vacuum sealers. You can find our external clamp vacuum sealer bags here and our chamber vacuum sealer bags here. You can find our vacuum sealers here.

Good luck and happy vacuum sealing! Feel free to call one of our vacuum sealing experts at 1-800-658-8788 with any questions.

Should You Use an External or Chamber Vacuum Sealer?

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Vacuum Food Sealing MachinesVacuum sealers are excellent machines for packaging, selling and preserving food. They can also be used to package retail merchandise, clothing, auto parts and much more. There are two primary types of vacuum food sealers. The first type is known as an external sealer (sometimes called a clamp or pouch vacuum sealers) and the other is known as a chamber vacuum sealer. So which style should you use?

External and chamber vacuum sealers both get the job done, albeit in slightly different ways. This is a brief breakdown on how the different systems work:

External Pouch / Clamp Vacuum Food SealerExternal “Clamp / Pouch” Vacuum Sealers – These types of vacuum sealers tout the title “external” because the entire vacuum sealing process is conducted outside the machine. Products are placed in a bag, which is then placed into the external sealer. The sealer is then clamped down onto the bag, after which it begins to remove the air. Once air has been removed, the bag is sealed.

Chamber Vacuum Food SealerChamber Vacuum Sealers – These types of sealers can be used with most food and most retail merchandise. Once a product has been placed in a bag, the entire bag is placed in the chamber, ensuring the opening of the bag is placed on the sealing bar. The hood of the sealer is brought down, after which air is removed from the chamber. Once air has been removed, the bag is sealed and atmosphere is brought back to normal.

Now that you have a general understanding as to the different technologies used, why would you want to use one over the other?

External “Clamp / Pouch” Vacuum Sealers – External sealers are generally used for light to medium-volume packaging purposes and are generally less expensive than chamber sealers. These types of vacuum sealer are generally used for home and medium-volume grocery-store use, although the MiniPack Cyclone line of external sealers are used for commercial packaging. These sealers are typically slower than chamber sealers.

Chamber Vacuum Food SealerChamber Vacuum Sealers – Chamber vacuum sealers are generally used for medium to high-volume packaging, although they can be used for light volume if needed. Chamber sealers are very easy to use and are typically faster than external sealers. They can be used to package fruits, vegetables, meats, liquids, powders and non-edible retail products.

Chamber sealers are typically more efficient than external sealers, with the ability to remove 99.9% of the air from a bag. Chamber sealers often offer the option of being used with inert gas / air kits as well (not an option with external sealers). Inert gas kits are great for packaging delicate food like potato chips.

So basically it all boils down to application. External sealers are great for home use and for light to medium use where chamber sealers are great for commercial higher-volume use.

You can find our entire selection of vacuum food sealers here.

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